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 Volume 14, Issue 47
Nov. 20, 2019
New Report Highlights Unique Housing Challenges Faced by Grandfamilies
At last week's (Nov. 13) event at the Plaza West apartments in Washington, D.C., Generations United released our 2019 State of Grandfamilies report, A Place to Call Home: Building Affordable Housing for Grandfamilies . Across the United States, more than 2.65 million children live in grandfamilies - families in which grandparents, other adult family members or close family friends are raising children - with no parents in the home.  Frequently, these families come together at a moment's notice. In an instant, the home of the new grandfamily is inadequate for their suddenly expanded household. This sixth edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report detailed the housing challenges these families face and highlighted innovative programs that offer potential for nationwide expansion. Download the report and check out our recap  
Generations United in the News
  • In her  Medium blog, our Executive Director  Donna Butts highlighted our 2019 State of Grandfamilies report and the unique housing challenges grandfamilies face. She also shared Olivia's story. Read Donna's piece
New Vaccine Infographic
Healthier Together
This infographic illustrates the important role vaccinations play in enabling older adults to be healthy providers of care for babies and children whether on a part time (child care) or full time (grandfamilies) basis. Download the full infographic
Episode 10 of The Generations United Podcast is Up!
Our longtime Special Advisor Ana Beltran and our GRAND Voice Member Olivia Chase discuss our new State of Grandfamilies report, which Ana authored. This episode also include personal stories and highlight 19 innovative housing models with the potential for nationwide expansion. Listen to this episode
Piecing It Together: What We Know About the Funding Puzzle for Spaces that Connect Young and Old
This paper by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation aims to share information about funding and financing intergenerational shared sites. It also highlights their potential cost-savings, and recommendation to guide our work and that of the field to pave the way to increase shared site development around the country. 
Learn more .
Theoretical Orientations to Intergenerational Home Sharing
Implications for Direct Social Work Practice on Addressing Student Debt and Aging-in-Community
There is growing momentum to intergenerational home sharing among older adults and college students but little scholarship on the topic. An article recently published by Donna Butts (Generations United), Ernest Gonzales (New York University), et al "unpacks" theories in the area and highlight barriers and facilitators that could help scale these promising programs nationwide. " Theoretical Orientations to Intergenerational Home Sharing with Implications for Direct Social Work Practice" is published in the Clinical Social Work Journal. The article may be purchased or rented but can be obtained without charge through January 1, 2019 by constituents of Generations United via email request to Indicate that you learned about the article from Generations United.
Interventions to Reduce Ageism Against Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
A team of researchers* led by Cornell University show that programs that foster intergenerational contact, combined with education about the aging process and its misconceptions, worked best at reducing ageist attitudes. Learn more.
Research team consist of:  David Burnes , PhD,  Christine Sheppard , MSW,  Charles R. Henderson Jr , MA,  Monica Wassel , BSc,  Richenda Cope , BA,  Chantal Barber , MSW, and  Karl Pillemer , PhD
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 !
Cool Ideas
Venice Family Clinic
To serve their low-income patients, Venice Family Clinic relies on volunteer physicians, who are often retired from their own medical practices. But the complexity of the clinic's digital medical records were an obstacle to keeping them - until they paired these physicians with volunteer scribes interested in a career in medicine. These intergenerational  pairs learn from each other as they serve the community. Watch this video to 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.
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.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
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.

Grants Enhance Youth Running Programs. The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to nonprofit community organizations that initiate and support youth running programs for youths 18 and younger. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Grant Resource: Bridges by Kindermusik. This resource was designed to provide you with information that may be needed to apply for, and/or provide justification for, a grant or other funding opportunity that will enable your organization to fund the addition of Bridges to your program. This document is divided into four sections; each section provides information required for many funding applications. Learn more.

Intergenerational Learning in Practice. Drawing on the Together Old and Young (TOY) programme, this book provides a comprehensive background to intergenerational learning, along with tools and resources to help develop and improve your own intergenerational practice. 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. 
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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"Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, but our roots remain as one." ~International Federation for Family Development

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