At this time of year when many hold dear the traditions of expressing gratitude for gifts received, and reciprocating with gifts to others, I am left thinking about the universality, across many faiths, of values embedded in these traditions.
Beef, sheep, meat-goat and swine producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of four home-study courses offered by Penn State Extension this winter.
The following creative productions documenting family journeys through caregiving were highlighted in the Family Caregiver Alliance – National Center on Caregiving newsletter: Nov. 24, 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.
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.
By Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist, Administration for Community Living
New Research from Penn State University.
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."
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.
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."
This is an interesting article published in the Huffington Post, Nov. 3, 2014
"Room in the Heart," a book by Deborah Doucette (with Dr. Jeffery R. LaCure). Taylor Trade Publishing (a division of Rowman & Littlefield).
$100,000 Prizes Awarded to Non-Profits for Exceptional Intergenerational Programming
July 21-24, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Conference sponsors: Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA.
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.
NCFR (National Council on Family Relations) Video of the Week (Sept. 15, 2014): An English-language learning center in Brazil set out to help its students learn from native English speakers, and found the perfect partners -- older Americans living in retirement homes. Through this speaking-exchange project, the students are not only able to converse in English with native speakers, but both sides get the opportunity to form new friendships and learn about each others’ generations.
15% of people age 65 and over are living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Supplemental Poverty Measure. Women and people of color are especially impacted. With the growth of America's older population, there could be more than 11 million seniors living in poverty just 16 years from now.
A piece from the N.Y. Times. Recommended reading from H.R. Moody's "Human Values in Aging" newsletter (Dec. 1, 2014).
You may be wondering about the effects of caffeine, in particular, or coffee and other stimulants in general. We are still learning about these powerful substances and their effects!
Consider how winter snow fits into our annual water cycle. Snow is really important to groundwater recharge. Don't grumble about the white stuff falling any more!