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 Volume 12, Issue 45
November 8, 2017
Generations United in the News

grandfamiliy on porch swing Grandfamilies and the White House Opioid Commission Report 

Last week, the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released their report. It includes a recommendation (#47) to promote best practices for keeping families together when it can be done safely such as "using relatives for kinship care." Learn more about the report and how to raise your voice in support of grandfamilies.

Change at JCA Heyman Interages Center
We thank Carol Croll for her nearly 11 years as senior director of JCA Interages, a Generations United Programs of Distinction! She retires at the end of 2017. We wish her well. Congratulations to former Generations United staff, Leah Bradley, who will take on the role of senior director in early 2018.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our Board members, Matthew Melmed and Lynette Fraga, and our friend, Don Jost, for their contributions. Together, we are building a world that values all generations! You can contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United. 
Dr. Cynthia Barnett, a 2017 AARP Purpose Prize winner
Nominations Now Open for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award - Deadline: March 6, 2018
Nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize, which will present $50,000 to five extraordinary individuals -- ages 50 and older -- who are using their life experience to make a better future for all ages. 
Established  in 2005 by , the Purpose Prize transitioned to its new home at AARP in 2016. In addition to the cash prizes, one of the five winners will be awarded the Andrus Award for Intergenerational Excellence, named for AARP's founder.  See the 2017 AARP Purpose Prize winners , then nominate/apply for the 2018 prize .
Resource Spotlight
Valuing Vaccines: Jimmy Kimmel
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This meme of Jimmy Kimmel, a comedian and writer best known as the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is part of  our   Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign, which we launched in the United States through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. Click here to see expanded meme.

Generations United expanded its international campaign as we continue working with teams led by the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG) in Japan and the  University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Culture United
The Sandlot
It's the summer of 1962, when Scottie Smalls moves to a new neighborhood. He befriends a group of kids who play baseball at the sandlot. Together, they go on a series of adventures that include them trying to retrieve Scottie's stepdad's baseball from Mr. Mertle's backyard. After the ball ends up with Mr. Mertle's dog, nicknamed "the Beast," Smalls discovers the ball was special -- it was signed by Babe Ruth. With his stepdad away on a week-long business trip, the boys race against time to recover the ball before his return. When Scottie meets Mr. Mertle, a former baseball player, the elder neighbor helps Scottie in ways he couldn't have imagined. Learn more

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
Project Playback
This week's cool idea is Project Playback, a musical care program started by three teens. They use iPods to improve the mental, emotional and social well-being of older adults affected by Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. Learn more.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
2018 Practitioner Award. Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute is now accepting nominations for their 2018 Youth Development Practitioner award, which recognizes outstanding performance in the creation and implementation of youth development programs or services. The winner will be recognized at the US Play Coalition Play Conference at Clemson University in April. The winner will have conference fees paid, hotel accommodations and up to $500 in travel to attend the Play Coalition. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017. Learn more.

Responsive Grants. The Retirement Research Foundation awards grants for advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance.  Proposals are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. RRF has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018. Learn more

Programs of Excellence.  Have an intergenerational program? National Council on Aging's National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) is accepting nominations for their 2017 Programs of Excellence Awards, which recognize innovative and replicable programming at senior centers.  Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017.  Learn more.

Support for Children's Oral Health Programs. Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry will provide single-year grants of up to $20,000 to community-based initiatives in the U.S. that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to children with limited access to oral care or to those in under-served areas. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA)'s Learning Community for Family Leaders: Supporting Grandparents. This SAMHSA webinar, whose presenters include Generations United's Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent, will explore resources and opportunities for family-run organizations to develop programming and supports to meet the needs of grandparents raising grandchildren. Jaia will also share the latest data from the field and other available resources. Thurs., Nov. 30 at 3 PM ET.  Learn more.

Research and Resources
Connecting People of All Ages. This book by Sandy Kraemer, Kirk Woundy and others documents the accomplishments of the Intergenerational Foundation that include founding Intergeneration Day and Intergeneration Month. Learn more.

I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together.  The new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live.  Learn more.
ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference.  ZERO TO THREE. San Diego, CA. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2017. Learn more
International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more
"When I leave this world, I want to be used up." ~Dr. Cynthia Barnett, a 2017 AARP Purpose Prize Winner. (See the meme.) Dr. Barnett founded Amazing Girls Science to introduce girls and young women to STEM.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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