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2016

From the Editor
May 3, 2016
As yet another academic semester draws to a close, it’s time for another issue of Penn State’s Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter.
Intergenerational Contact Zones – A Compendium of Applications
May 3, 2016
The driving question addressed in this online publication is: How do we create great settings for intergenerational engagement? The approach is centered around defining and exploring applications of the concept of “intergenerational contact zones,” ICZs for short. These are spatial focal points for different generations to meet, interact, build relationships and, if desired, work together to address issues of local concern.
Facing Age: Art and Technology Come Together to Connect Generations
May 3, 2016
Face.Age is a multimedia installation featuring younger (18-22) and older (70+) participants studying, describing, and touching one another’s faces. This art installation was developed in North Carolina by Andrew Belser, Penn State Professor of Movement, Voice, and Acting in the School of Theatre. Prof. Belser and his students continue to learn from creating and documenting these intergenerational encounters at exhibits set up at various sites.
Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations
May 3, 2016
People of all ages should be talking more and doing more about getting the vaccinations needed to build healthy communities for all generations. That is the goal of "Valuing Vaccines Across the Generations" – an awareness campaign launched by Generations United in partnership with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Put Your Family Caregiving on the Map (from the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot)
May 3, 2016
The Atlas of Caregiving Pilot offers information on how caregivers can create their own care map. A care map is a helpful way to visually represent all the people and services involved in a family caregiving situation.
“Elder Orphans” - The Need for Community
May 3, 2016
If one lives alone or far distance from a spouse, partner, or child, that person is or will be an “elder orphan.
Everybody Walk Across PA program
May 3, 2016
Who walks 194,000+ plus miles in a day? Answer: Participants of the “Everybody Walk Across PA” program.
Lorraine Marks-Field Named Semi-finalist for American Prize in Conducting
May 3, 2016
Boca Raton, Florida-The Florida Intergenerational Orchestra, based in Boca Raton, is proud to announce that its conductor, Lorraine Marks-Field, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Community Orchestra Division of “The American Prize in Conducting.” The American Prize is a prestigious award presented by the national non-profit organization’s competition in the performing arts. The American Prize will be announcing its finalists in several weeks.
Grandfamilies and Relative Caregivers: Meeting their Respite Needs [recorded webinar]
May 3, 2016
The ARCH (which stands for “Access to Respite Care and Help”) National Respite Network and Resource Center recently (Feb. 24, 2016) held a webinar on “Grandfamilies and Relative Caregivers: Meeting their Respite Needs.” Presenters included: Generations United's Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and Matt Kaplan (Penn State University).
Childcare Lessons for South Korean elderly - BBC video clip
May 3, 2016
Around the world, grandparents play a vital role in the upbringing of their grandchildren. But increasingly, their children are also paying them to do it. As a result, in South Korea, some are going to classes to relearn the art of looking after children - to make sure they're still qualified for the job.
When Kids Are the Caregivers
May 3, 2016
Here are two articles on children and adolescents who provide care for family members. Both were published in the “Caregiving Policy Digest” (Nov. 30 and Dec. 30, 2015).
Intergenerational Recipe for Success Resource Page
May 3, 2016
Bridges Together is a Sudbury, Massachusetts-based organization that conducts a multi-site intergenerational program in schools, and provides intergenerational resource materials and training for professionals. On the Bridges Together website, one can find a potpourri of creative ideas to engage, entertain, and strengthen families, organizations, and communities.
Domitar Corporation Launches the “PaperPal” Intergenerational Handwriting Project
May 3, 2016
Domtar Corporation, a provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products announces that it is sponsoring PaperPal, an intergenerational handwriting program.
Penn State Posts Background Requirements Updates for adults working with minors in youth programs
May 3, 2016
Here is some recent information on background clearance requirements in Pennsylvania for interaction with minors in youth programs.