This issue of the Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter is the first with our new format. We have moved away from creating newsletters as large pdf file attachments and depositing them to a web-based archive of old newsletters.
Pennsylvania 4-H, the youth-development program administered by Penn State Extension, has been cultivating versatile children for a century. During the last 100 years, it has evolved from its agricultural roots into a globally competitive program offering educational opportunities on everything from government to robotics.
Written materials and videotape accounts of intergenerational programs tend to emphasize the positive and downplay the difficulties. This makes it difficult for people who are new to the field to gain a realistic sense of the challenges of intergenerational work.
The “Center in the Park” on Germantown Avenue was brimming with questions and answers on a recent evening on October 18th, as panelists from the Education Law Center, Parent Power, and the Philadelphia School District addressed the ABC’s of “Standing Up for Your Child in School for Kinship Caregivers in Philadelphia”.
July 30 - Aug. 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. This conference will highlight novel intergenerational approaches for strengthening 7 pathways: our bonds with our environments; civic engagement; the intergenerational workplace; the intergenerational compact; cultural identities; family support systems; and individual wellbeing.
A new report from Generations United, Dec 2012. To heighten awareness of the importance intergenerational solidarity plays in building strong, supportive communities, Generations United and MetLife Foundation teamed up to create the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards program.
A new report on hunger and nutrition in the United States is based on findings of a new poll commissioned by Generations United and conducted by Harris Interactive. Among the report findings, in the past year, nearly one-third of adults in America have either experienced lack of food or been concerned about food insecurity among their family, friends, or neighbors. Equally troubling, one in 10 adults went without a basic need (such as food, medicine, or health care) to provide food for another family member.
The Legacy Project is an international big-picture learning project working with youth, adults, and elders toward a more meaningful, equitable, and sustainable world. For information on their education campaign that bring youth and elders together to spark conversation over story sharing, learn seven-generation thinking, and apply new ideas in legacy projects that can transform lives and communities
Articles in this issue of the Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter focus on kinship care from a global perspective and an intergenerational reading program that has taken root in Hershey, PA. The newsletter also continues in the tradition of providing highlights of new intergenerational (engagement) resources, reports, conferences, and program innovation.
When Grace Wagler, a 16-year old student home schooled in Hershey, PA, attended a lecture for community members at Penn State College of Medicine that described programs at The Intergenerational School in Cleveland, OH – the first known charter school to invite persons with dementia to serve as mentors for schoolchildren – she was inspired to create two innovative intergenerational reading programs in her home town.
A new tutorial from KaisierEDU.org ex-plains the basics of the U.S. long-term care system in shorter formats that also touch on the key policy issues. The tutorial features 18 short (30-60 seconds) chapters on the fundamentals of long-term care, including recipients, settings, Medicaid, Medicare, and dual eligibles. Chapter 15 focuses on the role of family caregivers in the nation's long-term care system. The text of the narrative can be accessed, as well as the Power-Point slides for each chapter.
In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends, a longtime practice known as kinship care. “Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families” includes the latest data for states, the District of Columbia, and the nation, as well as a set of recommenda-tions on how to support kinship families.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Search Institute’s The American Family Assets Study, check out their new page on SI.org dedicated to family assets: www.search-institute.org/familyassets. On the right-side of the page, you'll find: study highlights; video clips of young people, adults, and scholars talking about family strengths; discussion starters; a detailed technical report and much more.
(From Brookdale Foundation’s Relatives as Parents Program’s Information and Resources notice, June, 19, 2012). Information on the Young Caregivers in the US report. National Alliance for Caregiving's Family Care Resource Clearinghouse.
May 30, 2012. Can an adult be held responsible for a parent's medical bills? In Pennsylvania, the answer is yes, according to a dramatic new ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court explained by elder law expert Katherine Pearson at Penn State Law in this recent interview. "Pennsylvania's law obligating certain family members to care for and maintain or financially assist indigent family members is now a high-profile matter in Pennsylvania," she said. The case is Health Care & Retirement Corporation of America v. Pittas, decided on May 7, 2012. In that case, a nursing home obtained a judgment against an adult son for the cost of his mother's nursing home care. What makes this case unique in Pennsylvania, said Pearson, is that "it is the first time substantial dollars have been awarded against an adult son to support his mother who is in a nursing home -- almost $93,000. It's a game-changer in terms of the dollars and cents that we are talking about in terms of filial support."
(From Global Action in Aging newsletter, Aug. 6, 2012) A new approach to education allows intermixing of elders and children in the classroom. In an effort to integrate kindergartens and nursing homes into one environment, researcher Stephanie Geller, wrote a book entitled, "Uniting Wonder with Wisdom, An Intergenerational Classroom Replication Guide." She thinks that such projects help ensure that society sees elders as valuable members of society, improve their health, and enhance children's academic and social development.
(From Global Action on Aging newsletter, May 28, 2012) China is facing the challenge of an aging population. Simultaneously, urbanization and industrialization is weakening traditional family support networks, specifically for senior citizens. Many retired older workers have low pensions and often cannot meet some of their most basic needs. As Chinas population ages, the younger workforce available to work is decreasing. This may not only affect the country’s economy but also the quality of life for elders since there will be less support. How will China manage this situation?
(From Global Action on Aging newsletter, June 4, 2012) According to a Government Accountability Office Report, once older workers lose their jobs, they tend to spend a longer time trying to find new work. Using focus groups, it was found that older workers believed that they faced age discrimination and had trouble adjusting to new technological ad-vances, including online job searches. Employers believed that older workers would incur higher health-care costs and would not stay long enough for the employer to reap some benefits.
(From Global Action on Aging newsletter, May 28, 2012) A Center for Housing Policy study shows that one in four adults will likely end up with a mobility limitation that requires some home renovations. This represents a big potential home building and home modification market. Additionally, most elder homeowners say they want to age in place. In response, the National Association of Home Builders has started a Certification Programs in Aging in Place Specialization for contractors.
(From Global Action on Aging newsletter, May 14, 2012) When Dr. Socorrito Baez-Page faced the issue of taking care of her older mother, she found a very interesting and personal option – a MEDCottage. This prefabricated small open-plan home was set up as a free-standing structure in her backyard with special amenities to meet the needs of older people. However, zoning rules create barriers to these structures; only about half of the states allow accessory housing for a family member. These homes allow the elderly to age in place. Additionally, a provision of the Affordable Care Act will pay for health care delivered in the home instead of at the doctor's office, which broadens the capacities of a MEDCottage. Another prefab alternative is Practical Assisted Living Structures. The pod comes with phone and TV cable lines built into the wall (no wires to trip on), a closet with levers that lower the clothes to wheelchair level, motion detectors that automatically turn the knee-high night-light system on, showers with grab bars and various types of no-step entries, wheelchair-accessible sinks and comfort-height toilets.
(From GU’s “Generations This Week” publication - May 9, 2012, Vol. 7, 19). by Sherri Snelling, founder of the Caregiving Club. Years ago, they took steps to help working moms. Now it's time to do the same for caregivers. [Twin Cities Public Television]
(From Generation United’s Generations This Week – August 22, 2012, Vol. 7, 34) Stumped as to how to Do Something Grand for Grandparents Day? Get our jam-packed action guide. Also, visit www.grandparentsday.org and be sure to become a Grand Face Grand Voice on behalf of America's young.
In this issue, we discuss a session conducted at the state 4-H Leadership Conference, update of meetings & resources in the Philadelphia area, Better Kid Care's new online training, and University of South Alabama's Center for Generational Studies.
An intergenerational session called, “4-H through the Generations” began with a pre-banquet dinner panel presentation. The five panelists, ranging in age from 13 to 80, provided brief summaries and highlights from their own 4-H experiences.
(Book Announcement) – edited by Kalyani K. Mehta, University of SIM, and Leng Leng Thang, Na-tional University of Singapore – is the first book to focus on grandpar-enting issues across Asian socie-ties which are facing rapid demo-graphic, social, and cultural transformations.
(News from Audrey Maretzki, at Penn State University). On April 21, 2012, Grandmothers’ Day was celebrated in Ireland. To mark the occasion, Slow Food distributed this recipe for Grandma’s Ginger Beer. This is a great example of the passing down of inherited knowledge from generation to generation.
(Annual report from the Family Caregiver Alliance) The Family Caregiver Alliance released their second annual “Caregiving Year in Review” report during a session at a recent Aging in America conference.
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