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Center for Generational Studies Grant to Explore Policies that Improve Quality of Life for Seniors

The Center for Generational Studies (CGS) was founded in 2011 through a partnership with the Via Center and the University of South Alabama's Programs in Gerontology.  The Via Center is used as a living laboratory to research and create solutions for similar issues (disease, social problems) among youth, older adults and families.  Initiatives include: internships, and health and wellness programs, an annual resiliency conference and intergenerational activities such as a song ministry, art projects, dances and a yearly Mardi Gras parade.

The project, "Intergenerational Relationships, Liveable Communities and Health Outcomes Impact," was funded by the Gulf States Health Policy Center (GSHPC) of the National Institutes of Health.  GSHPC is led by former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.   Via Center members will have the opportunity to participate in focus groups and a Town Hall meeting to determine which policies are best to improve quality of life for seniors.  Data will be compiled and an awareness campaign launched to educate elected officials and business and community leaders on the results of the research.  For more information, contact Barbara at 251.470.5229 or

The Graying of Alabama

Brendan Kirby:

The senior population  in Alabama will grow by 80% through the year 2040, according to the University of Alabama's Center for Business and Economic Research.  In Mobile County, currently seniors make up 13% of our population - 412,992 total population and 53,321 seniors.  In 2040, the senior population will increase by 69%.

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Via Forms Partnerships to Increase Benefits for Members

In order to provide more benefits for our members, the Via Center has partnered with the following organizations. Click on the organization listing to access websites.

National Council on the Aging (NCOA)

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)

National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC)

Consider Making a Gift to the Via Center

Congress has reinstated the IRA Charitable Rollover. The new tax law provision allows direct transfers to a charity from your IRA in any amount up to $100,000 before February without reporting it as taxable income. This provision applies to people age 70 1/2 or older at the time the transfer is completed. 

 In addition, individuals who personally received an IRA distribution may treat that distribution (or a portion thereof) as an IRA charitable rollover if the individual transfers the amount in cash to an eligible charity.

Please check with your personal advisor to determine whether and how a rollover may help advance your own tax and philanthropic interests.   

USA and the Via Center Create Center for Generational Studies

By building on an existing 25-year collaboration, the two organizations hope to secure additional funding to support research, training and program delivery on aging and intergenerational relationships through this new, innovative partnership. The Center for Generational Studies will allow USA and Via to develop into national leaders in community-based research on these topics.

 The Center for Generational Studies will foster a unique “living – research environment” for programs, research and education. Future program development priorities will include increased community based services, professional and volunteer training, multi-generational approaches in research and program delivery, and research to keep people and families healthy across generations.