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 Volume 11, Issue 21
May 25, 2016

Children of Heroin Crisis Find Refuge in Grandparents' Arms

This New York Times article by journalist, Katharine Q. Seelye does a great job capturing the sacrifices grandparents are making because of the current opioid crisis. Generations United spoke with Seelye several times as she was researching her story. Read the articleand stay tunedGenerations United's 2016 State of Grandfamilies report will focus on the impact of the opioid and heroin epidemic on grandfamilies.

Generations United Welcomes New Board Members
At its May 19 meeting, the Generations United Board of Directors welcomed three new members: Karyne Jones, Janet McUlsky and Dr. Jack Rowe. Congratulations and a warm welcome!  

Karyne Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) and NCBA Housing Management and Development Corporation.
Prior to joining NCBA, Karyne was Executive Director of Federal Relations with SBC Telecommunications, Inc., (now ATT). Before that, s he served for eight years in the Texas Legislature. 

Janet McUlsky  joined Pfizer Inc in November, 2001 and now serves as Senior Director in Alliance Development.  She is responsible for National Alliance Development relationships and strategies for the federal healthcare advocacy community, including organizations representing patients, consumers, seniors, women, nurses, veterans and many others. 
Dr. John Rowe -  a distinguished and recognized scholar, author and leader in the field of aging - is  the former Chairman and CEO of Aetna. He currently is Professor of Health Policy and Aging at Columbia University and leads the Mac Arthur Foundation's Network on Aging Society. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation. 
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of James Appleby, executive director and CEO of The Gerontological Society of America,  is part of our  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign ( #bandAGEofhonor ), which we launched  in partnership with the    Gerontological Society of America  and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer Check out additional memes, share them, then learn more about our campaign
Generations United Shout Out!
Congratulations to our GrAND Network member,  Lynn Urvina !  The Foster Parents Association of Washington State (FPAWS) honored her with the Edith Owen Wallace Award for her work as a Kinship Navigator serving Kinship Caregivers in Washington State's tri-county area. 
Announcing the 2015-2016 Winners of the Listen to a Life Story Contest 
The Legacy Project's annual Listen to a Life Contest includes a young person 8-18 years old interviewing an older adult 50 years or over about their life experiences. 
This years contest awarded a Lenovo Yoga Tablet to the "Grand Prize Timeless Award" winner. The "10 Legacy Awards" honorees received a keepsake timepiece. Read the winning stories.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and new members, Senior Adults for Greater Education and 
Silver Kite Community Arts, LLC, for their contributions.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations! You can also 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.
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 June 30, 2016 . Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
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Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne
In honor of National Foster Care Month, we highlight Jimmy Wayne's Walk to Beautiful, "the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy's horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy now  uses his country music platform to help children everywhere, especially teenagers in foster care who are about to age out of the system." (Publicist) 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
Trinity Senior Living Community and The Institute of Music & Dance 
This week's cool idea comes from our member, LeadingAge, with whom we're partnering for Older Americans MonthTrinity Senior Living Community (TSLC), a LeadingAge member, and The Institute of Music & Dance (IMD) -- through the Kresge Onstage! Program -- developed and conducted the "Seniors & Their Stories" workshop and exhibit. 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

Healthy Aging Initiative in Massachusetts and Rhode Island Funded. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is currently accepting requests in the following two areas: Policy and Advocacy and Foundation President's Leadership Fund. In the Policy and Advocacy category, support is provided for efforts that advance communities toward achieving age-friendly status. The President's Leadership Fund supports community leaders in their work with multiple stakeholders that leads to age-friendly communities and addresses barriers to success in the most vulnerable communities. Letter of Inquiry deadline in both categories: July 20, 2016. Learn more about Policy and Advocacy category | Learn more about The President's Leadership Fund category.

The Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects in Aging 
Based in Chicago, the Retirement Research Foundation is one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. Proposals for direct service and advocacy projects that have a local focus are considered from organizations based in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida. 
Deadline: August 1, 2016.  

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
2016 State of Black America. This 40th edition publication from the National Urban League looks at racial equality in America across economics, education, health, social justice and civic engagement.  Learn more

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit. This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages.   This resource from Generations United helps communities make intentional efforts to build connections between the generations. 
Ageism in America: Reframing Its Issues and Impacts. American Society on Aging. Washington, DC. June 14, 2016. Learn more

Owning Our Movement, Maximizing Our Impact. The Institute for Educational Leadership. Pittsburgh, PA. June 20 - 22, 2016. Learn more

Better Together: Collaborating for Kids! National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children. Las Vegas, NV. June 22 - 25, 2016. Learn more

In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 2016.  Learn more

The Creative Age Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. Sept. 24-28, 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


Global Intergenerational Conference. Generations United. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more
"When the old are not allowed to tell their story, we grow up without history; when the young are not listened to, we lose unique ideas and have no future." ~Gunhild Hagestad

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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