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 Volume 14, Issue 44
Oct. 30, 2019
The Intergenerational Components of the Reauthorized Older Americans Act
This week, the House passed H.R. 4334, the Dignity in Aging Act of 2019, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act. Generations United staff provided input and feedback on the intergenerational projects and shared site language that's in the bill. The legislation includes an improvement to the grant program for multigenerational collaboration and specifically calls out shared sites as a program model that should receive preference in funding allocation. Read the full bill, then check out our one-pager to learn about the intergenerational opportunities in the Older Americans Act.
(l-r): Jaia Peterson Lent with Ali Caliendeo
Generations United in Las Vegas
Yesterday, Generations United and Foster Kinship delivered the symposium and training, Helping Children of the Opioid Crisis: Supporting Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children .  Jaia Peterson Lent, deputy executive director of Generations United, and Ali Caliendo, executive director of Foster Kinship, were among those who presented.  We thank the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) for making the event possible. Read our recap.
Generations United in the News
  • The International Federation on Ageing's Autumn 2019 Adult Vaccination Newsletter is out! It includes an updated on Generations United's Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations campaign, which is going strong in Japan! Learn more.
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Intergenerational Cheerleaders  
An intergenerational shared site is putting the pom poms from our conference in Portland to great use! The Hudson Lab School 's children and their grandfriends at Andrus on Hudson use them to cheer each other on. And their Grand Parade has become a lot more lively! We thank our friend, Joanne Corrigan, intergenerational program coordinator at Andrus on Hudson, for the update! 
Generations United's 2021 International Conference: Request for Partners
Are you committed to growing and strengthening the intergenerational community of practice? Want to bring the best of the intergenerational field to your backyard? Generations United seeks potential partner(s) to co-convene the 21st Global International Intergenerational Conference in Summer 2021. Letters of Interest should be submitted by December 9, 2019. Learn more.
Tweet of the Week
Cool Ideas
School on Wheels
In this Los Angeles-based program, older adults provide one-on-one tutoring to students located in the neighborhood with the highest concentration of homelessness in the U.S. Students receive scholarships to college; trade schools; and various recreational programs for art, music, and sports. Watch their video spotlight by The Eisner Foundation, then 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.
Culture United
Loop the Loop by Barbara Dugan
Anne's older neighbor, Mrs. Simpson, invites her to tea and shows her some terrific yo-yo tricks. When Mrs. Simpson is hospitalized, Anne adopts her cat; later, visiting her in a nursing home, Anne gives Mrs. Simpson her beloved doll, thus completing the circle suggested in the title (the name of a yo-yo game). The brisk narrative is full of funny, poignant conversations in which Mrs. Simpson mixes past and present; skillfully, Barbara Dugan balances the underlying sadness of her situation with the warmhearted humor that makes it bearable. Learn more.
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.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters 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 !
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Academy Grants Program. The program is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in two areas: FilmWatch and FilmCraft grants that range from $5,000 to $20,000. FilmWatch supports curated screening programs at North America-based film festivals, film societies and other film-related organizations. FilmCraft support high-quality educational programs that identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019. Learn more
Support for Live Performance Projects Nationwide. MAP Fund grants support original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. . MAP awards $1 million annually, to up to 45 projects in the range of $10,000-$45,000 per grant. Deadline: Nov. 25, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Practice that transforms intergenerational programs: A model of theory - and evidence-informed principles.  This paper -- whose authors include  Jarrott, S. E., Stremmel, A. J., & Naar, J. J. -- is published in the new issue of the  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. Read the abstract. If you don't have access to the article through your libraries, contact Dr. Shannon Jarrott

Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit. The Toolkit offers three resources designed to meet the needs of program providers and researchers committed to demonstrating the impact of intergenerational programming and understanding the practices by which outcomes are achieved. Their use can help advocates improve, expand, and sustain intergenerational opportunities in every community.  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 .
Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit. Generations United, in collaboration with LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMASS Boston and with funding from the Retirement Research Foundation, released an 82-page toolkit. 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. 
Tribute to Dr. Gene Cohen. The Center for Aging, Health and Humanities. Washington, DC. Nov. 1, 2019. Learn more.

State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event. Generations United. Washington, DC. Nov. 13, 2019. Learn more.

Save the Date! Moving Respite Forward. International Short Break Association (ISBA), ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. June 16-19, 2020.
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"A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world." ~Lois Wyse, whose birthday is today; she would've been 90. 

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