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 Volume 12, Issue 43
October 25, 2017
Generations United in the News
  • Generations United with producers from NBC on the  Today Show story on the opioid crisis impacting grandfamilies. The television broadcast includes a companion article and Q&A , both of which quote Donna Butts . Watch the broadcast , read the companion article and check out the Q&A   to learn more.
  • The  Washington Post did a story on grandparent caregivers struggling with retirement and college costs at the same time. The article quotes our Jaia Peterson LentRead the story.
  • The Chronicle of Social Change reported on the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear an appeal from the state of Kentucky, which could mean more support for caregivers. The article quotes Ana Beltran. Learn more and see our Q&A.
  • The new issue of the European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL) newsletter highlighted our Creating an Age-Advantaged Community toolkit. Learn more
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members!
  • Congratulations to DOROT on the expansion of their Teen Internship Program! They recently partnered with The Riverdale Y Senior Center, opening the door for 11 teens to enhance the lives of 70 older adults in Riverdale. Learn more
  • Pass It Down is building a storytelling platform for a U.S. city! The Chattanooga Memory Project, which will roll out around Thanksgiving, will help young and old collect and share their memories about the city. Learn more.
  • NewBridge on the Charles, a Hebrew SeniorLife facility, was highlighted in a Wicked Local story about a high school grad helping a 97-year-old write a book on aging. Read the article
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.
Honolulu Walks and Kenosha RSVP Mentor Program
2017 Programs of Distinction Designees
Meet Honolulu Walks and Kenosha RSVP Mentor Program
Honolulu Walks  mobilizes diverse groups of people from the bookend generations - youth and seniors - to explore their built environment and generate ideas to make communities more age-friendly.   Read the full profile .

In Kenosha's RSVP Mentor Program, adults 55 years and up serve as positive role models for students in grades Kindergarten-12 who are in need of help with academic, social or life skills. Mentors are matched with students based on the age of the student, gender and school at which the mentor would like to serve. Read the full profile.

Stay tuned to next week to learn more about Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring and ONEGeneration
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing member, Oasis, 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. 

Q&A on D.O. v. Glisson Decision Impacting Grandfamilies

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal seeking to overturn a ruling in D.O. v. Glisson, a federal court case impacting the payment of relatives approved to care for children in Kentucky's foster care system. Read this new Q&A from Generations United about the impact of the decision on children inside and outside of Kentucky. 

Vote for Your Favorite Intergenerational Photos!  
This year, we revived our annual intergenerational photo contest. Voting on this year's best intergenerational photos is now open!  Visit our photo contest and pick your favorite three Voting closes October 31.  
Resource Spotlight
Valuing Vaccines: Tia Mowry
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This meme of Tia Mowry, an actress and model who first gained fame for her teen role as Tia Landry on the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister, 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.

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
The Meyerwitz Stories (New and Selected)
"The Meyerwitz Stories (New and Selected), available now on Netflix, is a slice of life of three generations of a New York family coming together to celebrate the artistic legacy of the family's patriarch, Harold (Dustin Hoffman). Directed by Noah Baumbach and featuring hilarious and touching performances from Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler and Eliza Van Patton, the film is a blend of comedy that navigates the complex lives of the Meyerwitz family." -Adam Hlava | 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
Grandmas2Go/Family Coaches
This week's cool idea is Grandmas2Go/Family Coaches (Jacksonville, OR), which matches volunteer "grandmas" with vulnerable families with young children (0-5) to help fill gaps in service left by stretched public dollars. 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
Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Managing Risk Factors in Kinship Care.   The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released a five-part video training series features internationally-respected kinship care expert, Dr. Joseph Crumbley. The series strengthens the skills of child welfare professionals in supporting families to improve outcomes for children. 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
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
"My life is full of mistakes. They're like pebbles that make a good road." ~ceramic artist Beatrice Wood, who lived to be 105 (see the meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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