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2013

From the Editor
August 30, 2013
This issue of the “Ideas for Intergenerational Living” newsletter provides several recent examples of how our Penn State group engages in new modes of teaching, research, and practice in the intergenerational studies field.
The FRIDGE Retreat – A Unique Intergenerational Nutrition Education Program
August 30, 2013
On July 26-28, 2013, 12 families in Lawrence County, PA took part in a unique weekend program about family communication and healthy eating. The weekend retreat, held at the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Pulaski, PA, was based on the FRIDGE program model. [Just in case you are curious, FRIDGE stands for Food Related Intergenerational Discussion Group Experiences.]
“An Intergenerational Perspective for Estate and Succession Planning for Farm and Forest Landowners” (online publication)
August 30, 2013
Many families find it difficult to begin the process of discussing and making decisions about who will succeed to the farm business and how other heirs who are not involved in the business will be treated. The “Handbook on Estate and Succession Planning for Farm and Forest Landowners” (by John Becker, Matt Kaplan, Keith Dickinson and Michael Jacobson) is a new online resource developed by Penn State Extension to assist families that own and operate farms and forest land in developing succession plans.
“Using Technology to Connect Generations” (new publication)
August 30, 2013
This joint Generations United/Penn State University publication provides information on ways in which technology is being used in a range of community settings and family contexts to promote understanding, build relationships, and facilitate cooperation between the generations.
Seven Intergenerational Pathways for Strengthening Communities (Video montage)
August 30, 2013
This video montage was developed to help kick off Generations United’s biannual conference which took place July 29-Aug. 2, 2013 in Washington D.C. The video clips were chosen to illustrate the global dimensions of the intergenerational studies field and convey the “intergenerational pathway” themes highlighted throughout the conference.
Intergenerational Fitness in Adams County, PA
August 30, 2013
The Adams County 4-H 5K Fitness Club is off to a running start! Over 15 Adams County young people and 10 parents meet weekly to get moving. Under the direction of Tanya Lamo, these young athletes are setting goals, meeting them and getting fit! Each week on Saturdays, the 4-H members and their parents meet at the Gettysburg High School track, talk about goal setting, running equipment, pace, proper exercise habits, and then begin moving.
Older Adult Volunteering at a 10-Year High
August 30, 2013
According to new data released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), senior volunteering is at a 10-year high -- one in three volunteers is an older adult over 55. These men and women tap a lifetime of experience to help those in greatest need. More than 20 million senior volunteers gave nearly 3 billion hours of service, at a value of $67 billion.
New Online Retirement Toolkit
August 30, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration, in cooperation with the Social Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, recently launched an online retirement toolkit to help workers identify key issues related to retirement planning.
Children’s Books on Grandparent-Grandchildren Relationships
August 30, 2013
Flashlight Press, an independent publisher of award-winning picture books, has recently published several books on the grandparent-grandchild relationship. These books tackle issues of aging, memory, and the intergenerational bond.
7 Best New Games for Family Game Night
August 30, 2013
Game reviews by Laurie Schacht (The Toy Insider) and published on grandparents.com.
From the Editor
April 10, 2013
This issue of Penn State’s Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter covers a wide range of intergenerational programs, studies, events, and online resources and reports. Highlights include: high school students and senior volunteers discussing the Holocaust, second graders visiting residents of an assisted living facility during the holidays, a new study on “sustainable aging in place,” the birth of a new university-based intergenerational center (hint: It’s in Hawaii), and efforts to map intergenerational programs and practices across Europe and celebrate the “European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity.”
An Intergenerational Conversation about War, Peace, and Family Values
April 10, 2013
On March 12, 2013, at the State College Area High School in Central Pennsylvania, all of the ingredients were in place for a memorable intergenerational dialogue about war, conflict, reconciliation and peace. The impetus for the meeting was Hitler’s Daughter. This is the title of a novel written by Jackie French and a play adapted from the novel and performed by the Monkey Baa Theatre Company (from Australia) at Penn State University's Eisenhower Auditorium.
Intergenerational Activities at the Lutheran Home at kane, Pennsylvania
April 10, 2013
[Linda Carlson, CEO/Administrator] During the holiday season, the Lutheran Home at Kane is very fortunate to have a special program “Presents for Patients.” The Kane Area School District, clubs, organizations, businesses and others visit our residents with a special visit. Our Day Care Learning Center and After School Program participate by entertaining and enjoying visits from Santa with the residents.
New Study: Livable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place
April 10, 2013
Aging in place has the potential to benefit not only older adults, but also their families, their communities, and their governments. A new report from MetLife Mature Market Institute, the Stanford Center on Longevity, and the University of Michigan School of Social Work identifies an initial list of indicators that local governments can measure using information that is readily available to them. The report offers a low-cost way for cities and towns to begin to examine the needs of their aging population.
New Intergenerational Learning & Research Initiative (from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education)
April 10, 2013
Established in 1974, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is a membership organization of colleges and universities that offer education, training, and research programs in the field of aging. AGHE currently has more than 280 institutional members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. The purpose of AGHE is to foster the commitment of higher education to the field of aging through education, research, and public service.
The European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL) – Reports from the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations
April 10, 2013
About EMIL: The European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL) is a collaborative network of members working together to support intergenerational learning taking place across Europe. Established in 2009, the network uses the existing expertise of organizations already working in the field to provide a learning network for others involved in intergenerational programs across Europe. Since its launch in 2009, EMIL has made significant progress in mapping intergenerational practice, highlighting intergenerational learning already taking place throughout Europe, developing its virtual learning model and engaging a growing active membership.
Community AGEnda: A Partnership between Grantmakers in Aging and The Pfizer Foundation
April 10, 2013
[From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Aging and Sustainability Monthly E-Newsletter – March/April 2013] Aging in place: it's what most people say they want to do. Unfortunately, many live in communities that are not prepared for an aging population. That's why GIA is pleased to be partnering with the Pfizer Foundation on a new initiative called Community AGEnda: Improving America for All Ages. Its goal: to help America's communities become more "age-friendly," meaning, great places to grow up and to grow old.
New Intergenerational Learning & Research Initiative (from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education)
April 10, 2013
Established in 1974, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is a membership organization of colleges and universities that offer education, training, and research programs in the field of aging. AGHE currently has more than 280 institutional members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. The purpose of AGHE is to foster the commitment of higher education to the field of aging through education, research, and public service.
European Certificate in Intergenerational Learning (ECIL)
April 10, 2013
The Beth Johnson Foundation with partners from Bulgaria, Sweden, Spain and Slovenia has gained two year funding to develop a distance learning course that will enable people across Europe to develop their skills and expertise in organizing projects between the generations.
An Intergenerational Public Policy Agenda for 2013
April 10, 2013
Generations United's Public Policy Agenda for the 113th Congress is now available.
Keep Current with The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships
April 10, 2013
Stay on the cutting edge of intergenerational research, practice methods, and policies with a subscription to The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR). It's the only journal focusing on the intergenerational field that integrates practical, theoretical, empirical, familial, and policy perspectives. Generations United members receive a discount on their subscriptions.
The Intergenerational Center at Chaminade University (Honolulu, Hawaii)
April 10, 2013
A new University-based intergenerational center is born: The Intergenerational Center at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii.