Latest "Ideas for Intergenerational Living" Newsletter
As yet another academic semester draws to a close, it’s time for another issue of Penn State’s Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter.
The driving question addressed in this online publication is: How do we create great settings for intergenerational engagement? The approach is centered around defining and exploring applications of the concept of “intergenerational contact zones,” ICZs for short. These are spatial focal points for different generations to meet, interact, build relationships and, if desired, work together to address issues of local concern.
Face.Age is a multimedia installation featuring younger (18-22) and older (70+) participants studying, describing, and touching one another’s faces. This art installation was developed in North Carolina by Andrew Belser, Penn State Professor of Movement, Voice, and Acting in the School of Theatre. Prof. Belser and his students continue to learn from creating and documenting these intergenerational encounters at exhibits set up at various sites.
People of all ages should be talking more and doing more about getting the vaccinations needed to build healthy communities for all generations. That is the goal of "Valuing Vaccines Across the Generations" – an awareness campaign launched by Generations United in partnership with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Atlas of Caregiving Pilot offers information on how caregivers can create their own care map. A care map is a helpful way to visually represent all the people and services involved in a family caregiving situation.
If one lives alone or far distance from a spouse, partner, or child, that person is or will be an “elder orphan.
Who walks 194,000+ plus miles in a day? Answer: Participants of the “Everybody Walk Across PA” program.
Boca Raton, Florida-The Florida Intergenerational Orchestra, based in Boca Raton, is proud to announce that its conductor, Lorraine Marks-Field, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Community Orchestra Division of “The American Prize in Conducting.” The American Prize is a prestigious award presented by the national non-profit organization’s competition in the performing arts. The American Prize will be announcing its finalists in several weeks.
The ARCH (which stands for “Access to Respite Care and Help”) National Respite Network and Resource Center recently (Feb. 24, 2016) held a webinar on “Grandfamilies and Relative Caregivers: Meeting their Respite Needs.” Presenters included: Generations United's Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and Matt Kaplan (Penn State University).
Around the world, grandparents play a vital role in the upbringing of their grandchildren. But increasingly, their children are also paying them to do it. As a result, in South Korea, some are going to classes to relearn the art of looking after children - to make sure they're still qualified for the job.
Here are two articles on children and adolescents who provide care for family members. Both were published in the “Caregiving Policy Digest” (Nov. 30 and Dec. 30, 2015).
Bridges Together is a Sudbury, Massachusetts-based organization that conducts a multi-site intergenerational program in schools, and provides intergenerational resource materials and training for professionals. On the Bridges Together website, one can find a potpourri of creative ideas to engage, entertain, and strengthen families, organizations, and communities.
Domtar Corporation, a provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products announces that it is sponsoring PaperPal, an intergenerational handwriting program.
Here is some recent information on background clearance requirements in Pennsylvania for interaction with minors in youth programs.
It’s been an exciting and eventful summer in terms of new intergenerational initiatives, including pilot projects, conferences, research, curricular resources, reports, blogs, and more.
Intergenerational Contact Zones – or ICZs for short, serve as spatial focal points for older adults and younger generations to meet, interact, build trust and friendships, and work together to address issues of local concern. They can be found in all types of community settings including libraries, schools, parks, and multi-service community centers.
Leading Pennsylvania’s economy with $5.7 billion dollar in sales each year, Pennsylvania’s future depends on agriculture. 7.7 million acres are devoted to agriculture use and of those 4.2 million acres (54%) are owned by farmers age 55 and over, according to 2007 NASS agriculture statistics. If agriculture is to remain Pennsylvania’s largest industry it’s imperative for these acres to transition to the next generation of farmers.
Here are some U.S. Census: Facts for Features - In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This day has been celebrated every year since to honor our nation’s grandparents.
With 7.1 million grandchildren living with their grandparents and 4.7 million children living with “other relatives,” according to the 2010 census, almost 12 million children in America today are being raised in kinship care. Of course, this group of kinship providers comes with unique needs and challenges that are often difficult to address. The outcome for millions of children depend on the resources and support these families can access.
“Using Technology to Connect Generations: Some Considerations of Form and Function” is the title of an article recently published in the communication and education journal, Comunicar (vol. 23, no. 45, 2015).