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 Volume 8, Issue 47
November 20, 2013
Registration Now Open for December 10 Release of Our Latest Signature Report
Come learn about innovative transportation and housing solutions Dec. 10 at the National Press Club, from 9:30am to 10:45am ET when we release our new report, Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America. Along with our partner the Generations Initiative, we explore the zero-sum framework that sets up a false conflict between our older and younger generations. This chapter in our national story demands a new vocabulary: E Pluribus Unum, "out of many, one." National policy experts and others will discuss and re-examine key issues through the lens of age and race diversity. Ron Brownstein (National Journal) will moderate a panel discussion featuring Angela Glover-Blackwell (PolicyLink), Vanessa Cardenas (Center for American Progress), William Frey (Brookings Institution), and Eugene Steuerle (Urban Institute). Register today! 

null Extended Deadline for the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards 

Want to show what your community's made of? Apply for our 2014 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards, made possible by MetLife Foundation. No community's too big or too small.  Deadline to Dec. 6.   Check out all the information about the awards, including a powerpoint answering some of the most commonly asked questions.  Contact Leah Bradley  with questions.

Generations United Quoted in a Front Page Sunday Post Article

Donna Butts spoke with Washington Post reporter Tara Bahrampour for her article ("Older District residents feel ignored by businesses aimed at the young and the hip," November 17). Donna suggested a multigenerational approach to development that might require restaurants to be quieter and brighter in the early evening and louder and dimmer in the late evening. Read the full article 

New Guidebook Highlights How Technology Unites Generations

Last year, my wife and I bought our niece a Nabi kid tablet for her third birthday. Watching her play audiobooks and catch up on her favorite TV shows were enough to intrigue my parents -- her "Nana" and "Poppa". A year later, Poppa still sneaks off with her tablet to play Angry Birds. And Nana's talking about getting her own iPad to stream movies and update her Facebook profile my sister created for her.


This is one example of how technology's connecting people across age groups. Generations United, along with Penn State University, produced a guidebook, Using Technology to Connect Generations, on this topic as well as profiled intergenerational technology programs.  If you aren't included in the profiles, take this survey so we can highlight your good work - it's not too late! Learn more 

Teen Connects Older Relatives to the Present
One night, Celine Torkan, an 18-year-old student, interrupted her family's Monday Poker Night session to ask the older adults in the room if they had a Facebook page. "No, it looks too complicated," she remembered them saying. "I don't go on the Internet, I just watch TV." She looked at her iPhone, then "at the old, beat up, flip phones on the table" and knew she had to show her older relatives technology's a good thing. Read on 
A Huge Thanks to Our Supporters

Generations United thanks JT Martin, Austin Heyman, Lisa Lipsey, Bill Libro and Susan Goff Mason -- all of whom save donations to help us meet our matching goal of $75,000. Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can help, too! Click & help us meet our goal.

Jim Dawkins's Advice on Leading a Multigenerational Workforce
Jim Dawkins, a manager at a Fortune 500 company, offers his tips on how other managers can benefit from "having a well-rounded team." His advice list includes Tip #3: Insist on Collaborative Communication. "You can't let one generation dominate the conversation," according to Dawkins. "Someone who's been at the company for a long time may think she has all the answers, or someone who's new to the company may be eager to convince everyone to try new ideas. You need both the seasoned hand and the fresh perspective." Read on

November is National Family Caregivers Month

This month the nation celebrates National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor the relatives, friends, and neighbors who care for loved ones. President Obama issued a proclamation. This year, the Children's Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Services is rolling out their campaign, Partnering for Permanency. This social media focus emphasizes partnerships necessary to foster permanency. Learn more  

This Week (Nov. 17-23) is 'Family Week'

It's fitting that, with Thanksgiving next week, this month is a time to focus on family. With that in mind, The Morning Star published an article about the essential role grandparents and older adults play in young families that are busier. For starters, they offer stability to a household with young children. Read more

Washington's Grandfamilies Celebrate Grandparents Day with the State's First Lady
Fifteen grandfamilies -- or households headed by grandparents and other relatives raising children -- gathered from Washington State's nine counties for a special "tea" with the state's First Lady Trudy Inslee. The event featured special presentations from youth, including live music from a young fiddler, individual photos with the First Lady, who gave the children a tour of the private family quarters
1st place photo by
Mira, 15, and David, 49.

Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder 2013 Contest Winners

Generations United is pleased to partner with the Environmental Protection Agency and cosponsor the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest. Carson's appreciation of the natural world lives on through a contest for intergenerational teams. Learn more about the winners.   

Funding Opportunities

General Grant. Generations United encourages intergenerational proposals. The Retirement Research Foundation is offering a request for proposal for efforts that improve access to quality community-based and long-term services and supports. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014. Learn more 


Arts & Aging Grants. The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) and MetLife Foundation provides $5,000 grants for arts and aging program in three areas: Lifelong Learning, Health and Wellness, and Community Engagement. Deadline: Dec. 13, 2013. Learn more

Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships. Sodexo Foundation invites applications for its STOP Hunger Scholarship program, which honors the efforts of young people working to end hunger in the United States. Applications accepted beginning October 5, 2013. Deadline: Dec. 5, 2013. Learn more

null 2014 Youth Garden Grants. The National Gardening Association is offering $1,000 in supplies and funding to 20 winners -- school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Deadline: Dec. 6, 2013. Learn more

Community Gardening Grants. ProjectOrange Thumb, sponsored by Fiskars, offers community gardening grants up to $5,000 in cash to ten winners, who also get Fiskars garden tools to help support their neighborhood beautification goals. Deadline: Dec. 31, 2013 Learn more  

Great Resources
Intergenerational Relations: European Perspectives in Family and Society (University of Luxembourg) This book focuses on conceptual issues, multigenerational and cross-cultural perspectives that affect relations between generations in family and society. Learn more

Pivot Point: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2013

National Women's Law Center released a state-by-state report showing that, while families in 27 states are better off today than they were a year ago under one or more key child care policies, families in 24 states are doing worse. Learn more

Let's Talk: Starting the Conversation about Health, Legal, Financial and End-of-Life Issues 
Through a partnership with The Conversation Project, the Eldercare Locator released a new consumer guide that helps older adults and their loved-ones through difficult conversations this holiday season. Learn more

Webinar Series
The Stages of Change: Using the Transtheoretical Model to Drive Outcomes
Social Solutions will host a Q&A style webinar that provides an overview of the Transtheoretical Model, used by professionals around the world, that helps programs in the business of helping people make positive life changes. Dec. 12, 3:00-4:30 pm EST Learn more
LeadingAge's Calls for Proposal. Submit thought-provoking proposals on creative approaches, innovative practices and emerging trends impacting aging services for the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, Oct. 19-22, 2014 (Nashville, TN). Proposal deadline: Nov. 22. Learn more 

AFTER THE LEAP: "Building a Performance Management Culture." Perform Well. Washington, DC. Dec. 3 - 4. Learn more    

Governor's Conference on Aging. Illinois Department of Aging. Chicago, IL. Dec. 11-13. Opening day will include Special Intensive: Why News Matters across Generations. To learn more, contact Gidget Freeberg    


28th National Training Institute (NTI). ZERO TO THREE. San Antonio.  

Dec. 11-14, 2013. Learn more 


In 2014  

26th Annual Policy Research Conference: "Strengthening the Web of Financial and Retirement Security for Today's Working Americans."  National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Washington, DC. Jan. 29-30, 2014. Learn more  


2014 National Bullying Conference. School Safety Advocacy Council. 

Orlando, Fla. Feb. 26-28, 2014. Learn more   


Blue Jeans Birthday Bash - AGHE's 40th Anniversary Celebration. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Washington, DC. March 1. Learn more


International Study Tour to Taiwan. Intergenerational Center at Chaminade University (Honolulu). Taiwan. March 11-18, 2014. Learn more
MONUMENTAL: 25th Annual National Service Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council and YSA. Washington, DC. April 9-12, 2014. Learn more  


Global Summit on Childhood 2014. Association for Childhood Education International. Vancouver, British Columbia. April 10-13, 2014. Learn more   


Read by 21 Annual Meeting. Read by 21. Northern Kentucky. April 22-24, 2014. Learn more



"Break Barriers, Open Doors: For an Inclusive Society for All." International Day of Persons with Disabilities. United Nations. Dec. 3, 2013. Learn more. 

In the News
  • Omaha's $4.6 million Learning Center to Provide Hope for Low-income Children Facing Language Barriers Read more 
  • Prestige Assisted Living's Singing Residents Prepare for their Holiday Tour Read more 
  • Multigenerational Businesses Provides Continuity to a Colorado Community Read more  

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared."  ~Buddha

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