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 Volume 11, Issue 23
June 8, 2016
New Guide Helps Families Start an Intergenerational Discussion on the Value of Vaccines for All Ages
Generations United developed a new discussion guide to help older and younger people have conversations around the important role vaccinations play in protecting your health and the health of your family, friends, and community. The guide - part of our Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations campaign ( #bandAGEofhonor) - includes information on recommended vaccinations across the life span, the important role grandparents and grandchildren play in each other's lives, generational perspectives and experiences with vaccinations, sample conversation starters and activities for intergenerational discussions around vaccinations, and resources for additional information. Download the guide.
Apply Today! Be Recognized as a Program of Distinction
Does your intergenerational program meet critical needs in your community? Does it provide clear, meaningful roles for participants of all ages and abilities? Do you go above and beyond to train staff and participants? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have what it takes to be named an intergenerational Program of Distinction! Each year, we recognize outstanding programs across the country that reflect the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2016 . Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
Seeking Families for Participation in Evaluation Activity
With the release of our new discussion guide,  Generations United is look for 3-5 families willing to review and use the new resource. The guide provides  a timeline of vaccine development since the early 1900s as well as statistics about their use and effectiveness. It's designed to spark intergenerational conversations on the importance of vaccines for all ages.  If you're interested in participating in our evaluation exercise, please contact our Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig.

Coming Soon: Call for Presenters for 2017 Intergenerational Conference

Plans are well underway to bring Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference to Milwaukee, WI, June 13-16, 2017! Co-hosted by St. Ann's Center for Intergenerational Care, our 19th  biennial conference will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for professionals from all over the world to learn about and advance the intergenerational field. Call for presenters and attendee registration will be announced in a few weeks. Stay tuned for updates in our newsletter and on our conference website .
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new members, Eastman Community Association and  SEPI Group, and renewing members, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition, for their contributions.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations! 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.
9/11 Day of Service We Stand Strong Disaster Prep Grants
In partnership with Save the Children, Youth Service America will support organizations to engage youth in helping their communities be prepared for disasters. Youth leaders will organize disaster preparedness awareness events (Prep Rallies) and community service projects (Prep Projects) on September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance in all 50 states. Deadline: June 10, 2016. Learn more
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Generations United Board Member Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities,  is part of our  Valuing Vaccinations Across  Generations   campaign, 
#bandAGEofhonor which we launched  in partnership with the 
Gerontological Society of America  and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer Check out additional memes, share them, then learn more about our campaign
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 


If you're a member of Generations United and have a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "News from Our Members," please email Alan King. If you're not a member or supporter, we hope you will consider joining today. Learn more here.

Cul ture United
Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman and Stephen Gammell
"In this affectionate story, three children follow their grandfather up to the attic, where he pulls out his old bowler hat, gold-tipped cane, and his tap shoes. Grandpa once danced on the vaudeville stage, and as he glides across the floor, the children can see what it was like to be a song and dance man. ... Bespectacled, enthusiastic Grandpa clearly exudes the message that you're only as old as you feel, but the children respond - as will readers - to the nostalgia of the moment. Utterly original."-Booklist.
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
The Intergenerational School
The Intergenerational School (TIS) is a successful community public school located in Cleveland, Ohio. In this elementary school adults of all ages participate as co-learners in supporting life-long learning and spirited citizenship.  Read the full profile.

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

2016 Lifespan Respite Care Program: Grants to New States. The Administration for Community Living will provide up to three grants of $200,000 each for planning, establishing and expanding/enhancing Lifespan respite Care systems in the states. Letter of Intent deadline: May 17, 2016. Deadline: June 23, 2016. Learn more

The Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects in Aging 
Based in Chicago, the Retirement Research Foundation is one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. Proposals for direct service and advocacy projects that have a local focus are considered from organizations based in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida. 
Deadline: August 1, 2016.  

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit. This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages.   This resource from Generations United helps communities make intentional efforts to build connections between the generations. 
Ageism in America: Reframing Its Issues and Impacts. American Society on Aging. Washington, DC. June 14, 2016. Learn more

Owning Our Movement, Maximizing Our Impact. The Institute for Educational Leadership. Pittsburgh, PA. June 20 - 22, 2016. Learn more

Better Together: Collaborating for Kids! National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children. Las Vegas, NV. June 22 - 25, 2016. Learn more

In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 2016.  Learn more

Elevate Respite! 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference. ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Denver, CO. Sept. 20-22, 2016. Learn more

The Creative Age Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. Sept. 24-28, 2016.  Learn more

Assets Learning Conference. CFED. Washington, DC. Sept. 28-30, 2016. Learn more

IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference & 24th World Volunteer Conference. International Association for Volunteer Effort and Cemefi. Mexico City, MX. Nov. 3-5 and 7-10, 2016.  Learn more

Global Intergenerational Conference. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more
"A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life." ~Muhammad Ali

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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