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 February:

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Topic: Romantic Songs through the Decades

Presenters: Tina de Leeuw

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.

2016 January's Presenter

Teri deMatas

"IU Health Bloomington Hospital Update"

Current State of Healthcare

  •          decreased reimbursement by insurance companies
  •          emphasis on managed population health and   keeping people out of the hospital
  •          more access due to Obamacare
  •          fewer inpatients
  •          more performance improvement efforts to add value and reduce waste
  •          new technology and unconventional competitors (Minute Clinic)
  •          consumers more engaged, and
  •          more physician collaboration, consolidation and alignment
IU Health

There are four locations that serve eleven counties and over 400,000 people, 50% of the patients are outside of Monroe County.  There are 215 physicians, 17 specialties and 3,000 employees.

IU Health is working with Indiana University to build a new campus on the east side of Bloomington.  Groundbreaking in 2017 and opening in 2020, the building will complement IU building décor. The visionary stage and the planning stage are currently leading into the design stage.

They are currently looking for people who would like to be on the Patient Advisory Council for 2016-2017.  If you are interested or would like more information, contact Robin A Mendyka, Manager, Volunteer & Visitor Services, Indiana University Health Bloomington, 812.353.9481 or email RMendyka@iuhealth.org.

Some of the features of the new hospital will be:

Holistic, wide open outdoor space with access to nature, a center for exercise and wellness, natural light, a tribute to the history of Bloomington, an intention to take care of the caretakers, a community kitchen resource with cooking classes and an innovative teaching relationship with IU.  IU is already changing by grouping disciplines, such as medical students, nurses, social workers and speech therapists.  If you wish to share your visions of this hospital, go to http://iuhealth.org/bloomington/about/vision/.

Some of the questions asked were concerning transportation, including bus routes, a parking garage, traffic and gerontology doctors (whom they hope to recruit). Everything is still pretty much in flux and will become more firm over time.  Teri will return to update in January, 2017.

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