By Sarah Kastelic and Donna Butts

Sonya Begay, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is one of 2.4 million grandparents raising their grandchildren. It’s not easy. For her, “navigating the child welfare system was really harrowing.” When her grandchildren were removed from her son and daughter-in-law because of alcohol and drug use, the state didn’t contact Begay, who said, “I didn’t know where my grandkids were taken; I just knew they were in custody.”

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Unfortunately, compared to all other racial or ethnic groups in the United States, American Indian and Alaska Native children are more likely to live in…


Generations United condemns the insurgence, violence and destruction that took place yesterday in Washington, DC, in the very neighborhood where we are proudly headquartered. We work every day with Members of Congress and their dedicated staff to improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults. We advocate for change within a framework that values our democratic process and differences. We believe in our democracy, which for more than 200 years has stood strong, and the values of which have been passed down from generation to generation. We support the right to peaceful protest and free speech. Yesterday’s lawlessness and…


On December 27, President Trump signed H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, into law. The $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package funds the government for 2021 and includes $900 billion in COVID-19 relief. The COVID-19 relief portion is smaller than we had hoped, but there are many exciting things included in this package. Many important provisions were included because of the advocacy of individuals like you!

Some key provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 that we want to highlight are (NOTE: All page numbers listed are the page numbers within the PDF document. …


This year, change rocked our lives like never before. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems were urged to isolate themselves from young people, which was impossible in some grandfamilies and multigenerational households.

Programs that served young and old together either paused operations or went virtual. These all happened as racial tensions bubbled over with the murder of George Floyd, the latest face added to an all too disturbing mosaic of individuals coldly killed because of the color of their skin. These actions also sparked intergenerational discussions and action in families and communities.

Generations United adapted and pivoted…


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During her remarks, Generations United GRAND Voice Member Victoria Gray shared how the COVID-19 pandemic heightened challenges for her family.

Gray’s comments came Thuesday afternoon at Generations United’s virtual release of our 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report, Facing a Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond. Our new report elevates the unique needs of grandfamilies amplified by the pandemic.

We thank our board member Karyne Jones, president and CEO of the National Caucus & center on Black Aged, Inc., for emceeing the event.

According to Jones, Generations United’s report release was timely with September…


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by Donna Butts and Adele Robinson

The President promised that, if re-elected, he will pursue a permanent cut to the Payroll Tax Deduction that is the basis of guaranteed funding for and continuation of Social Security. His alternative to use general revenue funds is a recipe for insecurity for millions of future Social Security recipients.


Partners: HFC, AARP, Generations United, Memorywell, National Scholastic Press Association, UsAgainst Alzheimer’s

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A family issue that has an intergenerational impact, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (ADRD) often affect the financial security, emotional states, and physical well-being of everyone involved. The Humans of Dementia writing contest was conceived collaboratively by our cohort of organizations in order to bring light to Alzheimer’s by activating the next generation of advocates and allies. Through storytelling, these young writers give voice and heart to ADOD’s staggering statistics.

One of the most feared diseases associated with late-life, the effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementias are catastrophic…


by Nancy Henkin, Ph.D., Generations United Senior Fellow

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PHOTO: Nancy Henkin | Our Senior Fellow Nancy Henkin with Maggie Kuhn in 1980.

On Aug. 3 — what would’ve been her 115th birthday — I look back with gratitude and admiration for Maggie Kuhn, the national convener of the Gray Panthers and the woman who became my mentor.

After a productive career at the YMCA and then the Presbyterian Church, she was forced to retire at the age of 65. Outraged at the idea of mandatory retirement, Maggie founded the Gray Panthers — an organization dedicated to fighting against age discrimination, oppression and social injustice.

Their motto — “Age and Youth in Action” — emphasized…


by Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United

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A mural of Woody Guthrie on the outside of the arts center named in his honor in Tulsa proclaims, “This Land is Your Land.” A few blocks away is the beautiful, peaceful John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park designed to educate visitors about the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, considered the worst incident of racial violence in American history.

As many people celebrate Juneteenth and even more learn about it for the first time, our country is grappling with two crises — the novel coronavirus epidemic, which is disproportionally hitting people of color…


by Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United

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A scroll through your Twitter feed or scan of the news headlines reveals a disturbing trend: ageism during the coronavirus quarantine.

Take Italy, for instance, where older adults with COVID-19 are among those the country is deciding not to save. That’s according to a New York Times Op-Ed by Rabbi Elliot Kukla, who self-described as “a chronically-ill rabbi,” who offers spiritual care to elders coming to the end of life.

“Almost no one in my personal or professional world,” Kukla explains, “would ‘earn’ care if the United States were to come to…

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