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Roundabout Indiana

April 26, 2010

So much going on this spring. It's quite exciting. Following months of planning and networking, citizens in LaGrange, Indiana met recently in a day long session to consider whether they live in an elder-friendly town. They reflected on data provided through the 2008 AdvantAge survey, as presented by Phil Stafford from Indiana University, and heard about the wonderful accomplishments of a group working to install ramps at the homes of 19 older citizens with access needs. According to Aging in Place Committee chair Dave Clark, a unique feature of this program is that the ramps are "modularized" so they can be easily removed and re-used. The program is all-volunteer and has gone far to meet the needs of vulnerable elders. In afternoon work groups, the participants discussed potential banner issues for future action, with several groups focusing on the economics of aging in the community. The event drew 35 participants, including senior advocates, business leaders, government officials, health professionals and, importantly, young persons from LaGrange 4-H, lending the event a wonderful "lfespan" focus. Bill Cunningham, exec. of the LaGrange County Council on Aging, provided the ending charge to the group, noting that the Aging in Place committee will take discussion results into consideration as the expanded committee plans action in the coming months.

Coming soon to Fort Wayne and Columbus is the 2010 Conference on Ministry with the Aging, featuring as keynote speaker this year Edna Ballard of the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Canter and Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She is joined by a distinguished line up of speakers and presenters for the two day sessions, held in two cities from May 11 to May 14. For more information about this very reasonably priced conference, contact Phyllis Hawkins, Event Coordinator at 317.873.6025, email