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 Volume 10, Issue 30
July 29, 2015

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale Conference a Success! 

After years of planning, registering, and sweet anticipation, Generations United's Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale conference came - and went too soon. Our special thanks go to our conference leadership team: Mae Mendelson (Hawaii Conference Host Committee), Matt Kaplan (Penn State University), Leng Leng Thang (International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes), Tad Masuda (Japan NGO Council on Aging - JANCA), Alan Hatton-Yeo (International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes) and Mariano Sanchez (University of Grenada). To our attendees, awardees, sponsors, speakers, board members, volunteers, et al, we thank you for your enthusiasm and support. For those who could not attend, we missed you and want to share some of our favorite moments with you. 

Once again, mahalo for making Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale the best conference ever!

Aging2.0 DC's Event Recap
In case you missed the July 1st  Aging2.0  DC's event, here's a recap that includes Donna's keynote presentation. Learn more
#TakeAGrandie for Generations United's Grandie Contest!
What's a grandie? An intergenerational selfie, course! We're looking for the best ones to highlight through our social media and Generations This Week. We will also announce the winner and special prize the week after Grandparents Day. Why not #TakeAGrandie during a family vacation with someone of a different generation and let us know by using the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Learn more
The Results Are in for Generations United's Intergenerational Photo Contest
Thank you to those who voted! And special thanks to our Policy and Program Assistant Adam Otto for coordinating the contest. See the results!
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Congrats, The New Jewish Home!
Our friends at The New Jewish Home, who presented last week at our conference, 
recently  graduated the seventh class of students in their Geriatric Career Development (GCD) program. GCD is a Generations United Program of Distinction. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our conference sponsors, Kevin Brabazon and Mae Mendelson, and our renewing member, Dr. Rana Boroumand Psychological and Mental Health Clinic.   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.
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Grand Family Apartments - Generations United
Presbyterian Senior Services/Grandparent Family Apartments, a 2015 Generations United Program of Distinction, put together this short video in honor of their recent designation. Watch and learn more about their residents! 
Learn More About Our Google Doodle Campaign     

Join our campaign to get Grandparents Day 2015 on Google Doodle! To learn what Google Doodles are and how you can request them, check out our Google Doodle Campaign page. There's even suggested language.

Culture United


"Florida retirees are rejuvenated to adolescent energy, sexuality, and hijinks when they swim in a pool containing pods of aliens. Eventually, the miraculous powers of the pool are lost when scores of elders swarm the pool. In the climactic scene most of the older adults decide to leave with aliens to their planet, where they will have eternal life. A boy, lonely and confused after his mother's divorce, attaches himself to his grandfather and helps his grandfather escape with the aliens, while a young man who runs a charter fishing boat also assists the elders in their escape." -Robert E. Yahnke


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.

What Are You Planning for Grandparents Day?
Let us know  what you're planning for Grandparents Day (Sept. 13!) so we can highlight creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter before the celebrations begin.  Check out our Take Action Guide for ideas on how you can Do Something Grand! Be sure to  visit our website for updates and resources. 
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Cool Ideas
This week's cool idea is  Grandparent/Grandchild Camp at Camp Phillip in Wisconsin, a half-week day camp for grades K and up.  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 Grandparent/Grandchild Camp .
Want to be Considered for a Bookend Blog?
Three years ago, we started a series known as the Bookend Blog. (see:  Betty White's Off Their Rockers .) The series got its name from our contributing writers, youth and older adults, both of whom we refer to as the "bookends" that hold our civil society together. Bookend bloggers comment on current events and offer generational perspectives. Does this sound like you? Read the submission guidelines, then let us know  if you want to be considered for our Bookend Blog.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

Family Volunteer Day Grants. This year, generationOn will be offering grants to schools, HandsOn Network Affiliates and other nonprofit partners who help mobilize families in service on Family Volunteer Day. There will be two types of grant amounts awarded based on the scope of the project and size of the organization undertaking the project. Grants will be awarded in increments of $500 or $1,000. Deadline: August 14, 2015. 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  

The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book

This report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation found that, while data showed improvements in child health and education as a result of the country's economic recovery, more families are struggling to make ends meet. Additionally, a growing number of kids live in high-poverty neighborhoods. Learn more

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof
and Connecting Generations
These excellent Generations United 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!


Lessons Learned in Rural Age-Friendly Communities. Arizona Age-Friendly Network and Lifelong Indiana Coalition. Explores unique advantages and challenges rural communities have in connecting older adults with all generations. Fri., July 31, 8:30 AM MST (11:30 AM EST). Learn more

Celebrate the Power of Experience.  Senior Corps.  Reston, VA. Sept. 9-12, 2015. Learn more

Grandparents As Parents Conference. Grandparents As Parents. Covington, KY. Sept. 11, 2015. Learn more

Tribal Customary Adoption: Making Relatives, Supporting Families. National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). Portland, OR. Sept. 22-23, 2015. Learn more

2015 GIA Annual Conference. Grantmakers in Aging. Washington, DC. October 28-30, 2015. Learn more 

LeadingAge HackFest. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015. Learn more 


International Youth Earth Summit. Montessori Model United Nations. New York, NY. Nov. 11-14, 2015. Learn more


"If you go out in the countryside someplace and build a thousand residential units and have them cheap enough, you'll probably fill the place up. But that's not going to make a community. I think having facilities readily available for people of all kinds, from little kids to the elderly - that's the most important thing of all." ~Robert Simon, founder of Reston, VA.

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We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send us any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, reports and webinars. Local and state events can be shared in our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! My email is I'd love to hear from you!




Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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