Latest "Ideas for Intergenerational Living" Newsletter
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.
A recent article in USA Today talks about “In-law units” and how they help homeowners pay bills and care for relatives.
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
Workshops offered at the annual 4-H Leadership conference aimed at stimulating vibrant discussion about how different generations view and experience the world
Highlights of the “Helping Hands Intergenerational and Resource Conference for Grandparents and Other Kinship Caregivers of Children”
Overview of the journal - each issue presents cutting-edge writing on intergenerational topics.
How to approach those difficult conversations with older parents concerning decisions around health and living situations.
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.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)’s civic engagement project has released a publication that highlights and advances research on civil engagement in later life.
Coming of Age, a Philadelphia-based national initiative to promote age 50+ civic engagement, has published a free nine-chapter ebook that explores challenging issues confronting people age 50+. Meant to “start the conversation” for those seeking answers to questions about what comes next, The Age for Change addresses topics such as compelling ways to become engaged in one's community, dealing with adult children, ending the pain of troubled relationships, creating community, age 50+ love, and more.
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.
New website on kinship by Penn State
Multigenerational households are growing and their numbers accelerating. In 2010, the number was 7.1 million (6.1% of all households)
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
Penn State resources can now be found on the eXtension Family Caregiving website
This Penn State Extension RAPP program aims to help relative caregiver families in Pennsylvania to find needed information, resources, and support services.