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LifeSpan Update

June 2019

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NOTE FROM LORA CLARK, CEO

Senior Games were Out of this World!


Our seniors are certainly “Out of this World!”  I saw this first hand during our 33rd Annual Senior Games held June 3 – 7, 2019. Our theme, "Seniors are Out of this World," was based on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (hence, my astronaut costume). What an amazing week as hundreds of area seniors took to fields, tracks, dance floors, bowling alleys, and courts to compete for fun and prizes. No sitting on front porch rockers for this bunch! It’s inspiring to witness these folks literally embodying the spirit of our mission:
           Promoting Independent Living For People Of All Ages!

We thank so many people for the success of the Games: our intrepid participants, our sponsors, donors, volunteers and staff. Many people worked hard to make these Games enjoyable and successful. We look forward to hosting this community-wide event for many years to come!

Lora
SENIOR GAMES

Senior Games 2019 was a blast!


Senior Games 2019 is in the bag! It was a fantastic week with lots of fun and (mostly) friendly competition, food, socialization, and many dignitaries making appearances. There were lots of winners, and NO losers!

Over 250 seniors age 55+ participated in Bowling, Dance Off, Basketball Toss, Bingo, Lap Walks, Cards and Checkers, Corn Hole “Toss Em”, Horseshoes and Mini Golf. 


LifeSpan thanks our Platinum Sponsors:
             LifeSpan Senior Games Gang
             Hellenic Senior Living
             Communicare

             Mastersons Catering
 
Thank you to our many additional sponsors, in-kind donors and volunteers! Without you, The Senior Games could not happen!
 
To check out some awesome photos and the complete winners list, go to: www.lsr14.org/senior-games

For more photos, visit our Facebook page: Facebook.com/lifespanresourcesinc
Top Left: Representative Ed Clere;
Top Right: New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan with LifeSpan Staff
Left: State Senator Ron Grooms;
Right: Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore;
Bottom Left: Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall with participants
Bottom Right: Paul Masterson, of Mastersons Catering
Below: "NASA" Ladies!. Participants, Queen Patty Cress and King Will Colvin with Lora Clark, CEO, and our awesome emcee, Wayne Perkey
SENIOR GAMES "GANG" UPDATE


Join Next Year's Senior Games Gang!

HURRY - Our First Gang Event for the year is coming up on August 2!

Are you looking for fun, friendship and maybe a little competition year round? Want to support LifeSpan’s mission of “Promoting Independent Living for People of All Ages?”

Become a member of the Senior Games Gang, and you can do it all! The Gang is a membership program for area adults age 55+. Gang members develop new friendships, enjoy six members-only events during the year and some even develop a little “romance!” (Yes, we’ve had Gang marriages over the years!) New for this year will be a Gang-sponsored holiday service project for members to give back and connect to the community even more!
 
There are several membership levels – you pick the donation amount that is within your budget. All members receive LifeSpan gifts such as a deck of LifeSpan-branded playing cards, ball caps, umbrellas, mugs and more!
 
EVENT LINEUP 2019/2020 GANG YEAR:
Miniature Golf: Friday, August 2, 2019, 9:30 am - 12 pm at Family Activities Park, Charlestown

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
 
Registration for the 2019-20 Gang year begins July 1. You can download the registration packet at www.lsr14.org/assets/sg-2020-membership-app.pdf. Email mkolodziej@lsr14.org for info.

                    Nursing Home Games is June 20!

The Senior Games fun continues with our "Out of This World" Seniors!

LifeSpan is excited for another year of the Nursing Home Games, which will be held on Thursday, June 20th at Providence - Diversicare. Thank you to Providence and their staff for hosting the event. Participants will compete in: Ring Toss, Corn Hole, Basketball Toss, 1969 Trivia, Javelin Throw (pool noodle), or a Stacking Competition. Keep an eye on our Facebook as we will be posting plenty of pictures!
NUTRITION AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS UPDATE

It's Farmer's Market Time!


Summer is here and so are the local farmers’ markets where you can get fresh tomatoes, lettuce, corn, green beans, peppers, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, zucchini, strawberries, peaches and more. YUM!  Makes one want to go make a salad!  LifeSpan once again has senior farmers’ market vouchers available for those age 60+ to receive free produce at local farmers’ markets. Eligibility is income based; seniors can receive vouchers valued at $20 to purchase produce at approved markets and stands.

The USDA’s Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is designed to
  • Provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  • Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities through farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agricultural programs.
  • Aid in the development of new and additional farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community support agricultural programs.
  • Nationally, over 800,000 seniors receive SFMNP benefits each year!
Call Carol Kaufmann at 812-206-1511 for more information.

Rick Haines training with World-Renowned Tai Chi Master!


Rick Haines, site manager and wellness program coordinator for the Joe Rhoads Senior Center in Corydon IN, traveled to Cincinnati this week to train with world-renowned Tai Chi Master, Dr. Paul Lam. Rick teaches Dr. Lam’s evidence-based Tai Chi for Arthritis program at the Joe Rhoads center.

Dr. Lam, who is a family physician, Tai Chi practitioner and teacher for over 40 years, is a world leader in the field of Tai Chi for health improvement. 

We are thrilled that Rick is training with this renowned Tai Chi master and creator of health improvement programs, and we are fortunate to have Rick teach our seniors in Corydon!
LIFESPAN PERSONNEL UPDATES

Welcome New LifeSpan Staff!

Options Counselor: Kerry Isham


Kerry Isham has a Master's Degree in Psychology and 10 years of experience in the human services field. She loves spending time with her bobtail cat named Ellen, painting, making jewelry, attending theater and concerts, and watching the Office. 
Welcome to LifeSpan, Kerry!

Options Counselor: Savannah Morris


Savannah Morris grew up in Southern Indiana and has a Bachelor's of Psychology and minors in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Ball State University. She loves animals and has 3 puppies and a cat. She spends most of her free time keeping up with them but also enjoys reading, painting, and other crafts.
Welcome to LifeSpan, Savannah!
 

On-Demand Transportation Driver: Seirra Lehman 


Seirra Lehman starts driver training Wednesday, June 19th.  She has previously worked as a parking valet and has extensive customer service experience. She joins us as a sub/on-demand driver who will be working on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 
Welcome to LifeSpan, Seirra!

Sub/As-Needed Driver: Larry Morris


Larry Morris was previously a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force for four years as well as worked in several industrial capacities.  He joins us a a sub/as needed driver covering Clark and Floyd Counties. 
Welcome to LifeSpan, Larry!
 
TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM UPDATE: NEW GRANTS!

Thank You Metro United Way!


LifeSpan has been awarded $45,300 from Metro United Way to support transportation services for clients in Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties. We are deeply grateful for this grant to help continue a vital service for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Thank you!

Thank You TARC!


LifeSpan has been awarded two modified full size vans from the Federal Section 5310 grant through the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) who acts as the federal recipient. LifeSpan is grateful to partner with Tarc as a subrecipient.

These funds allow LifeSpan to purchase new vehicles under the 80/20 match funding requirements.  With these funds we are also able to retire older, high maintenance vehicles. Thank you!


For information on medical or social transportation service, please visit: https://www.lsr14.org/transportation.html or contact LifeSpan's Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and ask to speak to an Options Counselor. 812-948-8330
Thank you, TARC!

Thank You Samtec Cares!


LifeSpan has been awarded $10,000 from the Samtec Cares' Sponsorship program in support of the purchase of new lift-equipped transportation vehicles serving in our four-county area.
Thank you!

Thank you Scott County Community Foundation


LifeSpan has been awarded a grant of $5,000 from the Scott County Community Foundation to provide matching funds for a new lift equipped vehicle. With these funds we are able to make our transportation services more efficient and retire an older, high maintenance vehicle.
Thank you, Scott County Community Foundation!
VOICE AND VINO AT THE CASINO UPDATE


Now introducing our 8th singer!


We are excited to introduce our 8th singer for Voice and Vino at the Casino, April Ramoni! While she has lived and traveled all over the country, she is a Scott county native who graduated from Scottsburg High School.

When asked why she is supporting LifeSpan Resources, April said: “I’ve seen the positive impact of LifeSpan firsthand by working with the agency in various ways in my local community. I would like to provide others with the opportunity to connect to LifeSpan in the way that I have."

April mostly sings popular songs from the 80s and 90s. We can't wait to hear what she sings! If you would like to support April or any other of the singers, please go to bidpal.net/voiceandvino/browse/donation and donate today!


 

Can you help with our Awesome Voice and Vino Raffle?  

 
LifeSpan is collecting for our awesome Voice and Vino raffle and wine pull! Can you donate a bottle of wine, good bourbon or a gift card? Have you received these items as gifts? We would love to take your “re-gifts!” We are looking for help in the form of donations for the wine pull (where patrons “pull” a mystery bottle of wine worth $20 - $100+); for a “Gift Card Tree,” which will hold up to $600 worth of gift cards; and a “Bourbon Fire Pit Package” which will include a portable fire pit filled with exclusive brands of bourbon. 

Don’t Forget: Voice and Vino at the Casino will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, from 5:30—9:00 PM at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Contact Michael Kolodziej at mkolodziej@lsr14.org or visit bidpal.net/voiceandvino for more information. We are accepting donations at the front desk of our main office located at 33 State Street, 3rd Floor, New Albany. Thank you! 
   
LIFESPAN UPDATE EXTRAS



 LifeSpan’s Golden Hoosier 2019 Volunteer:
                     Jenny Kirkham

 
LifeSpan’s Golden Hoosier winner this year is Jenny Kirkham, who serves as the Palmyra Senior Center and LifeSpan congregate site manager. The Golden Hoosier award is the highest honor bestowed upon a senior citizen by the State of Indiana. Jenny has volunteered with LifeSpan for over 10 years as the site manager for the Palmyra Senior Center. She coordinates all aspects of the hot lunch program, plans senior center activities, and recruits and trains other volunteers. Jenny also volunteers in her community as the annual “Pal Wow” Family Fun Festival planner where she coordinates vendor booths, craft activities and entertainment. Jenny serves on the Palmyra Solid Waste Board and the Harrison Springs Health Campus Advisory Board.

Jenny was nominated by Lucy Koesters, Chief Business Development Officer for LifeSpan.  Jenny and Lucy will be attending an awards reception at the Glick History Center in Indianapolis on June 24. The Golden Hoosier Award is a collaboration between the Office of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Family and Social Services' Division of Aging.

Congratulations Jenny!

Senior Medicare Patrol Fraud Alert: DNA and Cancer Test Kits


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently posted the following information to warn and protect consumers about genetic testing kits:
  • If a genetic (DNA) testing kit is mailed to you, don't accept it unless it was ordered by your physician. Refuse the delivery or return it to the sender. Keep a record of the sender's name and the date you returned the items.
  • Be suspicious of anyone who offers you free genetic testing and then requests your Medicare number. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes.
  • A physician that you know and trust should approve any requests for genetic testing.
  • Medicare beneficiaries should be cautious of unsolicited requests for their Medicare numbers. If anyone other than your physician's office requests your Medicare information, do not provide it.
  • If you suspect Medicare fraud, contact the HHS OIG Hotline.
Indiana residents who want to report suspected Medicare fraud can also contact the Senior Medicare Patrol office at 317-205-9201 x 207 or 800-986-3505. For Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Scott counties contact LifeSpan Resources at 888 948-8330

 

 

Support our Endowment at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

 
LifeSpan Resources cares about our future and sustainability. For this reason, we hold an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana to support our work and the people of Southern Indiana in perpetuity. Your investment in this endowment will help ensure we are able to continue to serve clients’ needs and desires to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
 
If you would like to support our endowment at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, you can do so by mailing a check to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. Please write “LifeSpan Resources Endowment Fund” in the memo line and send to: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, 4108 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN 47150. Checks should be made out to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.
 
You may also make a donation on line at www.cfsouthernindiana.com and click on Give Today in the upper right corner, then click on Give Now and complete the form. Under Fund Type, select Funds Supporting Nonprofits, then select LifeSpan Resources Endowment Fund from the drop down and submit the form.
 
Please consider leaving a gift through your Will or Estate. Your legacy supporting LifeSpan can continue forever by including the LifeSpan Resources Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana in your will or estate plans. For more information about how you can make the most of this future gift, please call Kenton Wooden, Director of Community Outreach for the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana at 812-948-4662.
That's it for this issue! Please address any questions to:
Lucy Koesters, Chief Business Development Officer: 
Lkoesters@lsr14.org
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Your gift stays in our community and provides help, resources and services to assist older adults and individuals with disabilities. Serving Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Scott Counties in Indiana
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Promoting Independent Living for People of All Ages 

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LifeSpan Resources, Inc. 
33 State Street, 3rd Floor
New Albany, IN 47151-0995
Phone  812-948-8330  |  Toll Free 1-888-948-8330

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