OADC Monthly Newsletter



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Don't Fall Into Winter:

Guides for Staying Safe This Season!


Falling snow and ice are one of the biggest outdoor fall risks to everyone- but especially for older adults!  Research studies have shown that one out of four people age 65+ falls each year. 20% of falls cause a serious injury such as hip fractures or broken bones. Falls, with or without injury, can result in loss of mobility, independence, and quality of life. Caregivers are impacted, too, experiencing a significant increase in their workload, sometimes leading to depression.

The good news is you have the power to reduce your or a loved one’s risk of falling. The steps below can help you to develop a falls prevention action plan.

  1. Start the conversation: If you are a caregiver, explain you are concerned about their overall safety and want to partner on preventative measures. Suggest accompanying him or her to a wellness checkup that includes a falls-risk assessment. For an at-home assessment, you can complete a brief fall risk assessment checklist.
  2. Discuss current health conditions: Ask yourself or a loved one if there are any chronic conditions that might cause lethargy, stiffness, or balance issues. These can include arthritis, depression, and diabetes. Encourage your loved one to speak openly with health care providers about managing their concerns. Take advantage of preventive benefits available under Medicare, such as the Annual Wellness visit.
  3. Talk about medications: Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause side effects, such as dizziness, sleepiness, dehydration, or drug interactions, that can lead to a fall. Discuss medication side effects with a doctor or pharmacist, and encourage your loved one to keep a list of medications on hand so doctors and pharmacists can review new prescriptions. Our Medication Record Form can help track medications.
  4. Eye exams: Make sure you or your care recipient has an annual vision exam to check for age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. If they wear glasses, be sure their prescription is current and being used as advised by the eye doctor. Bifocals can be problematic on stairs, so it’s important to be cautious.
  5. Notice changes in mobility: Is your loved one holding onto walls, furniture, or someone’s arm when walking? Do you experience difficulty getting out of their chair? These can be signs of problems with balance, strength, or gait. Make an appointment with a trained physical therapist to help improve their functional mobility, balance, or gait. A physical therapist might also suggest a cane or walker—and provide guidance on how to use these aids.
  6. Do a walk-through safety assessment of the home: Most falls happen at home. Our first-ever Falls Prevention Awareness Day video was about this issue! There are many simple and inexpensive ways to make a home safer. For professional assistance, consult an occupational therapist. Examples of simple home safety modifications include:
    • LIGHTING: Increase lighting throughout the house, especially at the top and bottom of stairs. Ensure that lighting is readily available when getting up in the middle of the night; install night-lights in the bathroom and in the hallways that are used after dark.
    • STAIRS: Make sure there are two secure rails on all stairs. If stairs are made of a smooth material (e.g., wood, tile), apply anti-slip tape to ensure proper footing and grip.
    • BATHROOMS: Install grab bars in the tub/shower and near the toilet. Make sure they’re installed where your loved one would actually use them. For even greater safety, consider using a shower chair and hand-held shower.
    • FLOORS: Keep floors clutter free. Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
  7. Find a community-based falls prevention program. Many communities across the country offer falls prevention programs that have been proven to help people reduce their risk and fear of falling. Visit the Thrive Center in Louisville for current program offerings.

For a detailed step-by-step guide and additional fall prevention resources for caregivers, download and share the Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers.


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The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) is SEEKING GRANT APPLICATIONS to award grant funds through the federal grant program:

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities   Section 5310

Private nonprofit organizations, state and local governmental authorities, and operators of public transportation services are eligible to apply.

APPLY ONLINE at this website: 


Click on “Current Opportunities” and then click on “View Opportunity” for the Section 5310 Grant Application.

To access the grant application, REGISTER AS A “VENDOR” (even though you are not a vendor).

YOU ARE INVITED to learn more about this grant opportunity at a:


Thursday December 5, 2019,

10:00 am (until about 11:30 am)


Alyce French-Johnson Training and Education Center

(Second floor Training Room)

1000 W. Broadway

Louisville, KY 40203

Application deadline: 

3:00 pm Thursday January 9, 2020


Russ Greenleaf, TARC




Expanding Access to Transportation for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Federal Transit Administration has announced the Mobility for All Pilot Program. The $3.5 million grant program is available to states and tribes who can partner with community-based organizations as sub-applicants, The program will fund projects that enhance transportation connections to jobs, education, and health services for older adults, people with disabilities, and people with low income. 

Applications are due January 6, 2020. For more information, see FTA's notice of funding. 

This is one of three initiatives totaling nearly $50 million announced by USDOT at the summit.

Meeting FTA's Matching Funds Requirement

Federal transit law permits funds from other federal government programs, including many ACL - and HHS - funded programs, to be considered "matching funds" for FTA public transit formula grants.

For example, Older Americans Act (OAA) Supportive Services funds can be used to match FTA enhanced mobility funds, allowing a senior center to purchase a vehicle to transport its clients. Similarly, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds can be used together with FTA enhanced mobility funds to hire a mobility manager at a Center for Independent Living to coordinate transportation and provide travel training for participants.  

To learn more, join ACL and FTC for a webinar on Thursday, November 21, at 3:00 pm ET. Register here for the webinar


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, December 3 

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Trager Institute 

204 East Market Street  Louisville, KY 40202


Domain: Housing

Tuesday, December 3 

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: Edison Center, Room 217 (2nd Floor)

701 West Ormsby Avenue, Louisville, Ky 40203


Domain: Social Participation, Respect & Inclusion

Tuesday, December 10 

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Kling Center

       219 W. Ormsby Ave,       Louisville, KY 40203


Domain: Mobility & Access

Tuesday, December 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!


Webinar Series Begins: Self-Care Strategies

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) will host a three-part webinar series on self-care, managing anxiety, and mental health. These webinars are produced as part of the Paralysis Resource Center’s community education initiative. The webinars are for those caring for a loved one or individuals living with paralysis. All three sessions will be hosted by Terry Gupta, MSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP, who, along with her partner Jay Gupta, RPh, MSc, MTM Specialist, C-IAYT, are co-Founders of www.YogaCaps.org and www.RxRelax.com.


Tuesday, December 3


Webinar 1 – The Art of Managing Anxiety and Worry:  Behavioral Strategies

Many of us experience some fear and anxiety as normal, and even critical, in times of danger. The ‘what-ifs’ of worrisome thoughts also have the potential to reduce the quality of our life. The presenter will discuss several brain-based strategies to help observe, assess, and manage anxious thoughts. They will also present some potential problem-solving skills that can support healthy emotions and behaviors. The overall aim is to better understand and reduce discomfort related to anxiety and worry.


Thursday, December 12


Webinar 2 – Mental Health and Self-Care for Caregivers: Beyond Finding the Time

Self-care is so important to physical and mental health. Yet, so many factors inadvertently sabotage self-care plans and attempts. The presenter will discuss techniques to shift these patterns and encourage the flow of healthier habits.


Wednesday, January 8


Webinar 3 – Using mindfulness to support life after paralysis: Strategies to increase mindfulness  

Studies indicate that mindfulness can be helpful for stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, and other health conditions. Join this session to deepen your understanding of mindfulness and explore ways to navigate the many changes in our daily lives.


AAAIL Lunch and Learn Series

Friday, December 6

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 December topic:

Waiver Services

Join us for an overview of KIPDA’s Waiver Program. We will discuss program services and eligibility criteria.

KIPDA 11520

Commonwealth Dr. Louisville, KY 40299


Contact Holly Bagley at holly.bagley@kipda.org


Find Joy First … Then Design Your Program

Thursday, December 5

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Design is often an afterthought in many products, programs, services, and marketing for older adults. But if we want our work to have true impact, we need to rethink how we design experiences for older adults from the ground up. A user-centered design approach coupled with an emphasis on joy, delight, and engagement will help get us there. This presentation will highlight design and also showcase examples in which designing for joy has had measurable impact on program participation and ongoing engagement.

Register For Webinar


AARP KY Hosts:

Holiday Extravaganza - Crafting Fun for All Ages

Saturday, December 7


Join AARP Kentucky this holiday season as we make and decorate wreaths and ornaments. This year, AARP members and guests will work with youth from Thomas Jefferson Middle School and the W.E.B. DuBois Academy to make holiday memories during our AARP Extravaganza: Crafting Fun For All Ages.

Not really interested in making a holiday wreath? No problem. We will also have material available to make patriotic wreaths in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Come help a child create a wreath or work alone. It’s all up to you. All extra wreaths will be donated to a local senior living facility.  

We will enjoy crafting together at TJ Middle School from 10:00 am until noon and then enjoy lunch. This event is free but registration is required.

RSVP by December 6



2020 Census Job Fair

Tuesday, Dec 10


Looking for a job that has flexible hours, competitive pay, and matters to your community? Consider working for the 2020 Census!

 The Census Field Operations and Census National Processing Center teams will be onsite to share job information. Learn more about the many Census-related employment opportunities in our area during the informational session (including enumerators, office clerks, data entry, supervisor positions, and more) and get in-person help applying for these jobs online.

For in-person help at the Job Fair:

- Library computers will be available or you may bring your own personal device.

- The online application process takes about 30 minutes. Check out the information you need to get started here. Review Census Job Eligibility here.

- Volunteers will be onsite offering in-person assistance.

South Central Library

7300 Jefferson Blvd., Louisville

This event is free, but we ask that you register in advance. 





Annual Holiday Gathering

  Tuesday, December 10

11:30am - 1:00pm

Hosted by:

Magnolia Springs with Special Guest Musical Performance  

 MUSCL Senior Wellness Center

 1016 E. Burnett Ave, Louisville, 40217

Call OADC at 502-574-5092 for more information

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Sarah Teeters


Louisville Metro Government

Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens

Department of Resilience & Community Services

The Edison Center

701 West Ormsby Street, Suite 201, Louisville, KY 40203