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UNESCO Features Generations Serving Generations (2012)
“We’re in this together: Generations Serving Generations,” was an article published by UNESCO Thailand, which featured intergenerational efforts in an aging world.

Survey Gathers Views about Civic Engagement of Those 55+ (2012)
In response to the World Economic Forum report on aging, a statewide survey prepared baseline information on the involvement of older adults. Those age 50 and older shared their views and opinions about community involvement as a way of staying active and independent.

The three most important findings from the survey are first, that 77.8 percent of Illinoisans who responded are interested in helping their community solve local problems. Second, just over 88 percent agree or strongly agree that “My talents, skills, and enthusiasm could make a difference in my community.” That’s the good news.

However the greatest barrier reported is lack of access to service opportunities. When asked, “What prevents people from volunteering in your community,” the top three responses were: not knowing about opportunities, how to get started, and the lack of an organized system for connecting volunteers with opportunities. More than 80 percent said they are more likely to get involved if someone asks them. Clearly there is a challenge to those who organize volunteer efforts to establish user-friendly systems that provide easy access.

The survey, online from May 1 to July 31, 2012, was developed by the Serve Illinois Commission and Generations Serving Generations in cooperation with the Illinois Dept. on Aging. Responses were received by 1,620 of those 50 and older who reside in 81 of 102 Illinois counties. The survey findings provide a glimpse of the views of older generations regarding involvement, their roles in retirement and using the Internet. The survey, which appeared on the website of the Serve Illinois Commission, was publicized through the leadership team of Generations Serving Generations and their Network of Networks.

Organizations targeted included lifelong learning programs, retirement programs, senior centers, and through computer programs in community colleges, libraries and community-based organizations. When asked how they learned about the survey, the largest number (26.6 percent) cited the Internet followed by educational organizations (17.3 percent), and retiree organizations (14.7 percent), senior centers (9.4 percent) and service organizations (5.1 percent) “A neighbor or friend” was the response of 4.5 percent and 3.7 percent learned about the survey through a faith-based organization.

Intergenerational Summit Targets Reading (2011)
The Second Summit on Aging and Education was convened on September 26, 2011 by Michael Gelder, Senior Advisor to Governor Pat Quinn; George Reid, Executive Director, Illinois Board of Higher Education; and Chris Koch, State Superintendent of Education, represented by David Fields, ISBE board member. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen communication between education, aging and service organizations through the civic engagement of all ages. Susie Morrison, Deputy Superintendent ISBE, led a session on the importance of reading to success.

Senate Forum Highlights Intergenerational Leadership (2011)
Delegates representing four generations gathered in the Senate Chamber to discuss the similarities and differences of four generations and the ways they could support one education goal –– reading. A proclamation supporting the Summit was passed by the Senate on June 22, 2011. Delegates made commitments on what they could do to support reading in their community.

Report on the Year of the Engaged Older Adult: The Interdependence of Generations (2010)
Continuance Magazine reported on the year of the engaged older adult, including the efforts of 20 community college presidents, over 800 Illinoisans who participated in the year’s events, and contributions of the General Assembly.

Year of the Engaged Older Adult; Summit on Aging and Education (2010)
The First Illinois Summit on Aging and Education was convened on September 20, 2010 by the CEOs of education and aging. The Summit established new and creative dialogue regarding the role of older adults in addressing education and health goals.

Presidents Sponsor Local Discussions (2010)
In November and December 2010, 20 community college presidents joined local education and aging organizations to sponsor local discussions on how generations are working together to increase graduation rates and promote healthy lifestyles. Their actions were described in a summary of the 21 local discussions which was included in the final report to the Governor and General Assembly.

Year of the Engaged Older Adult (2010)
On December 10, 2009, Governor Pat Quinn launched the Year of the Engaged Older Adult with the theme Generations Serving Generations. The Illinois Senate called for stronger connections between education and aging through the Interdependence of Generations Resolution.

An Intergenerational Gathering in the Capitol (2009)
Generations Serving Generations sponsored a gathering in the Illinois Senate, which was attended by Senate President John J. Cullerton and Minority Leader Christine Radogno. More than 200 citizens of all ages made commitments on how they would promote the civic engagement of older adults.. On April 22, 2010, the Illinois Senate passed a resolution on the Interdependence of Generations.

 
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