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 Volume 10, Issue 45
November 11, 2015
Follow #EisnerIGDay Next Week!
Generations United is excited to join The Eisner Foundation's Intergenerational Convening and Training next week to explore and strengthen intergenerational solutions in Los Angeles County. Along with opening keynotes from Phyllis Segal ( and Donna Butts 
(Generations United), there's a terrific line-up panelist to discuss ways organizations can connect generations to strengthen their community. For more info or to join the excitement, follow #EisnerIGDay on Wed., Nov., 18!
Creative Ideas for Low-Cost Celebrations
In her piece for GRAND Magazine, our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent list creative ways struggling grandfamilies can celebrate on a budget. That list includes offering simple and shared food. "Holiday meals don't have to be elaborate sit-down dinners to feel festive," Jaia writes. "If you want to do a sit-down meal, invite your friends and family, but encourage them to bring a dish to share." Read the full article
Meaghan McMahon
Collaborating Across Generations
This past summer, Donna Butts delivered a keynote speech at Aging2.0 D.C.'s Intergenerational Innovations event, where a standing-room only audience listened carefully as aging industry experts and community leaders discussed the importance of collaborating across generations and business sectors to build age-friendly cities. That evening is recounted in a guest blog post from Generations United's former intern Meaghan McMahon, who's now Aging2.0 D.C.'s director of Outreach and Communication. Read her post.
Grand Conversation Cards
This holiday season, give the gift of presence and conversation by buying a deck of Bridges Together's Grand Conversation Cards ( $10/deck plus $3 for shipping). When the parents of their operations director, Debbie Howell, pulled out the cards, they discovered something new about each other despite 50 years of marriage under their belts. The Conversation Cards are perfect for your Thanksgiving table, as one of the eight Hanukkah gifts or as a stocking stuffer. Learn more, then order your deck today!
Best Intergenerational Communities Awards! - Deadline: Jan. 15  
There's no place like home - especially if you live in a community that offers opportunities for every generation. Sound like your community? Then  apply today for the 2016 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Generations  United.  No community is too big or too small.   Learn more, then download the application .
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, DOROT, for their contribution.  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Women & Aging Webinar Series
Join the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and the Department of Health & Human Services for a webinar series going from November to March. The series include the following sessions: An Introduction to Aging Policy & Older Women's Health (Mon., Nov., 16, 1-2pm EST), Women & Caregiving (Wed., Dec. 2, 1-2pm EST) and Understanding Women's Sexuality at Mid Life and Beyond (Wed., Jan., 13, 1-2pm EST). Learn more
Culture United
Come Away Home
"Twelve-year-old Annie Lamms parents have decided she should spend the summer with her Grandpa Donald while they enjoy a second honeymoon. Annie is less than enthused, and even more disappointed to discover that Grandpas beautiful house on the beach is a dilapidated wreck filled with a lifetime of junk and clutter. With no friends, no computer and nothing good to eat, Annie is miserable and decides to run-away back to her home in New York City. But fate -- and Grandpa -- intervene and show Annie that there s much more to life than shopping or internet blog sites. She learns the real value of family and friends and learns to see beyond the surface of life."  -Product Description

Do you know of any films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme?  Share them with us  and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
Road Scholar
This week's cool ideas is Road Scholar Intergenerational Programs, which were designed for adults (grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, or authorized family friends) to participate in a learning adventure with their young relatives or friends.  

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 .   Learn more about Road Scholar .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
The Charles Bronfman Prize. The Charles Bronfman Prize awards $100,000 grant to an individual or team under the age of fifty who self identifies as Jewish and whose humanitarian work, combined with their Jewish values, has significantly improved the world.  Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015. Learn more

EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award up to $15,000 for each of 42 college student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches that address environmental challenges.  Deadline: Dec. 8, 2015.  Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
A Child Welfare Leader's Desk Guide to Building a High-Performing Agency. The Annie E. Casey Foundation . This guide illustrates the ins and outs - and the necessity - of building a high-performing child welfare agency that supports children and c families through community support. Learn more

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. 
This report by Generations United and CFED , supported by Citi , highlights the financial strengths and challenges facing grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Report Release
2015 State of Grandfamilies Report Release and Reception. Generations United. Washington, DC. Dec. 3, 2015. Learn more and register today!

Disparate Income, Wealth and Opportunity:  Implications for Social Insurance. National Academy of Social Insurance. Washington, DC. Jan. 27-28, 2016. Learn more

Educate. Ignite. Transform. National Youth Leadership Council. Minneapolis, MN. March 30 - April 2, 2016. Learn more
"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future."  ~
Gail Lumet Buckley

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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