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 Volume 12, Issue 49
December 06, 2017
Generations United in the News
  • In her Next Avenue article, Beth Baker reported on a public school inside a nursing home in Jenks, OK. The article quotes Donna Butts and highlights Jenks Public Schools, a 2017 finalist for Generations United's Best Intergenerational Communities. Read the article.
  • Healthline's Shawn Radclifffe reported on the opioid crisis burdening grandparents and foster homes. The article quotes Jaia Peterson Lent and cites our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report. Read the article.
  • The Chronicle of Social Change highlighted the three states relying on relatives for kids in foster care. The article quotes our National Center on Grandfamilies Special Advisor Ana Beltran. Learn more.
  • In her article for The Capital Times, Abby Becker highlighted the Oak Ridge develop project in Middleton, WI. Seven of the 83 units will be for grandfamilies. The article quotes AnaRead the article.
  • Indiana Youth Institute's President and CEO Tami Silverman reported on children and families impacted by the opioid crisis for The Herald-Tribune. The article cited our National Center on Grandfamilies for its "valuable information on applicable laws and resources." Learn more.
Generations United Board Members' Outlook for 2018 Featured in The Nonprofit Times!
The NonProfit Times asked eight leaders to look at what's ahead for nonprofits in 2018. Those featured include our Board members,  Susan Dreyfus (president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities) and Jatrice Martel Gaiter (executive vice president of External Affairs at Volunteers of America).  Learn more .
Speak Out Against the Tax Bill
Over the weekend, the Senate passed their version of the tax reform bill, which, like the previously passed House bill, would give large tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations while expanding the federal deficit.  It will also lead to tax increases for tens of millions families considered low and middle income within a decade.  The bill will trigger devastating cuts that will hurt babies, children, youth, and older adults. The cuts will be especially harmful to people with low income and will impact a wide range of programs -- including Medicaid, Medicare, education, nutrition programs and the Social Services Block Grant. The bill now goes to conference, where they must come to agreement before it can be signed into law.  Contact your elected officials now at 202-224-3121 and tell them to "Reject the tax bill. It will harm babies, children, youth and older adults in my community."  Learn more.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing member, LeadingAge, and  Paul Arfin for their contributions Together,  we are building a world that values all generations! 
The Results Are in for Generations United's Intergenerational Photo Contest

Thank you to those who voted! And special thanks to our Policy and Program Assistant Adam Otto for coordinating the contest. See the results!

Interns Wanted!

Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for internships beginning in late spring/early summer in Washington, DC. Our internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. 

Stipends available. Learn more

Making the Case for Intergenerational Childcare recently published an essay by Madeline Dangerfield-Cha and Joy Zhang that shows intergenerational approaches to childcare have the potential to create brighter futures for currently underserved youth; benefit older adults seeking purpose, income and connection; and unlock doors to economic prosperity for small business owners (mostly low-income women of color) currently running home-based and family childcare centers. Learn more.
New Brief Raises Awareness of Brain Health and Caregiving
Did you know that 15 percent of dementia caregivers are under the age of 34? That's according to the new brief, Millennials and Dementia Caregiving in the United States, from  Youth Against Alzheimer's and the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging. The issue brief seeks to enhance public understanding of the experiences and challenges of young adults providing care for a family member or friend living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Learn more.
Celeste Mergens_ 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 .
Call for Papers - Journal of Intergenerational Relationships
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships is requesting scholarly papers (up to 7,000 words) or From the Field papers (900-2,000 words) on Social Isolation & Loneliness - Intergenerational Perspectives and Response. Learn more.
Resource Spotlight
Valuing Vaccines: Jennifer Garner
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This meme of actress and film producer, Jennifer Garner 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 .

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
Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera
Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker--or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there's her annual "business trip," right around the holidays. This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus's mysterious ways. 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
Hockey On Your Block
Hockey On Your Block is the brainchild of Ray Lilja, a retired hedge-fund executive who played hockey growing up in the south suburbs and later at Illinois State University. The program, which is free, teaches kids from some of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods how to play the game. It also allows families to introduce their children to a sport they might not otherwise be able to afford. 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
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program.  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and its partners will award $2 million in grants nationwide. The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations.  Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018.  Learn more.

Youth Practitioner Award Nominations. The Youth Learning Institute is accepting nominations of individuals or organizations with outstanding performance in the creation and implementation of youth development programs or services. The winner will be recognized at the U.S. Play Coalition Play Conference at Clemson University (April 8-11, 2018). The winner will have conference fees paid as well as receive hotel accommodations and up to $500 in travel to attend the Play Coalition. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017. Learn more

2018 AmeriCorps Funding.  The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has funding available for programs that engage participants 55 or older in service that makes a significant impact in their communities. Deadline: Jan. 17, 2018. 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 underserved 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  
Research and Resources
GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research Practice and Policy. This issue includes a policy brief from Ana Beltran, special advisor to Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies. Ana's brief highlights Generations United's GrAND Voices members. Read the new issue.

I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together.  The latest 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 .
2018 Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging.  San Francisco, CA. March 26-29, 2018. Learn more.

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more.
"Someone once asked me how old I am inside. I thought about it, and came up with, 'I'm about eight.' So it's going to be a lot of fun playing with kids my age." ~Carol Burnett on her upcoming show, A Little Help with Carol Burnett, which will star her and a panel of 4- to 8-year olds.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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