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 Volume 13, Issue 1
January 3, 2018
Generations United in the News
  • In her Huffington Post blog, Donna Butts explains the key role immunizations play in creating healthy communities for people of all ages. Learn more.
  • The Lebanon Daily News highlighted Pennsylvania's grandparents raising grandchildren as a result of the opioid crisis. The article quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and our friend Dr. Matt Kaplan. Read the story
  • In their 5th installment in a series on grandparents raising grandchildren, Wicked Local highlighted grandfamilies impacted by the opioid crisis. The article cites a Generations United report. Learn more.
  • Mission First Housing Group reported on the Plaza West development, which will include affordable housing for grandfamilies in Mount Vernon Triangle. The article also quotes Generations United. Learn more.
  • The Pacific Standard did a story on the opioid crisis and its impact on grandparents raising grandchildren. The article -- which quotes Jaia -- also features our GrAND members, Mercedes Bristol and Delia Martinez, and cites our 2017 State of Grandfamilies report. Learn more.
  • The Press of Atlantic City highlighted grandparents raising grandchildren because of the opioid crisis. The article cites our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report. Read the story.
  • Fox 28 reported on grandparents struggling with raising their grandchildren. The article cites Generations United. Learn more.
Latest Issue of Penn State's Ideas for Intergenerational Living Newsletter Now Available!
This issue highlights new programs, resources, and events in Pennsylvania and on the national and international scenes. Read the full issue.
Adult Day Services Celebrated 25th Anniversary
Congrats to Virginia Tech's Adult Day Services, home to our member and Program of Distinction, Neighbors Growing Together. They celebrated their 25th anniversary last month. Learn more.  
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing member,  Bridge Meadows, and  Donna Butts 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 !

Interns Wanted!

Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for internships beginning in late spring/early summer in Washington, DC. Our internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. Stipends available. Learn more

Resource Spotlight
Valuing Vaccines: Our Partners in Spain

Our partner, the University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain, launched their website as well as their Facebook page and Twitter account as  part of  our   Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations . See the translated infographic, intergenerational discussion guide and factsheet.

We launched the campaign in the United States through partnerships with the   Gerontological Society of America   and the   American Academy of Pediatrics   with support from Pfizer .

In addition to the University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain, Generations United is also working with teams led by the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG)  in Japan . Follow 
Gen X: The Cro-Magnon of Digital Natives
Congrats to our friend, Dr. Thomas Kamber (executive director of Older Adults Technology Services - OATS). His article on the experience of Generation X with technology and aging was published in American Society on Aging's Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging! Read Tom's article.
Culture United
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, this book reveals Maya Angelou's  reflections on a number of life experiences that contribute to the wisdom she shares with future generations (the "daughter she never had"). She also mentions her experience being raised by her grandmother as a young child and the important role her own mother played in encouraging her as she raised her own son. 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
Seniors CONNECT is an intergenerational program based in Scituate, MA. Older adults receive iPads and are paired with Scituate High School student-mentors to help them navigate all its complexities. 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
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program.  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and its partners will award $2 million in grants nationwide. The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations.  Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018.  Learn more.

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 .

2018 AmeriCorps Funding.  The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has funding available for programs that engage participants 55 or older in service that makes a significant impact in their communities. Deadline: Jan. 17, 2018. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Fighting Poverty through Intergenerational Child Care: Connecting three generations for the benefit of all. The Gma Village connects parents with low income who need part-time or odd hour child care support with a group of loving grandmas to care for their children. Their  brief  highlights the benefits of bringing generations together. Learn more.

GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research Practice and Policy. This issue includes a policy brief from Ana Beltran , special advisor to Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies. Ana's brief highlights Generations United's GrAND Voices members. Read the new issue .

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 .
29th Annual National Service-Learning Conference: Justice in Action.  National Youth Leadership Council. St. Paul, MN. March 11-13, 2018. Learn more

2018 Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging.  San Francisco, CA. March 26-29, 2018. Learn more.

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more.
"Each new generation is reared by its predecessor; the latter must therefore
improve in order to improve its successor. The movement is circular." ~Émile Durkheim, French sociologist.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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