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From the Editor

Posted: 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 first article describes a partnership with the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center (in Pulaski, PA) to pilot a weekend program for grandfamilies focused on improving family communication and adoption healthier eating practices. In the area of family business succession planning, we draw attention to the recently completed “Handbook on Estate and Succession Planning for Farm and Forest Landowners” publication. We also describe some highlights from our work with Generations United such as a report on “Using Technology to Connect Generations” and the creation of a 17-minute video montage entitled “Seven Intergenerational Pathways for Strengthening Communities.”
 
This summer, we also bid farewell to Mariano Sanchez who completed his yearlong sabbatical in my department (Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education) and returned to his Professor of Sociology at the University of Granada (Spain). Although we will certainly miss Mariano and his wonderful family (Cristina, Pedro, and Aitana), we will enjoy watching the many seeds they planted while here continue to grow and flourish.
 
Best Regards,
 
Matt Kaplan, Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging
Penn State University