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2014

Recent Films about Caregivers, Their Loved Ones and Family Battles with Disease & Disability
December 19, 2014
The following creative productions documenting family journeys through caregiving were highlighted in the Family Caregiver Alliance – National Center on Caregiving newsletter: Nov. 24, 2014.
Young Caregivers
December 19, 2014
A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics founds that more than 1.3 million children spend their time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness or substance abuse. On average, children caregivers spend about 2.5 hours per weekday and 4 hours on weekend days caring for their loved ones.
Family Caregivers and Technology
December 19, 2014
The National Alliance for Caregiving recently released a white paper on family caregivers and technology. The report, Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving, is the next step following the organization’s April 2014 roundtable in Palo Alto, California. The roundtable included a panel of 22 national experts from Silicon Valley, government agencies, and the non-profit sector who identified the best next steps for moving the field of caregivers and technology forward. This report, written by Richard Adler & Rajiv Mehta, provides a good starting point for innovators who want to better understand a caregiver's needs.
The Administration for Community Living: Supporting Those Who Care for Others
December 19, 2014
By Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist, Administration for Community Living
The Health Trajectories of Family Caregivers
December 19, 2014
New Research from Penn State University.
The First Edition of the "GrandFamilies" Journal
December 19, 2014
The National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren announced the launching of a new online, peer review journal dedicated to topics related to grandparents raising grandchildren, "GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy."
New Report Looks at the Challenges and Contributions of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
December 19, 2014
At the Dec. 3, 2014 report release and reception on Washington, DC's Capitol Hill, Generations United released their latest report, The State of Grandfamilies in America: 2014. The report shines a light on the challenges grandfamilies face and the incredible service they provide our country.
Come for the Holidays with a Grandfamily
December 19, 2014
In a recent Huffington Post blog, Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generations United, looks at the important role grandparents play in the lives of 7.8 million U.S. children. "Children fare well when they live with family," Donna writes. "They grow up feeling more connected to their roots, their family stories and cultural heritage."
Unsung Heroes: The Face of American Caregiving
December 19, 2014
This is an interesting article published in the Huffington Post, Nov. 3, 2014
Raising Our Children's Children
December 19, 2014
"Room in the Heart," a book by Deborah Doucette (with Dr. Jeffery R. LaCure). Taylor Trade Publishing (a division of Rowman & Littlefield).
The Eisner Foundation Honors Bridge Meadows and the Intergenerational Schools as Winners of the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence
December 19, 2014
$100,000 Prizes Awarded to Non-Profits for Exceptional Intergenerational Programming
"Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale" Conference
December 19, 2014
July 21-24, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Conference sponsors: Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA.
Penn State Launches the “Intergenerational Leadership Institute”
December 19, 2014
The Intergenerational Leadership Institute (ILI) is a certificate training program offered by Penn State for older adults (55+) wishing to develop (or expand) intergenerational programs in their areas of interest. The ILI program is designed to build participants’ intergenerational programming skills, extend their leadership skills, and provide them with opportunities to translate their intervention ideas into concrete plans, programs, and campaigns.
Connecting Generations through Language Education
December 19, 2014
NCFR (National Council on Family Relations) Video of the Week (September 15, 2014).
Seniors living in Poverty
December 19, 2014
15% of people age 65 and over are living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Supplemental Poverty Measure.
What is Age?
December 19, 2014
A piece from the N.Y. Times. Recommended reading from H.R. Moody's "Human Values in Aging" newsletter (December 1, 2014).
Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes
December 14, 2014
What could we be doing to strengthen the capacity of everyone who interacts with children?
Intergenerational Leadership Institute
August 25, 2014
The Intergenerational Leadership Institute is an 8-week certificate training program offered by Penn State for older adults (55+) wishing to develop (or expand) intergenerational programs in their areas of interest.
Tuning into the positive side of living in an aging society
July 6, 2014
This article - from the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development's newsletter - emphasizes some of the benefits associated with an aging population. It also highlights several Penn State Intergenerational Program initiatives that draw upon the skills and resources of older adults to strengthen communities.
The Taiwan Intergenerational Study Tour: Not just for intergenerational specialists
May 12, 2014
Loriena A. Yancura, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Family & Consumer Science University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Three Generations of Penn Staters Meet Up at Taiwan Conference on Elder Education
May 12, 2014
For three professors with deep roots in Penn State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education (AESE), an unexpected reunion took place on March 7, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan, during the International Conference of Elder Education and Intergenerational Learning.
Having "The Conversation"
May 12, 2014
[From NCOA (National Council on Aging) Week. Nov. 12, 2013.]
Pew Study: A Global Perspective on Attitudes About Aging
May 12, 2014
This Pew study reports on the findings of an extensive survey of 22,425 respondents in 21 countries conducted from March to April 2013 to measure public opinion on a variety of challenges faced by aging persons and their countries.
Annals of Behavioral Medicine: Caregiver Stress Studied using Female Twin Sets
May 12, 2014
Using 1228 female twins (188 of whom were caregivers), researchers at the University of Washington examined the origins of different types of psychological distress among caregivers. Findings included: depression and perceived mental health have strong associations with genetic inheritance, anxiety is directly related to caregiving, while perceived stress is more likely to be a reflection of the type of environment a person grows up in. Response to distress also depends on a person's resources such as coping, social supports and income.
Family Matters: Effects of Birth Order, Culture, and Family Dynamics on Surrogate Decision-Making
May 12, 2014
Researchers in New York, Chicago and San Francisco held focus groups in which ethnically diverse participants discussed end-of-life or other serious medical decisions for others (surrogate decision-making). The study found that in all cultures, firstborn children play critical roles as surrogate decision makers, leading to increased feelings of emotional stress, and loneliness.
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2013
May 12, 2014
This site is home to the most comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country. Data includes volunteer rates and rankings, civic engagement trends, and analysis.
The Aging Labor Force
May 12, 2014
One third of 65-74-year-olds will be in the labor force in 2022, according to trends identified by government statistics: "The [labor force] participation rate for people ages 65 to 74 years was 20.4% in 2002 and rose to 26.8% in 2012. BLS projects the rate for this age group to continue increasing, to 31.9% in 2022," according to a 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
Research: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in the United States: Changing Family Forms, Stagnant Social Policies
May 12, 2014
Abstract: As a consequence of increased divorce rates, the proliferation of single-parent families, and patterns of economic stagnation, parents are increasingly relying on extended family to care for children. In the past few decades, a substantial increase in the number of grandparents raising grandchildren has been observed within the United States. Grandparents who raise their grandchildren are particularly vulnerable, as are the grandchildren in their care; however, U.S. policy currently presents many barriers, gaps, and unintended consequences for grandparent caregivers.
Mr. Rogers Understood the Importance of Intergenerational Play
May 12, 2014
As a kid, Fred Rogers' heroes were caped crusaders who could lift buildings with one arm. That changed when he became an adult. He explained: "...now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me." In their Huffington Post blog, Donna Butts and Dr. Sally Newman not only honored the late TV host, but also showed how intergenerational programs make everyone a hero.
Intergenerational Training and Resources in Europe
May 12, 2014
ECIL – which stands for “European Certificate in Intergenerational Learning” – is a project financed by the European Commission under its Leonardo da Vinci program. The aim of this project is to pilot a collection of intergenerational lifelong learning training approaches and course materials.
On Age and Ageism
May 12, 2014
Two websites and a new book highlighted in: TEACHING GERONTOLOGY, Apr. 17, 2014 (H.R. Moody, Editor)
Rolling Stones Guitarist Honors His Grandpa in a New Children's Book
May 12, 2014
Keith Richards, a grandfather of five, remembers how quality time spent with his grandfather, Theodore Augustus "Gus" Dupree, helped him realize his love of music. He will capture those moments and more in the picture book, Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, which Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will release on Sept. 9. "The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured," Richards explained in a statement. "This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me."
Innovative Intergenerational Program for Increasing Physical Activity (from Iowa State University)
May 12, 2014
Iowa State University’s LIFE [“Living (Well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise”] program is designed to increase older adults’ mobility through physical activity thereby lowering their risk for falls and fall-related injuries. Using exergaming equipment, younger adult volunteers increase access for at-risk older rural populations to sustainable, low cost, physical activity programming.
Intergenerational Theatre
May 12, 2014
The “Ages and Stages” project in the UK has developed an innovative approach to intergenerational connection through theater.
Having FUN in Intergenerational English Language Teaching and Learning
April 7, 2014
In recent years, Hong Kong people’s English language proficiency keeps declining. Last late year, a survey indicated that Hong Kong’s English language proficiency level ranked lower than many countries and regions in Asia. A new university-level collaboration provides training and “Intergenerational-ESL” certification for retired professionals who work with young people as “life coaches,” English language teachers, and conversation partners for sharing their life and work experiences.
From the Editor
January 2, 2014
Welcome to 2014!! This is the time of year when most people focus on new plans and promises. However, I’d like to buck this trend and begin this issue of Penn State’s “Ideas for Intergenerational Living” newsletter by looking to the past. In the “In Memoriam” section, we remember and honor four exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to the intergenerational studies field. Although they are no longer with us, their legacies of innovation and leadership live on and continue to inspire us.
"In Memoriam" section
January 2, 2014
[Note from the editor:] In the following 4 sections, we remember and honor several exceptional individuals: Janet Sainer - innovator and advocate for numerous programs and policies that support grandparent caregiver families, Ed Krentzman - who helped frame and expand the FELLOWS program in Hawaii, Pat Rosini - the driving force for the Intergenerational Nutrition Greenhouse in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and Bob Kasey, Jr. - founder of Creative Grandparenting and Creative Mentoring in Wilmington, DE. Beyond noting their contributions as practitioners and innovators in the still-young intergenerational studies field, we acknowledge their impact as mentors and supporters for the many people they have inspired and who follow in their footsteps. On a personal note, I had the great pleasure of getting to know Janet and Ed. Their life stories provide resounding support for the idea that even one individual can truly make a difference!!
Remembering Janet Sainer
January 2, 2014
The following remarks were shared at the Third generations United Janet Sainer Luncheon, sponsored by the Brookdale Foundation Group (August 1, 2013).
Remembering Ed Krentzman
January 2, 2014
From Suzanne Roig’s Honolulu Advertiser article: “Ed Krentzman, Beloved Grade School Volunteer” (February 9, 2005):
Remembering Patricia "Pat" C. Rosini
January 2, 2014
From Rob Wheary’s Newsitem.com article: “NCCT greenhouse named for its ‘driving force’”:
Remembering Bob Kasey, Jr.
January 2, 2014
The following information is from Leah Bradley, Program Director, Generations United. [Ed: Leah interned at Creative Grandparenting while in college. In fact, it was Bob who first introduced her to Generations United. Bob passed away in 1999.]
Children of War: An Intergenerational Conversation about "The Kite Runner," War and Peace
January 2, 2014
By Kendra Taylor, Graduate student, AYFCE (Applied Youth, Family, and Community Education M.Ed.) program, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education
Older adults learn to Skype with help from Penn State students
January 2, 2014
Twenty-six residents of The Village at Penn State, a State College retirement community, receive Skype lessons from volunteers Amanda Gresh, undergraduate student in health policy and administration, and Courtney Polenick, graduate student in human development and family studies.
Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress
January 2, 2014
A video on “Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress” was produced by the PA Department of Aging as part of its caregiver educational series. It features Dr. Steven H. Zarit, who is a Distinguished Professor at Penn State University and renowned researcher in caregiving. In the video, Zarit provides information about how to effectively manage stress for caregivers and how to care for a loved one with memory loss.
FRIDGE - 2nd Edition is now online.
January 2, 2014
We are pleased to report that the 2nd edition of the FRIDGE curriculum (2013) is now available online. The current html format is far more user-friendly than the old, large pdf file previously posted on the FRIDGE webpage. Other changes to the curriculum include: updated resources and references (mostly to reflect the latest Food Guidance System - from MyPyramid to MyPlate), streamlined activity instructions, handouts with improved graphics and larger text, and strategies for conducting the program in other settings such as farms and residential camps.
New Report Examines Ways to Spur Opportunities provided by Demographic Changes
January 2, 2014
At a National Press Club (Washington, D.C.) event on December 10, 2013, Generations United and The Generations Initiative unveiled a jointly sponsored report, Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America. The report is based on findings of a new poll Generations United and The Generations Initiative commissioned from Harris Interactive. Among the report findings: Americans of all generations are aware of the country's changing age and race demographics and the vast majority are accepting of them, dispelling the "generational conflict narrative." So much so that 72 percent of older and younger respondents believe that publicly funded programs targeted at specific age groups such as K-12 education or Social Security aren't burdensome responsibilities, but investments that benefit all generations.
Potential Number of Caregivers to Plummet over the Next 20 years
January 2, 2014
[The following summary of this research from AARP comes from the Caregiving Policy Digest (FCS), Vol. 8, #8, Sept. 12, 2013.]
New Guide Out for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren with Disabilities
January 2, 2014
Generations United recently unveiled Grand Resources: A Grandparent's and Other Relative Caregiver's Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities. The guide equips caregivers, including those who provide full- and part-time care to relative children, with the national resources they need to help their children thrive, now and in the future. Grand Resources was developed with a grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, the private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation.
New Report Looks at the Changing Workplace
January 2, 2014
An important new report, Failure to Launch: Structural Shift and the New Lost Generation, analyzes the divergent labor market trends for young and older adults since 1980 -- and puts to rest the idea that those trends are contributing to generational antipathy. Anthony Carnavale, one of the report's lead authors, noted in an article in the Wall Street Journal, "There is no generational contest." He added that older people who work will create 22 million more jobs for younger adults by 2020. Failure to Launch is a joint effort by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and The Generations Initiative.
"Generationes" Publishes Multilingual Compendium on Intergenerational Terminology
January 2, 2014
The following e-mail from Mariano Sanchez, Professor of Sociology at the University of Granada, introduces a new resource published by “Generationes” (an international network for the study of intergenerational issues).
"Explore Your Future" - A Program of Self-Discovery for Older Adults
January 2, 2014
[Ed: For Extension educators and faculty with interests in working with older adults, I’d like to introduce you to Dick Goldberg (Director of “Coming of Age” at Temple University) and his “Explore Your Future” Train-the-Trainer program.]
"The Blessing Cup" - Book review by Maureen Statland
January 2, 2014
The Blessing Cup, by Patricia Polacco. 2013. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers The Blessing Cup is a wonderful new children’s book by acclaimed author Patricia Polacco. It's essentially a prequel to her classic, The Keeping Quilt, filling in the back story of great-grandmother Anna’s journey to America and her family’s very special tea set. It traces the immigration story so familiar to many Americans and like The Keeping Quilt, it’s a multi-generational story filled with traditions and special artifacts passed down from generation to generation. We even have an opportunity to see the famous quilt as this new story unfolds. It’s recommended for ages 4-8, but the beautiful story and illustrations can be appreciated by anyone from 4-108 years of age.
New Cities: Retirement and Campus Living
January 2, 2014
[From AGHE’s TEACHING GERONTOLOGY, Dec. 16, 2013 (H.R. Moody, Editor) newsletter:] The University of Kansas in Lawrence "New Cities” Initiative was launched in April 2010 and since that time has been investigating the aging of Baby Boomers in retirement, as well as past and future models of retirement housing. As a part of that initiative, the University has invited experts representing many disciplines to give presentations for their Boomer Futures Think Tank. An important focus has been on intergenerational relationships between Boomers and other generations. A sponsored speakers series has included Prof. Victor Regnier (University of South California); architect Susanne Stadler (Oakland, California); and Prof. Phil Stafford (Indiana University) in order to encourage understanding about intergenerational living and the architecture of campus retirement communities.
EMIL = European Map of Intergenerational Learning
January 2, 2014
The 14th edition of the newsletter features winners of EMIL's new Annual Intergenerational Learning Awards and a number of innovative projects from some of EMIL’s latest members.
New Resource for Relative Caregivers - The "GrandKin Guide"
January 2, 2014
The National Kinship Alliance for Children recently published the GrandKin Guide to help explain what extended families can expect when asked to care for children.