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LifeSpan Update

September 2019

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Dancing to stay young!

As some of you may know, I have been involved with Swing Dance for many years.  While it's definitely NOT Dancing With The Stars, the dances are a lot of fun, very social, and offer an array of mental and physical health benefits.

Recently, my husband, Rob, and I traveled to St Louis for the annual “Rollin On the River” dance held over Labor Day weekend. Over 500 dancers from around the country participated.

I was fortunate to be partnered up with an older gentleman (many of our dancers are on the elderly side) from St. Louis. He told me about his recent bout with kidney stones and an uncomfortable hospitalization. I listened politely of course, but my ears perked up when he told me that the local AAA  - not the car club – the Area Agency on Aging, was able to set him up with some very beneficial support services such as home delivered meals and transportation. He felt that at this point in his life, with a growing number of health issues, it is due to the local AAA that he is able to remain in his own home.  

Hearing his testimonial not only made me feel happy for him, but proud to be doing this work in our own community. I thought what a shame it would be if he was not able to remain independent. I am grateful that I had the good fortune to meet a person of such grace and good humor; and to know that our AAA, LifeSpan Resources, is here for all of the people in our own area who need help remaining independent. Give us a call!


LifeSpan welcomes two new Board Members

LifeSpan is excited to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors: Dr. Deepak Azad and Julie Young. Julie is part owner of Strandz Salon & Threadz Specialty Shop in New Albany. Julie says part of her heart is with helping seniors. Dr. Azad has been practicing Internal Medicine for over 35 years. He believes LifeSpan's work will become even more crucial as individuals continue to live longer, needing additional assistance.

Pictured:  Dr. Azad, Lora Clark, CEO, Julie Young


The initial results are in from Give for Good Louisville, and it was a great success for LifeSpan and the community at large. We finished with 54 unique donors giving over $1,500 in one day. This will qualify LifeSpan for matching funds from generous community foundations. The 500+ nonprofits participating raised over $6 million in one day which is astonishing.

Thank you!

It's not too late to join this year's Senior Games Gang! 

The second Senior Games Gang event for the 2019-2020 year, Chair Volleyball, is coming up on Friday, September 20th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the old Pineview Elementary gym (2524 Corydon Pike). Thank you to Hellenic Senior Living for sponsoring lunch.

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 four more events after Chair Volleyball, and for the first time, we will be doing a community project this holiday season. 

Senior Games Gang Service Project -  Angel Tree 

As we celebrate the 10th year of the Senior Games Gang, the Senior Games Gang Advisory Council reflected on the positive impact the group has had on LifeSpan and the community. Through membership dues, the gang has raised over $80,000 for LifeSpan's mission of "Promoting Independent Living for People of All Ages." The gang loves giving back and also getting together with friends. We discussed other ways to do both of these and came up with a service project!

This year the Senior Games Gang will be doing an Angel Tree for some of LifeSpan's neediest clients in our four counties. LifeSpan Case Managers will refer clients. Senior Games Gang members will wrap festive boxes. Each box will include a holiday care package of shelf staple food and toiletries plus warm hats, gloves, socks and other items,  Donations will be accepted at LifeSpan over the coming months. Once the boxes are filled, Gang members will deliver to the clients in December. It's a great opportunity to give back and see first hand who is being served and helped by the Senior Games Gang.

More details to come in the next LifeSpan Update, including the list of items we will need donated. In the meantime, please contact Michael Kolodziej at or 812.206.7960 for more information. Happy Upcoming Holidays!
Chair Volleyball: Friday, September 20, 2019, 1 - 4 pm at Pineview Center Gym, New Albany
Cards & Games: Friday, November 8, 2019, 10 am - 1 pm at Charlestown Senior Center
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

Dementia Friend Update

Lucy Koesters, Frankie Able, and Ramona Miller are traveling to Columbus, Indiana this month to complete an in person training workshop for Dementia Friends. The agency’s own group of Dementia Friends is growing via folks doing the on-line session and completing their certification. LifeSpan will begin offering in-person workshops at its main offices in October. 

The Dementia Friends Indiana (DFI) initiative has an ambitious goal of gaining 1,000 new friends across the state in September by kicking off the 1,000 Friends Challenge during World Alzheimer's Month.

Remember: A Dementia Friend is someone who wants to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia through increased awareness and support.

Join the movement:


September 23 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (held annually on the first day of fall) raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. National, state, and local partners collaborate to educate about the impact of falls, share fall prevention strategies, and advocate for the expansion of evidence-based community fall prevention programs.

LifeSpan will be offering activities and information regarding falls prevention at all of our congregate centers. It’s a great time to come check out our wellness and nutrition programs.
  • Joe Rhoads Center in Corydon will be offering a special Tai Chi for Arthritis class and the Safety Check for Your Home program.
  • Mark Elrod Congregate Center in New Albany will offer chair exercise and walking program, teach conscious breathing to emphasize mindful awareness and make elastic bracelets as a reminder to stay cautious.
  • Palmyra Senior Center will offer the Safety Check for your Home program.
  • Yellowwood Terrace in Clarksville will be doing an exercise class and discussing ways to prevent falls.
  • Bacala Center in Scottsburg will offer exercise activities and falls prevention program.
Please call Carol Kaufmann at  812-941-5785 for more information on any of our congregate center programs and how to sign up to reserve meals. Programs are available for all adults age 60 + and their caregivers; and individuals with disabilities of any age. 





A Matter of Balance Class Offered This Fall

A Matter of Balance workshop will be offered in partnership with LifeSpan and the YMCA this fall. The class will meet at the Floyd County YMCA located at 33 State Street in New Albany on Thursday mornings from 9 - 11 AM beginning on Thursday October 17 - December 5 (skipping Thanksgiving).  The class will meet in the first floor multi-purpose room. This program is an award winning "highest tier" evidence-based program taught by certified YMCA facilitators, Susan Strange and Mary Combs. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. Cost is $16 for the 8-week session. Open to members and non-members of the YMCA. Financial Assistance is available if needed.

For more information contact:
Susan Strange
Julie Claypool



Grand Reopening at Mark Elrod Towers Congregate Center

LifeSpan has reopened the congregate center/hot lunch site at Mark Elrod Towers in New Albany.  Residents and community members age 60+, disabled individuals and their caregivers are welcome to participate!  Registration is free and a daily hot lunch is provided (donation-basis).  Health and wellness activities and socialization opportunities are offered each day.  Come and check it out, make a new friend, play some cards and Bingo, and get healthier at the Mark Elrod Center.  Hours are Monday - Friday 9 AM - 1 PM.  Come visit site manager, Pat Sullivan to register. The center is located at 1 Wolfe Trace in New Albany.

Photos:  Left: Frankie Able (LifeSpan staff) with Mark Elrod participants; Right: Site Volunteer, Sallie Jo Tomes with Site Manager, Pat Sullivan



Need a Ride?  LifeSpan Takes Delivery on Two New Vehicles!

LifeSpan took delivery on two new wheelchair accessible vans this week. Thank you to our funding partners: Tarc, Metro United Way, Community Foundation of Scott County, Samtec Cares, and generous donors of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (It takes a village to run a transportation program!). These new vehicles will allow us to retire several older high-maintenance vehicles and expand our capacity.

Transportation is often found to be one of the most needed services for the elderly and disabled. Many older people no longer drive, but have the need to get to the grocery, bank, hair salon, senior center, visit a spouse at a nursing home, check out a book at the library, visit a government facility or other life necessities. For this reasons, LifeSpan Resources began a "social" transportation program (in addition to our medical program) last year in February, 2018.  We have seen our number of trips and clients greatly increase over the past year, highlighting the great demand for this previously unmet need.

How to access "social" transportation?  Service is available within most of the towns we serve. If you are 60 years old and over, or a qualified disabled adult, please follow these steps:
  1. Call 812-948-8330 or toll free 888-948-8330.
  2. Ask to speak to an Options Counselor, who will ask you some questions on the phone to become registered for the program.
  3. Within 24 hours of speaking to the Options Counselor, your registration will be authorized. You may then call our Transportation Scheduling line directly to schedule a trip: 812-948-9701.
  4. We will enter the trip information into our transportation software and let you know when we will pick you up.
  5. We kindly ask for a donation of $2.00 per trip ($4 round trip). Please note that we will make every effort to get you where you need to go within or close to your town.
Our drivers are highly trained, caring, and helpful with our riders. They all have for-hire (chauffeur) endorsement licenses, CPR certifications and pass background checks and drug screening. They assist clients door-through-door for appointments and trips.

We would be happy to provide you a ride to where you need to go. Call 812-948-8330 today!


Congratulations New Case Management Supervisor, Michelle Brantley!

LifeSpan is excited to announce that Michelle Brantley has been promoted to Case Management Supervisor. Michelle has been with LifeSpan as an Options Counselor since 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from IU. 

LifeSpan congratulates Michelle on her new position.

Welcome New LifeSpan Staff!

Options Counselor: Kim Adams

Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has worked in the social services field for 15 years, in many different capacities. In her free time, she enjoys attending concerts and outdoor music festivals, especially with her 22 year old son. She also loves hot yoga and spending time with friends and family.  

Welcome to LifeSpan, Kim!

On Demand Transportation Driver:
Diego Flores

Diego has been happily married for nine years and has four children; two of whom are attending IUS. Diego is currently attending Ivy Tech. He enjoys driving and helping our clients get to their appointments.

Welcome to LifeSpan, Diego!

On Demand Transportation Driver:
Bobby Clements

Bobby is also new to our growing Transportation Team! Bobby is an experienced driver having worked with the City of North Vernon and other transportation services. He enjoys driving and is looking forward to helping our clients get to where they need to go.

Welcome to LifeSpan, Bobby!

Best of luck to all in their new positions!


Voice & Vino at the Casino is less than 2 months away. Be part of this must-see, must-attend event!

It’s hard to believe that the second annual Voice and Vino at the Casino is only weeks away. On Tuesday, October 29 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana eight talented local singers will take the stage to wow 500+ guests and help raise money for LifeSpan’s mission: Promoting Independent Living for People of All Ages.
Voice and Vino at the Casino is LifeSpan’s biggest fundraiser, and there are many ways you can support the event and LifeSpan. Here are some of the ways you can participate.

Donate to the singer of your choice at or you may send a check to LifeSpan with the singer’s name listed. Singers raise money by individual donations and sponsorship dollars.The singer who raises the most money is the winner.

Time is running out, but you can still become a sponsor! Full table sponsorships start at $1,000 and come with ten tickets and other perks. Half table sponsorships (five tickets) are $500.


Individual tickets are available for ONLY $60!! To purchase online, go to To buy tickets via check, please send to: LifeSpan Resources P.O. Box 995, New Albany, IN 47150.

RAFFLE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE! Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.One ticket provides a chance on ALL items! You can see a list of the amazing items below. If you would like to buy a ticket, please contact Michael Kolodziej at or 812.206.7960.

There will also be a Silent Auction with fabulous items such as a UPS Flight Simulator Experience, a Juice Box Heroes concert, a champagne Hot Air Balloon Experience, awesome Schmitt furniture, and more. Make sure to bid on these!!
Check our web site for details!


Client Testimonial Video

We love our clients! Our film crew is hard at work on our new client testimonial video to be debuted this fall at Voice and Vino at the Casino on Oct 29. We can’t thank our clients enough for speaking about LifeSpan and the services we provide to help them live independently. Thank you to the Syed family and to Ms. Lorrina. Thank you to the Nelson family. Thank you to Charles and Underproduction Multi-Media and Vern from The Marketing Company. Thank you to our case management staff for the client referrals and to Lucy for coordinating the entire production. What a team!
That's it for this issue! Please address any questions to:
Lucy Koesters, Chief Business Development Officer:
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