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 Volume 12, Issue 13
March 29, 2017
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Generations United is a CoNGO Member!
This membership in the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations opens the way for Generations United to formally request the establishment of an NGO committee on Intergenerational Solidarity. For approval, the request requires an additional 19 requests from NGOs that are accredited in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and are also members of CoNGO. UN Representatives for Generations United - Dr.  Susanne Bleiberg-Seperson  and Kevin Brabazon - are working with the chairperson and members of the Intergenerational Subcommittee of the NGO Committee on Ageing to organize the other requests. The establishment of a separate, independent committee addressing intergenerational issues is considered important to ensure that this perspective contributes to social development, human rights and other issues under consideration at the UN.
Generations United Honored at ASA's Aging in America Conference
AARP's Debra Whitman hosted a reception at the American Society on Aging's Conference in Chicago to honor Next Avenue's Influencers in Aging. In 2015, Next Avenue added Donna Butts to that list for her 20 years of inspiring people of different ages to work together toward a common purpose. Next Avenue's list of Influencers also includes many of Generations United's respected friends and colleagues. 
Generations United in the News
  • Healthline did a story based on a study that found older adults who have children and grandchildren live longer than those who don't. The article quotes Donna Butts. Read the article.
  • McKnight's Senior Living covered the Senate Aging Committee's hearing, "Grandparents to the Rescue: Raising Grandchildren in the Opioid Crisis and Beyond." The article cited Jaia Peterson Lent's testimony. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing member, Ohio Family Care Association, 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!
A Victory for All Ages
Last week's attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed when Congress was unable to secure enough votes in support of the repeal and proposed American Health Care Act. Leading children, y outh  and aging advocacy groups are applauding the outcome as a victory for low-income people of all ages across the country, but also calling on advocates for continued action in support of services for younger and older people. Read statements and action alerts from two of Generations United founding organizations the  Children's Defense Fund and the  National Council on Aging
GrandRally T-Shirt Contest and Webinars
It's time to vote on the design for the GrandRally t-shirts! You can do that on our GrandRally page or cast your vote by "liking" the photos on Facebook. Voting ends on Friday, March 31

Have questions about what to expect at the 5th National GrandRally? Register for one or both of our informational webinars: GrandRally: Preparing for Your Trip (April 5th, 1-2:15 PM ET) and GrandRally: Educating Your Legislator (April 26th, 1-2:15 PM ET). Learn more
AAP's Policy Statement on Children in Kinship Care
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highlighted ways pediatricians can help grandfamilies. That includes pediatricians identifying guardianship arrangements to better coordinate care and connect families with the proper resources. Additionally, AAP noted that pediatricians should ensure the well-being of not only th echild, but also the kinship caregiver. Learn more
Let's Get #AgeAmped!

Generations Remixed, the 19th  Global Intergenerational Conference taking place this June, will convene hundreds of professionals from around the world to exchange information, ideas, and resources for strengthening connections across generations. Want to catch a glimpse of some of the amazing networking and educational opportunities headlining Generations Remixed?  Check out our preliminary program of events.
A Message from Tom Taylor
In this video, Tom Taylor reflects on the polio virus and why he talks with his grandson about vaccinations. Watch the video.

This video is part of  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations , an awareness-raising campaign we launched in the United States through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer. See the full infographic .

Generations United is now working with the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology in Japan and the University of Granada in Spain to lead the work in their countries. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Culture United
The Lotterys Plus One
Nine-year-old Sumac Lottery is part of a large family that includes four parents, children both adopted and biological, and a collection of wild pets. They live together in a sprawling house called Camelottery. The family grows when news breaks that Sumac's grandfather, Grumps, is living with dementia and will be moving in with them. Despite the tension between Grumps (who disapproves of how the Lotterys live) and the family, Sumac tries her best to help Grumps feel like he belongs.

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 Los Angeles LGBT Center
This week's cool idea is the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which broke ground on a new campus last year and will house both elders and young adult LGBT residents. 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
Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals. SAMHSA is seeking applications for up to $47.5 million in grants to help youth and families experiencing homelessness. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 24 grantees for up to $400,000 per year for up to five years. Deadline: April 25, 2017.   Learn more

Grant for Evidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults. AARP Foundation is offering $50,000-$300,000 grants to eligible organizations that produce evidence-based solutions that help the Foundation with their mission. AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income and vulnerable older adults have nutritious food, affordable, livable and healthy housing, a steady income and strong and sustaining social bonds. Pre-Application Deadline: April 7, 2017. Application Deadline: May 19, 2017. Learn more

Brookdale Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP).  The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation or expansion of supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent upon progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Deadline: June 15, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy Vol. 4.  This special issue, guest edited by Drs. Bert Hayslip Jr. and 
Carol Musil, features articles on grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, intergenerational caregiving by Lakota elders and caregiving among Jamaican grandparents in community settings.  Learn more

The Milken Institute's 2017 "Best Cities for Successful Aging" Rankings. The Milken Institute's third edition of its "Best Cities for Successful Aging" report and index evaluates 381 U.S. metropolitan areas to determine how well they serve the needs of the nation's growing population of mature adults. 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. 

Generations United: Because We're Stronger Together.  Generations United 's animated video about the value of intergenerational communities serves as a companion piece to the infographic in our Creating an Age-Advantaged Community ToolkitThe video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video
National Indian Child Welfare Association's 35th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. NICWA. April 2-5, 2017. San Diego, CA. Learn more

5th National Parent Attorney Conference: Valuing Dignity & Respect for All Families. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 25-26, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

17th National Conference on Children & the Law: SOAR - Strengthening Our Advocacy for Results. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 27-28, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

5th National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope. Generations United. May 10, 2017. Washington, DC. Learn more
2017 Global Intergenerational Conference - Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for  Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

National Foster Parent Association 2017 Education Conference. NFPA. June 21-24, 2017. Houston, TX. Learn more

The International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. IAGG and The Gerontological Society of America. San Francisco, CA. July 23-27, 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
News Item
The responses to Michelle Singletary's previous column missed her point: "...when you pull people up, we are all lifted."  In her follow-up piece , Michelle urged us all to "balance fiscal responsibility with the moral obligation to help our nation's most vulnerable." Read her column
"...Because we owe so much to the past, we have the obligation to try to pass on a world to the next generation which is a little better than the one we inherited so that those who come after, standing on our shoulders. can see a little further and do a little better in turn." ~ Robert Ball, former Social Security Commissioner and founder of NASI. Yesterday was his birthday. He would've turned 103!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
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