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LifeSpan Update

November 2019

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So much to be thankful for!

November is the month of gratitude, and we certainly have lots to be thankful for here at LifeSpan!

Our second annual Voice and Vino at the Casino was truly a magical evening – our most successful annual gala ever! Congratulations to our winner, Sydney Magers (pictured with me, right).
There are so many people to thank: our fabulous singers, witty judges, wonderful wineries, amazing sponsors, our Voice and Vino Committee Members, the LifeSpan Board of Directors and Advisory Council, elected officials who attended, many event volunteers, our LifeSpan staff, dozens of raffle and silent auction item donors, Charles Renne and Underproduction Multi-media, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Maxwell's House of Music, and The Marketing Company. It took an army to produce this event and we are so deeply appreciative of all the help we received from our very giving community to make this evening such a huge success  - and SO much fun!
Thank you!

November is National Family Caregivers Month, when we recognize the tremendous gift of family caregivers, who provide so much care but are often under immense physical, emotional and financial stress. LifeSpan facilitates the Structured Family Caregiving Program, which is one way to support these important caregivers. See the article in this eblast for more information.
Thank you!
November is also National Home Care and National Hospice Month. As a former Home Care Director, I know firsthand how hard home care and hospice staffs work to provide care. LifeSpan partners with many of these providers, and we are so grateful to be able to connect our clients to these greatly needed services.
Thank you!
And last but not least, in November, and all year long, we thank our thousands of U.S. Veterans for their selfless service to our country.
Thank you!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lora Clark, CEO

Congratulations winner of Voice & Vino at the Casino 2019: Sydney

Once again, it came down to the wire. This year's winner was Sydney Magers! Thank you to Sydney for all of the time she gave and for her AMAZING performance. Thank you to everyone who supported Sydney and raised money for LifeSpan's services.

You can check out all of the photos from Voice and Vino on our website at
or some on our Facebook.

You can also watch the singer's performances on our YouTube page

Watch each singer's performance on LifeSpan's YouTube channel!

We have uploaded each singer's performance from Voice and Vino 2019. Click here and watch each amazing performance from all of our unbelievable singers!
From left: Sarah Renner, DA Director; Steven Gale, DA Controller; Drew Landreth, LSR Home and Community-Based Services Director; Lucy Koesters, LSR Chief Business Development Officer; Angela Marino, LSR Chief Operating Officer; Lora Clark, LSR Chief Executive Officer; Erin Wright, DA Access and Engagement Director; Jesse Wyatt, DA Deputy Director; and Leslie Meek, LSR Chief Financial Officer

Visit from FSSA/DA

The Indiana Family & Social Services Administration Division of Aging (FSSA/DA) leadership staff met with members of LifeSpan’s management team on November 7 at LifeSpan. LifeSpan’s team got to tout the agency’s successes over the past year (there were many!). The Division staff was appreciative of LifeSpan’s efforts to inform and educate the community, fundraise to support client services, and expand critical services like Transportation. Also discussed was the new state case management software, CaMSS; caregiver support, and funding and financial issues. We greatly appreciated the DA driving down from Indy on a very rainy day, and their attentiveness and thoughtful questions. We felt it was a very productive meeting that helped us all develop a congenial working relationship to enhance our coordination and provision of services to our clientele.

Senior Games Gang: Cards & Games

The third Senior Games Gang event for the 2019-2020 year, Cards and Games, was held on Friday, November 8th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Charlestown Senior Center. The gang got together on a chilly day to compete in Euchre and play 313. Thank you to the City of Charlestown for hosting and to Ruth Lynch and Bill and Rebecca Resch for setting things up. Thank you also to Adaptive Hospice for sponsoring lunch.

From left to right: Melia Banet (Adaptive Hospice); Rita Campbell, Bronze; Jude Walter, Silver; James Schellenberger, Gold; April Avis (Adaptive Hospice)

If you would still like to become a member of this amazing group, please call Michael Kolodziej at 812.206.7960. You can do a one time payment or pay monthly. There are three more events for the 2019-2020 year, and for the first time, we will be doing a community project this holiday season. 

We are Accepting Donations for the Angel Tree Gift Boxes!

We are taking donations at LifeSpan of the following items to fill the boxes. Each box will contain these items:
  • Canned ham
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Christmas candy (sugar free and/or regular wrapped)
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (2 in 1)
  • Kleenex
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper (single rolls)
  • Lotion
  • Powder (corn starch, not talc)
  • Winter hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Large print puzzle books.
In December, we will schedule deliveries of the boxes to needy clients in our community. It's a great opportunity to give back and see first hand who is being served and helped by the Senior Games Gang.

In the meantime, please contact Michael Kolodziej at or 812.206.7960 for more information. Happy Upcoming Holidays!

Jolly Wrapping Party

The Angel Tree wrapping party on Thursday November 14 in the LifeSpan main office board room was a fun and festive time. Gang members got together to work on the project while enjoying holiday music and treats. 

Holiday Project: ANGEL TREE GIFT BOX DELIVERIES: December, 2019
Toss ‘em: Friday, February 14, 2020, 11 am - 1 pm at Southern Indiana Sports Center, New Albany
Bunco: Friday, March 13, 2020, 10 am - 1 pm at Eastern Heights Baptist Church, Jeffersonville
Horseshoes: Friday, April 24, 2020, 9:30 am - 12 pm at Community Park, New Albany

Old Man Winter Is Arriving Early This Year!

It is our intent to serve as many of our clients as possible at our Congregate Centers and on our home delivered meals routes in the event of inclement weather. Weather and road conditions, however, can be a factor in the provision of meals during the winter months.

In the unlikely event that we close ALL sites, you will see "LifeSpan Senior Nutrition" listed on the television stations and web sites. You can also find weather updates at our website,, by clicking on the blue banner "Weather Related Closings."

For Meals to Go! (home deliveries), we will make every effort to deliver meals on inclement weather days, however, if conditions deteriorate we may need to make late or rescheduled deliveries. Please plan ahead and have on hand shelf stable meal items such as canned tuna, vegetables, soup, etc., along with applesauce, crackers, peanut butter, juice, etc. to supplement in the event meal deliveries are delayed.

Another hazard of winter weather is snow and ice covered steps, sidewalks, and walkways.  If you have elderly or disabled neighbors and can help clear steps, sidewalks, etc., it would be beneficial to ensure the safety of those providing services to the homebound. 

We hope “old man winter” will be kind to us this year and not interrupt service for lengthy periods of time.  If you have any questions, please contact the Nutrition Department at 812-948-8330 or toll-free 1.888.948.8330.

Dementia Friend Workshops

LifeSpan is hosting Dementia Friends in-person workshops every 4th Friday of the month in LifeSpan’s main office board room from 10 – 11 AM. Next workshop is November 22 and will be facilitated by Frankie Able and Ramona Miller. Up to 20 people can register for each workshop.

Register for “Become a Friend” DFI Workshop on Friday October 25 at:

Watch a moving video about the importance of Being A Friend:

If your organization is interested in hosting a Dementia Friends workshop, please contact Lucy Koesters at

National Family Caregivers Month           

Since 2000, U.S. presidents have designated November as National Family Caregivers Month to honor the more than 40 million caregivers across the country who support aging parents, ill spouses or other loved ones with disabilities who remain at home.

Adults of all ages are among the ranks of family caregivers, according to a 2015 study by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving. More than a third of caregivers were ages 50 to 64, about a quarter were 35 to 49, and another quarter were 18- to 34-year-olds.

Perhaps most surprising as America's population ages: 7 percent of family caregivers were age 75 or older, a share that has gone up steadily in the past two decades. Often the recipient is a spouse with dementia or heart disease who needs a high level of care for 34 hours or more a week, and the caregiver has been providing that help for more than five years.

The theme for 2019 is: Caregiving Around The Clock.


Structured Family Caregiver program

One of the ways in which LifeSpan supports caregivers is through the Structured Family Caregiving Program. This is a living arrangement in which a person lives in his or her private home or the private home of a principal caregiver. The caregiver can be a family or nonfamily member who provides necessary support and care. The caregiver is able to be compensated through this program, and is overseen monthly by a registered nurse and home manager.  The program aims to preserve the dignity, self-respect, and privacy of the person receiving care by ensuring high-quality care in the setting of their choice. To learn more about this program, contact LifeSpan Resources and ask to speak to an Options Counselor.

To access an archive of Care News newsletters, "Caregiving in The Comfort of Home," go to:

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare’s annual open enrollment period begins October 15th and ends December 7th.

During the annual enrollment period you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage.
  • Switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa.
  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to another.
  • If you didn’t enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when you were first eligible, you can do so during the general open enrollment, although a late enrollment penalty may apply.
If you want to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you must meet some basic criteria:
  • Must be enrolled in Medicare Part A and B.
  • Reside in the plan’s service area.
  • May not have End-Stage Renal Disease (some exceptions apply).
It is important to review your plans because coverage of benefits, services, medications, pharmacies, physician networks, facilities, and other plan items could be changing for the new plan year. (If you are satisfied that your current plan will continue to meet your needs for the next year, you don’t need to do anything.)
If you would like help on making a plan decision or have enrollment questions, please contact your local Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) at LifeSpan Resources. LifeSpan has trained and certified SHIP counselors ready to provide assistance during Open Enrollment. Simply call us at 812-948-8330 and ask to speak with a SHIP counselor.

LifeSpan All Staff Meeting

Employees Honored with Longevity Awards

Eight LifeSpan staff members were honored at our recent all staff meeting with 5+ years of service. Congratulations to these employees!
Rick Haines - 5 years
Nannette Schmitt - 5 years
Lana Tucker - 5 years
Michelle Edmondson - 5 years
Kina McKinney - 10 years
Carol Vance - 15 years
Jennifer Kuchenbrod - 20 years
Kenny Sizemore - 35 years

Welcome New LifeSpan Staff!

Options Counselor: Abigail Hewitt

Abigail has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice from IUS. She is born and raised in New Albany. She and her husband have two children and a chihuahua named OJ. In her spare time, she likes to watch Netflix and Hulu while cuddling with the whole family.

Welcome to LifeSpan, Abigail!

Donor Appreciation Breakfast       

This is a special group of people! Our first annual donor breakfast was today, Wednesday, November 20.

Many of these folks have also been Senior Games Gang members for years. Guests enjoyed gigantic donuts, coffee, juice, and a fruit and cheese tray, as they listened to a presentation by LifeSpan's  Community Engagement Director, Michael Kolodziej.

Staff members, Lucy Koesters, Ramona Miller and Frankie Able also attended to answer questions. Attendees stated they learned a lot about the scope of LifeSpan's services. Thank you so much to to these wonderful donors and "Gang" members!


That's it for this issue! Please address any questions to:
Lucy Koesters, Chief Business Development Officer:
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