Latest "Ideas for Intergenerational Living" Newsletter
In recent years, Hong Kong people’s English language proficiency keeps declining. Last late year, a survey indicated that Hong Kong’s English language proficiency level ranked lower than many countries and regions in Asia. A new university-level collaboration provides training and “Intergenerational-ESL” certification for retired professionals who work with young people as “life coaches,” English language teachers, and conversation partners for sharing their life and work experiences.
Welcome to 2014!! This is the time of year when most people focus on new plans and promises. However, I’d like to buck this trend and begin this issue of Penn State’s “Ideas for Intergenerational Living” newsletter by looking to the past. In the “In Memoriam” section, we remember and honor four exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to the intergenerational studies field. Although they are no longer with us, their legacies of innovation and leadership live on and continue to inspire us.
[Note from the editor:] In the following 4 sections, we remember and honor several exceptional individuals: Janet Sainer - innovator and advocate for numerous programs and policies that support grandparent caregiver families, Ed Krentzman - who helped frame and expand the FELLOWS program in Hawaii, Pat Rosini - the driving force for the Intergenerational Nutrition Greenhouse in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and Bob Kasey, Jr. - founder of Creative Grandparenting and Creative Mentoring in Wilmington, DE. Beyond noting their contributions as practitioners and innovators in the still-young intergenerational studies field, we acknowledge their impact as mentors and supporters for the many people they have inspired and who follow in their footsteps. On a personal note, I had the great pleasure of getting to know Janet and Ed. Their life stories provide resounding support for the idea that even one individual can truly make a difference!!
The following remarks were shared at the Third generations United Janet Sainer Luncheon, sponsored by the Brookdale Foundation Group (August 1, 2013).
From Suzanne Roig’s Honolulu Advertiser article: “Ed Krentzman, Beloved Grade School Volunteer” (February 9, 2005):
From Rob Wheary’s Newsitem.com article: “NCCT greenhouse named for its ‘driving force’”:
The following information is from Leah Bradley, Program Director, Generations United. [Ed: Leah interned at Creative Grandparenting while in college. In fact, it was Bob who first introduced her to Generations United. Bob passed away in 1999.]
By Kendra Taylor, Graduate student, AYFCE (Applied Youth, Family, and Community Education M.Ed.) program, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education
Twenty-six residents of The Village at Penn State, a State College retirement community, receive Skype lessons from volunteers Amanda Gresh, undergraduate student in health policy and administration, and Courtney Polenick, graduate student in human development and family studies.
A video on “Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress” was produced by the PA Department of Aging as part of its caregiver educational series. It features Dr. Steven H. Zarit, who is a Distinguished Professor at Penn State University and renowned researcher in caregiving. In the video, Zarit provides information about how to effectively manage stress for caregivers and how to care for a loved one with memory loss.
We are pleased to report that the 2nd edition of the FRIDGE curriculum (2013) is now available online. The current html format is far more user-friendly than the old, large pdf file previously posted on the FRIDGE webpage. Other changes to the curriculum include: updated resources and references (mostly to reflect the latest Food Guidance System - from MyPyramid to MyPlate), streamlined activity instructions, handouts with improved graphics and larger text, and strategies for conducting the program in other settings such as farms and residential camps.
At a National Press Club (Washington, D.C.) event on December 10, 2013, Generations United and The Generations Initiative unveiled a jointly sponsored report, Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America. The report is based on findings of a new poll Generations United and The Generations Initiative commissioned from Harris Interactive. Among the report findings: Americans of all generations are aware of the country's changing age and race demographics and the vast majority are accepting of them, dispelling the "generational conflict narrative." So much so that 72 percent of older and younger respondents believe that publicly funded programs targeted at specific age groups such as K-12 education or Social Security aren't burdensome responsibilities, but investments that benefit all generations.
[The following summary of this research from AARP comes from the Caregiving Policy Digest (FCS), Vol. 8, #8, Sept. 12, 2013.]
Generations United recently unveiled Grand Resources: A Grandparent's and Other Relative Caregiver's Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities. The guide equips caregivers, including those who provide full- and part-time care to relative children, with the national resources they need to help their children thrive, now and in the future. Grand Resources was developed with a grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, the private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation.
An important new report, Failure to Launch: Structural Shift and the New Lost Generation, analyzes the divergent labor market trends for young and older adults since 1980 -- and puts to rest the idea that those trends are contributing to generational antipathy. Anthony Carnavale, one of the report's lead authors, noted in an article in the Wall Street Journal, "There is no generational contest." He added that older people who work will create 22 million more jobs for younger adults by 2020. Failure to Launch is a joint effort by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and The Generations Initiative.
The following e-mail from Mariano Sanchez, Professor of Sociology at the University of Granada, introduces a new resource published by “Generationes” (an international network for the study of intergenerational issues).
[Ed: For Extension educators and faculty with interests in working with older adults, I’d like to introduce you to Dick Goldberg (Director of “Coming of Age” at Temple University) and his “Explore Your Future” Train-the-Trainer program.]
The Blessing Cup, by Patricia Polacco. 2013. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers The Blessing Cup is a wonderful new children’s book by acclaimed author Patricia Polacco. It's essentially a prequel to her classic, The Keeping Quilt, filling in the back story of great-grandmother Anna’s journey to America and her family’s very special tea set. It traces the immigration story so familiar to many Americans and like The Keeping Quilt, it’s a multi-generational story filled with traditions and special artifacts passed down from generation to generation. We even have an opportunity to see the famous quilt as this new story unfolds. It’s recommended for ages 4-8, but the beautiful story and illustrations can be appreciated by anyone from 4-108 years of age.
[From AGHE’s TEACHING GERONTOLOGY, Dec. 16, 2013 (H.R. Moody, Editor) newsletter:] The University of Kansas in Lawrence "New Cities” Initiative was launched in April 2010 and since that time has been investigating the aging of Baby Boomers in retirement, as well as past and future models of retirement housing. As a part of that initiative, the University has invited experts representing many disciplines to give presentations for their Boomer Futures Think Tank. An important focus has been on intergenerational relationships between Boomers and other generations. A sponsored speakers series has included Prof. Victor Regnier (University of South California); architect Susanne Stadler (Oakland, California); and Prof. Phil Stafford (Indiana University) in order to encourage understanding about intergenerational living and the architecture of campus retirement communities.
The 14th edition of the newsletter features winners of EMIL's new Annual Intergenerational Learning Awards and a number of innovative projects from some of EMIL’s latest members.