Indiana University

South Bend Neighborhood Taking the Lead in Creating a Good Place to Grow Old

August 7, 2008

For several months, older residents of the LaSalle Park neighborhood in South Bend, Indiana have been discussing the strengths of and the challenges faced in their community. Creating a “community for life” is the goal of this extensive citizen-led initiative, with a grant from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Aging. With a high concentration of older residents, the neighborhood is an official “NORC” – a naturally occurring retirement community. On August 7, project leaders gather to hear a report from the extensive AdvantAge Initiative survey, conducted throughout Indiana and providing common data for communities throughout the state. Philip Stafford, the Director of the Center on Aging and Community will present the findings to the group of residents and engage them in an initial work session to “make meaning from the data”, to help enable citizens to plan a better future for their neighborhood as a place to grow up and grow old.