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 Volume 14, Issue 19
May 8, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • Fast Company looked at why Americans are choosing to live together. The article quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Read the article.
  • In her piece for GRAND Magazine, our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent highlighted resources to help grandfamilies make the right decision when it comes to guardianship or adoption. Learn more.
  • Our long-time Special Advisor Ana Beltran highlighted new Generations United resources for grandfamilies' advocates in an article that ran in The Rapp Reporter, a newsletter of the Brookdale Foundation Group. Learn more.
Our Conference Session Snapshot Now Available!
Bridging the Generations will feature over 100 presentations from intergenerational experts, researchers, and practitioners from around the world. Our Session Snapshot offers a preliminary overview of session titles and presenters. Learn more.
Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit
High-quality social activities that bring older adults and young people together in purposeful activities can have a powerful, positive impact on both seniors and youth. Generations United, in collaboration with LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMASS Boston and with funding from the Retirement Research Foundation, released an 82-page toolkit that builds on findings of an earlier report, From Promise to Practice: Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing, and a research snapshot. The resource contains practical information and templates to help housing providers and leaders at other organizations to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and sustain intergenerational programs.  Learn more .
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           Dr. Nancy Henkin                              Dr. Taryn Patterson
Webinar: Connecting Generations: Tools for Planning and Implementing High Quality Intergenerational Programs
Join our Senior Fellow Nancy Henkin and LeadingAge's Researcher Taryn Patterson on May 23, at 10 AM PT, for a webinar hosted by the American Society on Aging. The presentations will focus on fostering and expanding high-quality intergenerational programming in senior housing and other community settings. Presenters will share our new tool kit, developed by Generations United and LeadingAge with funding from the Retirement Research Foundation. Register today!
Massachusetts-Based Nonprofit Seeking a Director of Business Development
Our member --  Bridges Together, which is  headquartered in Sudbury, MA -- is dedicated to empowering leaders to connect generations thereby transforming lives for today and tomorrow. They are seeking a dynamic and kind go-getter with excellent communication skills who will be responsible for generating revenue through a variety of channels for this organization. See the full job description .  
Culture United
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
This 2019 British drama film, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor in his feature directorial debut, is based on the memoir of the same name by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. It centers around Kamkwamba a schoolboy born in Kasungu, Malawi, who comes from a family of farmers. He's barred from school when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine. Watch the trailer.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions?  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
REACHing out with affordable housing
The 72Foster building -- recently opened by REACH Community Development -- is a new mixed-use building with an intergenerational focus that will provide permanently affordable housing to families and older adults in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood of Portland, OR. The goal is to provide a vehicle for community members who struggle financially to remain in the neighborhood amid escalating housing prices; create a hub for cultural activities, language and skill-building; and improve access to health care. 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.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters.  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 !
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Grants to Increase Youth Participation in Your Community on Days of Service.  For the 2019-2020 program, Youth Service America (YSA) is offering grants of up to $9,000 funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, depending on the number of youth volunteers engaged on two or three days of service. YSA collaborates with Lead Agecies to ask all young people to get involved. Deadline: June 14, 2019. Learn more.

National Volunteer Care Corps.   The Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) is making this competitive grant opportunity available to eligible entities for the purpose of testing and supporting models of local programming designed to place volunteers in communities to assist family caregivers and/or assists older adults and individuals with disabilities in maintaining independence by providing non-medical care.  Deadline: June 21, 2019.   Learn more .

Grants for Projects in Aging. Proposals for direct service projects are considered from organizations based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the U.S. RRF offers an opportunity for applicants to submit a brief (1 - 3 pages) Letter of Inquiry (LOI) as part of its grantmaking process. LOI Deadline: June 15, 2019. Application Deadline: August 1, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to .
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
States With High Opioid Prescribing Rates Have Higher Rates of Grandparents Responsible for Grandchildren. In the wake of the opioid epidemic that was declared a public health crisis in 2017, there has been increasing concern about what happens to the children of parents with substance abuse disorders who may be unable to care for their children.  New Census Bureau  research shows that grandparents may sometimes step in to care for these children. Learn more.

GRAND Resource: Help for Grandfamilies impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use. This resource from Generations United provides tips, practical information and a list of additional resources covering five topic areas - Practicing Self-Care; Addressing Childhood Trauma; Preventing Harmful Drug Use by Children; Engaging with Birth Parents; and Talking with a Child about their Birth Parent. Learn more .

Survey of Shared Site Intergenerational Programs. This resource from Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation, contributes to the goal of establishing a new national baseline of shared site intergenerational programs. The study results were incorporated into All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive, a report issued by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Learn more about the survey.
20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more.
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"When [Elia, 6 months,] would be upset, [her great-grandmother would] hold her hand and [she'd] stop fussing. She'd be calm. ...It was like they were talking to each other and knew each other from before." ~mom Semira Luciani told People magazine (read the story)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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