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July 2019 engAGED Newsletter

The Benefits of Intergenerational Activities
Intergenerational programs can benefit people of all ages. In fact, intergenerational activities play a large role in building healthy communities by preventing social isolation and promoting the exchange of ideas and the creation of new memories. The Generations Intergenerational Day Care Center, an intergenerational program developed by the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, provides services and activities for people of all ages—from infants to older adults. The program also allows caregivers and family members to enjoy respite while children and older adults participate in a wide range of supervised activities.

Looking for an intergenerational activity for your community? Create one! Plan an intergenerational activity for American Family Day on August 3rd!
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engAGING articles

“Aunts and Uncles” Volunteering in Schools
School Aunts and School Uncles, a program developed by Dr. Poul-Erik Tindbaek, highlights the benefits that can come when older adults volunteer with youth. The program began when Dr. Poul-Erik Tindbaek contacted a local primary school to learn about ways to involve older adults in the community. He soon developed the program which allows retirees to serve as classroom assistants. The volunteers note that they are there for the children, but they also receive joy and attention in return.
Father and Daughter Team Play Matchmaker for Partnerships
Encouraging intergenerational partnerships can lead to innovative idea exchanges. Learn how one baby boomer and his millennial daughter are supporting intergenerational partnerships by connecting nonprofits with potential funders through their new company, 4GenNow. The father-daughter team notes that successful partnerships come from understanding different perspectives and leveraging unique skillsets. 
103 Years Old and Breaking Records at the National Senior Games 
Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins took up running at age 100. Having been active all her life, she just likes to “keep active and do lots of things.” Her belief about older adults being engaged in the community is that “you can still do things when you get older” and “just keep moving and be interested in things.” Interested in getting older adults in your community get involved in athletic pursuits? Visit the National Senior Games website to learn more.
Upcoming Events
44th Annual Conference and Tradeshow of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
There’s still time to join engAGED for our important sessions on social engagement at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow in New Orleans:
  • Positive Impact of Social Engagement Programs for Older Adults | Sunday, July 28 at 1:00 PM
    • The presentation will outline best practices that have a positive impact on the lives of older adults and offer guidance for creating similar programs in your communities.
    • Hosting will be engAGED partners the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Older Adults Technology Services, Generations United and the National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes
  • Reducing Social Isolation and Fostering Healthy Aging Through Intergenerational Programs | Monday, July 29 at 4:45 PM
    • This session will present intergenerational solutions to reducing social isolation and fostering healthy aging for all ages.
    • The featured speaker will be Sheri Steinig, Special Projects Director, Generations United
  • Enhancing Social Engagement in Rural Communities Through Technology | Tuesday, July 30 at 4:45 PM
    • This session will include an interactive discussion on the distinct needs of older adults living in rural communities and presenting a case study on how technology has been used to address the needs of older adults in upstate New York.
    • The featured speaker will be Alex Glazebrook, Director of Operations, Older Adults Technology Services
engAGED Twitter Chat

Join engAGED and n4a on August 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET for a Twitter Chat on our handle @n4aACTION to discuss the many types of social engagement and tips to promote engagement in your communities. Use the hashtag #socialengagement when tweeting!
Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit
A new toolkit from Generations United and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston helps senior housing organizations plan and implement high-quality intergenerational programs that benefit residents and young people in their communities. The toolkit includes assessment tools and ideas for intergenerational activities that can be developed in community settings. 
Upcoming Webinar!
September 25 at 1 PM: Register for a webinar led by engAGED partner the National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes to learn how to start a Lifelong Learning Institute in your community—and hear from one of the leaders of a grassroot effort to start a Lifelong Learning Institute.
Recent Webinars
Did you miss our latest webinar, Learn How Your Agency Can Help Combat Social Isolation and Promote Social Engagement? Watch it to learn about the engAGED Community Toolkit, which includes customizable materials your organization can use to promote social engagement in your community—and more!
Watch a webinar from engAGED Partner, Lifetime Arts, to learn about a Creative Aging program participant from Tennessee. Learn how participation in arts education workshops can be satisfying, fun and socially engaging. 
Want to learn more about engAGED: The National Resource Center for Older Adults? Visit us at or contact us at
About engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults
engAGED is funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, and is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with support from Generations United, Lifetime Arts, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and Osher Institutes for Lifelong Learning. engAGED will highlight information about emerging trends, resources, and ways the Aging Network can implement similar programs in their communities, and will develop a national strategy for educating and informing the Aging Network about innovative ways to keep older adults connected to their communities.
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