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 Volume 12, Issue 41
October 11, 2017
Generations United and Friends Celebrate International Day of Older Persons
Last week, the NGO Committee on Aging launched the 27th International Day of Older Persons at the UN. The event included Encore.Org's CEO Marc Freedman delivering the keynote and Generations United's Executive Director Donna Butts moderating a panel. If you missed the event or live stream, watch the recording.
Generations United in the News
  • The NonProfit Quarterly reported on the opioid crisis and older Americans. The article quotes Jaia Peterson Lent's testimony from the March 21 U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging's hearing on grandfamilies impacted by the epidemic. Learn more
Congrats to Amanda Cavaleri!
Generations United's Board member, Amanda Cavaleri, was named a Next Avenue Top 50 Influencer in Aging for 2017! See the full list, which includes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and many of our friends. 

Congrats to Our 2017 Programs of Distinction Designees

Generations United's Program of Distinction designation serves as the U.S. standard for effective intergenerational programs. We are thrilled to announce that the following programs have been selected for the 3-year designation: Bessie's Hope (Denver, CO); Hebrew SeniorLife (Dedham, MA); Honolulu Walks (Honolulu, HI); RSVP Mentor Program (Kenosha, WI); OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring (St. Louis, MO); and ONEgeneration (Van Nuys, CA). Stay tuned to learn more about each program in our upcoming newsletters, and check out our past recipients.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions.  T ogether, 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.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.  If you're an organization,  join us !
Grandfamilies Stories - In Loving Arms
Kids Matter Inc: Fostering Healing and Grandfamily Connections
Kids Matter Inc.'s profile is featured in our report, In Loving Arms. The Milwaukee, WI-based child advocacy agency helped Paula and her three grandchildren work through traumatic experiences that included the children's overdosing on heroin and being abused her kids' father. Read Kids Matter Inc's story to learn how they connected Paula to resources and helped the grandmother get legal guardianship of the children.
Resource Spotlight
Valuing Vaccinations: Infographic
This infographic 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. See the full infographic.

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
Call for Papers - GrandFamilies Journal 
The editors of  GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy invite authors to submit manuscripts that examine new or emerging practice methodologies, program evaluation and policy perspectives related to grandparent-headed families.  Learn more 
Culture United
Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender
This picture book, written by Elvis's wife, Priscilla Presley, and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, is based on Elvis Presley's 1956 song, "Love Me Tender." Priscilla wrote the book to highlight the special connection between parent and child. She also wrote it so that younger generations -- including her grandchildren -- know about Elvis Presley. 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
Hire Autism
This week's cool idea is Hire Autism, an Encore Prize Finalist based in Arlington, VA. This program of the  Organization for Autism Research engages older-adult mentors to help young adults on the autism spectrum find jobs that match their skills. 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
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 

Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award up to 10 winning communities $25,000 each and will feature their success stories. Eligible communities must be in the U.S., place a priority on health and create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to help all ages live well. Deadline: Nov. 3, 2017.    Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
How To: Creating a Kin-First Culture in Child Welfare. This WikiHow (created by Generations United in partnership with ABA Center on Children and the Law; Annie E. Casey Foundation' and Child Focus, Inc.) highlights seven fundamental steps to creating a kin-first culture, followed by examples of promising policies and practices in use across the country. 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
Take Off with Respite! 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference. ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Huntsville, AL. Oct. 11-13, 2017.  Learn more
2017 Young Adult Services Symposium. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).   Louisville, KY. Nov. 3 -5, 2017.  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
"Our bookend generations -- our youngest and our oldest -- hold our civil societies together. After all, with no history (our elders) and no future (our young), we lose our hope for today." ~Donna Butts

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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