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 Volume 12, Issue 33
August 16, 2017
Senators Collins and Casey to Receive Generations United's Grandfamilies Champion Award!
We're thrilled to announce that  Senator Susan Collins  and  Senator Bob Casey  will accept the award during our  2017 State of Grandfamilies  Report release event  on  Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., in the Dirksen Senate Office Building (Room G-11).   The report  will focus on the critical role of grandparents and other relatives in providing safe, nurturing and stable homes for children who have experienced trauma. Register today!
Generations United in the News
  • In celebration of International Youth Day, Donna Butts honored the youth who took part in the Department of Public Information's annual NGO convening at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in early August. Learn more 
  • Last week, Jaia Peterson Lent was among the policy experts at the National Academy of Social Insurance's event on demystifying social security. She and others explained why the social insurance program is important for so many people other than retirees. The event was livestreamed by C-SPAN. Watch the recording.

  • The Fairborn Daily Herald did a story on an intergenerational summer camp. The article quoted Donna. Learn more.
  • The Herald-Palladium the Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor's foster grandparents program as an example of how intergenerational connections are a win-win. The article cites Generations United. Read the article.
Policy Update
During the confirmation hearing for the Assistant Secretary nominee, Lance Robertson, Senator Susan Collins highlighted a bill that would create a task force to support grandparents raising grandchildren. Robertson also spoke about being raised in a  grandfamily . Watch the video.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our new member, Academy for the Love of Learning for their contribution.  Together, 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 !
#BandAGEofHonor Campaign
Our vaccine team in Japan, led by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG), launched an English-version of their site for 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.

Generations United is expanding its international campaign as we continue working with teams led by TMIG and the University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
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Let's End Ageism
In her TED talk, our friend, Ashton Applewhite, addresses stereotypes and assumptions of older adults. She urges her audience to help end ageism. "A movement to end ageism is underway," she said. "I'm in it, and I hope you will join me." Watch her talk.  
Grandparents Day Stories
In honor of Grandparents Day (Sept. 10th), Generations United is collecting stories to possibly feature on our Together Blog. Share your story about a memorable moment with a grandparent or grandfriend. See our submission guidelines
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 
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
Cool Ideas
Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots
With the belief that today's young people are some of the most compassionate, creative, solutionaries our world has seen, Dr. Jane Goodall, the great primatologist and anthropologist, founded Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots. The program helps empower and encourage youth of all ages to pursue their passion, mobilize their peers, and become the leaders our world needs in order to ensure a better future for people, animals, and the environment. 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.
Culture United
Joe's Violin
In this award-winning short documentary, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez, showing how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact.  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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Disney Be Inspired Grant. Disney is awarding $500 to kids implementing service projects in the fall in partnership with nonprofit organizations. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Senior Corps & Health Benefits. According to key findings from a new Senior Corps brief, the volunteers reported improvements in health, physical capacity, anxiety and depression, loneliness and social isolation, and life satisfaction. Learn more

Generations United and NANASP's Placemat Campaign. These placemats from Generations United and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) are designed to get older adults and youth talking about the value of vaccines together. 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 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
2017 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event.  Generations United. Washington, DC. Sept. 13, 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
"Because we owe so much to the past, we have the obligation to try to pass on a world to the next generation which is a little better than the one we inherited so that those who come after, standing on our shoulders, can see a little further and do a little better in turn." ~Robert Ball, former Social Security Commissioner and founder of NASI

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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