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Optimal Aging Month 2022

Hosted by the University of Louisville Trager Institute Optimal Aging Clinic, this city-wide awareness month seeks to inspire and encourage people to learn about optimal aging. During this month, we invite you to join us in redefining aging for ourselves and our community. Optimal Aging Month is part of a national observation of Healthy Aging Month. 

AGING IS AN OPPORTUNITY

Optimal aging is a new understanding of the aging that allows people to flourish physically, socially, and emotionally from birth to death in compassionate intergenerational communities. This view of aging transforms the way we understand and approach the aging process - from one of fragmentation and unnecessary suffering to one of inter-connectedness, access to information, and resources. 

2022 Optimal Aging Month Events 

SEPTEMBER 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

My Health Matters: Suicide Prevention, with Melissa Hopkins, BHDID Frankfort

Join our weekly virtual support and educational meeting where you can learn more about good health with fun and open communication. Meets every Monday night on Zoom. 

SEPT SCHEDULE AND ZOOM LINK 

SEPTEMBER 13, 11:30am – 1pm

Louisville Metro TRIAD meeting: 
Our Mother of Sorrows Cafeteria, 770 Eastern Parkway Louisville, KY 40217

Contact Alli Woosley at [email protected] or 502.574.5092 to RSVP by September 9.

SEPTEMBER 15, 12pm - 1pm

Space to Grieve - Virtual grief support group, meets via Zoom on the first and third Friday of each month.

REGISTER HERE

SEPTEMBER 19, 12pm – 1pm

Shelby County Caregivers Support Group: Meets the third Monday of each month. 

UofL Health-Shelbyville Hospital, 727 Hospital Drive, Shelbyville, KY 40065. Note: Park around the back of the hospital by Frazier and either take the outside steps or ramp down and enter through the double glass doors. The community room will be directly on the left.

Call or text 502-220-9351 to RSVP.

SEPTEMBER 19, 6pm- 7pm  Rescheduled for October 24

Coping Skills for Caregivers: Virtual webinar with Sam Cotton, PhD

REGISTER HERE

SEPTEMBER 19, 6:30pm- 7:30pm

My Health Matters:The Role of Aging Adults to the Younger Generation with Bisola Asola and Andrew Shirota

Join our weekly virtual support and educational meeting where you can learn more about good health with fun and open communication. Meets every Monday night on Zoom. 

SEPT SCHEDULE AND ZOOM LINK

SEPTEMBER 20, 1pm- 2pm

Virtual Dementia Education Series: The Office of Dementia Services and the Alzheimer’s Association are continuing their statewide education series this September. Join us for a discussion on understanding & responding to dementia-related behaviors.

REGISTER HERE

SEPTEMBER 21, 10am - 12pm

Senior Health Fair: Join us for blood pressure checks, vision exams, hearing tests, and more.

Wilderness Road Senior Center, 8111 Blue Lick Road, Louisville, KY 40219

SEPTEMBER 26, 5:00pm- 6:00pm - Virtual and In-person options

Caregiver Presentation - Declining Health, Changing Roles: co-presented by Kristen Martin, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, and Justin Magnuson, MA

The role of caregivers can change many times over the course of their loved one’s illness. Understanding some simple skills can improve communicating with those being cared for and their healthcare providers. This interactive workshop will provide tools to help you reflect on what matters most to improve your ability to gain understanding of your loved one’s illness, make informed decisions, and adjust to changing roles.

REGISTER HERE  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

SEPTEMBER 26, 6:30pm- 7:30pm

My Health Matters: Healthy Aging - Open Discussion

Join our weekly virtual support and educational meeting where you can learn more about good health with fun and open communication. Meets every Monday night on Zoom. 

SEPT SCHEDULE AND ZOOM LINK

SEPTEMBER 29, 2pm - 3pm

Volunteer Possibilities for Boomers and Beyond: Presented by Louisville Metro Government RSVP, this special informative program is open to all adults 55 years and older to come explore the many ways your talents, skills and interests can be shared to help others, meet new people, have fun and produce positive community change. Call 502-574-1530 if interested. 

St. Matthews-Eline Library - 3940 Grandview Ave, Louisville, KY 40207


Annual COUNTY WALK Challenge

Let’s get moving during the month of September! Join us for some friendly competition as Kentucky counties compete against each other to rack up the most steps or minutes in movement. Individuals and teams are welcome to walk, run, bike, or swim their way to better health while having an opportunity to socialize, build relationships, increase county pride, and improve the health of the community. In fact, you can submit minutes in movement for any of your favorite physical activities!

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GOLD STANDARD OF OPTIMAL AGING AWARD CEREMONY

The Gold Standard of Optimal Aging Award Ceremony celebrates older adults, 85 years old and over, who lead engaged and flourishing lives, nominated by YOU! This is an Optimal Aging Month Signature Event organized each year by the University of Louisville Trager Institute in an effort to create an age-friendly culture in our community.

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"As I Age, I Dare to..." Challenge 

Daring to dream is essential to aging optimally, in the face of whatever challenges we may encounter. At the UofL Trager Institute Optimal Aging Clinic, we dare to always find creative solutions to the questions that matter most. What do you dare to do? 

Share what you #DareToDo with us by taking a picture of you with your answer to this challenge! Either email us or share on social media at @TragerInstitute #DaretoDo. 

Download Challenge Prompt | Download Challenge Instructions 

 


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