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from Generations United

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 Volume 14, Issue 32
Aug. 7, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • The Financial Times looked at multigenerational households and what needs to happen for all ages to live together in harmony. The article quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Read the story.
     
  • Food Research and Action Center's expert Susan Beaudoin summarized her time at our 2019 Intergenerational Conference, co-hosted with Bridge Meadows. It was there, according to Susan, where an often-forgotten topic was discussed: the experiences of grandfamilies navigating hunger and poverty. Read Susan's piece.
Take Action for Grandparents Day!
Grandparents Day is next month! This year's theme is " Dig in! Bringing generations to the table ." The week leading up to Grandparents Day, Generations United and our national partners will share resources and ideas from intergenerational programs and activities related to nutrition and healthy food access. Follow #DoSomethingGrand to stay connected. Learn more .
Cultivating a Community of Champions for Children
We're honored to have our work highlighted throughout W.K. Kellogg Foundation's new report that shows how equity-based family engagement helps parents and caretakers in underserved communities become effective advocates and culture-bearers in schools. Learn more.
Apply to Become a Program of Distinction
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. 3, 2019. Contact Emily Patrick with any questions. Learn more
Tweet of the Week
Introducing Senior Living Insights-Webinars by Argentum
Argentum is pleased to announce its new webinar series, Senior Living Insights, which features conversations with top experts and thought leaders designed to offer valuable tips, key takeaways, and relevant strategies. The topics include "Apprenticeships in Senior Living: Retain and Grow Your Caregiver Workforce," which may spark insights on intergenerational opportunities in senior living.  Learn more
Culture United
Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
Mia's abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can't read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English, and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it's still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfecto idea for how to help them all communicate a little better. 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
The Campus Dining Program 
The Campus Dining Program connects college students and older
adults at an on-campus congregate meal site. The program -- a
partnership between the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc.Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College -- provides older adults with flexible dining hours, fresh food choices and intergenerational programming that promotes lifelong learning positive aging and mentorship. 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
Request for Proposals: Pregnancy Prevention Program(s). The MITRE Corporation is seeking proposals for replicating school-based, after-school-based, or community-based pregnancy prevention programs that have been rigorously evaluated and proven effective to reduce teenage pregnancy, behavioral risk factors underlying teenage pregnancy, or other associated risk factors. Deadline: Aug. 19, 2019. Learn more.

Support for Environmental and Financial Literacy Programs.  The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and K-12 financial literacy. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more
 
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to aking@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
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 Eisher 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.
Events
"International Advocacy Workshop." International Federation for Family Development. Budapest. Sept. 2-4, 2019. Learn more.
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Quote
"If you listen to [your children], somehow you are able to free yourself from baggage and vanity and all sorts of things and deliver a better self, one that you like. The person that was in me that I liked best was the one my children seemed to want." ~Toni Morrison, 1931-2019

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
  
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