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 Volume 14, Issue 38
Sept. 18, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • Our Senior Manager Emily Patrick discussed intergenerational programming with Roxanne Sutton on the National Recreation and Park Association's Open Space podcast! The show highlighted Generations United's resources including our Programs of Distinction, our podcast and our youth-led intergenerational toolkit. Listen to the episode.
Register Today for the Capitol Hill Release of The Best of Both Worlds on Sept. 25!

Intergenerational shared sites make common sense. Using spaces and places to connect generations reduces social isolation, creates livable communities and positively impacts people's lives.  Join Generations United and The Eisner Foundation   to  learn how public policies, including the Older Americans Act, can encourage spaces and places for all ages. Enjoy food and beverages while hearing report highlights and stories from shared site programs.  Register today .
Registration Now Open for Online Intergenerational Learning Course
Are you interested in bringing older adults and young children together to share knowledge, skills, values and have fun? If yes, then the TOY online course "Together Old and Young: An Intergenerational Approach" is what you are looking for! The next edition of the TOY Online Course will start Oct. 14, 2019. Learn more, then register today.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our renewing members, DOROT and Pine Harbour Assisted Living, 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 !
Webinar: Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use
Join Generations United on Tues., Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. ET, to hear directly from members of grandfamilies impacted by substance use who will share their challenges and strengths. The webinar will also explore the latest statistics, resources for grandfamilies and those who directly serve them, and policy and program solutions.  Register today.
Apply to Become a Program of Distinction
Deadline Extended to Sept. 27!
Think your intergenerational program has what it takes to be among an elite group that's effectively connecting generations? Then we want to hear from you. Every year, we recognize outstanding intergenerational programs through the Program of Distinction designation. This designation, developed by national intergenerational experts and launched in 2010, serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program.  The deadline to apply is Sept. 27, 2019.   Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
Spider-Man: Far From Home
In this movie, Peter Parker is a high schooler on a European tour with his class. The trip takes an unexpected turn when Nick Fury shows up in his hotel room to recruit him for a mission. The world is in danger as four massive elemental creatures -- each representing Earth, air, water and fire -- emerge from a hole torn in the universe. Sixteen-year-old Parker soo n finds himself donning the Spider-Man suit to help his 80-year-old friend, Fury, stop the evil entities from wreaking havoc across the continent. 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.
Cool Ideas
Vietnam's YouTube Grandmother Bridges one of the World's Greatest Generation Gaps
Deseret News reported on how one Vietnamese grandmother tapped a cooking pot and YouTube to bring a country together. It started when Nguyen Van Hung, a 27-year-old YouTuber, welcomed his mother, Nguyen Thi Tan, as a guest on his channel. His subscribers would ask about her. So when her son asked if she wanted to start her own channel about her cooking meals from their culture, she accepted immediately. Neither of them were prepared for what happened next. 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC): Fund for the Arts. The NALAC Fund for the Arts provides a variety of grants to assist Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation, and sustainability of artistic excellence. They also provide the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. Deadline: Sept. 25, 2019. Learn more.

Whole Kids Foundation: Garden Grant Program. The Foundation's Garden Grant Program provides funds for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools and nonprofit organizations. Consideration is given to new or existing garden projects at any stage of development that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019. Learn more
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Conversations with Grantmakers in Aging.  The presenters -- our Senior Fellow Nancy Henkin , Taryn Patterson with Sequoia Living, and Mary O'Donnell from The Retirement Research Foundation -- will highlight findings from their report, Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice. They will also share effective strategies outlined in the accompanying toolkit  and discuss efforts by national housing providers to deepen and broaden their intergenerational work. Oct. 3 at 2pm ET. Learn more .

Research and Resources
The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old. This report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes actionable ways to boost the number of intergenerational shared sites around the country. 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.
Capitol Hill Release of "The Best of Both Worlds." Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Washington, DC. Sept. 25, 2019.  Learn more .

"Family, the Face of Humanity." International Federation of Family Development. London UK. Oct. 18-20, 2019. Learn more
  • Catch our Executive Director Donna Butts's roundtable presentation on Oct. 19. Learn more.
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"Each night,/all the years we were growing up,/she sat in the big/yellow rocking chair/& pieced together/our lives/with countless/stitches of her/silver needle." ~Brian Andreas, from "Silver Needle," a poem about his grandmother; he turned 63 yesterday!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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