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 Volume 13, Issue 21
May 23, 2018
Our Event is Close to Selling Out! Register Today for All In Together! 
If you haven't yet, register today and join Generations United and The Eisner Foundation on June 5 in Washington, DC, as we discuss the value of intergenerational shared sites that serve children, youth and older adults together. Veteran NPR correspondent Ina Jaffe will emcee the event, which will include remarks from's CEO and Generations United's Strategic Advisor Marc Freedman, Dr. Shannon Jarrott and Donna Butts

The event will also include a panel discussion, featuring:
  • Derenda Schubert, Executive Director, Bridge Meadows, Portland, OR
  • Enrique Stephenson, Student, Geriatric Career Development Program, New York, NY
  • Marilyn Haskel, Resident, Collington Kendal, Mitchellville, MD
Learn more and register today!
Generations United in the News
  • In her piece for AgingToday, Donna Butts makes the case for why aging advocacy is an intergenerational issue. Read her article to learn how.
  • In or near Yarmouth, MA on Thurs., May 31? Our Senior Fellow Nancy Henkin is leading a discussion on the biases and stereotypes people of all ages face. Learn more.
Apply Today! Be Recognized as a Program of Distinction
Does your intergenerational program meet critical needs in your community? Does it provide clear, meaningful roles for participants of all ages and abilities? Do you go above and beyond to train staff and participants? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have what it takes to be named an intergenerational Program of Distinction! Each year, we recognize outstanding programs across the country that reflect the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations.  The deadline to apply is August 1, 2018 Contact Irv Katz  with any questions.  Learn more.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society . If you're an organization,  join us !
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Culture United
Once Upon A Time
"This ABC show chronicles the adventures of fairy tale characters trapped in the real world. It features multiple generations of a family headed by grandparents, Prince Charming and Snow White, working together to break the curse that brought them to the real world. The series recently concluded its seventh and final season." 
- Adam Otto |  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.
Cool Ideas
Family-Friendly Dojo
A black belt in karate, Dr. Matt Kaplan, a professor of agriculture and extension education at Penn State University, runs a family-oriented dojo in State College where most of the students come in intergenerational pairs that include grandparent and grandchild. The dojo was highlighted in a Penn State News article. Learn more about the intergenerational dojo.

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
Gen2Gen Encore Prize. The Gen2Gen Encore Prize, offering $100,000 in cash prizes, coaching and a year of ongoing support, is looking for innovative programs, products and services to tap the talent of 50+ adults to help young people thrive. Deadline: May 25, 2018. Learn more.

Art Works Grant.  The National Endowment for the Arts support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.  Second Art Works Deadline: July 12, 2018. Learn more.

Seed Grants Available for Programs that Support Grandfamilies. We're thrilled that our long-time partner, The Brookdale Foundation, will award grants of $15,000 each to 15 programs that create or expand supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children!  Deadline: June 13, 2018.   Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Intergenerational made easier...
Each month, Bridges Together is creating a theme-based How-To-Guide that includes 1) conversation starters, 2) easy activities and 3) soup to nuts 90-minute program guide. Recent themes include "Engage at Every Age" for Older Americans Month, Outside the Classroom: Helping Others While Having Fun and "Summer Movies." Receive your free How-to-Guide by filling out this form online.

Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice.  This report describes findings from a year-long study on the nature and extent of intergenerational programming in senior housing that was conducted by Generations United and LeadingAge, with support from the Retirement Research Foundation.  Learn more.
"All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive." Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Washington, DC. June 5, 2018. Learn more .

Taking Action: Acting Locally Linking Globally. National Youth Leadership Council. St. Paul, MN. June 18-21, 2018. Learn more.

National Caregivers Conference. The Family Resource Network. Iselin, New Jersey. Oct. 11, 2018. Learn more.

Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more.
Elders are "like flowers and trees. If we are not watered, we cannot grow." ~Han Zicheng, one of millions of Chinese seniors growing old alone. He put himself up for adoption and was profiled in the Washington Post

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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