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Get Old Initiative
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Don't Cut SNAP
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 Volume 8, Issue 23
June 5, 2013
Donna Butts with Laila Ali.
Pfizer, Generations United Collaborate on Get Old Initiative
In conjunction with the release of its latest Get Old Survey, Pfizer Inc. stopped passersby in New York's Times Square and asked them to step up, claim their age, and declare how they want to grow old. Those selected were featured live on a huge electronic billboard. On hand for the festivities was former professional boxer Laila Ali who offered fitness tips. The event is part of a Get Old initiative that Pfizer began a year ago to spur productive conversation and actions around aging and living better. Generations United is working with Pfizer on the initiative and Executive Director Donna Butts was among those who took part in the Times Square event.

According to the 2013 Get Old survey, nearly nine out of ten people who live in the U.S. believe they will live a long life, yet 40 percent believe being old is something to fear due to potential health and financial concerns. Pfizer encourages people of all ages to visit its Get Old website to join the conversation. 
Cool Reasons for Attending the Conference
What are you waiting for? Get your registration in TODAY for the 17th International Conference that will take place July 30 through Aug 2. We have some great content and resources lined up. Here's a Need more convincing? Check out these compelling reasons to attend:

Intriguing Content. Choose from a wide array of workshops, panels, poster sessions, and general sessions that engage you in discovering new ways to strengthen your community. Learn more.

CEU credits. Earn up to 4.5 continuing education credits through Penn State University for attending the site visit and pre-conference activities

Resource Exchange. Get and share information, find folks to network with who can help with  something specific and share ideas that will impact your work and your community.  
Time for Expression. Express yourself -- through writing, art, digital recordings, etc. A Beautiful Minds room sponsored by The National Center for Creative Aging will get your creative juices flowing. Feel free to bring some of your favorite art supplies with you to share - pictures for collages, play-doh, scissors, ribbon, string, etc.... the sky's the limit!  Even better, tell us what you're bringing, 

Comfy and Convenient Accommodations. Reserve your room at the Washington Court Hotel. The deadline for securing the conference rate at the Washington Court Hotel is fast approaching -- June 28. Book your room online today or call (800) 321-3010.
Your Opinions Matter! Let's Hear Them!
International Pathways for Strengthening Intergenerational Perspectives is a pre-conference that will be held as part of the Generations United 17th International Conference. This pre-conference will focus on past, current and future international collaborative efforts regarding intergenerational practice.
Please complete a brief survey by June 14 to help us set the agenda. Anyone interested iin international intergenerational collaboration should

complete the survey. 

Tell Congress: Don't Cut SNAP
Congress is currently working to construct a new Farm Bill that authorizes SNAP (Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program). The proposed bill includes nearly $23 billion in cuts to this important program, which provides vital nutrition assistance to people of all generations. Write your representative today and tell them to oppose these cuts.
Get Ready for a Summer of Service

Youth Service America (YSA) has a great package of resources to help you get youth involved in a summer of service to others. The package includes a toolkit, tipsheets and several guides. Learn more. 

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Understanding Social Security Finances

Last week the 2013 Social Security Board of Trustees released their annual report about Social Security's financial status. The report projects that Social Security is fully funded until 2033. However, legislative action will be required soon to ensure that all scheduled benefits for disabled workers and their families can be paid in 2016 and beyond. Learn more about what's in the report and ways that Social Security is a critical support to all generations. 

June 15: 8th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder abuse, like domestic violence and child abuse, comes in many forms. It's recognized by experts as a public health crisis for which there are no socio-economic borders. Millions of older Americans are abused, neglected, or exploited each year, with an estimated 84 percent of cases going unreported. Learn more.

Enter Intergeneration Month's Storytelling Contest

Start honing your listening and storytelling skills as once again the Intergeneration Foundation is sponsoring the world-wide Storytelling Contest. It's easy to take part: simply write a compelling, fictional or non-fictional narrative about people from different generations.  Intergeneration Month offers $1,000 in prizes (10 prizes of $100) and will publish the winners online. Entries are due by Dec. 31, 2013. Learn more. 

Remember to Enter The Sense of Wonder Contest
Time's flying and the deadline for entering the 7th Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational  Sense of Wonder Contest is almost here. You must submit your entry by June 10. Learn more.  
Funding Opportunities
Capital Grants. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is offering capital grants for qualified organizations that provide services in: Older Adults; Workforce Development; Basic Human Needs and Health; Disabilities, Education, Children, Youth and Families; and General Community Support. Letters of Intent received on a rolling basis. Learn more.
National Innovative Partnerships for Addressing Obesity. Centers for Disease Control. Seeks innovative programs that address obesity by providing environmental supports that promote healthy eating and physical activity in places where people live, learn, and work. Deadline: June 24, 2013. Learn more.   


Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The Drucker Institute. Seeks nonprofit organizations that best demonstrate Druckerʼs definition of innovation: "change that creates a new dimension of performance." First-place prize of $100,000. Deadline: 3:00pm PT on July 1, 2013. Learn more.


Investing in Innovation. Department of Education. Seeks proposals that

support innovative practices to improve student achievement and student growth, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, increase high school graduation rates, and increase college enrollment and completion rates. Deadline: July 2, 2013.


Grief Reach Grant Program. National Alliance for Grieving Children and New York Life Foundation. Seeks applications from Children's Bereavement Programs to expand their reach to include under-served youth populations (18 and under). Deadline: July 8, 2013. Learn more.


Safeway Foundation Grants. Supports nonprofits providing services in four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. Deadlines: quarterly and biannual.

World We Want Foundation. Seeks applications from youth for social change projects through social action activities, community service, service-learning, and social change. Deadline: Rolling.   Youth Service America (YSA) Grants. Each year, YSA supports youth-led service with over $1 million in YSA Grants. Learn more.        
Great Resources
Success Beyond 18. Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Guides states in their efforts to extend foster care services beyond age 18 -- and to do it right. Learn more.   

Intergenerational College Course
Lifespan Issues and Programs: An Intergenerational Perspective,
Dowling College. This online senior seminar (ASC 4180C) provides a systematic analysis of the needs of people throughout their lifespan. Offers effective methods to plan, organize, implement, and evaluate intergenerational programs. To learn more, contact Dr. Susanne Bleiberg-Seperson at

Issue Briefs
Nurturing Change: State Strategies for Improving Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.ZERO to THREE. Looks at what states have done to address issues related to the funding for prevention and treatment strategies.Learn more.

The Vital Role of Adoption Subsidies: Increasing Permanency and Improving Children's Lives (While Saving States Money). North American Council on Adoptable Children. Helps individuals understand the value of adoption assistance and advocate to maintain these crucial benefits. Learn more. 


Disability Is an Important Risk Factor for Food Insecurity. U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (ERS). Examines the role disability plays in a household's food security. Learn more.

America's Health Rankings® Senior Report. United Health Foundation. Examines four determinants that affect the future health of the population. Learn more.   



Behavioral Health Needs Assessment Toolkit. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). Helps state agencies better assess and meet the behavioral needs of their communities. Learn more.  

Website Federal government. Newly launched, this site provides user-friendly information about the signs of mental health problems, how individuals can seek help, and how communities can host conversations on mental health. Learn more.

Understanding The Acting-Out Behavior Of Your Adopted Children
. North American Council on Adoptable children. Tues., June 18 at 8:00pm ET. Learn more.


Helping Children Heal from Trauma: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know. North American Council on Adoptable Children. Thurs., July 18 at 8:00pm ET.Learn more. 


Healing from Food Insecurity. North American Council on Adoptable Children. Thurs., Sept. 19 at 1:00pm ET. Learn more. 

Webinar Series
Grant Seeking. Grant Station. Offers multiple webinars to enhance your grant-seeking skills. Learn more.

2013 National School Safety Conference. School Safety Advocacy Council. Las Vegas. July 22-26, 2013. Learn more. 


"Answers on Aging." National Association of Area Agencies on Aging's 38th Annual Conference & Tradeshow. Louisville. July 27-31, 2013. Learn more.     


"Thinking differently: New Hope for Our Children."  39th Annual Conference. North American Council on Adoptable Children. Toronto. Aug. 7-10, 2013. Learn more. 


2013 National Lifespan Respite Conference and Grantee Meeting.

Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition and ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Boston. Oct. 15-18, 2013. Learn more.


Gray Panthers National Conference. Washington, DC. Oct. 27-28, 2013.   


28th National Training Institute (NTI). ZERO to THREE. San Antonio.  

Dec. 11-14, 2013. Learn more.  


"A lot of how we get old is up to us. Taking action today to better your health improves your odds of enjoying a longer, more active and satisfying life. And now is the time to help our communities prepare to meet the needs of older people, for the benefit and enrichment of all."  -- Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer.

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