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2017

From the Editor
December 15, 2017
This issue of Penn State’s Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter highlights new programs, resources, and events in Pennsylvania and on the national and international scenes. As always, please continue to send me your IG news (recent research, resources, events, etc.).
Penn State’s “Intergenerational Leadership Institute” Gains Steam
December 15, 2017
The ILI (Intergenerational Leadership Institute) is a certificate-training program developed by Penn State University in 2015 for older adults (primary target audience is 55+) seeking new lifelong learning experiences, skills, and volunteer opportunities to contribute to innovation and change in their communities.
New Research and Resources on Grandfamilies
December 15, 2017
In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in research and resources for grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren ("grandfamilies"). See below for information on new resources (including reports, websites, new programs, and multimedia training materials) developed to support grandfamilies.
Penn State - Harrisburg Students Bond with Middletown Home Residents
December 15, 2017
For several weeks of a human development and family studies course titled “Perspectives on Aging,” Penn State Harrisburg students are paired with residents at a continuing care retirement community to mine their memories and deepen their understanding of each other in ways they didn't expect.
Memory Cafes in Pennsylvania [PA Bureau of Aging Services, PA Dept. of Aging]
December 15, 2017
A Memory Café is a place where individuals with dementia or memory loss and their caregivers can get together in a safe, supportive, engaging, and accepting environment. If you are interested in learning more about starting a Memory Café, free training and assistance is available through the Alzheimer’s Association.
Intergenerational Learning at the International School of Paris: Building bridges between cultures and generations
December 15, 2017
From making French baguettes, to sharing chocolate mouse, playing Scrabble in French, reading poems and visiting famous French monuments, primary school students and senior volunteers have a great time at the International School of Paris.
The “Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations” Campaign continues to evolve and grow
December 15, 2017
Generations United’s Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations campaign launched in the United States through partnerships with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics (with support from Pfizer) has gone international.
"Alleviating the Stress on Working Families: Promoting Family-Friendly Workplace Policies"
December 15, 2017
This new NCFR (National Council on Family Relations) Policy Brief on family-friendly workplace policies was written by Dr. Bahira Sherif Trask.
A Look at How Volunteering Benefits Older Adults’ Cognition
December 15, 2017
Researchers recently looked at the association of volunteering with cognitive functioning in a large longitudinal study to gain additional insights into which aspects of older adults’ cognition are particularly impacted by volunteering and to see who might receive the greatest cognitive benefit from volunteering.
Aging and Caregiving in the News
December 15, 2017
See below for an assortment of updates on recent research on aging and caregiving.
Call for Papers – Journal of Intergenerational Relationships - on Social Isolation and Loneliness: Intergenerational Perspectives and Response
December 15, 2017
Co-editors for this special issue of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships are: Alan Hatton-Yeo, D.Univ, MBE and Alison Clyde
Home Share International Announces New Website
December 15, 2017
Homesharing enables two unrelated people to share a home and their lives for their mutual benefit. There are now Homeshare programs in 14 countries from Canada to Korea, Austria to Australia. These programs typically match older householders with young homesharers.
"Generations, Intergenerational Relations and Generational Policy"
December 15, 2017
The "International Network for the Analysis of Intergenerational Relations" has issued this jointly produced compendium in 17 languages.
From the Editor
January 6, 2017
This issue of Penn State’s Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter highlights new programs, studies, and publications as well as upcoming conferences, rallies, and other events – all aimed at promoting intergenerational understanding and collective enterprise.
Generations Remixed - 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference
January 6, 2017
Generations United's 19th Biennial Conference cohosted by the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care June 13-16, 2017 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Stepping Stones – Transitions from University Employment to "Retirement"
January 6, 2017
by Matt Kaplan, Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging, Penn State University
Traveling Dark Days
January 6, 2017
by Ken Gergen, Co-editor of the Positive Aging Newsletter
Penn State Student-Faculty Team Collaborate on the Integration of an Intergenerational Schooling Model in Spain
January 6, 2017
by Carolyn Reyes, recent graduate of the M.S. program in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development at Penn State University
Food that’s Real for the Family Meal
January 6, 2017
by Sunny Rehler, Coordinator of Religious Education, State College Friends Meeting
Generation to Generation! - A national campaign to mobilize adults 50+ to help young people thrive
January 6, 2017
Generation to Generation is a new five-year campaign to mobilize 1 million people over 50 to stand up for kids and, in turn, show what's possible when people across generations work together.
Treat Me Like a Person, Because That is What I Still Am.
January 6, 2017
A report on dementia from the Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life.
The 5th National GrandRally
January 6, 2017
Generations United has announced plans for the 5th National GrandRally in Washington DC on May 10, 2017.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Needed for National Study
January 6, 2017
The Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York is looking for grandparents raising grandchildren to participate in their national study. This study has been approved by the Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board; a copy of the IRB determination letter is available on request.
Mama Left Me – Carol Ingram Moore’s book about one grandfamily’s trials and tribulations
January 6, 2017
Author and educator, Carol Ingram Moore, explores the thorny emotional and psychological terrain traveled by children being raised by their grandparents and other relatives.
Across the Generations: Four New Picture Books Celebrate the Power of Grandparents
January 6, 2017
By DANIEL HANDLER [New York Times - Book Review section (Nov. 11, 2016)]
Policy in Perspective: The Future of Family Caregiving
January 6, 2017
Article and podcast posted by Mathematica Policy Research (Oct. 2015).
Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Supports for Grandfamilies
January 6, 2017
State of Grandfamilies in America – 2016 report from Generations United
Ten Daily Apps to Help Caregivers Take Care of Their Loved Ones
January 6, 2017
From Mashable, Sept. 25, 2016 (article by Katie Dupere)
Storytelling Is a Conduit for Intergenerational Learning
January 6, 2017
From the "cool ideas" section of GU’s Generations This Week newsletter (Sept. 28, 2016).
"Collaboration: The Key to Building Communities for All Generations"
January 6, 2017
This is the title of a 2015 article written by Min Koung Choi and Mildred E. Warner (Cornell University’s Dept. of City and Regional Planning).
“Helping Seniors Age in Place”
January 6, 2017
In a recent Washington Monthly article, Rick Masson of The Plough Foundation (Memphis Tennessee) describes the help many seniors need to stay in their homes as they age, and how one county in Tennessee is meeting that need.
"They’re Growing Older. Their Mortgage Debt Is Growing Deeper"
January 6, 2017
Article by Paula Span [New York Times] (Nov. 18, 2016).
Pennsylvania Volunteer Program Receives Recognition as "Program of Distinction"
January 6, 2017
S.A.G.E. (Senior Adults for Greater Education) commits to reaching more students, expanding to additional school districts.
New book on "Intergenerational Pathways to a Sustainable Society"
January 6, 2017
This 2017 book, published by Springer, was written by Matt Kaplan (Penn State University), Mariano Sanchez (University of Granada, Spain), and Jaco Hoffman (North-West University, South Africa, and University of Oxford, UK). Foreword by Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generations United.