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2015

From the Editor
September 1, 2015
It’s been an exciting and eventful summer in terms of new intergenerational initiatives, including pilot projects, conferences, research, curricular resources, reports, blogs, and more.
“Intergenerational Contact Zones:” A Framework for Investigating and Designing Spaces for Intergenerational Engagement
September 1, 2015
Intergenerational Contact Zones – or ICZs for short, serve as spatial focal points for older adults and younger generations to meet, interact, build trust and friendships, and work together to address issues of local concern. They can be found in all types of community settings including libraries, schools, parks, and multi-service community centers.
Pennsylvania Farm Link: Helping to Provide Future Generations of Farmers with Opportunities to Farm
September 1, 2015
Leading Pennsylvania’s economy with $5.7 billion dollar in sales each year, Pennsylvania’s future depends on agriculture. 7.7 million acres are devoted to agriculture use and of those 4.2 million acres (54%) are owned by farmers age 55 and over, according to 2007 NASS agriculture statistics. If agriculture is to remain Pennsylvania’s largest industry it’s imperative for these acres to transition to the next generation of farmers.
National Grandparents Day: September 13, 2015
September 1, 2015
Here are some U.S. Census: Facts for Features - In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This day has been celebrated every year since to honor our nation’s grandparents.
Kinship Parenting Toolbox
September 1, 2015
With 7.1 million grandchildren living with their grandparents and 4.7 million children living with “other relatives,” according to the 2010 census, almost 12 million children in America today are being raised in kinship care. Of course, this group of kinship providers comes with unique needs and challenges that are often difficult to address. The outcome for millions of children depend on the resources and support these families can access.
“Using Technology to Connect Generations” – Comunicar journal article (2015)
September 1, 2015
“Using Technology to Connect Generations: Some Considerations of Form and Function” is the title of an article recently published in the communication and education journal, Comunicar (vol. 23, no. 45, 2015).
Project TRIP (Transforming Relationships through Intergenerational Programs)
September 1, 2015
Project TRIP, from Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech, consists of an online training program, a series of fact sheets and other publications, and presentations – all with a focus on articulating effective practices in intergenerational programming.
What’s New from EMIL (European Map of Intergenerational Learning)?
September 1, 2015
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 partner organizations already working in the field to create a learning network for others involved in intergenerational programs across Europe.
“Bridging the Intergenerational Divide” – BBC Capital article (2015)
September 1, 2015
“Bridging the Intergenerational Divide” is a BBC Capital article on intergenerational relations at the workplace. It presents many provocative examples and diverse perspectives about intergenerational contact and conflict at work. In the “consider an alternate view” section of the article, an argument is made to counter oversimplified notions about intergenerational tensions and conflict that are gaining increased media attention in recent years.*
IK: Other Ways of Knowing – A New Journal Focused on Indigenous Knowledge
September 1, 2015
"IK: Other Ways of Knowing" is an electronic, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of indigenous knowledge from a global perspective. The journal is published twice yearly by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, and is co-sponsored by the Penn State Libraries and the Penn State Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK).
RAND Brief Puts Price Tag on Informal Elder Care in U.S.
September 1, 2015
[from NCFR news, Feb. 13, 2015] The RAND Corporation has published a new research brief -- "Valuing the Care We Provide our Elders" -- that puts the monetary value of informal caregiving of elderly people in the U.S. at $522 billion annually. Findings, which are based on data from the American Time Use Survey, include that Americans spend more than 30 billion hours annually providing informal care for elderly friends or family members.
Additional Research Reports on Caregiving in the U.S.
September 1, 2015
The following excerpts are from the Caregiving Policy Digest (July 30, 2015 issue), published by the National Center on Caregiving.
Generations United Intern Opportunity
September 1, 2015
Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for summer internships in Washington, DC. These internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. Stipends available.
The 2015 Brabazon Award for (Intergenerational Program) Evaluation Research
September 1, 2015
Matt Kaplan, Penn State Professor of Intergenerational Programs and Aging, and Alan Lai, Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Beijing Normal University/Hong Kong Baptist University, are co-recipients of the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research.