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 Volume 11, Issue 41
October 12, 2016
Generations United in the News
In her Next Avenue article, Sherri Snelling focused on the the benefits of multigenerational living. The article quotes  Donna Butts.  "The economic downturn in 2007 to 2009 may have driven families to come together under one roof out of need," she said, "but today this increasing multigen living is by choice." Read the article.

How to talk to children about 2016 election, civility, fear-mongering and responsible citizenship

Every presidential election is a teachable moment. According to our 2012 study, 3 out of 4 grandparents surveyed say voting is a value they plan to pass down to their children and grandchildren. The 2016 election and the tone it has taken offers grandparents and other adults important opportunities to talk about democracy and responsible citizenship. Purdue University put together a list of tips on how adults can explain the election to children and youth. Learn more

Generations United Celebrating International Day of Older Persons
Last week, Donna Butts joined Generations United's United Nations representatives -Susanne Bleiberg-SepersonKevin Brabazon and Sara Peller - to kick off the International Day of Older Persons observance at the United Nations' headquarters in New York. Read the recap.
It's National Book Month!
We're highlighting intergenerational-themed books for children, youth and teens. Generations United used a number of sources to compile this list, which is presented as an intergenerational resource.  Check out our list!
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Intergenerational Celebration in Nepal
Leading up to the International Day of Older Persons, our friends, Ageing Nepal and HelpAge International Nepal, organized a drawing competition with 7th grade students of N.k. Singh Memorial English Preparatory School. An orientation class on IDOP 2016, its theme and relevancy was conducted before on the spot drawing competition.  Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our Board members - Mary Anne Mason, Barb Quaintance and Marvin Waldman - for their  contributions.  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. 

Call for Presentations Extended! Submit by Oct. 31

If you were planning to submit a proposal to present at Generations Remixed, the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference, you're in luck! The deadline has been extended until October 31, 2016. Generations Remixed will cover a wide range of topics and will include four different types of education sessions. Learn more

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New Survey Finds Federal Reductions Drive Overall Decrease in Child Welfare Spending
With 10 years of data now available through the biennial Child Welfare Financing Survey, it is clear that the federal government is investing less in child welfare services and state governments are working to keep funding levels from falling further. States' inability to maintain levels of child welfare spending is a potential threat to the long-term sustainability of child welfare services. Join the conversation by reading Child Trends' new report, national overview, and state-specific data on child welfare spending. Learn more
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
I f 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.  Learn more here .
Call for Reviewers
Generations United is looking for reviewers for movies, books, and music with intergenerational themes. Reviews might be featured in Generations This Week and our  Together blog. Those interested  should fill out this questionnaire.
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of our Board member, Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities,  is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign. T he campaign  is a partnership of Generations United, the  Gerontological Society of America   and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer .   Check out additional memes  and  share them.  Follow  #bandAGEofhonor   and  learn more about our campaign
Culture United
The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
" Lots of dictionaries tell you what an 'alligator' is, or how to spell 'balloon' but they won't explain the difference between a 'ringbeller' and a 'trogglehumper', or say why witches need 'gruntles' eggs' or suggest a word for the shape of a 'Knid'. This dictionary does all those things.  All the words that Roald Dahl invented are here, like 'biffsquiggled' and 'whizzpopping' to remind you what means what, but that is not all. You'll also find out where words came from, rhyming words, synonyms and lots of alternatives for words that are overused.  With real citations from Roald Dahl's children's books and illustrations by Quentin Blake, this is authoritative, engaging and accessible and will inspire and encourage young writers and readers." -Oxford University Press. Learn more

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. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
Let's create intergenerational communities
This week, we feature this article by Wendy Schmitz for the Sheboygan Press. She spent a lot of time thinking about what makes a place where every citizen can thrive and want to live. Her answers came from Generations United's Best Intergenerational Communities Awards. Read Wendy's column to 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
Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program. 
The Foundation's School Garden Grant Program provides support for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools as well as nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016. 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: Phase 1 - Nov. 3, 2016 | Phase 2 - Jan. 20, 2017.  Learn more

Responsive Grants.  The Retirement Research Foundation, which has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.
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Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Busting the Apple Wide Open: The Naked Truth - Confronting Implicit Biases & Breaking Kinship Care Myths. A Second Chance, Inc. This webinar will share strategic insights to private and governmental providers of kinship care on how a values-driven culture is demonstrated in outcomes.  Thurs., Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Learn more

Research & Resources  
Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit.  This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders on how to engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more

Generations United: Because We're Stronger Together.  Generations United 's animated video about the value of intergenerational communities serves as a companion piece to the infographic in our Creating an Age-Advantaged Community Toolkit . The video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video
National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning. The National Summer Learning Association and School's Out Washington. Seattle, WA. Oct. 24-26, 2016. Learn more

LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO. LeadingAge. Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2016. Learn more

IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference & 24th World Volunteer Conference. International Association for Volunteer Effort and Cemefi. Mexico City, MX. Nov. 3-5 and 7-10, 2016.  Learn more
*Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017. (Proposals for presentation due Oct. 31st.)  Learn more  
" I'm 50 percent responsible for three brilliant children and incredibly proud of them and my grandchildren. They're all hard workers and are kind to old English actors." ~Roger Moore, actor best known for his role as James Bond. This Friday, he turns 89!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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