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 Volume 12, Issue 28
July 12, 2017
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Generations United in the News
  • The Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - created in partnership between Generations United, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and The Annie E. Casey Foundation - is featured in the current issue of AdoptUsKids' E-Notes newsletter. Learn more

  • "America's opioid crisis: The grandparents' burden" - Generations United helped make this BBC News story possible by providing reporter/producer Maria Chiu with background on how the opioid crisis impacts grandfamilies. We also helped connect her with the families featured in this story. Watch the video.
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
  • Our member, Link Generations, is partnering with Ingleside at King Farm Retirement Community for a storytelling series for high school students and older adults. Learn more 
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 .
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new members, Children's Leadership Council  and 
Northland  Foundation, for their contribution. 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!
Generations United in ABA Child Law Practice Publication
Our Special Advisor Ana Beltran has two articles published in the Special Kinship Issue of the American Bar Association's Child Law Practice publication. Her first article shares resources for grandparents raising the children of the opioid epidemic. Her second article, co-authored with Heidi Epstein (director of Kinship Policy and assistant director of State Projects at ABA Center on Children and the Law), highlights resources from national organizations working on behalf of kinship families. Access both articles. Subscribe to read the full issue. 
2017 Best Intergenerational Communities
Introducing...City of Surprise, AZ!
Learn more about our national finalist, City of Surprise, Arizona. Their large number of retirees and significant young family population make Surprise a community where the intergenerational commitment is woven through all aspects of daily life. Read their profile.
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Generations United Offers the United Nations a Universal Solution to Ageism
During last week's working session of the General Assembly's Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) at United Nations headquarters, Dr. Susanne Bleiberg Seperson, a Generations United UN representative and a member of the Sub-Committee on Intergenerational Relationships of the NGO Committee on Ageing/New York, advocated for intergenerational solidarity as one way to combat ageism internationally. "While the negative stereotypes of ageing need to continually be recognized and combatted," she said, "we maintain that one of the possible solutions lies in the recognition and advocacy of mutual benefits from positive interactions between young and old." Read Dr. Seperson's full statement.
In response to the travel ban, especially the language around who are considered "bona fide relatives," people are posting photos of themselves with their grandparents to show that a grandparent's love is bona fide. Learn more, then check out #GrandparentsNotTerrorists
20% off printed or eBook version of Intergenerational Pathways to a Sustainable Society 
The 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. The book - which includes a forward by Donna Butts - presents major intergenerational theories and research studies from a wide range of settings and objectives. It 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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Conference Request for Partners 
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 Fri., September 15, 2017. Learn more
Programs of Distinction
No Program Too Big or Too Small
Apply to become a Program of Distinction like P&J Beacon Buddies Program! Read their profile. Generations United's Program of Distinction designation serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program.   The deadline to apply is August 1, 2017 Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.
Cool Ideas
Marilyn's Lifelong Educational Center
This week's cool idea is Marilyn's Lifelong Educational Center in Ohio, which provides children hands-on learning and guidance by pairing them with older adults. 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 .
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Culture United
Age is More
The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project is an intergenerational partnership between  Revera  and  Reel Youth . Local youth spent two weekends getting to know older adults who reside at Windermere On The Mount Retirement Community, then created films about how they are living life to the fullest. 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.
Vaccine Memes
This meme of  two-time World champion and the 1992 U.S. champion , Kristi Yamaguchi, is part of Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations , an awareness-raising campaign that promotes vaccines for all ages. In the United States, the campaign started in partnerships between Generations United, the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. See more memes .

Generations United is now working with the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology in Japan and the University of Granada in Spain to lead the work in their countries. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Evidence2Success Grant. The Annie E. Casey Foundation invites proposals from localities interested in becoming new Evidence2Success communities. The grant i nvolves communities in assessing social problems and improving the well-being of their children. 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

Lifespan Respite Care Program Grant. 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, 2017Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Prevention Strategies for Youth and Young Adults. Relias Learning. This webinar will highlight youth-oriented opioid use disorder (OUD) prevention strategies and motivational interviewing for youth and young adults as well as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for OUD for youth and young adults.  Tomorrow, July 13 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Learn more

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. Learn more
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. 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
"You have to keep the young adventurer inside your heart alive long enough for it to someday reemerge. It may take some coaxing and some courage, but that person is in you always, never growing old." ~Granny Haddock, she was an American political activist from New Hampshire. She lived to be 100!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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