LifeSpan Update

July 2019

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Hello and Happy July!

It’s great that the weather has finally turned to summer and the rain has let up (at least for now). July is for fireworks, swimming, picnics and vacations, but we don’t rest much around here at LifeSpan. We just closed out a very successful fiscal year with excess revenue over expenses (always a great thing for a non-profit). I am so proud of the hard work of our entire staff who ensure that we are serving clients to the best of our abilities. It’s wonderful to work with such a caring team!
I want to thank our Golden Hoosier Volunteer, Jenny Kirkham, once again, for her dedication and volunteer work for over 10 years at our congregate site at the Palmyra Senior Center. Jenny received her award from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Aging on June 24; and members of our LifeSpan team presented her with a plaque from LifeSpan at her center on July 9. I am so proud to have her on our team and appreciative of all she does for LifeSpan’s clients and for her community. Thank you Jenny! 

Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Photo, from left:  Ramona Miller, Director of Nutrition, Jenny Kirkham, Lora Clark, CEO, Earlene Bennett, Executive Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator, and Carol Kaufmann, Nutrition Coordinator

It's almost that time of year again:
Give for Good Louisville, the biggest day of online local giving!

Place the date and reminders on your phone! Share our Facebook posts and tell all your friends! On Thursday, September 12 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., make an online donation to support LifeSpan Resources on our Give For Good site. Our goal is to get a minimum of 100 unique donors to donate a total of +$3,000 and become eligible for matching gifts.

How do you give? On September 12th, go to and click on donate! Please check our Facebook page regularly for updates!

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!
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 Email for info.

Dementia Friends is coming to southern Indiana!    

It starts with YOU!
The Dementia Friends “movement” seeks to advance education and awareness of dementia, reduce the stigma associated with the disease and create community environments that are welcoming and conducive for those living with dementia.

LifeSpan Resources recently became the state-certified Dementia Friends Master Champion Agency and Program Administrator for Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Scott Counties. Lucy Koesters, Chief Business Development Officer, is overseeing program development.

Why become a Dementia Friend?
Dementia affects every community sector and is a significant burden on the mental and physical health of family caregivers. Seventy percent of people with dementia live in community-based settings, such as their family home. There is significant misunderstanding about the disease, resulting in stigma and isolation for those living with dementia, and their caregivers.

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. 
To become a Dementia Friend, you can attend an in-person workshop or watch a series of on-line videos. LifeSpan will be training facilitators and presenting workshop information over the next several weeks. Stay tuned for more information to come.
In the meantime, feel free to contact Lucy Koesters at with questions or just to give us your interest in the program. Thank you for considering becoming a Dementia Friend!
Lucy Koesters, right, with Melinda Winnie and Dustin Zieglar of CICOA after completing Dementia Friends Master Champion Training in Indianapolis on June 25. CICOA is the state administrator agency for the program. LifeSpan will be setting up workshops soon.

Congregate Center/Meal Site Changes


LifeSpan Resources has congregate nutrition/activity centers with a hot lunch program in our four county area. One of those sites is currently located at Riverview Towers, New Albany. This site is operated in conjunction with New Albany Housing Authority (NAHA). In the past year, there have been several issues with the building leading to a decline in the number of residents in the building utilizing the congregate program. Therefore, LifeSpan will be closing the congregate center at Riverview Towers on Friday, August 9 and reopening at Mark Elrod Towers, 1 Wolf Trace, New Albany, Monday, August 12.  

Mark Elrod is located just two miles from Riverview, and LifeSpan will provide transportation for any Riverview residents to attend the program at the new location. In addition, the New Albany Housing Authority, in partnership with LifeSpan, will deliver hot meals to any residents of Riverview who need them and do not wish to travel to the new center.

The Nutrition Wellness Coordinator at Riverview, Pat Sullivan, will move to Mark Elrod and continue programs, activities and services at the new center. Residents at Mark Elrod will have an opportunity to sign up as a participant of the center Wednesday, August 7 and Thursday, August 8, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in the dining area.  Meals will be served at 11:00 AM, Monday – Friday beginning August 12.  There will be nutrition education, activities, and fellowship at the center. Please come check it out and become a participant. All LifeSpan congregate meal sites are open to all adults age 60+, and to individuals with disabilities of any age.


OPEN POSITION: Case Manager 

Summary: LifeSpan Resources is the designated Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Scott counties. The Case Manager will be trained to fulfill the agency's function of being the intake point for the Indiana Division of Aging's Home and Community Based Service programs, and includes other agency collaborations such as private pay initiatives, federal programs and care transition activities. The Case Manager ensures accurate, consistent, and efficient access to quality home and community based services.

Specifically: The Case Manager is responsible for educating, advocating and working with individuals of all ages, their caregivers and representatives to create person centered plans. Screening and assessment tools are used to discover individual's strengths, values, preferences and eligibility as required by various programs; with the goal of maintaining independence in the community. Case Managers may work in a variety of settings that include in-office, client home setting, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

Skills/ Abilities:
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with good interviewing skills. The ability to assess specific needs both in person and on the phone. Ability to empathize and understand individual behaviors. Knowledge of options, funding sources, services, resources and information available in the community.

Education Requirements:
A Bachelor's Degree in social work, gerontology, psychology, counseling or nursing; OR sociology with two years case management experience.
A registered nurse currently licensed to practice in Indiana with one-year experience in a human service setting; OR
Bachelor's Degree in any other field with a minimum of two years full-time, direct service experience with the elderly or persons with disabilities. This experience must include assessment, care plan development and monitoring; OR
Master's Degree in a related field may substitute for the required experience.

Benefits: 401 (K), health and life insurance, paid holidays, vacation/sick/personal days.

Send resume and letter of interest to:
Case Management Supervisor
LifeSpan Resources
P O Box 995
New Albany IN 47151
Send by fax to: Fax: 812-206-7923



Too much heat is not safe for anyone. It is even riskier if you are older or have health problems. It is important to get relief from the heat quickly. More Americans are killed by hot weather than by any other natural disaster.

Heat–Related Illness:  Being hot for too long can cause several illnesses.Your risk of developing heat-related illness increases with the heat index, which is a combination of air temperature and humidity. High humidity makes your sweat roll off your skin without evaporating or cooling the body. Wearing too much clothing in warm temperatures also increases your risk of being ill. Heat illness or hyperthermia occurs when there is an unusual increase in core body temperature. Unlike fever, it does not respond to medications. It is therefore extremely important to recognize early symptoms of heat exhaustion. Older people have an increased risk of developing heat stress because many of them do not have air-conditioning or fans. Some of them may not be aware of when to get out of the heat, or they may be physically unable to get out of an overheated home. Other factors that increase one’s risk of heat-related illnesses include dehydration, which is common among the elderly, and the use of certain medications such as beta blockers. Obese individuals, and those with fever, heart disease, poor circulation, mental illness, and sunburn are also at risk.

Use a Buddy System: Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. People who are 65 or older should have someone check on them twice a day during a heat wave.

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: Heat exhaustion is less severe, more common, and occurs when the body becomes severely dehydrated. If left untreated, it leads to heat stroke.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion
 • Heavy sweating
 • Cold, clammy skin
 • Dizziness or fainting
 • A weak and rapid pulse
 • Muscle cramps
 • Fast, shallow breathing
 • Nausea, vomiting or both

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. When the body is unable to control its temperature, it rises rapidly and sweating mechanisms fail. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10–15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Signs of Heat Stroke - These are signs of a life-threatening emergency:
 • Extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
 • Red, hot, dry skin (no sweating)
 • Rapid, strong pulse
 • Throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea
 • Confusion or unconsciousness

Have someone call 911 while you begin cooling the person by getting him or her to a shady area. Try to cool the person rapidly by immersing him or her in a cool tub of water or shower; spray the person with cool water from a garden hose; or sponge with cool water. If the person is conscious and able to swallow, give cool water or nonalcoholic, decaffeinated beverages.

Stay cool and stay safe this summer!!

Source: American Heart Association; Department of Health and Human Services; Caregiving in the Comfort of Home.

Transportation Staffing Updates

Scheduler/Dispatcher: Lonnie Fetz

Congratulations to Lonnie Fetz, who has been promoted from Driver to Scheduler/Dispatcher.  Lonnie has been a driver for 1 ½ years. He has been training to operate our scheduling software, Ecolane; and using the Southeastrans website for Medicaid medical trips. Lonnie says that while he will miss driving, he is happy to help out in a pinch, and looks forward to talking to his riders on the dispatch radio.

Dispatcher: Jim Holtman

Welcome to James "Jim" Holtman, our new Dispatcher for Transportation. Jim's first day at LifeSpan was July 15.  Jim was formerly in the Army Reserves for six years and has also worked as an NEMT (Non Emergency Medical Transportation) Scheduler and Dispatcher. Welcome Jim!

Program Assistant: Malinda Hart

Malinda Hart is transitioning back to program assistant supporting the transportation and nutrition teams. Malinda is experienced in Scheduling and Dispatch, and will be a back up to the new Schedulers.

Compliance Specialist: Debbie Cochran

We say good bye to Debbie Cochran, our former Scheduler/Dispatcher, who was named Compliance Specialist for LifeSpan's In-Home Services department. We are glad Debbie has only moved down the street to the main office for her new position. Congratulations and happy trails, Debbie!

Best of luck to all in their new positions!


Now introducing our new judge!

We are excited to introduce a new judge for Voice and Vino at the Casino, Angie Fenton! 

Angie Fenton is a well known local media personality. She is co-host of WHAS11’s “Great Day Live!” She also is editor in chief/co-owner of Extol Magazine, a magazine that she and her husband debuted four years ago; and editor in chief of The Voice-Tribune, a monthly magazine that is in its 70th year.  

We are thrilled to welcome Angie to Voice and Vino!


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