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 Volume 12, Issue 32
August 9, 2017
Register Today for Generations United's 2017 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event
Join us on   Wed., Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., in the Dirksen Senate Office Building (Room G-11) when we release Generations United's 2017 State of Grandfamilies Report and present the Grandfamilies Champion Award. This year's report will focus on the critical role of grandparents and other relatives in providing safe, nurturing and stable homes for children who have experienced trauma.   Register today!
Generations United in the News
  • CBS News did a story on children placed with grandparents amid the opioid epidemic. The story cites numbers from our report. Watch the video.
  •'s Christine Romero profiled families for her story on multigenerational living. The article includes a quote from Donna Butts. Learn more
NANASP and Generations United's New Placemat Campaign to Encourage Vaccinations
These placemats from Generations United and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) are just in time for Grandparents Day and ahead of flu season. You can use them at a senior center, with home-delivered meals or at the dinner table with a grandparent or grandchild. They are designed to get older adults and youth talking about the value of vaccines together. Download your printable placemat template, which includes discussion questions to get you started. 
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! 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 !
Policy Update
Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Representative Peter King (R-NY) introduced the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (H.R. 3105), a companion bill to the Senate bill (S. 1091) which was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA) in May. The bill would create a federal task force on grandparents and other relatives raising children. Learn more and urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the bill.
September is Go4Life Month!  
Go4Life Month is a national campaign to raise the awareness about the health benefits of physical activity for all ages. If you're 50 and older, Do Something Grand this Grandparents Day by modeling good physical activity and healthy eating habits for your grandchildren, or a grand friend.  Learn more 
Grandparents Day Stories
In honor of Grandparents Day (Sept. 10th), Generations United is collecting stories to possibly feature on our Together Blog. Share your story about a memorable moment with a grandparent or grandfriend. See our submission guidelines
Call for Papers - GrandFamilies Journal 
The editors of  GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy invite authors to submit manuscripts that examine new or emerging practice methodologies, program evaluation and policy perspectives related to grandparent-headed families.  Learn more 
Conference Request for Partners 
Bring the Intergenerational Field to Your Backyard
Generations United is looking for potential partner(s) to co-convene the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference in 2019. Letters of Interest should be submitted by Fri., September 15, 2017. Learn more
Cool Ideas
Senegal's Dancing Grandmothers
This week's cool idea are Senegal's Dancing Grandmothers, who are using their influence to promote modern medicine and health care, and discuss issues from family planning and malnutrition to maternal mortality. 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
A Little Help with Carol Burnett
This unscripted comedy, is coming soon to Netflix. The show will star Carol Burnett and a panel of straight-talking 4- to 8-year-olds as they demonstrate how different generations solve life's biggest dilemmas. In each half-hour episode, the kids will face real-life issues brought before them by both celebrities and everyday people and will dish back guidance in front of a live studio audience. 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.
#BandAGEofHonor Campaign
This meme of comedian and writer Jimmy Kimmel, who's best known as the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is  part of  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations , an awareness-raising campaign that promotes vaccines for all ages. In the United States, the campaign started in partnerships between Generations United, the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. See more memes .

Generations United is expanding its international campaign as we continue working with teams led by the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG) in Japan and the University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Disney Be Inspired Grant. Disney is awarding $500 to kids implementing service projects in the fall in partnership with nonprofit organizations. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together. The new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live. Learn more
2017 GrandFacts Sheets. This resource from Generations United and our national advocacy partners is an important starting place for grandparents and other relatives raising children. The GrandFacts Sheets provide state-specific information on local program resources, benefits and data for grandfamilies. Learn more
2017 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event.  Generations United. Washington, DC. Sept. 13, 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
"Someone once asked me how old I am inside. I thought about it, and came up with, 'I'm about eight.' So it's going to be a lot of fun playing with kids my age." ~Carol Burnett on her upcoming show, A Little Help with Carol Burnett, which will star her and a panel of 4- to 8-year olds.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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