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 Volume 10, Issue 25
June 24, 2015
New Film Highlighted in CNN Story That Cites Generations United 
CNN  cited us in a story about Present Perfect , a new intergenerational documentary that explores the very real experience of aging in America - both growing up and growing old. The CNN article cites us on the number of intergenerational programs at long-term care facilities, senior centers and other facilities across the country. The article also highlights the film's director, Evan Briggs's, inspiration for making the film and her new Kickstart campaign to finish funding this worthwhile documentary. Learn more

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale

Meet Generations United's 2015 Award Recipients

We congratulated our recipients last month. Now, we're introducing them. Each week, we'll feature profiles of two recipients. First up...are Dr. Robert Putnam and Michelle Singletary!


Robert Putnam, our closing keynote speaker, is a distinguished political scientist best known for popularizing the concept of social capital - the collective value of our social networks. His recent book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap affecting children and youth. Read the full profile.


Michelle Singletary often cites "Big Mama," her grandmother who raised her, in her nationally-syndicated personal finance column, "The Color of Money," which appears in The Washington Post on Wednesday and Sunday. Her award-winning column is syndicated by The Washington Post Writer's Group and is carried in more than 100 newspapers nationwide. Read the full profile.

Journal of Intergenerational Relationships 
The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships is the forum for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, educators, and advocates to stay abreast of the latest intergenerational research, practice methods and policy initiatives.  Generations United's friends receive a discount on subscriptions! This is the only journal focusing on the intergenerational field integrating practical, theoretical, empirical, familial, and policy perspectives. Learn more
Intergenerational Innovation for Age-Friendly Cities

Join Donna Butts and others next week, July 1, 6pm - 8:30pm, for Aging2.0's Intergenerational Innovation for Age-Friendly Cities, a dynamic discussion between business and policy leaders about the opportunities ahead to make D.C. more age-friendly. The event will also highlight innovations currently underway in the city. Learn more and register

Start Planning Now for Grandparents Day 2015
Grandparents Day is less than three months away (Sept. 13)! Check out our website for resources and updates. Are you going to Do Something Grand?  Let us know, so we can highlight creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter before the celebrations begin.
Intergenerational Learning through the Summer
Summer is officially here! This break from classes gives young people a chance to bond with grandparents or the older adults in their lives. Our Intergenerational Learning Activities guide has fun interactive games and activities to keep all ages  mastering essential learning skills and concepts. Learn more

Applications are Open for LeadingAge's HackFest 2015!

It's that time of year again! Organize an intergenerational team and submit an application to The LeadingAge HackFest, Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, and be among the teams of four to six participants to "Engage with Age" by creating a technology-driven tool aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their families. Learn more

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters.  Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.  You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Culture United

Grandfathers Are Like Gold

Grandfathers Are Like Gold offers gems of hard-earned wisdom, advice, and lighthearted humor by and in honor of grandfathers. Full of insight and wit, this book celebrates the delights of grandfatherhood -- from aging gracefully to spoiling grandchildren. Included are observations from well-known names, such as Garrison Keillor, Jimmy Carter, and Indira Gandhi; words of appreciation from grandkids of all ages; and heartfelt tributes to famous and not-so-famous heroes. 


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. Disclaimer: Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.

Cool Ideas
The South Brunswick Senior Center
This week's cool idea is 
the Senior Center in South Brunswick, NJ, which partners with the local school district to conduct a number of intergenerational programs T weet your cool intergenerational ideas  to   #cooligideas You can also p ost 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 . Learn more about the South Brunswick Senior Center .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

Grants to Massachusetts and Rhode Island Residents. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is currently accepting requests in the following two focus areas: Policy and Advocacy. Support is provided for efforts that advance communities toward achieving age-friendly status. Funded programs should be collaborative and involve participants from all community arenas. Deadline: July 20, 2015. Learn more


Family Literacy. Awards ranging from $200 to $10,000 will be awarded to organizations that support family literacy. The program focuses on fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs, breaking the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more

Generations United encourages you to submit intergenerational projects. If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources
Noodle Soup
This group specializes in developing low-literacy and easy-to-read materials that inspire pregnant women, new moms or parents to take care of themselves and do their best for their children.  Learn more

Caregiving & Senior Health 

This catalog focuses on practical information and is reviewed by both peers and professionals. It provides readers with over 150 tools to support caregivers in their challenging role and to support adults in healthy aging. Learn more

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof
and Connecting Generations
These excellent Generations United resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!
Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale.  Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA.  Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015.   Learn more  

Grandparents As Parents Conference. Grandparents As Parents. Covington, KY. Sept. 11, 2015. Learn more
"One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather." ~Joy Hargrove

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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