Every day this week:
- Follow our Twitter, Facebook, and website and share the Generations United messages. Check out our Grandparents Day Social Media Guide for sample content. Make sure to tag your messages #DoSomethingGrand.
- Let your grandparents, grandchildren and other older and younger people in your life know you think they are special.
- Volunteer with and advocate on behalf of another generation.
- Encourage your friends and family to swap their regular Facebook profile or cover photos with one that includes their grandparents and/or grandchildren and keep it up throughout the week.
- #TakeAGrandie for Generations United’s “Grandie” contest! Learn more
Tuesday, September 6
- Find out why, as a kid, our Operations and Social Media Manager Adam Hlava enjoyed going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in his “Grandparents Week Blog: Jack and Marion Hlava“.
- Use Grandparents Day to have an intergenerational discussion with a young person or elder in your life the importance on vaccines for all ages. Here’s a guide to help start the conversation.
- Grandparents and older adults raising kids are the “quiet heroes”. Watch President Obama’s tribute to his grandmother.
Wednesday, September 7
- Check out our Take Action Guide and plan an intergenerational service activity.
- Learn about children raised by their grandparents in the Generations United Grand Successes: Stories of lives well-raised.
- Protect your grandfriends and get vaccinated with someone from another generation. Learn more
- The National Institute on Aging at NIH has Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign. They feature different exercises and ways all ages can be active. Learn more
- Read this transformative moment our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent had, as a kid, with her grandpa in “Grandparents Week Blog: I Love You“.
Thursday, September 8
- Want to make your community more intergenerational? Here’s a toolkit for creating age-advantaged spaces. Learn more
- Will you be in or near Riverdale, NY on Grandparents Day? Join Hebrew Home at Riverdale for a special ceremony and tribute to 9/11 victims.
- Is your state a Top 10 for the services it provides grandfamilies? Find out.
- Register a Young Adult to Vote. Pass on strong civic values to the next generation by encouraging at lease one young person to register to vote. Learn more and see other ideas in our Take Action Guide.
- Learn what our Special Projects Director Sheri Steinig learned when she looked back on her luck in “Grandparents Week Blog: Fortunate“
Friday, September 9
- Did you know grandparents and other elders raising kids save taxpayers $4 billion/year? Learn about the other contributions of older adults.
- Will you be in Bad Axe, MI on Sunday? Catch Johnny Prill‘s Ninth Annual Grandparents Day Concert. Learn more
- Our friend 89-year-old friend, Tom Taylor, shares the importance of vaccines for all ages. Watch the video.
- Take a Tour of Your Town. Learn more about your hometown, as well as your grandparent or grandchild. See other ideas in our Take Action Guide.
Saturday, September 10
- Pokémon Go has taken over the world. Did you know that this app could be a big step to bringing the generations together? Here’s our guide on how to maximize Pokémon Go’s intergenerational potential.
- Check out the winners of the 2015/2016 Listen to a Life Essay Contest.
- Involve Your Faith-Based Community. Ask your religious leader to mention Grandparents Day during a faith-based service or plan a special intergenerational service during this time. See other ideas in our Take Action Guide.
Sunday, September 11 – GRANDPARENTS DAY
- Encourage your friends and family to visit or contact their grandparents and grandfriends.
- Show your appreciation for nature in the Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest.
- Volunteer Together. Older adults and youth can make a difference by volunteering and having fun at the same time. See other ideas in our Take Action Guide.