Optimal Aging Month | September 2016

Optimal Aging Month 2016 is filled with exciting events and opportunities that raise awareness for and promote the concept of Optimal Aging! 

Optimal aging is the ability to flourish throughout one's lifetime. It is a new understanding of the aging process in which intergenerational, compassionate communities have all the resources available for people to lead physically, socially, and emotionally healthy lives from birth to death. 

Below our the events for this year's Optimal Aging Month with all the information you will need to participate. We look forward to seeing you at the events! Be sure to save the events to your calendar! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (502) 852-5629. 

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Weekly Institute Events          Community Events        

Calendar at a Glance               Event Calendar

 Weekly Institute Events 

Wednesday, September 14 | Optimal Aging Lecture Series*

Which PATH Will You Choose?

This Optimal Aging Month, we invite you to join the Institute and the UofL Alumni Association for a discussion on a new intervention 
designed to promote optimal aging for older adults, the “PATH” Program - a psychoeducational approach to transcendence and health. This innovative and creative program fosters self-transcendence to improve well-being, life satisfaction, and quality of life for older adults.

*Registration Required

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: University Club, 200 E. Brandies Ave., Louisville KY
Cost: $30 per person 

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Wednesday, September 21 | 20 Mindful Minutes Kick-off at the Institute

Drop in for a guided relaxation & meditation or to simply sit in a quiet, calm space. Meditation will be held from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm. 20 Mindful Minutes will be held on September 21, October 5, 12, 19, & 26, November 2, & 16.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or call us at (502) 852-5629

Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 
Location: The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging,
300 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202

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Thursday, September 22 | The Digital Experience For Seniors:  An Open Discussion*

Facebook, computers, smart phones - oh my!  We want to know what you think about digital media and technology. The Louisville-based tech start-up Gyroskope is developing a solution and they are looking for your feedback and opinions to ensure their final product delivers a delightful experience for seniors. We invite individuals 65 and older to an open discussion about how seniors think and feel about technology, and to provide feedback on the Gyroskope Family Network, a new platform that is being designed specifically to help non-digital natives enjoy the benefits of the digital experience. 

*Registration Required: Email us at [email protected] or call us at (502) 852-5629
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Location: UofL Shelby Campus, Burhans Hall Room 16

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Wednesday, September 28 | Lightning Round Speaker Series

Join us for lunch! This active and participatory session, provided by the Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging in partnership with SMART’s Wellness Task Force, will feature three interactive presentations on mind, body and spirit interventions that can help you age optimally across your lifespan. Lunch will be provided.

Active Mind: Taste of KORU Mindfulness 

Karen Newton, MPH, RD | Director of Health Promotions, UofL Campus Health Services 

Active Body: Chair-Based Yoga

Matthew T. Harris, MSSW, LMFT

Active Spirit: Tai Chi - Inner Wisdom
Vanessa Hurst

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Medical School Kornhauser Auditorium

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Friday, September 30 | Call for Abstracts Opens for 2017 Optimal Aging Conference

Don’t miss this chance to share your insight at the 2017 Optimal Aging Conference, June 11 - 13.

More information coming soon!




Community Events 

Saturday September 3, 10, 17 | County Challenge Walks

"A county that walks together will get healthy together"

At the following county-wide walks, participants will be given pedometers in order to determine which persons and counties had the most steps during the day. Review the list below to attend you local County Challenge Walk!

Shelby County: Saturday, September 3
Event time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Clear Creek Park, 717 Burks Branch Rd., Shelbyville, KY 40065
To register & learn more contact: Sheila Fawbush, phone 633 - 4593
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Henry County: Saturday, September 10
Registration at 8:30 am, event time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Henry County Recreational Park
15 Park Rd. New Castle, KY
To register & learn more contact: Mona Huff, phone 845 - 6849
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Trimble County: Saturday, September 10
Event time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Trimble County Middle School Bedford
To register & learn more contact: Dr. Cody Taylor, phone 221 - 8030
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Oldham County: Saturday, September 10
Event time: 8:00 am - 9:30 am 
LaGrange Baptist Church Parking Lot, 1139 Commerce Parkway, LaGrange KY 40031
To register & learn more contact: Madri Hall-Faul, phone (502) 714-5163
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Bullitt County: Saturday, September 17
Registration: 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Event time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sheperdsville City Park
To register & learn more contact: Cynthia Brown, phone 543-2415
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Tuesday, September 6 | Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities (KCHC) Meeting

Meeting topic: Optimal Aging - Fact or Fiction
Speakers: Drs. Anna Faul & Joe D'Ambrosio

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
We will be meeting at THREE LOCATIONS AT ONCE  via Blue Jeans Video Communications

Location No. 1:
North Central District Health Department,
1020 Henry Clay St., Shelbyville KY 40165

Location No. 2:
Multi-Purpose Community Action Senior Center,
214 Frank E. Simon Ave., Shepherdsville KY 42765

Location No. 3:
Community Action Senior Center,
509 AA Whitman Lane, Munfordville, KY 42765

If you are unable to join in person, we welcome you to join the conversation at: https://bluejeans.com/692943781

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Saturday, September 10 | Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's

Join us in walking to end Alzheimer's! The Institute is forming a team for the walk -
we would love to have you join us!

Time: 8:00 am
Location: Waterfront Park, Louisville
Registration: register here for general registration or click here to join the Institute's team

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Friday, September 16 | Haymarket Hootenanny

Enjoy an evening of good old-fashioned fun at the inaugural Haymarket Hootenanny! There will be family-friendly activities, live music, silent auction, street food, and beer, wine & spirits. Signature cocktails will be provided by Butchertown Grocery. This event seeks to raise $25,000+ to aid Elder Serve.

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Atria Senior Living Support Center on Haymarket Block in downtown Louisville
General Admission Tickets: $
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Saturday, September 24

Diabetes Walk: Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

The Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes is an opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes by demonstrating support and raising funds for those affected.

Check in/Registration: 9:00 am
Start of 5k: 10:00 am
Start of Walk: 10:05 am
Closing Ceremonies: 11:30 am
Location: Great Lawn of Waterfront Park

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Susie's Cause Health Fair

First Susie's Health Festival in Louisville! The Health Festival provides critical health information relating to colon cancer education and awareness. Click here to learn more about Susie's Cause. 

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Jefferson Mall, Louisville KY

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