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 Volume 14, Issue 13
March 27, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • WAMU reported on the rise and benefits of multigenerational households. The story quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Learn more.
  • The Washington Post ran a story on grandparents raising grandchildren becoming America's unofficial social safety net. The article quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent; our GrAND Member Bette Hoxie; and Sandra J. Bailey, a member of our national grandfamilies advisory group. Read the article, which also ran in the New Hampshire Union Leader and on
  • In his article for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), our Senior Fellow Irv Katz highlighted the benefits of intergenerational community-building in local government. Check out Irv's article
The latest news from The Eisner Foundation
This round up highlights our work together with the Foundation last year. It also promotes our session together at the American Society on Aging's conference. See their latest news
Earn CEUs at "Bridging the Generations"
Registered attendees of our 2019 conference in Portland are eligible to earn up to 4 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from Pennsylvania State University. To request credits, individuals must submit the online CEU Request Form,  along with a $30 administrative fee, by June 28th. Learn more and complete the CEU request form
Illustrated by Mori Walts
Culture United
1,000-Year-Old Ghosts 
This short story by Laura Chow Reeve appears in HYPHEN Magazine. According to the Fiction & Poetry Editor Karissa Chen, the story is "about three generations of women who wrestle with their memories in a unique way - by pickling them. We love the magical realism of the story, with rich imagery that elicits all senses, and a weight that we think many people can relate to." This story also appears in the anthology, Pen America Best Debut Short Stories. Check it out at HYPHEN Magazine or listen to LeVar Burton read it on his podcast, LeVar Burton Reads.

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.
Help Grandfamilies Attend the Generations United Conference
Generations United set up a Facebook fundraiser to help six grandfamily caregivers and young people raised in grandfamilies travel to and participate in Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference from June 12-14 in Portland, OR. Learn more and donate
Intergenerational Connections Help Build Healthy and Prosperous Communities
Our friends Lance Robertson (Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator, Administration for Community Living), Debbie Cox Roush (Director, Senior Corps, Corporation for National and Community Service), Kimberly Gallo (Director, Aging and Adult Services), and Pam Plimpton (Intergenerational Coordinator, Aging & Independence Services, County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency) are presenting in a webinar on Thurs., April 4, at 2 pm ET. This discussion will provide an overview of the role intergenerational programs play in building healthy communities. Learn more and register today
Tweet of the Week
Cool Ideas
BoomSquad is an intergenerational program at Perkins High School. The program, based in Sandusky, OH, aims to foster relationships between seniors and the youth of Perkins Township. BoomSquad has two goals. The first is having expert speakers presenting topics of interest to retirees. The second is having high school students regularly assist retirees with topics older adults may desire, such as everyday applications with smartphones, laptops, Microsoft Word or Excel, and Chess. 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 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
Elizabeth Dole Foundation Accepting Applications for Hidden Heroes Fund. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the 2019 Hidden Heroes Fund. The Foundation will be granting a total of $500,000 to organizations ready to build or expand military caregiver programs and will prioritize applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential of making measurable progress in the areas of caregiver case management, employment and workplace support, mental health, and respite. Deadline: April 5, 2019. 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 12, 2019. Learn more.

Literacy Grants. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states through the Youth Literacy Grants. Deadline: May 16, 2019.  Learn more .

Request for Proposals. The Retirement Research Foundation, one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, is offering a request for proposals for efforts that improve access to quality, community-based and long-term services and supports. Deadline: May 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
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.

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 .
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

Illuminate Respite! ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition, and the New York State Office for the Aging. Buffalo, NY. April 30-May 2, 2019.  See the Conference Program and get more information on the Conference Website.

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.   Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more.
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"..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, whose birthday is tomorrow; The former Social Security Commissioner and Founder of NASI would've been 105.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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