Quick facts on Generations United and our topics.
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How the Media Identifies Generations United
- Generations United, a Washington D.C. advocacy group that promotes programs and policies to connect people of different ages (NBC News – “Asian Americans More Likely to Have Multigenerational Households“)
- Generations United, a family research nonprofit and advocacy group (Slate Magazine – “Multigenerational Households Makes Sense“)
- advocacy group Generations United (Washington Post – “Coming home in your 30s…“)
- Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Generations United (USA TODAY – “Survey shows life regrets can shape later years“)
- Generations United, a D.C.-based nonprofit (Boston Globe – “Hidden joys of the ‘Sandwich Generation’“)
- Generations United, a national organization for intergenerational programs (Minnesota Star Tribune – “Kid therapy: Mixing seniors and youthful energy“)
- Generations United, a national nonprofit organization that promotes intergenerational strategies in public policy (Washington Post– “Older District residents feel ignored…“)
Today, 7.8 million children live in grandfamilies, where grandparents or other relatives are the householders. Of these, 2.7 million grandparents are responsible for most of the basic needs of children living with them. Generations United runs the National Center on Grandfamilies.
(See our 2017 State of Grandfamilies Report: In Loving Arms: The Protective Role of Grandparents and Other Relatives in Raising Children Exposed to Trauma)
(See our 2016 State of Grandfamilies Report: Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic)
These social vehicles offer younger and older generations opportunities to interact and become engaged in issues concerning our society. Through our annual Programs of Distinction Designations, Generations United recognizes excellence while celebrating the rich diversity among intergenerational programs, where people of all ages share their talents and resources, supporting each other in relationships that benefit both the individuals and the community. Young and old are viewed as assets, not problems to be solved.
(See our 2018 report: Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice)
(See our 2007 Fact Sheet: The Benefits of Intergenerational Programs.)
Intergenerational Bonds Among Family Members
Generations United and the Alliance for Children and Families conducted a study of more than 2,000 adults, 18 and older, that found 61 percent of Americans with living parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, great-grandparents, or great-grandchild reported giving extended family financial support for basic needs, e.g. housing, food, and transportation, amounting to an average of $3,800 annually. (See our 2014 report: Intergenerational Family Connections: The Relationships that Support a Strong America.)
There are now four generations in the workplace. Recognizing and addressing each generation in the workplace as a separate entity requiring different strategies and policies is treating the workforce as Multi-Generational. Intergenerational can be thought of as inclusive—creating a stronger, more cohesive environment through shared values and understanding among the generations. Intergenerational practices are important because they lead to optimum performance by leveraging the skills of each generation for organizational success. (See our 2009 Workbook: Generations in the Workplace)
More than 51.4 million Americans of all ages – or about one in six – live in multigenerational households, a more than 10 percent increase since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, according to our 2011 report, Family Matters: Multigenerational Families in a Volatile Economy. Some multigenerational families choose to live together; others form because of the widespread impact of the nation’s economic downturn and uncertain recovery. (See our full report: Family Matters…)
Americans of all generations are aware of the country’s changing age and race demographics and the vast majority is accepting of them, dispelling the “generational conflict narrative.” Our 2013 report, Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Face of America, which includes the results of a nationwide survey by Harris Interactive, reveals 72 percent of respondents believe that publicly funded programs targeted at specific age groups such as K-12 education or Social Security aren’t burdensome responsibilities, but investments that benefit all generations. (See our executive summary: Out of Many, One…)
Hunger and Nutrition
Food & Nutrition magazine named Generations United among its 7 Top Hunger Organizations for championing the cause of food for all in our 2012 report, Hunger and Nutrition: What’s at Stake for Children, Families and Older Adults. Today, 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 older adults is at risk of hunger in the U.S. Of those who sought and/or received assistance, nearly 74 percent turned to the government in some way for this assistance. Many sought support from additional sources as shown. Families with children were even more likely to have sought and/or received assistance. (See our Executive Summary: Hunger and Nutrition)