LifeSpan Update!

September 2018
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Thank you to Outgoing and Incoming Board Members

 Pictured:  Outgoing board member Rutha Stone-Stallworth &
LifeSpan CEO Lora Clark


LifeSpan wants to thank Rutha Stone-Stallworth, HR/Labor Relations Manager at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, for her service as a LifeSpan Resources Board Member representing Harrison County.  Rutha served a term of 3 years and served as Treasurer for two years. Thank you Rutha!

 Pictured: First-time board member Jene Bridgewater; CEO Lora Clark; &
 returning board member Annette Roberts

Welcome back and welcome for the first time!

Annette Roberts is coming back on the LifeSpan board after a brief hiatus. Annette was previously a board member for 9 years! She is also involved with the Senior Games committee and volunteered at the games. Annette is a business office manager for the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville. She is an at-large member.  Welcome back Annette!
Jene Bridgewater is coming on board for the first time. She is the Executive Director of the Scott County Partnership.  She is excited to join the board and partner with LifeSpan to serve more seniors in Scott County. Welcome Aboard, Jene!                                                                            
Care Management Update

 Pictured: LifeSpan Care Manager, Lisa Angell, with client Ashia

Client Spotlight: Ashia

Ashia is a beautiful, sweet child who was born with cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, and chronic lung disease. She requires highly skilled daily care to facilitate feeding through a tube, lung suctioning, physical therapy, transferring and personal care.  Ashia was not expected to live beyond three years old. She is now nine. Ashia has been a LifeSpan client since she was an infant. She has thrived with the support of her guardian grandmother, Virginia, and with services arranged through LifeSpan Resources.

LifeSpan’s care manager, Lisa Angell, has been with the family since Ashia was four years old. Lisa arranged for skilled nursing care for Ashia, along with respite RN service for Virginia. Lisa also put multiple supports in place for Ashia, including a CPAP machine with alarm, percussion vest, hover lift, PEDS plus nutritional shakes, and other services to enable her to remain living at home with her grandmother and an older sibling. She has not been hospitalized for several years, a major accomplishment of the many supports put in place. Ashia’s overall health is good, despite her medically fragile condition.

Caring for Ashia has been a daunting task, and one Virginia could not have taken on without the support of LifeSpan Resources.                                                                                     
Give for Good Louisville: WE DID IT!
#GiveforGoodLou has ended and was a huge success for the whole community, raising over $5 million for Kentuckiana nonprofits. LifeSpan ended the day raising a total $2,675 and with 85 unique donors, which makes us eligible for matching funds in all 3 of the $60,000 matching pools! Thank you to the Community Foundation of Louisville for putting the whole event together. Thank you to Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, Bales Foundation, and Community Foundation of Southern Indiana for the proportionate matches to participating Indiana nonprofits. Thank you to all of the community donors who supported us today. And of course, thank you to the amazing LifeSpan staff not just for donating, but for going out there and making a difference in our community each and every day! You're all wonderful!
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Blast off with the 2018-2019 Senior Games Gang

First Event is in the books, but you can still join!

Our first Senior Games Gang event of the 2018-19 Year, Miniature Golf, was held on Friday, August 31 at the Charlestown Family Activities Park. Seventy-five participants came out to play and of course compete for the gold! It was a warm and muggy day, but everyone stayed cool by resting in the gazebos and drinking lots of chilled water as they played. Lunch was provided by Communicare (catered by Masterson's). Thank you Communicare and Masterson's for lunch! Thank you to the City of Charlestown for letting us use the facility.

Michael announced a new Senior Games Gang Advisory Group and asked for interested persons to contact him. If you are a Gang member and would like to take part in this planning and advisory group, please reach out to Michael. 
The Gang’s next event is Chair Volleyball (NEW!) on Friday, October 5 and will be held at Eastern Heights Baptist Church (4202 Helen Road, Jeffersonville) from 1 – 3 PM.  Please call LifeSpan to register if you are a Gang member. Thank you CareSource for sponsoring snacks and providing volunteers!

For more info on the Senior Games Gang, becoming a member, joining the new advisory group or about the upcoming events, please email Michael at



Voice and Vino at the Casino - Only 6 weeks away!

Join us on Thursday, November 1st at Horseshoe Southern Indiana and enjoy an evening of great wines, a full Italian dinner buffet -Buon Appetito!, bid on awesome raffle items and best of all, listen to six local and talented singers compete for your attention, your applause, and along the way, your donations to support LifeSpan's mission of Promoting Independent Living for People of All Ages.
This will be a must see, must attend event!  You won’t want to miss it!
Start Supporting the singer of your choice at!

Tickets are $60 per person; table sponsorships available (click here for more info) – HURRY!

For tickets and sponsorship information, please go to the Voice and Vino website or contact Michael Kolodziej at or call 812-206-7960.

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

Did you receive your new Medicare card yet? 

Your new Medicare card should have arrived in the mail by now. If you didn’t get it, here’s what to do:
  • Remember that your new Medicare card will come in a plain white envelope from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • If the card didn’t arrive, call 1-800-MEDICARE. A representative can check the status and help you get your new card.
In the meantime, use your current Medicare card to get health care services.

Pictured: Angela Marino, Nannette Schmitt, Phoebe Quick, Michelle Brantley, Frankie Able, Nicki Lennon
LifeSpan Staff attends Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training

“It’s okay to ask the question”…that’s what several staff who attended the Question, Persuade, Refer “QPR” Suicide Awareness training learned. Just like persons who are “CPR” trained to save a person who isn’t breathing, “QPR” is designed to help the average person identify someone who may be considering suicide and encourage them to seek help because suicide is preventable.

Pictured: Tracey Sanders, Adam Rains, Johnetta Hardin, Jackie Pollock

LifeSpan Staff attends Addiction in the Elderly Training

Addiction in the Elderly was the training topic presented by Dr. Asad Ismail at the Wellstone Regional Hospital last week. Professional development helps to ensure that our Case Management and Aging and Disability Resource Center teams obtain the knowledge and skills to stay relevant and up to date on community resources.

Welcome to one of our new staff members!
Kayla Roe - Care Manager

Kayla was born in Portsmouth, VA on a naval base, but raised in Meade County, KY. She is graduate of the University of Louisville, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology. Prior to coming to LifeSpan, she was a social worker for Adult Protective Services, and a member of the Crimes Against Seniors Unit with the Louisville Metro Police Department. Additionally, Kayla coached Volleyball for Jeffersontown High School in Louisville, KY for 7 years.  Kayla and her Fiancé Ta’Shawn, have three children, Nation (9), Titan (3), and Gracelyn (1), who bring them great joy. They all enjoy attending University of Louisville sports games, spending time together, and traveling.

Pictured: Recently and happily retired LifeSpan Care Manager David Johnson
Happy Trails David!

Today the LifeSpan staff wished David Johnson the best of luck in retirement with a party and delicious cake! David worked for LifeSpan for 6 years as a Case Manager in Scottsburg. He will be greatly missed by LifeSpan, Scottsburg, and Scott County in general. Thank you David!


Pictured: Lucy Koesters, Ramona Miller, State Representative Ed Clere, & Melanie Douglas
LifeSpan Gold Sponsor at 2018 Regional Mobility Council Annual Transportation Summit

Lucy Koesters and Ramona Miller pose with State Representative and LifeSpan Advisory Council Member Ed Clere and Regional Director for U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, Melanie Douglas. LifeSpan was proud to be a Gold Sponsor at the 2018 Regional Mobility Council Annual Transportation Summit. This year's theme is Back to the Future: Burgeoning Technologies in Transportation Some of the topics being discussed include wayfinding apps, accessibility mapping, bus rapid transit, and autonomous vehicles. The future is here!

Welcome to our new hire:  Danny Hylton

Danny Hylton has come aboard as a driver for Transportation.  He retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years.  While there he worked on the assembly line, as absentee coverage, quality upgrade, and a fork lift driver.  He and his wife Lisa, of 39 years, live in Sellersburg.  He has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.  He helps take care of his parents.  His hobbies are boating and NASCAR races. Welcome Danny!

Caregiver Information and News

Information for Caregivers: Have a Home Escape Plan for Fires
Seniors and people with disabilities have physical limitations and a decreased ability to react in a fire emergency. Plan the fire escape around the person’s capabilities.
  • Keep three essential items by the bedside:  eyeglasses, a whistle, and a telephone.
  • Plan the escape route: Practice getting out.
  • Check windows from which escape is planned: Make sure they allow for escape.
  • If using a wheelchair or walker: Map out escape routes that are wide enough to get through.
  • Discuss escape plans with family or neighbors.
  • If the person has impairments that might make it difficult to escape, let the local fire department know.
Unhealthy Air
Any kind of air pollution inside or outside of the home should be avoided, including dust, smoke, fumes from wood or coal-burning stoves, and strong odors in general. Some people are highly allergic to mold and may have trouble breathing if they are exposed to it.

“High pollution” days are usually announced on the radio, television, and in the newspapers. If high pollution is expected, people with chronic lung disease should remain indoors with the windows and doors closed until the pollution in the outside air is cleared. Your home is probably the most important place to keep smoke-free. Keeping seniors (and kids) far away from smoke can help lower their chances of having respiratory infections, severe asthma, cancer, and many other serious conditions. 
It's a Matter of Balance

LifeSpan Resources is partnering with the YMCA of Greater Louisville Floyd County Branch to promote healthy living for seniors by hosting Matter of Balance, an evidence-based falls management program for older adults. If you are interested in registering please view the form for contact details.

Nutrition and Wellness Programs

Falls Prevention Awareness Day: September 22, 2018
(The First Day of Fall)

The annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. National, state, and local partners collaborate to educate others about the impact of falls, share fall prevention strategies, and advocate for the expansion of evidence-based community fall prevention programs. LifeSpan’s congregate meal site managers will hold Falls Prevention Awareness Programs at their centers on Friday, September 21st. For more information on a falls program in your area, contact Nutrition Coordinator, Carol Kaufmann, at 812-941-5785.

          Yellowwood meal site participants practice their balance and strength, along with short walks outdoors.

Also look for these evidence-based falls prevention classes this fall:

  • Matter of Balance: Floyd County YMCA/New Albany
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis: Joe Rhoads Senior Center/Corydon
  • Walk with Ease: Yellowwood Terrace/Clarksville & Bacala Center/Scottsburg

  Nutrition and Wellness Coordinator for the Joe Rhoads Senior Center, Rick Haines,
teaches a Tai Chi class for Falls Prevention.

For more information, please call LifeSpan’s Nutrition Coordinator, Carol Kaufmann at 812-941-5785.

LifeSpan Extras

Pictured:  Vickie Medlock, Senator Houchin, Lora Clark
LifeSpan Meets with State Senator Erin Houchin
LifeSpan COO, Vickie Medlock, and CEO, Lora Clark, met with Indiana State Senator Erin Houchin on August 22, 2018, in Salem, Indiana. Senator Houchin is the Assistant Majority Whip and represents the 47th District in the State Senate, which includes Crawford, Orange, Harrison, Perry, and Washington counties, and eastern Dubois County. It was the first time LifeSpan's leadership has met with Senator Houchin. Vickie Medlock presented an overview of the agency and the state's aging network.
Pictured: Mayor Greg Fischer and Leslie Meek
2018 Annual Leadership Louisville Luncheon
Leslie A. Meek, LifeSpan Resources’ CFO, attended the 2018 Annual Leadership Louisville Luncheon hosted by the Office of the Mayor and presented by Louisville Gas and Electric Company on August 22nd. The event featured two nationally-recognized leaders, the Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend and Amy Liu, VP & Director of Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution, who both showcased how American politics still works in cities, and how our civic infrastructure can drive positive change. Over 1,200 of the region’s most influential leaders in business, government and nonprofits were in attendance.

Pictured: Shannon Cogan & Leslie Meek
Leadership Louisville 100 Wise Women Breakfast Forum
Leslie Meek, LifeSpan CFO, also attended Leadership Louisville’s 100 Wise Women breakfast forum on Thursday, September 13th. The forum connects women with other distinguished women from all career stages and backgrounds. Women learn by exchanging ideas, sharing concerns and discovering expertise from the women sitting around them. The forum also strives to strengthen their leadership capacity and sense of empowerment. Leslie said, “It was an inspiring and energizing morning with one of Louisville's favorite news anchors, Shannon Cogan, of WAVE 3 News, who shared her personal leadership journey.”
Pictured: Leslie Meek, author Joe Folkman, & Lucy Koesters
The Extraordinary Leader program
Lucy Koesters and Leslie Meek completed the “The Extraordinary Leader - Turn Good Managers into Great Leaders” program this week at the Leadership Louisville Center. The author of the book, “How To Be Exceptional,” Joe Folkman, was the extraordinary facilitator. Leslie and Lucy said the data-driven workshop, which provided person-specific peer feedback, was very worthwhile in learning to become a strength-focused leader.
Pictured: CEO Lora Clark with 2018 LSI Discover class
Leadership Southern Indiana Alumni Bash
LifeSpan CEO Lora Clark attended Leadership Southern Indiana's 2018 Alumni Bash on Thursday, September 13th at the Howard Steamboat Museum's Carriage House. This year's theme was Boats, Bourbon, and Barbecue. The event was sponsored by Clark Memorial Hospital, with food sponsored by First Financial Bank. Festivities begin at 5:30, with drinks sponsored by Brown-Forman!

Pictured top left: Frankie Able & Ramona Miller; top right Yellowwood Celebration,
Bottom picture CBDO Lucy Koesters speaking at RHF 55th Anniversary

LifeSpan attends and speaks at Retirement Housing Foundation's 55th Anniversary at Yellowwood

Lucy Koesters, LifeSpan’s Chief Business Development Officer, spoke on September 18 at the Retirement Housing Foundation's 55th Anniversary Celebration at Yellowwood Terrace in Clarksville along with other dignitaries such as RHF’s President and CEO, Dr Laverne Joseph, Rhonda Stotts of Kaiser Home Support Services, and Melanie Douglas, Regional Director for US Senator Joe Donnelly. Several long time residents also spoke about living the good life at Yellowwood.

LifeSpan has partnered with RHF and Yellowwood Terrace for 20 years to provide nutrition and wellness programs at Yellowwood. LifeSpan’s Ramona Miller and Frankie Able also attended the celebrations.

Congratulations to RHF and Yellowwood Terrace for 55 years of providing affordable housing for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
LifeSpan is a state-designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA).  There are 622 AAAs serving older adults in every community in the nation. For assistance, please call us! 
That's it for this issue! Please address any questions to:
Lucy Koesters, Chief Business Development Officer:

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