Topics include: some of the challenges relative caregivers face when raising children of incarcerated parents, GU report: “Family Matters: Multigenerational Families in a Volatile Economy”, and some new resources and reports in the areas of healthy aging, “engaged” aging, support for relative caregiver families, and emergency preparedness.
Adults who are caring for their relative’s children may have experience dealing with the prison system,others may be dealing with unanticipated challenges with regard to ensuring the physical and emotional health of the children in their care.
A December 2011 report from Generations United, entitled, Family Matters: Multigenerational Families in a Volatile Economy, finds that an increased number of Americans are living in multigenerational households, due in part to the poor economy and also to an increasing number of elders living with family members who provide care.
Includes: New Fact Sheet: Caregiving With Your Siblings, Gallop: 72% of Employed Caregivers are Caring for a Parent, Study: Adult Day Care Services Reduce Stress for Family Caregivers of Adults with Dementia, and Pennsylvania House Approves Bill to Update PA Family Caregivers Support Act
Includes: Report on The Challenges of Family Caregiving, US: Stressed Elder Caregivers in Need of Solutions; BeClose Seeks to Relieve “Stress in America,” Hitting Caregivers Harder Than Ever, and World: Going to Physician Visits with Older Loved Ones Could Improve Care
Vol. 11, No. 3, Summer 2011. Topics include: library-based activities in Allegheny county, an intergenerational games event at Mt. Lebanon Village, an award-winning shared site program at the Lutheran Home at Kane, and Grandparents Day celebrations in Philadelphia.
National Grandparents Day celebrations in Philadelphia. From the 15th Annual Grandparents Day Dinner held by Grands as Parents to a Legislative Roundtable with Senator Anthony H. Williams hosted by Turning Points for Children.
Mt. Lebanon Village held its annual intergenerational summer games on August 13th. Activities included a one-mile run/walk, zumba, tai chi, soccer, checkers, chess and a picnic.The games provide a chance to exercise, raise money for and increase awareness of Mt. Lebanon Village.
The Generations United (GU) Intergenerational Shared Site Award honors an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to uniting the generations through intergenerational shared sites (also know as age-integrated facilities). The 2011 award winner, is the Lutheran Home at Kane, PA.
Ohanarama is safe place online where families connect, learn and play together. This community (Ohana means “family” in Hawaiian) engages extended family members of all ages by tapping into their natural social and competitive spirit through quizzes, contests and fun family games.
The number of grandparents in the United States has hit a record high and is growing. In general, grandparents are younger, financially comfortable and bestowing a good deal of their money on grandchildren, according to a new report by the MetLife Mature Market Institute. Contrary to the stereotypical "grandma" and "grandpa" of yesteryear, today's grandparents are far from dependent. In fact, they are more likely to be sharing their resources with their children and grandchildren.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia studied insurance claims data involving accidents where children were injured or killed. The study revealed that contrary to the common belief that older drivers are more likely to get involved in car accidents 90% of the accidents happened when a parent was in the driver's seat. Grandparents tend to be more cautious when their grandchildren are in the car. This is good news for the US, as many baby boomers are now grandparents.
Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update: The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving. In 2009, about 42.1 million family caregivers in the U.S. provided care to an adult with limitations in daily activities at any given point in time, and about 61.6 million provided care at some time during the year. The estimated economic val-ue of their unpaid contributions was approximately $450 billion.
The University of South Alabama and the Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center have established the new Center for Generational Studies with the primary goal of improving the quality of life for Gulf Coast residents across the lifespan. Dr. Roma Hanks, director of programs in gerontology and chair of the department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, will serve as the academic/research director of the Center.
Topics for the spring 2011 newsletter include: Intergenerational Workshop at Penn State's 4-H Leadership Conference, Relative Caregivers Rock!, Journal of intergenerational Relationships and other reports & resources
The Centre for Intergenerational Practice (CIP) is publishing tested ideas and materials as best-practice guides and toolkits for use by Local Authorities, Voluntary and Community sectors and Central Government Departments
This guide offers assistance
and a planning process for family
caregivers on how to care
for a person with developmental
disabilities. The guide has
information about financial and
legal issues and provides “10
Tips for Family Caregivers.”
Sharing time and making memories with grandchildren--what could be more fun! If you are able to travel with your grandchildren, here are some great destinations and travel tips. You don't have to leave home, however, to enjoy these books, toys, games, crafts and projects. There are also ideas for making family celebrations more special.
We are pleased to release the Generations United Public Policy Agenda for the 112th Congress. The agenda, created by the Generations United public policy committee, Board of Directors and staff, provides guidance for our educational and advocacy efforts to promote intergenerational public policy and create a world that values all generations.
Topics include: Penn State's Kinship Care Resources, Penn State's Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP), and a "Family Finding" model to both locate and engage relatives of children living in foster care
Topics include: 5 Questions to Ask Your Mother or Grandmother, Smart Ways to Care for Caregivers, Gray, Green, and Active: Environmental Volunteerism Benefits Older Adults and Society, and Vacation Groups That Span Three Generations Are Growing.
The National Partnership for
Women and Families recently released
a fact sheet on employed
family caregivers and the challenges
they face in the workplace. The fact
sheet highlights the conflicts caregivers
face when they are forced to
choose between caring for a lovedone
or keeping their job.