2021 Virtual
Intergenerational Conference

June 15-17, 2021

Tuesday, June 15

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Welcome Plenary

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Tue, Jun 15
RECORDING | P-A: Janet Sainer Opening Plenary Session - Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Mental Health and Social Isolation Across the Generations

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Join us for a thoughtful and solution-oriented discussion of how the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic impact has affected the mental health of younger and older people and created new barriers for people already experiencing mental health issues. The session will highlight personal experiences from a young person and caregiver from grandfamilies, key considerations and guidance from mental health professionals about anxiety, depression grief, and loss, and creative intergenerational solutions for addressing social isolation.  

This plenary honors Janet Sainer, an intergenerational pioneer who believed the power of making connections and encouraged each of us to network, take risks, and always keep our eyes on the good we can do next. Janet’s career spanned more than 50 years and included launching SERVE (Serve and Enrich Retirement by Volunteer Experience), which was the foundation for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); serving as the Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging for 12 years; and as a special consultant for the Brookdale Foundation Group. At Brookdale, Janet developed the Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) and advocated on behalf of grandfamilies. In 2003, Generations United presented Janet with The Jack Ossofsky Award for Lifetime Achievement in Support of Children, Youth and Older Adults in 1997. 

Thank you to The Brookdale Foundation Group for sponsoring this Plenary.

Speaker(s)

Amy Goyer, National Family and Caregiving Expert

Autumn Adams, Center for Native American Youth Champion for Change

Mercedes Bristol, Texas Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Generations United GRAND Voices Network

Deborah Langosch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and Co-Managing Editor of Grandfamilies: Contemporary Journal of Research, Policy and Practice

Atalaya Sergi, AmeriCorps Seniors

Donna Butts, Generations United

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Workshops - Block A

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Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-A-1 - Publicly Funded! Peer Led! Peer Support! Supporting and Engaging Kinship Families

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In Seattle/King County a group of 14 women (from 10 different organizations) have been meeting for the last two years to plan, learn and support each other as they lead kinship support groups across the County. The King County Kinship Collaboration provides funding and support to these groups. This group of leaders/kinship experts include current kinship caregivers, kinship alumni, and former kinship caregivers. Come hear from a panel of four of these leaders about engaging kinship families (most of whom do not have any connection to formal child welfare system.

Speaker(s)

Barb Taylor, King County Kinship Collaboration

Mary Mitchell, Atlantic Street Center

Cathy Callahan, Sound Health and Kinship Caregiver

Mekina Gault, Childhaven

Alesia Cannady, Women United Seattle and Kinship Caregiver

Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-A-2 - Sharing Our Spaces, Sharing Our Expertise: New International Resources for Shared Sites

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In response to the growing interest in intergenerational shared sites, Generations United and the University of Granada have each produced a new resource that includes information on the rationale, planning, design, and challenges associated with setting up intergenerational shared sites. Sharing our Space: A Toolkit for Developing Intergenerational Shared Sites (GU) and Intergenerational Centers. Concept and Implementation (U of Granada) were developed separately, however they were mutually enriched through collaborative dialogue between lead authors and represent an example of international collaboration in the intergenerational field. This workshop is designed to expand knowledge about intergenerational shared sites through an evidence-informed approach that combines cross-cultural lived experience, practice expertise, and research evidence. It will focus on: 1) key content from these new resources, 2) cross-cultural features of sites in the United States, Germany, France and Spain, 3) gaps regarding best practices, and 4) opportunities for the creation of new shared site models.

Speaker(s)

Nancy Henkin, Generations United

Mariano Sánchez, University of Granada

Jeni Hoover, Kendal at Oberlin Early Learning Center

Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-A-3 - Lives Well Lived: Intergenerational Projects Connecting Generations

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The purpose of this session is to facilitate interaction between older adults and young adults so they may both gain a deeper understanding of one another and share with each other knowledge and wisdom about living a life well lived. The coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted issues of loneliness and social isolation. Intergenerational connections are a must to minimize the divide between generations and cultures through sharing knowledge and communication. We need to grow a movement towards intergenerational connections by building bridges to a multigenerational and multicultural future. We have a generation of elders who've lived through the toughest of times, and now a generation is coming of age during the toughest of times. If we can find our common ground by creating intergenerational connections—especially in times of social unrest and isolation—we can help one another create a better tomorrow.

Speaker(s)

Sky Bergman, Cal Poly State University

Sara Bartlett, Cal Poly State University

Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-A-4 - Generations Connect: Appreciating Perspectives and Bridging Intergenerational Divides to Make Meaningful Impact

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Often different generations have a harder time understanding each other. They might have different experiences and perspectives. Different generations may have different mindsets with different expectations. By understanding each other better we can develop better connections, bridge gaps, create stronger relationships, learn from each other, and work together to create change in our communities. Come to our workshop to engage in dialogue about how we can create bridges between generations!

Speaker(s)

Max Benabou, Generations Connect

Sarah Khan, Generations Connect

Brooklyn Sales, Generations Connect

Devin Washington, Generations Connect

Emily Bodiford, Community Strengths

Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-A-5 - The Stories of Atlantic City: An Intergenerational Community Storytelling Project

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In Fall 2020, Stories of Atlantic City (SOAC) partnered with Stockton University professor Christina Morus’s Media, Civil Rights, & Social Change course, and Atlantic City’s Golden Circle club. Stockton students interviewed Atlantic City community elders about their memories of the Civil Rights Movement, their feelings about the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, and their reflections on the history and future of racial (in)justice in Atlantic City and beyond. Theirs are the first voices in our Intergenerational Community Storytelling Project. In this interactive, multimedia workshop, Dr. Morus and the SOAC team will be joined by student and community elder participants. We will share both our process and our product, with special attention to the intergenerational impacts of community storytelling as manifested through this project.

Speaker(s)

Christina Morus, Stockton University

Toby Rosenthal, Stockton University

Christina Noble, Stockton University

Erin O'Hanlon, Stockton University

Juanita High, Stockton University

Marissa Luca, Stories of Atlantic City

Emily Montgomery, Stockton University

Clementine (Tina) Byrne, Stockton University

Michael "Lovejoi" Stafford, Stories of Atlantic City

Lauren Simon, Stockton University

Malikah Stafford, Stockton University

Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-A-6 - Connecting Generations: Strategies for Improving Community Vitality

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Intergenerational strategies, bringing diverse age groups together in mutually beneficial experiences, are being utilized around the country to reduce older adult social isolation, improve health and well-being, connect youth with caring adults, address local concerns, and enhance community. In this session, the Northland Foundation will share key learnings and promising practices gained through the implementation of intergenerational community-building initiatives in 18 rural communities and Tribal Nations over the past 13 years. Participants will learn practical strategies for replicating this grassroots intergenerational civic engagement initiative in their community.

Speaker(s)

Lynn Haglin, Northland Foundation

Jan Amys, Northland Foundation

Cheryl Meld, Something Cool, Inc.

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Speed Sessions - Block A

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Tue, Jun 15
RECORDING | Speed Session A-1

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2:15 - 2:30 | Kinship Navigators and Remote Assistance: Virtual Case Management

The COVID pandemic has forced many agencies to learn how to provide services such as case management and support virtually. The NYS Kinship Navigator, in operation since 2006, provides information, education and referral to all caregivers in NYS. Since 2018, the Navigator has been piloting a Virtual Case Assistance program in 8 counties in NY, offering case management and support groups virtually to caregivers - connecting them to a case manager who provides assistance via phone and email to provide them with assistance obtaining benefits, understanding their legal options, and connecting them to resources in their area. KN has also worked with several kinship programs in NYS to pilot peer support groups which are conducted via zoom to assist caregivers with needs and support.

Speakers: Rae Glaser, NYS Kinship Navigator | Ryan Johnson, NYS Kinship Navigator



2:30 - 2:45 | Preparing Formal Kinship Caregivers for the Caregiver Journey
In 2018 the Children’s Bureau funded a cooperative agreement to build and develop the Nation’s first open-access, state of the art, foster and adoptive parent training and development curriculum. This curriculum is being piloted in 7 states and one tribal nation both in-person and remotely. Specific themes were developed to prepare kinship caregivers for their parenting role. The curricular content was developed based on an extensive search of the literature, interviews with kinship caregivers and youth, and expert advice received from a national committee of experts. This presentation provides the results of the findings from the systematic review, interviews, and content experts. Participants will also receive an overview of the curriculum and how it was adapted for kinship caregivers who are seeking foster parent licensure and/or adoption/guardianship through the child welfare system. Participants will see the curriculum content and learn how it can be implemented within their own systems.

Speakers: Angelique Day, University of Washington School of Social Work | Melida Lis, Spaulding for Children | Karen Alvord, Lilliput



2:45 - 3:00 | Voices at the Table: Creating a Kinship Advisory Council

Looking for ways to engage both kinship care providers and organizations working with caregivers? Hear from South Carolina's Kinship Advisory Council, created by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and led by community partners. With a focus on meeting the diverse needs of caregivers, learn how the Council prioritizes awareness events and coordinates advocacy activities as a unified statewide voice. This session brings together ideas and recommendations to bring all voices to the table in order to lift up and support caregivers at the local and state level.

Speakers: Megan Branham, North Public Relations

Tue, Jun 15
RECORDING | Speed Session A-2

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2:15 - 2:30 | Initial Needs Assessments in Intergenerational Centers: Reflections from a Spanish Case

The setting up of an intergenerational shared site raises many questions about which will be the best practices to follow and what specific needs should be addressed. In this sense, when the Macrosad Intergenerational Reference Center in Albolote (Spain) had been running for a few months, directorial staff wanted to find out what needs were being met (or not met) by the center. For this purpose, an ad hoc needs study was designed to identify the impressions of all stakeholders (children, seniors, relatives, staff members). As a result of this study, needs related to the center itself, to the intergenerational activities and to the training of the staff were identified, as well as possible practices that could be implemented to improve the functioning of the center.

Speakers: Mariano Sánchez, University of Granada | Carolina Campos, Macrosad Chair in Intergenerational Studies of the University of Granada | Ana Perandrés, Macrosad SCA



2:30 - 2:45 | Empowerment and Intergenerational Relationships as Pathways to Social Inclusion

With the aim of creating new spaces that foster intergenerational relationships and facilitate empowerment over the years, students of the Faculty of Education of Bilbao (University of the Basque Country, Spain) and senior citizens shared spaces. In this sense, after the evaluations carried out, both groups point to the importance of strengthening the empowerment process in which the people themselves are the ones who must acquire awareness and security with the aim of becoming empowered and increase their self-esteem. In this way, according to both groups, they will be able to make decisions that concern them in order to achieve personal and community transformation.

Speakers: Amaia Eiguren, University of the Basque Country | Maitane Picaza, University of the Basque Country | Naiara Berasategi, University of the Basque Country



2:45 - 3:00 PM | Intergenerational Priorities for the 117th Congress

Children, youth and older adults are interconnected parts of our lives and families, yet government policy and programming tend to treat them as separate groups. It’s time for all of us in the U.S. to recognize this interdependence, and to acknowledge that these connections make for stronger communities and a stronger nation. Join Generations United to learn about our intergenerational legislative priorities for the 117th Congress to better enable young, old and those who care for them to prosper individually and as they support one another.

Speaker: Diane Roznowski, Generations United

Tue, Jun 15
RECORDING | Speed Session A-3

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2:15 - 2:30 | Implementation of Evidence-based Practices in Intergenerational Programming: A Scoping Review

Evidence-based intergenerational practices are sought by practitioners interested in the potential value of intergenerational programs. These are often difficult to identify as intergenerational program research frequently consists of small samples and pre-post analyses of attitudinal data with little attention to implementation characteristics. We systematically identified evidence-based intergenerational practices linked to program outcomes from peer-reviewed journal articles (n = 21) published between 2000 and 2019. Scoping reviews facilitate synthesis of available evidence-based practices and identification of gaps in the literature. Fifteen evidence-based intergenerational practices were identified; each was coded in at least five articles. The practices informed program content (e.g., using technology), program considerations (e.g., environmental modifications), facilitator and participant preparation (e.g., training), and quality interactions among participants (e.g., incorporating mechanisms of friendship). While these identified practices reflect extant theory and research, rigorous implementation research is needed to advance evidence-based intergenerational practice as policymakers and practitioners advocate for intergenerational program growth.

Speakers: Rachel Scrivano, The Ohio State University | Nancy Mendoza, The Ohio State University | Shannon Jarrott, The Ohio State University



2:30 - 2:45 | A Meta-Analytic Review of the Psychosocial Effects of Intergenerational Programs for Youth and Older Adults

This is the first meta-analysis to examine the effect of intergenerational programs (IGP) on the psychosocial effects of youth and older adults. Result suggested that IGP have a small, but significant association with reduced ageism among youth (d = 0.34). For older adults IGP were associated with a small, significant reduction in depression (d = -0.30) and increased generativity (d = 0.25), quality of life (d = 0.48) and physical health (d = 0.10). Age of participants, duration of the program, and culture were included as moderators of the effect sizes, but due to few studies in each outcome the results were not significantly heterogeneous to explain variability with moderators. Results have implications for the development of IGP and the future of IGP assessment research.

Speakers: Jenni Petersen, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater



2:45 - 3:00 | Ethics of Generations: Intergenerational Studying with the Oldest Old

Ethics of Generations take advantage of the wisdom of old age with the method of a real dialogue. Young students and very old people over 80 years meet in seminars with research-oriented teaching on current ethical issues. Based on relevant ethical topics, which include the world in the broadest sense, the responsibility for the world and human beings in the narrow sense, conversations are held that are based on prepared Socratic questions. Differences, similarities, universals, insights and wisdom can be extracted from the dialogues in order to achieve an improved synergetic relationship between the generations and to strive for a better world together. Such a dialogue is something new for our culture and can contribute to world peace. We believe that it is an activity that might well prove vital to the future health of our civilization. The findings should be used politically and socially.

Speakers: Sonja Ehret, University of Heidelberg

Tue, Jun 15
RECORDING | Speed Session A-4

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2:15 - 2:30 | Addressing Loneliness and Social Isolation Through Intergenerational Programs in the Time of Corona

This presentation showcases the transition of intergenerational in-person programs into activities that connect youth and older adults while maintaining public health requirements that preclude being physically together. Link Generations used the pandemic to pilot a conversation-based program on Zoom with middle, high school, and college students and older adults isolated by the pandemic. Since March 2020, people of all ages have felt the social isolation of being physically separated. This session describes the methodology used to transform our program to be consistent with CDC social distancing guidelines. We describe the pilot project, evaluation tools, and data collected to show that this program still works to decrease loneliness and social isolation. As one 94 year old participant said when we could meet in person, “This program works. We don’t always know how it’s going to work, but it always works.” We used her guiding words to get us through the pandemic.

Speakers: Lori Marks, Link Generations



2:30 - 2:45 | Honing Teen Leadership Skills to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors

Ovation Communities in Milwaukee Wisconsin has inspired teens from diverse backgrounds to get involved as members of a new teen board created to help bridge the generation gap and inspire others to make the world a better place. Through monthly meetings teens gain leadership experience, learn about many topics related to the life of a senior including ageism and careers in geriatrics, connect with seniors, get involved in fundraising, plan programming, and make new friends. Senior residents serve on the board as our Resident Advisory Committee. During this session the purpose and benefits of a teen board will be discussed. Participants will gain knowledge about how to start a teen board and will leave with an action plan for this meaningful and life changing way to engage both teens and seniors and improve the life of others.

Speakers: Julie Shlensky, Ovation Communities



2:45 - 3:00 | Engaging Communities to Foster and Strengthen Intergenerational Connections to Overcome Inequities During COVID-19 and Beyond

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Concilio CDS Inc. has engaged communities to assist in reassurance calls, no-contact deliveries of essentials, socially distanced/mail delivered artworks for maintaining connections within families and community. These activities have strengthened social networks that are assisting in reducing anxiety, depression, loneliness, and stress during the pandemic, especially rural communities that do not have abundant technological resources. Prioritizing the direct human connection that is not reliant on technological resources, communities, especially communities of color, that face various inequities can utilize their skills and passions to build community capacity to create positive lasting change. Thus, intergenerational connections are our greatest resource in combating issues of social isolation, poverty, and health, in critical and the transitional period that our communities are facing for the new normal. And so, fostering, sustaining, and strengthening intergenerational connections will build resilient communities in the face of COVID-19, the new normal, and any other challenges.

Speakers: Josefina Mata, Concilio CDS Inc. | Lizbeth Mata, Concilio CDS Inc.

Tue, Jun 15
RECORDING | Speed Session A-5

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2:15 - 2:30 | Intergenerational Mentoring During COVID-19 and Beyond: Connecting the Generations Online

Running an academic mentoring program during COVID has been incredibly challenging but equally rewarding. In this presentation, learn how we took our in-person intergenerational mentoring programs -- ordinarily run at schools and libraries -- on-line over the course of weeks and the best practices we have developed since March. We will share how we effectively run our program, developed new program materials and procedures, trained ourselves and our mentors to use conferencing and school platform technology, developed educational programming to support our students, their parents and our mentors, and encouraged our mentors to support each-other. Our programming has kept many of our mentors, who were used to meeting students in person and offering one-on-one literacy and homework help, engaged and interconnected, thereby lessoning the isolation caused by COVID and providing a rewarding intergenerational experience.

Speakers: Anietra Guzman-Santana, Family Service Society of Yonkers



2:30 - 2:45 | Ztutors: Older Adults Reading with Elementary School Students via Zoom

ZTutors (aka Tutoring on Zoom) was envisioned to meet urgent needs that were emerging as fallouts of the Covid-19 crises to support parents and students, while engaging a valuable resource: older adults wanting to serve. This intergenerational program was piloted by Age-Friendly Lancaster City, and coordinated by Age2Age Consulting in Lancaster, PA. The older adult volunteers for the initial 90-day pilot were all members of the Lancaster Downtowners (a “Village” and member of the National Village to Village Network.) The Volunteer ZTutors began reading with elementary school students who were doing asynchronous learning at home and/or in a day care setting. When some students returned to their classrooms, ZTutors and the schools adapted to continue the virtual one-to-one support for the students. Using Zoom, and an on-line platform of books, the reading sessions remained safe for all participants.

Speakers: Chris Kennedy, Age2Age



2:45 - 3:00 | Creative Remote Learning: Aging, Culture, and Intergenerational Activities for Hawaii Schools

The purpose of this session is to share creative approaches to teaching students about aging and culture through asynchronous curricula and virtual intergenerational experiences. The session will highlight the presenters' experience in working with middle and high school teachers in Honolulu, Hawaii during COVID-19. The session will share experiences in getting buy-in and securing partnerships with teachers and service providers in the aging network to develop and implement the curricula and intergenerational activities. Highlights of the curricula include: 1) lessons on healthy aging and fostering age-friendly communities; and 2) virtual interactions with kupuna (Hawaiian for elders) to learn about resilience. The session will provide creative ideas, tips, and lessons learned.

Speakers: Christy Nishita, University of Hawaii Center on Aging | Erin Ah Sue, Punahele Projects

30 Minute Break

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Workshops - Block B

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Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-B-1 - Grandparents as Parents and Caregivers within Indian Country: Keeping with Our Cultural Identity

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Approximately 7.9 million children are raised by grandparents, extended family or close family friends with taking the responsibility to care for them while their parents are unable to take on this responsibility. Within the Native American households, about 8% of the American Indian and Alaskan Native children are raised and supported within these grandfamilies. Various socioeconomically factors affect these families and disrupt the essence of culture, our heritage and the future of our Native people. This panel will discuss personal experiences, barriers and challenges that they have experienced with how they obtained their loved ones, identify and remedied problems they experienced and how our culture has supported our families.

Speaker(s)

Sonya Begay, Navajo Nation and Generations United GRAND Voices Network

Marisa Van Zile, Sokaogen Chippewa Band of Lake Superior Indians and Generations United GRAND Voices Network

Sharon Gebhardt, Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Generations United GRAND Voices Network

Jeanette Walker, Koyukon Athabascan, Generations United GrAND Network

Ana Beltran, Generations United

Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-B-2 - Intentional Intergenerational Communities: The Ultimate Shared Spaces

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The ultimate shared spaces are intentional, intergenerational communities. These are places where youth, young adults, older adults and elders build relationships that deepen over time and create a strong foundation in which children, families and elders flourish. By living in proximity and with purpose, these living communities are not only supporting the residents who live there, but also, positively impacting the larger community. The impact of intentional intergenerational communities aligns with the Self-Healing Communities Model. This model improves the rates of interrelated and intergenerational health and social problems by investing in the people at risk. The presenters will discuss how thinking about designing shared spaces and opportunities along with housing using a perspective of “communities for all ages,” is not only a nice idea but a critical solution to many social issues in our world.

Speaker(s)

Derenda Schubert, Bridge Meadows

Tim Carpenter, EngAGE

Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-B-3 - Learning Across the Generations: A New Model for Higher Education

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Universities are among the most age-segregated of institutions, catering to young adults while undeserving a growing demographic of learners: “encore” adults. Yet the generations have more in common than not, especially when it comes to a desire to make our world a better place. Universities are ideally positioned to bring together younger and older generations to tackle grand challenges we face as a society. At the University of Minnesota, we are breaking down age barriers and connecting the generations for classroom learning, mentoring, and serving communities. This session will highlight the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) Initiative, a gap year for encore adults as they explore next chapters in their lives. UMAC fellows join traditional-age students in the classroom to learn and explore solutions to societal issues. Fellows and younger students mentor each other, working collaboratively to explore ways to strengthen our communities.

Speaker(s)

Kate Schaefers, University of Minnesota

George Brewster, University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Institute

Sheila Peyraud, University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Institute

Wed, Jun 16
RECORDING | WS-B-4 - Ageless Play: Interaction Strategies are Key to Intergenerational Program Sustainability

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Intergenerational playgroups provide multiple opportunities for building relationships between elders, children and their families and the workforce in residential care facilities. Families can develop relationships with older people, some of whom may have already raised families. Intergenerational playgroups can reduce isolation for people living in residential aged care and parents who are at home caring for young children. In 2017 Playgroup Queensland, and Catholic Health Care successfully partnered to pilot an intergenerational playgroup, located within an inner-city aged-care residential facility that has continued beyond the pilot period. The Playgroup Queensland team engaged with Griffith University to examine the sustainability of the program. A notable finding was the importance of interaction strategies between all the various members of the playgroup. In this presentation we will share our knowledge and experience gained through our research of the interactions that support intergenerational communities.

Speaker(s)

Penny Allen, Playgroup Queensland

Jenny Cartmel, Griffith University

Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-B-5 - HomeBound: Visioning and Producing an Intergenerational Podcast in a Pandemic and Beyond

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The HomeBound Podcast: A Dialogue for the Ages, recorded and edited over several months in summer of and early fall of 2020 in southeast, Michigan captures a time of impossibility and possibility between younger folks and older folks as they navigate together this ‘new normal’ of extreme social isolation and political uncertainty. The COVID-19 Pandemic seems to have propagated commonalities between such older folks and youngers as both were required to ‘shelter in place’ resulting in a shared sense of isolation and disconnection, leading to heightened awareness of each other and oddly, connection. Through a series of conversations between non-related older adults and younger, HomeBound, illuminates authentic intergenerational interaction in poetic and powerful ways. In addition to sharing and showcasing components of the podcast, this session will guide attendees on how they can create their own HomeBound in their home communities.

Speaker(s)

Jessica 'Decky' Alexander, Limelight

Tyler Calhoun, Limelight

Catherine Coffey, Limelight & Eastern Michigan University

Eric Minni, Limelight

Thu, Jun 17
RECORDING | WS-B-6 - Generation Connection: Building Connections Through Technology and Talk

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Generation Connection is a partnership between three Denver area agencies that work with older adults populations. Jewish Family Service of Colorado focuses on mental health and direct support services for aging in place. CircleTalk focuses on building relationships between older adults living in independent and assisted living communities. Generation Tech is wholly student run organization that trains older adults in technology skills. Capitalizing on our diverse areas of expertise, we developed Generation Connection in response to the increased social isolation currently being experienced by people across the spectrum of age and experience. Meeting both individually and as larger group, we are crossing barriers, developing skills, and building relationships. We will showcase the partnership between our three agencies, explore the successes and challenges of our spring program pilot, and demonstrate our unique curriculum that brings individuals together into meaningful conversation.

Speaker(s)

Buffy Fox, Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Deborah Skovron, CircleTalk

Peer Groups - Block A | Sponsored by: AARP

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4:30 pm EDT
PG-A-1 - Building a Shared Site Learning Network

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Generations United is building a Shared Site Learning Network to bring together practitioners who are interested in connecting with others about intergenerational shared sites. The network will meet regularly (3-4 times per year) to share the latest information and resources from the field, facilitate peer learning, and grow the community of shared site practitioners in the United States and beyond. Come to learn more about the network and connect with others at the conference.

Speaker(s)

Sheri Steinig, Generations United

Nancy Henkin, Generations United

4:30 pm EDT
PG-A-2 - Creating a Training/Facilitator/Social Activist Manual for Intergenerational Work

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This Peer Group will include a discussion on creating a training/facilitators/ social activist manual for intergenerational work.

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Diana Ganger, Ideal18

4:30 pm EDT
PG-A-3 - Unpacking Intergenerational Grief in the 21st Century

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Join this informal, facilitated discussion on the intergenerational experience as it relates to COVID-19, and the many forms grief and bereavement take as it relates to generational lenses. This session will share the social work community of practice as it relates to specific intergenerational issues during the ongoing pandemic, such as grieving virtually, social distancing, the psychosocial phenomenon of forming and sustaining pods. I hope to provide a forum for discussion, reflection, and supportive tools that can be utilized in this unimaginable time of both collective and personal grief and loss.

Speaker(s)

Cassandra Peel, Pacific Oaks College

4:30 pm EDT
PG-A-4 - Grandfamily Caregivers Peer Group

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Are you a caregiver in a grandfamily? Were you raised in a grandfamily? Generations United invites you to a networking session to meet and connect with other members of grandfamilies at the conference and learn about resources from Generations United that may be helpful to families like yours.

Speaker(s)

Victoria Gray, Generations United

Diane Roznowski, Generations United