Generations This Week
June 21, 2017
Volume 12, Issue 25


After years of planning, registering and sweet anticipation, the 19 th  Global Intergenerational Conference came - and went - too soon. Our special thanks to our conference partners, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care , our leadership team 
Larry Cooper (Children's Home Network),  Shannon Jarrott (The Ohio State University),  Stephanie Sue Stein (public policy and aging consultant and advocate) and  Robin Tillotson (Chicago Department of Family & Support Services); and all the members of the conference planning committee. To our attendees, awardees, sponsors, speakers, board members, and volunteers, we thank you for your enthusiasm and support. For those who could not attend, we missed you and want to share some of our favorite moments with you. Check out the recaps for  Tuesday , Wednesday,  Thursday  and  Friday .
Once again, thank you for making the 19th Global Intergenerational Conference the best ever!

Want to bring the intergenerational field to your backyard?

Generations United is looking for potential partner(s) to co-convene the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference in 2019. Letters of Interest should be submitted by September 15, 2017.  Learn more

U.S. Capitol
Relative Foster Parent Bill Passes House

L ast night the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act  (H.R. 2866) in a landslide victory 382 to 19. The legislation will require action next on the Senate. Read the bill  and be sure to thank your members of Congress for their support!

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 August 1, 2017Contact Emily Patrick with any questions.  Learn more

20% off printed or eBook version of Intergenerational Pathways to a Sustainable Society 

T he new book by Matthew Kaplan, Mariano Sanchez and Jacobus Hoffman highlights potential contributions of intergenerational practice to health and well-being, education, work policies, and family; presents major intergenerational theories and research studies from a wide range of settings and objectives; shares basic themes that are seemingly "universal" across geographic regions and cultural contexts; and includes regional case studies, applications, models and approaches. 

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We thank our renewing member  VISIONS/Service for the Blind & Visually Impaired.  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!

Stage Right - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Stage Right  in Milwaukee (featured during the closing session of the Global Intergenerational Conference and during a pre-conference site visit) strives to improve the quality of life for older adults by giving voice to people with memory loss through partnering with youth performers to create original musicals. Stage Right is made up of local performers and artists who wish to share the joy of collaborative, intergenerational art-making in their community.
The program strives to highlight the wonderful benefits behind creative engagement in senior care. Stage Right hosts interactive workshops with seniors of all abilities, in which participants work together to create short original musicals. Over the course of three visits, older adults become the playwrights, lyricists, choreographers, and performers. The workshops use techniques that are safe for all abilities and focus on the present moment, allowing older adults with memory loss to contribute equally to those without.


The Academy Award nominated documentary film, Legacy features the Collins family, who for four generations were trapped in urban poverty, depending upon welfare and living in one of the oldest and most dangerous public housing projects in America-Chicago's Henry Horner Homes. Yet, unlike tens of thousands in their situation, they found the community support structures-and internal spirit-to strengthen their family and transcend the economic and social conditions of their lives.  The filmmaker, Tod Lending talked about the making of the film and the Collins family during the opening session of the recent Global Intergenerational Conference. Order a copy of Legacy


The Annie E. Casey Foundation invites proposals from localities interested in becoming new Evidence2Success communities. The Foundation plans to select one to three new communities that will implement the Evidence2Success framework, beginning in spring 2018.  Applications are due August 4, 2017, by 5 p.m. EDT.  Learn more

The Administration for Community Living expects to make 10-15 three-year awards to States who previously have received grants under this program. Grantee will be asked to carefully examine the extent to which their state has a Lifespan Respite System and propose approaches that enable greater realization of such a system.  Deadline: July 18, 2017 Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to

Research and Resources

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. 

2017 GrandFacts Sheets.  This resource from Generations United and our national advocacy partners is an important starting place for grandparents and other relatives raising children. The GrandFacts Sheets provide state-specific information on local program resources, benefits and data for grandfamilies. 


National Foster Parent Association 2017 Education Conference. NFPA. 
June 21-24, 2017. Houston, TX.  Learn more
The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. IAGG and The Gerontological Society of America. 
San Francisco, CA. July 23-27, 2017.  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
International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing.  International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more

"If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generations, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself."
-Charles M. Schulz
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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United

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