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 .

You are invited to join us!

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 September:

Date: Thursday, September 17th 

Topic: IU Health Bloomington Hospital Relocation

Presenters: Teri deMatas, Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations, IU Health

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 August's Presenter

Lauren Cowan
Agewise Designs

"Mather's Lifeways"

Lauren is the owner of Agewise Designs and she desires to improve the quality of life for older adults in our community. She is a member of the steering committee of the Active Aging Coalition, the Bloomington Commission on Aging, and works with Phil Stafford on the Communities for a Lifetime. She recently attended a Mathers Lifeways workshop in Chicago.
Established in 1941 in Chicago, Mathers Lifeways is an "award-winning concept designed to attract active, younger-older adults (age 50 and better) by providing fun and educational, wellness-related programs and activities." 
The cafe is a non-denominational, non-profit gathering place for socialization and food that has two trained social workers and two full-time chefs along with many volunteers.  The cafe provides opportunities for growth of body, mind and spirit and recognizes the individuals involved by display and celebration of art/memorabilia.  The cafe also has signup sheets for those who wish to provide transportation or group grocery shop.  Three thousand individuals participate and 2/3 of them do 4 or more activities annually.

Mathers Edgewater is another component that sponsors activities in a neighborhood in order to establish strong connections between neighbors.  Often the space for activities is donated.  Partnerships are very important!

Mathers Institute on Aging includes orange papers that address ways to age well, as well as online resources for industry experts by industry experts.  Telephone topics are also valuable to consumers, especially those who are homebound.

What do we want to have in Bloomington?  How could we implement it?  Many grassroots efforts, i.e. Sally's Place and the Perry Township Volunteer Center already exist.  Improved marketing and expanded opportunities through grant funding would help move this forward.  The Mathers concepts offer an exciting, dynamic opportunity to move Bloomington forward in serving the needs of our citizens.

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