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 Volume 10, Issue 24
June 17, 2015

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale

Join us next month in Hawaii!

Learn about innovative intergenerational research and practices from around the world, experience hands-on intergenerational opportunities, network with practitioners from over 10 countries and share ideas and resources that will impact your work and your community. Check out our list of speakers, which includes Dr. Robert D. Putnam (political scientist, professor and author of the ground-breaking Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis and the best-selling Bowling Alone). Here's our conference agenda! Register today and save $100!

Opening for an Intergenerational Position in Blacksburg, VA!

Neighbors Growing Together, a Generations United Programs of Distinction, is seeking a Therapeutic Program Manager for their Virginia Tech Adult Day Services. This person will be responsible for planning and implementing therapeutic programming for older adult participants as well as teaching and training undergraduate students across health and human services disciplines. The position requires a Master's Degree. See full job description

Start Planning Now for Grandparents Day 2015
Sept. 13 is Grandparents' Day! Are you going to Do Something Grand?  Let us know, so we can highlight creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter before the holiday.
Environmental Info for Caregivers

In time for summer, the EPA released easy-to-read fact sheets for caregivers on environmental health issues that include advice on how to stay safe during a heat wave and how to find out about the air quality where you live, which could prevent an asthma or heart attack. They also have a guidebook on how to make your community a great place for all ages and ways you can get involved. Learn more

Project TRIP: Transforming Relationships Through Intergenerational Programs

Dr. Shannon Jarrett and Dr. Karen DeBord, along with other colleagues in Human Development, created an online professional development course for staff members of both adult and child care service providers interested in implementing intergenerational programs. The purpose of this course is to present emerging best practices associated with intergenerational programs. Learn more

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters.  Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.  You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Culture United

How to Babysit a Grandpa

New York Times bestselling picture book - from the creators of the HOW TO... series - about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play). Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!


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. Disclaimer: Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.

Cool Ideas
Red Hook Community Farm
This week's cool idea is Red Hook Community Farm, a vibrant community resource where young and old work, study and grow together as they sow, nurture and harvest plants on a 2.75 acre urban farm.  T weet your cool intergenerational ideas  to   #cooligideas You can also p ost 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 . Learn more about Red Hook Community Farm .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

Grant to Massachusetts and Rhode Island Residents. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is currently accepting requests in the following two focus areas: Policy and Advocacy. Support is provided for efforts that advance communities toward achieving age-friendly status. Funded programs should be collaborative and involve participants from all community arenas. Deadline: July 20, 2015. Learn more


Family Literacy. Awards ranging from $200 to $10,000 will be awarded to organizations that support family literacy. The program focuses on fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs, breaking the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more

Generations United encourages you to submit intergenerational projects. If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources
Going Solo While Raising Children with Disabilities
In Going Solo, Dr. Laura E. Marshak, a psychologist and "solo parent," addresses the needs of mothers and fathers, and grandparents too, who are on their own raising children with disabilities as a result of choice or circumstance. Learn more

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof
and Connecting Generations
These resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!
Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale.  Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA.  Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015.   Learn more  
In the News                
In France, according to a BBC Radio 4 segment, an intergenerational home-sharing program is a win-win for the young and old. Listen to the show.
"You aren't just the age you are. You are all the ages you ever have been."  ~Kenneth Koch

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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