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See All The Events Happening in Louisville for Optimal Aging Month 2019

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It's Time for the Leaves to Change, Football, and All Things Pumpkin Spice...


But This Month, Let's Talk About The Other Type of Fall!




Debunking the Myths of Older Adult and Persons with Disabilities. 

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging or just another part of a chronic disease process. The truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk.  Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall. Every year on the first day of fall, we celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to bring attention to this growing public health issue. To promote greater awareness and understanding here are 10 common myths—and the reality—about older adult falls:

Myth 1: Falling happens to other people, not to me.  Reality: Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.” But the truth is that 1 in 4 older adults
fall every year in the U.S.

Myth 2: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older. Reality: Falling is not a normal part of aging. Strength and balance exercises, managing your medications, having your vision checked and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.

Myth 3: If I limit my activity, I won’t fall. Reality: Some people believe that the best way to prevent falls is to stay at home and limit activity. Not true. Performing physical activities will actually help you stay independent, as your strength and range of motion benefit from remaining active. Social activities are also
good for your overall health.

Myth 4: As long as I stay at home, I can avoid falling. Reality: Over half of all falls take place at home. Inspect your home for fall risks. Fix simple
but serious hazards such as clutter, throw rugs, and poor lighting. Make simple home modifications, such as adding grab bars in the bathroom, a second handrail on stairs, and non-slip paint on outdoor steps.

Myth 5: Muscle strength and flexibility can’t be regained.  Reality: While we do lose muscle as we age, exercise can partially restore strength and flexibility. It’s never too late to start an exercise program. Even if you’ve been a “couch potato” your whole life, becoming active now will benefit you in many ways—including
protection from falls.

Myth 6: Taking medication doesn't increase my risk of falling. Reality: Taking any medication may increase your risk of falling. Medications affect people
in many different ways and can sometimes make you dizzy or sleepy. Be careful when starting a new medication. Talk to your health care provider about potential side effects or interactions of your medications.

Myth 7: I don’t need to get my vision checked every year.  Reality: Vision is another key risk factor for falls. Aging is associated with some forms of
vision loss that increase risk of falling and injury. People with vision problems are more than twice as likely to fall as those without visual impairment. Have your eyes checked at least once a year and update your eyeglasses. For those with low vision there are programs and assistive devices that can help. Ask your optometrist for a referral.

Myth 8: Using a walker or cane will make me more dependent.  Reality: Walking aids are very important in helping many older adults maintain or improve
their mobility. However, make sure you use these devices safely. Have a physical therapist fit the walker or cane to you and instruct you in its safe use.

Myth 9: I don’t need to talk to family members or my health care provider if I’m concerned about my risk of falling. I don’t want to alarm them, and I want to keep my independence.  Reality: Fall prevention is a team effort. Bring it up with your doctor, family, and anyone else who is in a position to help. They want to help you maintain your mobility and reduce your risk of falling.

Myth 10: I don’t need to talk to my parent, spouse, or other older adult if I’m concerned
about their risk of falling. It will hurt their feelings, and it’s none of my business.  Reality: Let them know about your concerns and offer support to help them maintain the highest degree of independence possible. There are many things you can do, including
removing hazards in the home, finding a fall prevention program in the community, or setting up a vision exam.



You Have Until September 30th Tell Your Elected Officials How Important The Older Americans Act Is To You!!


Members of Congress will return to DC this month to tackle decisions about federal funding for FY 2020. The Bipartisan Budget Agreement that increased overall federal budget caps for FY2020 and FY2021 sets the stage for lawmakers to finalize spending decisions by the end of September when current FY2019 funding expires.

In order to finalize all FY 2020 discretionary funding bills, including those for Older Americans Act and other critical aging programs, the House and the Senate will need to agree on funding levels for thousands of individual programs.   The good news is that earlier this summer the House passed significant increases for OAA and other important federal aging programs. This means advocates need to encourage Senate appropriators to adopt the House-passed increases for critical aging supports!

It’s vital that you, your agency, and your grassroots advocates connect with federal lawmakers NOW about the importance of adopting funding increases for Older Americans Act (OAA) and other aging programs.

Please augment the appropriations outreach that you have already done with your Members of Congress by asking your grassroots to take action, too. We need Members of Congress—especially in the Senate—to hear directly from their constituents who benefit from the OAA programs and services that you deliver.

How Can You Take Action?

  • Contact your Senators and Representatives to let them know that achieving a bipartisan re-authorization is critical this fall! If your Senator sits on the Senate HELP Committee or if your Representative serves on the House Education and Labor Committee, it is especially important that you urge them to support moving OAA reauthorization forward!  
    • CALL: The Capitol Switchboard (202-224-3121) can connect you to your lawmakers’ offices.
    • EMAIL: Find the website information for your House and Senate Members and urge them to support moving OAA reauthorization forward there. 
  • If your Representative and/or Senator is not on the key committees, ask them to contact their colleagues who are on the Senate HELP or House Education and Labor Committees, which both have jurisdiction over OAA. Help us show broad support for OAA re-authorization by urging House and Senate offices to call the Committees to ask about the status of OAA re-authorization negotiations.  
  • Engage your grassroots network to advocate for OAA re-authorization! To get this done, our voices must be loud and numerous! Activate your networks through email, social media and any other advocacy tools to contact Congress and push for OAA re-authorization to be achieved by September 30. Consider engaging your advisory board/committee members, the provider organizations you work with, the older adults and caregivers you serve, and other aging advocates in your community.




public comment

U.S. Access Board Releases Voluntary Guidelines for Onboard Wheelchairs for Public Comment

The U.S. Access Board has released for public comment advisory guidelines for wheelchairs used on commercial passenger aircraft during flight. These onboard wheelchairs are provided by air carriers as a means of facilitating the transfer of passengers with disabilities to aircraft lavatories since personal wheelchairs cannot be used in the cabin.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has expressed its intention to supplement its regulations under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) to include performance standards for onboard wheelchairs on covered aircraft. The Board is developing these non-binding guidelines as technical assistance to air carriers and manufacturers of onboard wheelchairs by providing an example of how to meet DOT's planned performance standards. See related information, including instructions for submitting comments (Docket ATBCB-2019-0002).

As indicated in a notice published in the Federal Register, the guidelines specify dimensions, features, and capabilities for onboard wheelchairs that will allow passengers with disabilities to be more safely and comfortably transported aboard airplanes in flight. In addition, the guidelines include criteria to allow the onboard wheelchair to fully enter the lavatory in a backward orientation and be positioned over a closed toilet, and for the lavatory door to be closed. This feature would afford those passengers who cannot independently transfer to the toilet to have privacy in performing non-toileting tasks related to personal hygiene or medical needs. The Board has posed a number of questions to the public about specific provisions in the guidelines, but welcomes input on all portions of the document.

As part of a negotiated rulemaking to improve access for air travelers with disabilities, DOT has put forth plans to supplement its ACAA regulations and require onboard wheelchairs with enhanced functionality on aircraft with more than 125 passenger seats.

Comments are due October 21, 2019. In addition, on September 12, 2019, the Board will hold a public hearing that will provide an opportunity to submit comments either in person or by phone. Further details will be posted on the Board's website

Public Hearing on Advisory Guidelines for Aircraft Onboard Wheelchairs   September 12, 2019, 9:30 - 4:00 (ET) Remote attendance options will be posted. Access Board Conference Center 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, D.C. 

Note: For the comfort of all participants and to promote a fragrance-free environment, attendees are requested not to use perfume, cologne, or other fragrances.

Those who wish to provide testimony at the hearing should contact Rose Marie Bunales at (202) 272-0006 (voice) or bunales@access-board.gov by September 5, 2019. 

For further details on the guidelines or the public hearing, contact Wendy Marshall at (202) 272-0043 (voice) or marshall@access-board.gov, or Mario Damiani at (202) 272-0050 (voice) or damiani@access-board.goveholder text.


Your Story Can Protect SNAP Access

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a regulation that would, by the USDA's own estimates, take SNAP access from 660,000 senior households. Comments about this change are being accepted until September 23.  Currently in use by over 40 states, this option allows states to waive asset tests and reduce their administrative burdens. The USDA's own analysis shows that older adults would be disproportionately hurt by this proposal.  Learn more in our Nutrition & Hunger Advocacy Toolkit.  

The USDA is accepting comments on the proposed changes until Sept. 23, 2019, and your comment can help stop these changes! It is critical that as many people as possible submit their views explaining why they oppose this rule. When you enter your contact information below, you will be able to access a template that you can add your own words to in order to make your comment unique. If you don’t add your personal story, the government won’t count your comment. 

Need help with adding your story to these comments? Here are some tips: 

  • Personalize the subject line.
  • Add information about your organization, where it is located, and its mission. 
  • Describe your experiences with serving older adults, what their needs are, and why SNAP is important for them. 
  • Share a personal story that demonstrates how this rule might affect you or people you know. 




Education & Events  



Age Friendly Louisville Work-groups Scheduled This Month!

We welcome anyone who is interested in participating in  the planning and implementation process of Louisville's age-friendly city plan to connect with us by joining our email list and attending a one of the upcoming domain workshops.


Domain: Community Supports & Health Services

Tuesday, September 3 

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Jewish Family & Career Services 2821 Kempner Way, Louisville, Ky 40205


Domain: Housing

Tuesday, September 3 

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: Edison Center, Edison Room (1st Floor) 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Louisville, Ky 40203


Domain: Social Participation, Respect & Inclusion

Tuesday, September 10 

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Northeast Regional Library 15 Bellevoir Circle, Louisville, Ky 40223


Domain: Mobility & Access

Tuesday, September 10 

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: Edison Center, Edison Room (1st Floor) 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Louisville, Ky 40203

Click the logo above or visit our website at www.agefriendlylou.com  to learn more!


Humana CareSource Community Engagement at NorthWest Neighborhood

Tuesday, September 3


  Humana CareSource representatives will be onsite for one-on-one consultations to discuss plan benefits and options.   This is a great opportunity as Humana CareSource seeks to increase health benefits awareness and educate the community about the Humana CareSource Health Plan mission. 

4018 W. Market St.


KIPDA Lunch and Learn:

Senior Centers &



   Wednesday, September 4

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Are you interested in learning more about the services and supports offered by KIPDA Area Agency on Aging? Bring your lunch and join us for our

Join for an overview of KIPDA Senior Centers and transportation options. We will discuss program services and eligibility criteria.

KIPDA 11520 Commonwealth Dr. Louisville, KY 40299


Contact Holly Bagley at holly.bagley@kipda.org

 Passport Health Care Community Engagement at NorthWest Neighborhood Place

Tuesday, September 10

  Passport Members are invited to join with representatives from Passport Health Care for one-on-one consultations to discuss plan benefits and options.   This is a great opportunity as Passport aims to raise awareness and educate the community about the Passport Health Plan mission.  Passport members will receive a $10 retail gift card for attending

4018 West Market St.

 Call (502) 585-7301 to leave a message to RSVP.


Resources for Integrated Care (RIC) Webinar:

Health Coaching and Wellness Planning to Increase Client Engagement in Self-Management

Tuesday, September 10

12:00pm - 12:30pm

The Institute of Medicine describes self-management as “tasks that individuals must undertake to live well with one or more chronic conditions.” The concept includes a wide range of behaviors that individuals might focus on to maintain or improve their health, like diet, exercise, sleep, social outlets, and stress reduction. Health coaching and wellness planning programs have been shown to increase self-management skills as well as quality of life and achievement of health goals.

In this event, Judith Cook, PhD, will answer questions on how health coaching and wellness planning can increase the engagement of individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid in self-management activities. Submit questions in advance using any of these options:

  • Send an email with your questions to RIC@Lewin.com.
  • Direct message @Integrate_care on Twitter.
  • Include your question in the designated textbox during registration.

Register for the Webinar





Monthly Education Meeting

  Tuesday, September 10

11:30am - 1:00pm

Hosted by:

Atria Stonybrook 

 MUSCL Senior Wellness Center

 1016 E. Burnett Ave, Louisville, 40217

Call OADC at 502-574-5092 for more information


An Introduction to a Person-Centered Solution Offering Full Accountability, Active Community Support, and  Continuity of Care

Monday, September 16

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Microboards are tiny nonprofit corporations that are custom-designed to serve one person. Because of this singular focus, person-centered planning and service design is ‘baked-in' to the model and offers the ability to adapt quickly to someone's changing needs. Each Microboard is part of a larger personal circle of citizen-based support, connection, and companionship, offering a base for lifelong continuity of care, advocacy, and creative problem-solving.

Nearly 2,000 Microboards are operating in cities, small towns, and rural areas in the U.S. and Canada. They can be implemented using existing state structures and Medicaid regulations, so states can seamlessly incorporate them into existing procedures for approving and contracting with new providers. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the originator of the model. We’ll also hear from leaders of two active Microboards (one in Wisconsin and one in Georgia) who’ll describe how they’re using the model to promote a good life for the person at the center.

Register for the Webinar 


Mental Health & Aging Coalition Hosts

Time to Know: Trauma-
Informed Care with
Older Adults

Tuesday, September 17

8:00am - 4:00pm

The Jeffersonian, 10617 Taylorsville Rd

Cost: $40 (includes lunch and parking)


$55  to include 6 CEUs (ASWB approved)  (w/lunch & parking)

Exhibitor/vendor spaces are still available: $100 

Register by September 13, 2019


NADRC Webinar: Strategies for Sustaining Dementia Projects and Lessons Learned Over Time

Tuesday, September 17

1:00pm - 2:00pm 

ACL dementia grants provide funding to strengthen dementia capable systems and to plan and implement programs that support the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers. Throughout the grant period, grantees develop strategies to sustain their programs. This webinar will provide examples of two programs that are successfully sustaining portions of their initial grants.

Over the past 13 years, the Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter, and the Alzheimer’s Association at large, sustained the Savvy Caregiver Training program. Alex Morris will discuss funding streams and strategies and the impact of delivering the training to caregivers of people living with dementia.


  • Katie Scott is senior director of Dementia and Caregiver Support Services at BakerRipley, managing a dementia-specific adult day center, caregiver support services, dementia-specific case management, and regional and state initiatives to improve dementia care in Texas.
  • Alex Morris is one of the lead trainers of the Savvy Caregiver Training program at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, which has been offering Savvy for the past 12 years.

Register for the Event

Registration is required to receive the webinar information. Visit the webinar webpage to learn more, including CE credit information.


4th Annual Senior Summit

Building Strong Support for Elders – Lifting Up Voices 2019

sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General’s Office of Senior Protection.  

Thursday, September 19

8:30am – 2:45pm 

Registration begins at 8:00am  

This is a free event for older adult agencies and providers, but registration is required, please click here to register.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at angela.hockensmithpane@ky.gov or Joyce Wilcher at joyce.wilcher@ky.gov.

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The Edison Center

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