Latest "Ideas for Intergenerational Living" Newsletter
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).
Project TRIP, from Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech, consists of an online training program, a series of fact sheets and other publications, and presentations – all with a focus on articulating effective practices in intergenerational programming.
The European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL) is a collaborative network of members working together to support intergenerational learning taking place across Europe. Established in 2009, the network uses the existing expertise of partner organizations already working in the field to create a learning network for others involved in intergenerational programs across Europe.
“Bridging the Intergenerational Divide” is a BBC Capital article on intergenerational relations at the workplace. It presents many provocative examples and diverse perspectives about intergenerational contact and conflict at work. In the “consider an alternate view” section of the article, an argument is made to counter oversimplified notions about intergenerational tensions and conflict that are gaining increased media attention in recent years.*
"IK: Other Ways of Knowing" is an electronic, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of indigenous knowledge from a global perspective. The journal is published twice yearly by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, and is co-sponsored by the Penn State Libraries and the Penn State Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK).
[from NCFR news, Feb. 13, 2015] The RAND Corporation has published a new research brief -- "Valuing the Care We Provide our Elders" -- that puts the monetary value of informal caregiving of elderly people in the U.S. at $522 billion annually. Findings, which are based on data from the American Time Use Survey, include that Americans spend more than 30 billion hours annually providing informal care for elderly friends or family members.
The following excerpts are from the Caregiving Policy Digest (July 30, 2015 issue), published by the National Center on Caregiving.
Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for summer internships in Washington, DC. These internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network. Stipends available.
Matt Kaplan, Penn State Professor of Intergenerational Programs and Aging, and Alan Lai, Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Beijing Normal University/Hong Kong Baptist University, are co-recipients of the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research.
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."