Grand Things to Do

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.

This GrandparentsDay, Do Something Grand and sign up for Legacy Project’s Listen to a Life Contest, which starts today! Learn more.

Let your grandparents, grandchildren and other older and younger people in your life know you think they are special.

In honor of Grandparents Day (Sept. 9th), Generations United is requesting intergenerational immigration stories to possibly feature on our Together blog. Learn more

Encourage your friends and family, or help them, swap their regular Facebook profile or cover photos with one that includes their grandparents and/or grandchildren and keep it up throughout the week.

Tuesday, September 4

We remember the Caravan of Grandmothers Heading to the Mexico Border to support migrating families. Learn more.

The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren law will establish an advisory council who, among other things, will make recommendations on how grandfamilies can better access health needs for children in their care. Here’s one reason why it’s important for grandfamilies to have access to vaccinations.

Learn about healthy aging and intergenerational relationships in immigrant and refugee families.

Wednesday, September 5

Check out our Take Action Guide and plan an intergenerational service activity.

Stay tuned for info on our upcoming 2018 State of Grandfamilies Report.

Do you know about community immunity? Use this conversation starter, which includes a game and activity, to learn how vaccinations help the community.

It’s important to remember that our changing age and race demographics are this country’s greatest assets. Learn more.

Thursday, September 6

Strengthening Intergenerational Bonds in Immigrant and Refugee Communities. This publication by the Intergenerational Center at Temple University includes strategies for engaging elders in intergenerational activities outside their family units. Learn more.

Grandparents are a positive force for all families. Use our discussion guide to start a conversation on the value of vaccines with your grandchild or grandfriend. Learn more.

September is Intergenerational Month! Our friends at Bridges Together are carrying the work of the organization Intergeneration Month, which initiated the recognition devoted to celebrating intergenerational connections. They have three ways you can get involved. Learn more.

This Grandparents Day, we remember Courageous Conversations, which brought together Muslim youth and a diverse group of elders for a skill-building workshop for young people. Learn more.

Friday, September 7

This Grandparents Day, we remember #GrandparentsNotTerrorists, which was a direct response to the travel ban not recognizing grandparents as “bona fide’ relatives. Here’s an article from that online campaign: “My Grandfather, My ‘Bona Fide’ Best Friend

Older immigrants and refugees are one kind of community treasure. Learn about promising practices that support intergenerational engagement of immigrant elders in meaningful roles.

Our friend 90-year-old friend, Tom Taylor, shares the importance of vaccines for all ages. Watch the video.

ONEgeneration in Van Nuys, CA is an intergenerational shared site where preschoolers learn Mandarin and Spanish, the teachers speak 12 languages; the adults enrolled in the day program hail from 24 countries. Learn more.

Saturday, September 8

Interview a grandparent or grandfriend and enter Legacy Project’s Listen to a Life Essay Contest. Learn more

In part 2 of the grandparents are not terrorists series, we remember this article about people opposing the travel ban by posting photos of grandparents to prove they’re not terrorists. Learn more.

It’s not rocket science. Get a shot and protect your family for Grandparents Day! Wear the #BandAGEofhonor. Learn more

This Grandparents Day, bring children and older relatives together to document family history and ties through a family tree. Learn more.

Sunday, September 9 – GRANDPARENTS DAY

Happy Grandparents Day! Our strategic advisor, Juan Williams, wrote a powerful piece on how immigrant families sacrifice to become a part of the great American story. Read Juan’s piece.

Encourage your friends and family to visit or contact their grandparents and grandfriends.

Patient Listening examines communication breakdowns that occur as immigrant elders interact with healthcare professionals. The report concludes with recommendations for those who work with the elderly immigrant population. Learn more.

In Charlotte, NC, folks young and old were disgusted by the separation of families at the border. So they volunteered to help refugee kids at home. The program operates out of senior living facility. Learn more.

Continue to Do Something Grand with our friends at Bridges Together! Check out their How-To Guide on celebrating grandparents (and grandfriends) day in schools and other places. They’are also co-hosting the 2018 Intergenerational Symposium on Sept. 28 at Lasell College in Newton, MA. Learn more.

All Year Round

Do Something Grand throughout the year.  Check out the Generations United website for helpful information and resources.

Celebrate Grandparents Day all year long. Check out our Take Action Guide for ideas.

Start planning for next year’s Grandparents Day – Sunday, September 9, 2018.