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 Volume 12, Issue 48
November 29, 2017
Generations United in the News
  • Curbed's Patrick Sisson explores how multigenerational living is shifting the housing market. His article quotes Donna Butts! Read the article.
  • In his Op-Ed for, Hillbilly Elegy's author J.D. Vance addressed the opioid epidemic heightening the need for kinship care support in Ohio. His article cited Generations United's Grandfamilies Fact Sheet for that state. Read J.D.'s article.
  • Jackson Hole News did a story on a retirement home partnering with a learning center to create a mutually-beneficial program for seniors and kids. Their article cites Generations United's resource on the benefits of intergenerational connections. Learn more.
  • Reporter Steffi Lee highlighted our GrAND Voices member, Gail Gallagher, in her article on prescription drug abuse leading to more grandparents raising grandchildren. The article -- which ran in KTAL NBC 6, KMSS Fox 33, KXAN News, KLST News and KSAN NEWS -- also mentioned Generations United. Read Steffi's article.
HIP Celebrates 20 Years!
Congrats to our friend Phyl Solomon who founded the Habitat Intergenerational Program in 1997. Since its inception, the program continues fostering friendships across generations through activities that reflect the shared values of community service and caring for nature. The program was profiled in Wicked Local. Read the article.

Protect SSBG, Protect Vulnerable Children, Adults and Families from Future Budget Cuts

As Congress seeks to pass major tax legislation, the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) and other programs that serve and protect children, older adults and people with disabilities are being targeted to pay for it. If the tax bill passes, SSBG will be subject to automatic cuts that would eventually eliminate the program if no action is taken.  SSBG gives state and local agencies critical, flexible support to help all ages. Don't let Congress hurt vulnerable children, adults, and families. Tell Congress to protect SSBG from future budget cuts. Learn more about SSBG. Learn more about how SSBG would be impacted by the tax bill.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our new member,  Metro Denver Intergenerational Collaborative - Denver CO, and our renewing members --  Intergeneration Foundation
Kendal at Oberlin and  Pine Harbour Assisted Living --  for their contributions. We also thank our Board members, Barb Quaintance and Mary Anne Mason, as well as  Austin Heyman ,   Bill Libro,   Michigan State University School of Social Work  and T Wiley and Associates, LLC (who gave "in honor of Leon Ronald Thomas")  for their donations.  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 !
New Issue of GrandFamilies is Out!
The new issue of GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy includes a policy brief from Ana Beltran, special advisor to Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies! Ana's paper,
" Federal and State Advances to Support Grandfamilies ," highlights Generations United's GrAND Voices -- caregiver advocates from around the country who elevate their voices, bringing their personal experience of raising relatives to the attention of lawmakers.  Read the full issue .
Jim Farrin, a 2017 AARP Purpose Prize winner
Nominations Now Open for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award - Deadline: March 6, 2018
Nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize, which will present $50,000 to five extraordinary individuals -- ages 50 and older -- who are using their life experience to make a better future for all ages. 
Established  in 2005 by , the Purpose Prize transitioned to its new home at AARP in 2016. In addition to the cash prizes, one of the five winners will be awarded the Andrus Award for Intergenerational Excellence, named for AARP's founder.  See the 2017 AARP Purpose Prize winners , then nominate/apply for the 2018 prize .
Call for Papers - Journal of Intergenerational Relationships
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships is requesting scholarly papers (up to 7,000 words) or From the Field papers (900-2,000 words) on Social Isolation & Loneliness - Intergenerational Perspectives and Response. Learn more.
Resource Spotlight
Valuing Vaccines: Olivia Wilde
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This meme of actress and producer Olivia Wilde , who's best known for her role as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the award-winning series House, is part of  our   Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign, which we launched in the United States through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer .

Generations United expanded 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
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Culture United
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90
In August of 2016, the one and only
Tony Bennett celebrated the milestone occasion of his 90th birthday. This Grammy-nominated album,
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90, is the companion to the birthday celebration event that was filmed in front of a live audience at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on September 15th, 2016. This celebration featured performances by Lady GagaStevie WonderMichael BublĂ©Andrea BocelliTony Bennett and many others. 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
The Great Exchange: Traditions
This week's cool idea is "The Great Exchange: Traditions," an intergenerational lunch discussion that East Liberty Presbyterian Church holds twice a year. The church started this program -- whose prior discussions included music, play, holidays and travel -- three years ago. People of all ages, from teens through elders, participate. 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 Schools Grant.  America's Promise Healthy School Fund will award three to five two-year grants of up to $300,000 to organizations working toward creating healthier school environments  for all children. Deadline: Jan. 22, 2018. Learn more

Responsive Grants. The Retirement Research Foundation awards grants for advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance.  Proposals are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. RRF has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA)'s Learning Community for Family Leaders: Supporting Grandparents. This SAMHSA webinar, whose presenters include Generations United's Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent, will explore resources and opportunities for family-run organizations to develop programming and supports to meet the needs of grandparents raising grandchildren. Jaia will also share the latest data from the field and other available resources. Thurs., Nov. 30 at 3 PM ET.  Learn more.

Research and Resources
Experiences of Being Report. This report from the Beth Johnson Foundation highlights the positive effect of using drama, music and dance in care homes to help people living with dementia. Learn more.

I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together.  The latest 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 .
International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more
"Social insurance is built on awareness that no one can go it alone. True generational equity means acting on that awareness so that those who come after us, and who stand on our shoulders, can see a little further and do a little better in their turn." ~ Robert Ball, former Social Security Commissioner and Founder of National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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