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 Volume 13, Issue 50
December 12, 2018
Generations United Receives Grant for Intergenerational Solutions for Healthy Aging
Generations United is excited to be among the Michigan Health Endowment Fund's 2018 Healthy Aging Grant recipients. In our intergenerational project, local Girl Scouts troops and older adults will codesign and implement programs that serve older adults' needs. Our Executive Director Donna Butts and Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig are on the ground in Michigan this week with our Senior Fellow Bruce Astrein to kick off our project. Read the full announcement.
Generations United in the News
  • MarketWatch's Andrew Keshner posed this question to grandparents: when you show your love through gifts, when does it become too much? Our Senior Fellow Nancy Henkin was among those highlighted in the story. See her response
  • IndeOnline reported on drug abuse leading to more grandparents raising grandchildren. Our long-time Special Advisor Ana Beltran was quoted in the story. Read it 
  • Teresa Wiltz, a reporter with Stateline, reported on states struggling, amid the opioid crisis, to find enough foster families to take in children. The article quotes Ana. Learn more.
2018 Programs of Distinction Designee
Link Generations!
Link Generations educates middle and high school students about aging and best practices for working with older adults. The program facilitates intergenerational programs that students lead with older adults to apply what they have learned. Students are provided with training to plan and lead engaging activities with older adults in assisted and independent living communities. Learn more.

Stay tuned next week to learn more about Sharing Teens and Elders Project (STEP)! Learn more about our Programs of Distinction.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our board members,  Karyne Jones and Mary Anne Mason, for their donations. We also thank our renewing member,  JCA Heyman Interages Center, for their contribution.  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 !
Join us in June! Register Today for our 20th Intergenerational Conference!
Planning to meet us in Portland, OR, in June for the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference? Take advantage of the lowest possible registration rate when you  register by Feb. 15, 2018! Register now
Culture United
One Day At A Time
This Netflix series is a remake of the popular sitcom of the same name that ran on CBS from 1975-84. The single mom and two children framework of the original has been reconfigured as a single Cuban-American mom and her two wacky and mischievous kids (one son, one daughter). Rita Moreno plays the family's "Abuelita." Check out NPR's alt.Latino interview with Rita Moreno. Learn more about the sitcom.

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
Grandparents Story Lab
Grandparents Story Lab is an intergenerational storytelling project that connects New York's youngest and oldest generations through podcasts and art. They're also developing an app that will allow youth to interview and reimagine their own grandparents and older neighbors. 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.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Pop Up Rapid Response Grants. The Pop Culture Collaborative have grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 for organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive positive narrative and social change in popular culture. Funded projects must impact, support, or engage people of color, immigrants, refugees, or Muslims. Deadline: on a rolling basis. Learn more .

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration. This report highlights grandfamilies who come together as a result of a parent's detention or deportation. The challenges they face include restricted access to support and services to help meet the children's needs, language barriers, and fear of government agencies. Learn more.

Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic (Updated).  The amended report shows that -- overall -- foster care systems are relying more on grandparents and other relatives to care for children when their parents cannot. The report includes recommendations on how to connect grandfamilies to the same supports and services that traditional unrelated foster families receive. Learn more.

All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. This report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation  includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of intergenerational shared sites .   Learn more .
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more
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"Don't just live in a fantasy of watching someone else live their lives. You star in your own role. You be the star of your own life." ~Dolly Parton's advice to young people (see the meme)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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