Welcome to Active Aging Coalition


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.

Beginning in January, 2017. there will be a new location for our monthly meetings.  The new location will be at Meadowood Terrace Room.  Meadowood is located at 2455 N Tamarack Trail, Bloomington, IN 47408

Meetings are free and open to the public.

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of the Monroe County School Corporation. 

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We meet the third Thursday of the month at Meadowood Terrace Room.

11:30 Lunch (compliments of Meadowood)

12:00 Welcome, Guest Presentation, Announcements

1:00 Meeting Adjourned

Our next meeting

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Topic: Celebration of 10th Anniversary of the Active Aging Coalition

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.

June 2017 Presenter

Paul Ford

Project Lifesaver

Paul Ford is on the Van Buren Township Fire Dept.  He has been named a Herald Times Everyday Hero, among other awards.

Project Lifesaver is a national program that was brought to Monroe County 20 years ago and later discontinued.  In 2012 it was resurrected through Paul's efforts, monetary contributions from Dr. and Mrs. Shabarami and a few grants.

Project Lifesaver currently serves 35 adults and children, all of whom have a tendancy to wander, i.e. children with autism or Down's Syndrome or adults with dementia.  A permanent bracelet is placed on the ankles of these individuals.

Every fire department in the county is trained and has the equipment to help find these clients.  The receiver uses radio frequency to pick up within one mile the unique code of the transmitter that is in the bracelet and, once located, it sends out a signal every two seconds 24/7.  This receiver doesn't depend on satellites and once you have located the person's transmitter, you never lose it.

The criteria for the program is that a person be homebound, live in Monroe County and have a history of wandering.  No tax money is involved and the program is offered free of charge.  It is supported by contribution only.  The receiver and the bracelet cost $1100 and $300, respectively. 

Someone calls in to report the person missing, the possible direction that the person traveled and how long they have been missing.  A fire department member goes to place where the person was last seen and searches 1/4 mile in all directions with the receiver, then moves further away as necessary.

This is an extremely valuable and successful program and Paul gave a very informative presentation that was instructive to all!

Thank you to everyone that attended, we had 50 attendees this month, see you July 20!

Recorded by CATS on June 15, 2017

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