This site provides information for seniors, their families, and other senior advocates about local resources that support senior living and opportunities for community involvement across the ages.

We have monthly meetings that are free and open to the public. In addition, we send out monthly newsletters and invitations to upcoming meetings. If you would like to receive these, please subscribe by clicking  here .

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We meet every third Thursday of the month at the Bell Trace Commons Area, 800 Bell Trace Circle, Bloomington, IN

11:30 Lunch (compliments of Bell Trace)

12:00 Welcome, Guest Presentation, Announcements

1:00 Meeting Adjourned

Our next meeting in December:

Date: Thursday, Dec. 11th 

Topic: End of the Year Celebration 

Presenters: AAC Steering Committee

Bio: We are having a Sing-n-Bake, making holiday cookies to deliver to homebound seniors!

Broadcasts of AAC Meetings

Sometimes our meetings are recorded by Bloomington's Community Access Television. It usually takes about two weeks to edit and post these broadcasts on their Library Channel. If a presentation has been recorded, it will be noted at the bottom of the presentation summary. Please check their schedule for days and times of broadcasts.

2015 April's Presentation Summary

Mela Hatchett

Mela Hatchett was one of the founders of the Active Aging Coalition.  She currently is the Assistant Director for the RSVP 55+ Program and the coordinator for Caring Companions and the Money Management Program.

She spoke about the Money Management Program.  The program has three different functions performed by three different people:

1) a Bill Payer who sorts and organizes bills, helps create a budget, reconciles bank statements, and writes out the checks for the client to sign in the client's home.

2) a Representative Payee Volunteer who applies for that designation through Social Security, VA, etc. and who manages the benefits for someone who is no longer able to make good decisions or is mentally disabled.

3) a Volunteer Monitor, currently a person at Area 10, who monitors the checking account statements.  The client signs an agreement for Area 10 to receive and monitor their bank statements in order to check the Bill Payer's work. If false accusations of the Bill Payer arise, Area 10 has lawyers to protect the volunteer.

The Bill Payer Service is for Monroe and Owen County residents who are home-bound, disabled or forgetful.  The Bill Payer is non-judgmental, does not make financial decisions for the client and does not have access to client's PIN #'s. If the client needs to contact the Bill Payer, they must call Mela first and she relays the message to the volunteer. In this way the volunteer's home or cell phone number is not given to the public and protects the volunteer from any potential 

If a person wishes to be a Bill Payer they need to apply with two or three references and are put through a background check.  They do not have to be financial experts! Mela provides one to one training that is ongoing and all volunteers are thoughtfully matched based on their preferences and availability. Let Area 10 know if you know someone who needs this service!

Attendance: 30

Recorded by BCATS on 4/16/15

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