LifeSpan Update!

August 2018
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LifeSpan Has a New Website! 
Same address, but a new look!

LifeSpan has been busy building a brand new website over the past several months and it’s finally ready!

Our new website has been created with the latest and greatest programming to ensure that web searchers find us easily. The site has been redesigned for ease of use and optimized to find what you are looking for quickly. The home page has tabs to access our most searched-for information including our Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC),  Care Management, Nutrition and Wellness (Meals to Go! and Congregate programs), Transportation, Legal Services and Nursing Home Ombudsman. There are also tabs on every page to make a client referral to LifeSpan, sign up to volunteer, or to donate to support our mission  Accessing information on our leadership, events, and fundraisers, and newsletters is an easy click at the top of the homepage. The web site has also been optimized for use on your phone. Take a look and let us know what you think.
Support LifeSpan on Thursday, September 13th: the biggest day of local giving.
Place the date and reminders on your phone! Share our Facebook posts and tell all your friends! On Thursday, September 13 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., please remember to make an online donation to support LifeSpan Resources on our Give For Good site.

How do you give? On September 13th, go to and click on donate! You can also find our page by going to our website Please check our Facebook page (@LifeSpanResourcesinc) regularly for updates! If you have any questions on how to give, contact Michael Kolodziej at 812-206-7960 or Thank you for your support!
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Riverview Towers New Albany:  Resident Displacement Update
LifeSpan Offered Critical Support
After a week away from their homes, many of the displaced New Albany public housing residents from Riverview Tower are being allowed back in after a fire cut power to the building last week. Residents had been evacuated to two local hotels during the interim.
LifeSpan jumped in immediately to help. Lucy Koesters, Chief Business Development Officer for LifeSpan was on site at Riverview during the evacuation and moved quickly to establish 2 emergency meal sites for residents at both hotels. Hot meals and box lunches were provided during the week and on the weekends for residents. A total of 705 meals were provided. LifeSpan staff also worked diligently to ensure that our many Riverview clients were re-connected quickly with their care managers and that in-home service providers were informed as to where their clients were staying.
LifeSpan staff continued to be on site at both locations daily, re-establishing our congregate meal site at Riverview on Thursday, August 9, after many residents were able to return.
LIfeSpan’s leadership team is very proud of how all staff jumped in immediately to help manage this crisis, and of our working partnership with New Albany Housing Authority to ensure our clients were safe and cared for through this emergency.

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Update

Welcome to our New Staff Members!

          Nicole Marcum-Case Manager   ​
Nicole has lived in Louisville her whole life. She graduated from Jeffersontown High School and earned her bachelor’s in Psychology from Spalding University. Before transitioning to LifeSpan, she was a dispatcher for a trucking company and has previous experience with at risk youth and behavioral intervention. When she’s not working she loves to read and spend time with family. She especially loves to travel and looking for new local restaurants. Nicole is very excited to start looking around New Albany for new bites to eat!

Lauren Nicki Lennon- Options Counselor​
Nicki was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She earned both her Master’s and Bachelor’s of Science in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville and also minored in psychology. Prior to coming to work at LifeSpan, she was a therapeutic support specialist, providing case management for children in foster care.  Additionally, she was a social worker for Child Protective Services in Louisville for two and a half years. Nicki and her fiancé, Logan, have a daughter, Nora (18 months), who is the light of their lives. She also likes to play the violin and trying new food.

      Vickie Lucas – Options Counselor
Vickie was born in southern Indiana, and she and her family have lived here her whole life. She is a graduate of Providence High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has been in Social Services for over 12 years. Before transitioning to LifeSpan, she held positions at several New Albany agencies working on behalf of individuals with disabilities, and single mothers and children. Vickie and her husband have 2 children, Eleanor (3) and Chase (5) who keep them very busy when they are not working. They enjoy camping, traveling, and cooking together as much as possible.

New Agency Magnet Available

LifeSpan has this cool new 3.5” X 4.0” magnet listing our services and contact information.  If you would like one (or several), please stop by our main office reception desk on the third floor of the Floyd County YMCA located at 33 State Street in New Albany, or simply call the number on the magnet to request them, and we will mail you a few.  They are very helpful for clients and family to post at home on their refrigerators and for referral sources and health care professionals to keep handy on a file cabinet or bulletin board.

To request the magnet, call LifeSpan at  812-948-8330.


Transportation Program News

New Albany Rides Program Funded
New Albany Rides social transportation program was written into the New Albany Redevelopment Commission’s Plan for 2018, with funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). LifeSpan is excited to be written into the plan for the first time.  The transportation program offers rides to low-income adults age 60+ or individuals with disabilities residing in the City of New Albany. Transportation is available to locations such as grocery stores, pharmacies, libraries, beauty salons, senior citizen facilities, government buildings and more. A suggested $2 donation per trip is appreciated, but not required. To register for the program (which is free), simply call LifeSpan at 812-948-8330 and ask to speak with an Options Counselor. Once registered, the rider can call LifeSpan Transportation to schedule rides. LifeSpan’s transportation is door to door; riders are always helped on board and to their destinations by our drivers.  

Thank you to the City of New Albany Redevelopment Commission!
LifeSpan Transportation Update
LifeSpan is excited to be a sponsor for the upcoming 2018 Regional Mobility Council Annual Transportation Summit on September 17 at the Frazier Museum in Louisville. The Summit’s main topic is new technological advancements in transportation and will bring together  key players including government officials, transportation experts, and human services providers.  All developers, urban planners, planning and zoning officials, government representatives, transportation officials and providers, human service providers and advocates are encouraged to attend.  For more information, please go to
Great News for our Transportation Program!

Thank you to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana and the generosity of their fund holders for their gift which will go toward the purchase of a new Lift-Equipped Wheelchair-Accessible Vehicle for our transportation program. This new vehicle will help us add capacity to our growing service which now includes social transportation (trips to the grocery, pharmacy, senior centers, libraries, government buildings, etc.) as well as nonemergency medical trips (NEMT).
Thanks again to the Community Foundation and their fund holders for providing these needed funds!


Caregiver Information and News

Taking Care of Yourself - Meditation
Your journey as a caregiver will be less stressful if you take up a practice of daily meditation. Most people fail at meditation because they think meditation means clearing your mind of thoughts. Instead of emptying your mind of thoughts, just observe them. Don’t focus on any of your thoughts and don’t fight with any of them. An easy way to do that is to label each one as it bubbles up—sad thought, happy thought, angry thought, depressed thought, to-do list thought—and let it go and then label the next one that appears. It is not important how long you sit with your eyes closed and observe your thoughts—5 minutes will do, especially to start. What makes meditation effective at reducing stress is the practice of meditation, doing it every day. It’s only 5 or 10 minutes, but the cumulative effect over just a few weeks is noticeable.

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. ~ Lou Holtz
Medicare Open Enrollment – Help is just a phone call away!!
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.
  • You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa.
  • You can also switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another,  or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another.
  • And 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.
  • You must be enrolled in Medicare Part A and B.
  • You must live in the plan’s service area.
  • You cannot 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.

Nutrition and Wellness Programs Update 

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
    • Thursdays, September 27 - November 29 (No Class on October 11 or November 22) from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Registration Deadline is September 17th
    • It is important for all participants to attend all 8 classes during the session.
    • For more information, contact Susan Strange (; 812-206-0688) or Julie Blocher (; 812-206-4899)
    • Click here to download the Matter of Balance registration form.
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis: Joe Rhoads Senior Center/Corydon
  • Walk with Ease: Yellowwood Terrace/Clarksville & Bacala Center/Scottsburg

Joe Rhoads meal site manager, Rick Haines, teaches Tai Chi at his center.

Watch for registration updates on our monthly eBlast, LifeSpan Update. Sign up on our website: For more information, please call LifeSpan’s Nutrition Coordinator, Carol Kaufmann at 812-941-5785.
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Volunteer/Donor News

Volunteer Spotlight: Joyce Meiers

Joyce Meiers has been volunteering with LifeSpan for two years. She came to us originally after retiring and moving here from Pittsburgh to be close to family. Joyce’s former career was doing technical data work for a large energy company. She was looking for a volunteer position in an office environment and found the perfect fit at LifeSpan, where she helps out with data work and other clerical  projects.  

Joyce said she found everyone at LifeSpan to be very friendly and accommodating. “I was pleasantly surprised to come into a new environment and be welcomed immediately by all of the LifeSpan staff.” She says that it really stood out to her how caring all the staff is for other people. (Which is good since we are a social service agency taking care of literally thousands of people!)

Joyce feels that LifeSpan’s mission, Promoting Independent Living for People of All Ages, is important and that not enough people in the community know about this amazing resource. “People can come in off the street to LifeSpan and an Options Counselor will offer a free consultation at that time. People also don’t realize that LifeSpan helps not just older people, but those with disabilities, too.”   

Joyce says volunteering at LifeSpan makes her feel good. “If I weren’t doing this, I might turn into couch potato!” (We don’t think so, Joyce!). She also loves to spend time reading, visiting friends, and going to movies. “I thought I would slow down, but that hasn’t been the case. Volunteering at LifeSpan allows me to feel productive and like I’m helping out in some way.” 

We are delighted to have this friendly and outgoing personality at LifeSpan.  She cracks us all up and is just plain fun to be around.  Thank you, JOYCE!

Happy Senior Citizens Day: Tuesday, August 21st
Learn more about observing National Senior Citizens Day at
That's it for this issue! Please address any questions to:
Lucy Koesters, Chief Business Development Officer:

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