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Donna's Quotes
Intergenerational Cohesion

"Our bookend generations -- our youngest and our oldest -- hold our civil societies together. After all, with no history (our elders) and no future (our young), we lose our hope for today."

"It's not a fight, it's a family."

"Generations United was formed to protect our bookend generations - our young and old who hold our civil society together."

"We need to change age-segregated institutions and policies in order to nurture each generation and our interdependence. Who better to lead this battle than our elders?"

"...many of our public policies and work environments aren't designed to support the web of care and connections among all generations of a family that are essential for a strong America."

"We've cultivated this myth of independence in this country, and stigmatized individuals and families when they rely on each other. We are, in fact, interdependent."

Intergenerational Practices

"Older adults on average report watching 49 hours of television a week. If 10 percent of our older population used 10 percent of those TV hours to work instead with or on behalf of young people, it would equal about $885,5000,000 in service to our country's future."

"When older adults only live with or spend time with other older adults, the conversation turns to the three Ps - pain, pills and passing - what hurts, what medication you're on and who died."

Changing Demographics

"Wake up and smell the demographics. America, are you open?"

"Throughout our history, our coming together as one America across race, age, and other differences has made our nation stronger. The changes we face today push this narrative like never before."


"Children and youth fare better in the care of relatives."

"Grandparents raising grandchildren save taxpayers $4 billion a year."

"Kids age out of a system; they never age out of a family."

Multigenerational Households

"Families may have come together because of the economy, but they stay together by choice."

"Previous generations were so much about rebellion and making your own identity. Now, parents and children have different relationships. They find they're liking each other and like to be together."

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