Optimal Aging Month 2018

By Mayoral Decree, September is Optimal Aging Month! For the fourth consecutive year, the UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging is hosting Optimal Aging Month. This awareness month seeks to inspire and encourage people to learn about the concept of optimal aging. Our Optimal Aging Month is part of a national observation of Healthy Aging Month. Click here to download the flyer.

About Optimal Aging Month
Optimal Aging Month Events

Below are 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! If you have any questions, please call (502) 852-5629. 

Quick Reference:

Week1: 9/1 - 9/8 Week 4: 9/23 - 10/4  Save the Date 
Week 2: 9/9 - 9/15  Month Long Events  View Event Calendar
Week 3: 9/16 - 9/22 Month Flyer   

Month Long Events

Share what you #DaretoDo

Our theme this Optimal Aging Month is “As I age, I dare to…” Daring to dream and discover as we go through life, in the face of whatever challenges we may encounter, is essential to aging optimally. As we age, we dare to always find creative solutions to the questions that matter most. What do you dare to do? #DareToDo

Share what you #DareToDo with us by taking a picture of you with your answer to the theme! Either email us or share on social media using @ULOptimalAging #DaretoDo.


Relax & Refocus - 20 Mindful Minutes | Every Tuesday in September

Drop in for a guided relaxation & meditation or to simply sit in a quiet, calm space. Meditation sessions are held every Tuesday at the Institute from 12:30 pm - 12:50 pm.

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

Time: 12:30 pm - 12:50 pm
Location: The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging 
300 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202

Add Event to Your Calendar: 9/4   9/11   9/18   9/25            Click here to view event flyer

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Week 1 Events: 9/1 - 9/9

Tuesday, September 4 |  Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities (KCHC) Meeting

Meeting Topic: Getting in the Weeds with Kentucky HEALTH

Join KCHC for a panel conversation about Kentucky's new expanded Medicaid program (Kentucky HEALTH) and what this means for the health of older adults. This meeting is the KCHC quarterly face-to-face meeting.

Guest speakers include:

    • Dustin Pugel, Ky Policy Organization
    • Emily Beauregard,  KY Voices for Health
    • Kellie Cauley, KIPDA 

Lunch is provided. RSVP by emailing Mona Huff at [email protected]

Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm 
Location: 1020 Henry Clay St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

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Friday, September 7 | Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging Ceremony & Luncheon 

A signature Optimal Aging Month event, the Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging celebrates and honors older adults who embody the Institute’s vision for a world where all older adults lead engaged and flourishing lives. This award recognizes older adults who are 85 years or older and who are outstanding models of optimal aging in the following four categories: physical, social, spiritual and creative. Congratulations to all the nominees and awardees!

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 830 Phillips Ln., Louisville, KY 40209

Please note: this event is waiting list only. We are currently unable to accommodate any further attendees.

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Saturday, September 8 | 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!

Registration: 8:30 am
Opening Ceremony: 9:45 am | Walk: 10:00 am
Location: Great Lawn at Waterfront Park - Downtown Louisville 231 Witherspoon Street Louisville, KY 40202
Registration: Click here to join the Institute's team

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Week 2 Events: 9/10 - 9/15

Monday, September 10 | Launch of Optimal Aging Blog 

We are excited to announce the start of our new Optimal Aging Blog! We look forward to exploring with you important concepts related to optimal aging. Our network of experts and specialists will share their insights on key topics such as health tips, aging brain, pain management, caregiving support, and many other topics. Join our email list to receive the new blog. Sign up for our email list to check out our upcoming posts.

Have a question or idea for the blog? Send us an email

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Thursday, September 13 | Bullitt County Wellness Walk

Join the Bullitt County Health Department for their “Family Fest” at Roby Elementary. The "Family Fest"  promotes the importance of families being physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally fit. Booths will be onsite to provide valuable information about health services. 

During the walk, participants will be given pedometers to determine which persons and counties had the most steps during the hour walk. Bullitt will be competing with other counties for a traveling trophy based on most steps per county. Awards are available for individuals with most steps in a given age group. Participating multigenerational families will also have special recognition.

Walk Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Location: Roby Elementary 1148 Hwy 44 East, Shepherdsville KY
Contact information: Call 502-955-5355 or email [email protected]

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Saturday, September 15 | County Wellness Walks

At the following County Wellness 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 Wellness Walk! The walks will be held simultaneously - except for the Bullitt County walk to be held on Thursday, September 13th. 

Registration: 9:30
Walk Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location & Contact information: Click on the below county to view the county specific details

Henry County    Metcalfe County (info coming soon)    Oldham County (info coming soon)     Shelby County   
Spencer County (info coming soon)     Trimble County  

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Saturday, September 15 | Advocacy Day 

At the halfway point through Optimal Aging Month, we want to draw special attention to several advocacy issues relating to older adults as well as some ways you can join us in improving the systems, policies, and supports that impact the way we age. Be sure to join our email list to check out our updates. 


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Week 3 Events: 9/16 - 9/22

Tuesday, September 18 | Age-Friendly Louisville Strategic Plan Launch Party

Join Age-Friendly Louisville for a celebration of their new strategic plan! We will have an unveiling of the final plan and sign-ups for the action plan work groups. Click here to register and learn more. To view the draft strategic plan, click here.

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Thursday, September 20 - Friday, September 21 | GWEP Networking Training*  

In recognition of the emerging national potential of the our Flourish Index, HRSA selected the Institute to lead a two-day training at 21c Hotel for GWEP programs at four universities: University of Iowa, Rush University, University of Utah, and Indiana University. The theme of the training is Human Flourishing as an Outcome of Integrated Models of Care: The Use of the Flourish Index to guide outcomes for older adults. The "Flourish Index” is a new assessment tool developed by the Institute that evaluates human flourishing and health outcomes data for older adults.

*By invitation only

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Week 4 Events: 9/23 - 10/4

Tuesday, September 30 - Wednesday, October 30 | SE4A Conference 

The Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A) is hosting its annual conference this year in Louisville, KY at the Downtown Marriot Hotel, September 30 – October 2. This conference is held in partnership with the Kentucky Association for Area Agencies on Aging and the Optimal Aging Conference.

The SE4A Annual Conference draws major national speakers and 500 people from over nine states. With the theme “Aging to Perfection,” this year’s 4-day conference in Louisville features several national keynote speakers, over 40 presentations, several mobile workshops featuring the innovative aging-related efforts in Louisville, as well as CEU and training opportunities. The Conference also includes an evening event and party at the Louisville “Ice House.”

Register Here

Location: Downtown Marriot Hotel

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Save the Date!

On October 23 - 24, Card Nation will unite for Raise Some L, UofL's annual day of giving. This is a Cardinal call to action to all students, alumni, faculty, staff, and fans to do two very simple things:

1. Make a Gift
2. Spread the Word #RaiseSomeL

Take this opportunity to make an impact and raise essential funds for areas of campus meaningful to you. Let’s #RaiseSomeL! But why wait? Support the Institute Today!

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