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 Volume 12, Issue 19
May 10, 2017
Can't Come to Washington, D.C. for the Rally? Join the Virtual Rallly!
The live stream is up! Tune in today at 1pm to watch the GrandRally. You can also raise your voice from home by doing a GrandRally call-in to your members of Congress or raise awareness through social media. Learn more
Generations United in the News
  • In a new Huffington Post blog, Donna Butts highlighted the 5th National GrandRally and the import role of grandparents raising grandchildren. Learn more
  • The new issue of Grand Magazine is out! It includes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent's article on the opioid epidemic and its impact on grandparents raising grandchildren. Read the article.
  • Pennsylvania State Senator Gene Yaw cited Generations United's 2016 State of Grandfamilies report on the opioid epidemic and its impact on grandparents raising grandchildren. Learn more
2017 GrandFacts Sheets are Available!
National advocates recently partnered to update and enhance a key resource, "GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children." This resource, an important starting place for families, provide state-specific information on local program resources, benefits and data for grandfamilies. Learn more 

Generations United thanks our partners The Brookdale Foundation Group, AARP, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Casey Family Programs, ChildFocus, Child Trends and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Register today for United We Thrive: The Power of Intergenerational Unity!
Join Generations United and The Eisner Foundation for a joint release of a new survey and report on May 16 at the National Press Club in the Holeman Lounge. The event, to be emceed by journalist and political analyst Juan Williams, will include The Eisner Foundation awarding The Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence to DOROT, a long-time Generations United member and Program of Distinction! Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Maureen Statland for her donation.  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!
Conference Session Snapshot
Check out our Session Snapshot for a preliminary list of presentations and speakers that will be featured at the 19th Global Intergenerational Conference. With a wide range of topics and presenters from all over the world, this is sure to have you counting down the days until Generations Remixed! Learn more
EPA Workshop: "Extreme Events, Environmental Health and the Elderly"
Join the Environmental Protection Agency for an upcoming Trans-federal workshop at EPA headquarters in Washington DC on June 13-14, 2017. This workshop will explore the scientific evidence for concern about the elderly and their environmental health. The workshop will additionally highlight existing resources for promoting resilience or minimizing risk for the elderly and explore policy needs related to research, services and resources for the elderly. Learn more
Cool Ideas
Penacook Community Center 
This week's cool ideas are the intergenerational programs at Penacook Community Center in New Hampshire. 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
Nancy And Beth by Nancy And Beth
Nancy And Beth is a musical duo made up of Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt. The 30-year age difference between them shows the potential unleashed when the generations come together. On their self-titled album, Nancy And Beth, the two women cover everything from jazz standards to George Jones to Gucci Mane's "I Don't Love Her." 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 Generations United's Board Chair Matthew Melmed, executive director of ZERO TO THREE, is part of Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations , an awareness-raising campaign we launched in the United States through partnerships with 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
Lifespan Respite Funding Opportunity.  The Administration for Community Living will fund up to two cooperative agreements with a federal funding level of up to $200,000 per award for a 36 month project period. The grant will fund planning, establishing and expanding/enhancing Lifespan Respite Care systems in the states. Deadline: June 14, 2017. Learn more

Funding Opportunity for Early Career Researchers to Increase Health & Equity. New Connections, a national project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a career development program for early career researchers. The program offers funding to investigators from "historically disadvantaged backgrounds" - challenges individuals may have faced because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical, learning or other disability, or because they are first-generation college graduates. Deadline: May 16, 2017. Learn more

Campus Interfaith Innovation Grants. Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is offering grants of $4,000-$5,000 to institutions of higher education that are turning religious diversity into a unifying force. Through the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Fetzer Institute, IFYC is offering multiple granting opportunities.  Deadline: May 15, 2017.  Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Support for Grandfamilies. Generations United's report highlights the opioid epidemic and its impact on grandparents raising grandchildren. The report also offers recommendations to help guide the development of supportive federal and state policies and services for grandfamilies. Learn more
United We Thrive: The Power of Intergenerational Unity.  Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. May 16, 2017. Washington, DC. Learn more
2017 Global Intergenerational Conference - Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for  Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

National Foster Parent Association 2017 Education Conference. NFPA. June 21-24, 2017. Houston, TX. Learn more

The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. IAGG and The Gerontological Society of America. San Francisco, CA. July 23-27, 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
"I'll continue to look for ways to support the grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives who step up as caregivers.  Their role is invaluable to the children in their lives and to society as a whole." ~Senator Chuck Grassley in statement after the 2011 GrandRally

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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