2013 4th Quarter - Area 10 Agency on Aging
631 W. Edgewood Dr. Ellettsville, IN 47429 | P: 812-876-3383 | F: 812-876-9922 | www.area10agency.org
4th Quarter Newsletter
You may not recognize her
photograph, but her voice
Dear Friends of Area 10,
may sound familiar if you've
In the last newsletter you read about
ever contacted the Aging
the survey of older adults that Area
and Disability Resource
10 conducted in Monroe and Owen
Center (ADRC) at Area
counties. According to the survey,
10. Heather Donovan has
17 percent of older residents have
answered the information
difficulty finding suitable housing, 9
and assistance "hotline"
percent do not have enough food to
for the past five years.
eat, and 19 percent have trouble
How do most callers learn about Area 10?
with safe and affordable transportation. We are working
It seems to be word-of-mouth, through friends. I
on programs that help address these basic needs:
would love it if more physicians’ offices knew
housing, food and transportation. We want every senior
about Area 10 and what we do.
in our community to live in safe and affordable housing,
eat well and travel safely.
How many and what sort of calls do you get?
Thanks to a generous grant from the Home Instead
We had 219 calls in August and 192 in July.
Senior Care Foundation, we will be able to serve more
We get calls from individuals and referrals from
seniors with home safety and repair services this coming hospitals and physicians. A common request
year. Patterson Pointe, a new affordable senior housing
from the aging and disabled population is for
complex in Bloomington is up and running. We are
transportation. They need a way to medical
continuing to explore more opportunities to increase the
appointments, the grocery store, or to run errands.
variety and affordability of housing options for older adults. Some callers have problems doing small things like
housekeeping. They may be able to take care of
We are looking forward to new Rural Transit buses in
some daily living routines themselves, but are not
2014 to increase ridership. Our new Mobility
as mobile and flexible as they used to be, and
Management program will begin this fall to increase
even small household chores can put them at risk
reliable transportation for those with disabilities.
of falling. Some people who are homebound have
With the help of your generous donations, our mobile
food pantry continues to serve 200+ homebound seniors. trouble cooking for themselves or getting proper
In addition, we serve 170 with home delivered meals and nutrition. We can make arrangements for them to
receive home delivered meals or groceries from
many others through our congregate meal sites and our
our food pantry.
Healthy Options restaurant program.
Even if we can’t help the caller ourselves, Area
Read more of the Community Assessment Survey
10 has an extensive database of community
for Older Adults at www.area10agency.org.
resources for a wide variety of issues and can
On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors at Area 10
refer them to the correct agency.
Agency on Aging, I wish you good health, good friends,
What are some sources of help available?
and good times.
There are a variety of funding streams. Some are
income-limited, but not all. A lot of seniors don't
know if they're eligible for assistance, but they
might be, so it's worth a call to find out.
Area 10 Agency on Aging held its annual Senior Salute luncheon on September 20. The event recognizes
and celebrates volunteerism and the invaluable contribution older adults make to our community. During the
luncheon, awards were presented to Monroe and Owen County individuals, 55 years of age and older, for the
positive impact they have made in their community through volunteer service, civic engagement, and overall
contribution. Awards were presented by Monroe County Commissioners Iris Kiesling and Julie Thomas, as
well as Monroe County Council Members Marty Hawk and Cheryl Munson.
2013 Senior Salute Award Winners
Maurice Endwright Award:
Dr. Rob Stone & Karen Green Stone
Home Instead Salute to Senior Service Award:
Georgia Schaich, Indiana Statewide Winner
Master Sergeant Edward J. Mauritson, USAF
Bud Lynch (posthumously) & Ron Burkhart
Paul & Betty Schoonmaker
Jill Argenbright & Julie Farris
Senior Games Advisory Council: Viola Hall,
Harold Jackson, Pat Murphy, Darla Sallee, Linda
Studer, Polly Tilford, Richard Troxel,
Frances Walden & Ollie Waldon
Just as your health needs change from year to year, you can change your Medicare coverage year to
year, too. It’s worth it to review your plan, but you don’t have to do it alone. Help is available through
SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). Counselors can answer your questions and help
you find the best plan at the best price.
The new Health Insurance Marketplace won’t affect your Medicare coverage and is not part of
Medicare Open Enrollment. Medicare is not part of the Health Insurance Marketplace. You do not
need to enroll in the new Health Insurance Marketplace to maintain or change your Medicare coverage.
Criminals are trying to scam seniors with false information regarding Medicare and the Affordable Care
Act. Never give your Medicare number to a stranger who calls or visits and requests this information.
Recent changes in laws do affect how your income and assets are counted for subsidy programs, such
as “Extra Help”, so even if you were previously turned down due to income or resource levels, you should
reapply. There are more than 2 million people who may be eligible for help paying for Medicare, but are
not currently enrolled in a program to take advantage of these savings.
Call Area 10 at (812) 876-3383 to make your appointment with a SHIP counselor anytime during Open Enrollment.
4th Quarter Newsletter
RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program began humbly in 1988. We started with a
Rolodex to keep track of volunteer names. We had a typewriter and a
landline telephone to communicate. Back then, it was called the “Retired
and Senior Volunteer Program”. It all started 25 years ago, with a single
volunteer serving a single nonprofit for a single shift. Over the past 25 years,
we’ve steadily grown and added to our volunteer ranks. We now number
close to 450 active volunteers, serving over 50 different area nonprofits,
contributing between 50,000-70,000 volunteer hours each and every year.
In fact, this past year alone boasted more than a million dollars’ worth of impact in
Monroe and Owen counties together. Mighty oaks from little acorns grow, indeed!
We didn’t get here serendipitously. We owe much to those who came before us.
There are over 1,000 former RSVP volunteers and staff members who have
paved the way. They built the foundation on which we stand, and on which our
work continues. Our gratitude goes out to them.
Meanwhile, the phone is ringing. Schools need tutors for children who have fallen
behind. Churches need assistance providing overnight shelter for
Rebecca Nunley, RSVP Director
our homeless friends. Groceries and hot meals are waiting to be
packed and delivered. Animals, who have been abandoned through no fault of their own,
need care. Senior centers need greeters and special events need support. Lonely seniors
need visitors. And that’s just for starters!
So much still needs to be done. Can you help?
- Rebecca Nunley, Director, RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program
Family matters. Friendship matters. Support matters. Every veteran
matters. October Mental Health Awareness Month encourages
veterans and their loved ones to focus on the things that give life
meaning—the things that matter. Anyone who knows a veteran can help.
Whether a veteran has just returned home, or served years ago, their experiences remain with them.
Their wounds might not be visible, but they need our attention. We can support veterans who are dealing
with challenges of all kinds; we’re in this together.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs urges groups and individuals nationwide to stay alert for signs of
suicide risk in the veterans they care about. If you’re concerned about the veteran in your life, lending a
hand doesn’t have to be hard. Just talking about it opens the door to finding support. The Veterans Crisis
Line (www.veteranscrisisline.net) can help.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that veterans and their families and friends can
access any day, any time. Trained professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line—many of them veterans
themselves—are ready to listen and provide free confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
365 days a year.
Leave a legacy. Get involved.
Call or email today to find your perfect volunteer match!
(812) 876-3383 or [email protected]
Some of the most pressing volunteer needs:
Visit veterans in local nursing homes and give some much appreciated time and
attention to the people who have given so much to us and the entire country.
Road2Recovery Driver (American Cancer Society)
Now recruiting volunteer drivers to transport cancer patients to and from medical and treatment appointments
in the area. Rides are offered to cancer patients who have no means of transportation or are too ill to drive
themselves. Many cancer patients need transportation services daily or weekly over the course of several
months. Volunteers use their personal vehicles and choose the driving schedule that works best for them.
Ushering at Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Volunteering at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (BCT) will connect you to the hub of cultural life in
Bloomington's bustling arts scene, and might just land you that autograph you were hoping to get. The BCT is
always looking for enthusiastic, outgoing, customer service oriented individuals to help out at events seating
patrons, selling merchandise and a host of other fun activities behind the scenes.
Backpack Buddies (Community Kitchen)
Pack a backpack full of food to help families provide for their weekend food needs. 225 children served at
seven different schools each week. Volunteers needed during the school year. (Thursdays, 9:30—11:30 a.m.)
Nonprofit retail center supplying teachers and case workers with free materials to support their work with
children. Looking for volunteers weekly or monthly (Mon.—Thurs. from 3:30—6 p.m.) to help run various
aspects of the store, including sorting donations and inventory, greeting shoppers and helping them find
what they need, as well as helping box up items and prepare paperwork and office work.
Mobility Manager Assistant
Seeking a motivated volunteer to assist with the day-to-day responsibilities of the Mobility Manager, a New
Freedom grant position as part of Area 10 Agency on Aging, targeting transportation initiatives for people
with disabilities. Responsibilities would vary depending on the volunteer’s interests: helping to print vouchers,
computer research, creating and compiling survey tools, and/or developing training and program materials.
Tutor (Edgewood Jr. High School)
Edgewood Jr. High in Ellettsville is seeking volunteers to spend one class period per week with a 7th or
8th grade student struggling with school work. You will help with math, English, social studies or science
homework on a one-to-one basis, assist with organizational skills, and generally encourage students to
engage in school. Volunteers needed between 7:25 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., Monday—Friday.
Feline Friend and Helper (Brown County Humane Society)
The purr-fect volunteer position for a feline lover! Work weekly 45-minute shifts at Eastside Petco, feeding,
watering, scooping litter, and loving the shelter kittens/cats at the adoption center there. Morning (between
8:30—10 a.m.) and evening (between 4:30-8 p.m.) shifts available seven days a week. Three month
Help improve the lives of hard-working artisans around the world. Learn about fair trade and gain valuable
skills while surrounded by beautiful handmade items. You’ll build skills in merchandising, customer service,
sales, and processing new inventory, as well as meet a diverse group of volunteers.
4th Quarter Newsletter
A warm welcome to our 24 newest RSVP volunteers! These new volunteers, all of whom
have joined RSVP since July, are already busy making a difference in the community! We
applaud your volunteerism and thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all you do!
Mary Jo Bowmer
Speaking of new volunteers, many of our new volunteers are referred by current ones.
Help spread the spirit of volunteerism—invite someone you know to join RSVP!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 8th annual
Each One Feed one Food Drive this past August 23—25. It was a
great weekend of making a difference in the lives of others. RSVP
55+ Program volunteers joined forces with Monroe County United
Ministries (MCUM) volunteers and staff, community volunteer groups,
and area grocery stores to collect over 12,800 lbs of food PLUS over
$1,500 to benefit the MCUM food pantry, one of the largest in Monroe
More than 200 volunteers collected non-perishable food donations,
cleaning supplies and hygiene items in order to restock the food
pantries after a summer of diminished donations. RSVP volunteers numbered one of the largest groups
participating in the effort. Thanks for pulling out all the stops to help in this effort. It’s truly paid off!
Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18
11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Third Wed. of each month
Where: The Endwright Center
Join us with a dish to share,
but most importantly, join us!
Birthday party follows
from 12:30—1:30 p.m.
Nov. 6, Dec. 4,
No Jan. Re-Pack
First Wed. of each month
Where: Hoosier Hills Food Bank
2333 N. Industrial Dr., Bloomington
Help us repack food donated from
restaurants for local seniors! A fun
and easy evening project—get to
know other volunteers!
3220 E. 3rd St., Bloomington
Join us for conversation,
free coffee and tea!
Call Holly: (812) 935-2580
Area 10 is participating in the Matchstick Endowment Matching Initiative to increase
its endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.
For every two dollars donated, the foundation will add an additional dollar. Once our
goal of $6,700 is met, the foundation will add $3,300 for a total of $10,000. Endowment
gifts last "forever" because the principal is never spent and they are pooled and
invested for future growth. Our endowment helps ensure that essential services
for seniors are available for as long as they are needed.
Help us meet our goal by September 30, 2014! Donations should be made directly to:
Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (or CFBMC)
101 W. Kirkwood Ave., Suite 100
Bloomington, IN 47404
Note "Area 10 Matchstick" in the memo line of your check. Credit cards may be used at www.cfbmc.org.
In partnership with Bell Trace and with
help from Lowe's, Comfort Keepers, Pi
Kappa Alpha, IU Students for Seniors, and
REPAIRS Team, six homes were made
safer for seniors in Monroe County during
the annual Safe at Home event on Sept. 21.
Have you already included Area 10 in your charitable gift plan? Would you like to learn more about how you
can support our essential services for seniors and people with disabilities by naming Area 10 as a beneficiary
in your will or trust?
Area 10 is pleased to announce the Limestone Legacy Society. This newly formed giving society recognizes
the generosity and vision of donors who make a charitable gift through their estate or other deferred gift plan.
Becoming a member is easy—simply notify us and complete a statement of intent so that your future gift is
used according to your wishes.
To learn more about how you can make a gift of a lifetime, contact Allison Carroll at 876-3383 Ext. 579 or
4th Quarter Newsletter
We are grateful for the generous support received during the 3rd quarter of 2013. Thank you for strengthening
our mission of providing resources, solutions and connections to our community’s aging population!
Gates & Patricia Agnew, William & Patricia Ballew,
Ruthann Bucksot, Ginger Christie, Norvin & Kerry
Conway, Rose Ellis, James Rob Gregg, Dena Hawes,
Jim Hayes, Lauren Jobe, Diane Jung, James Kelly,
David & Natalie LeBeau, Vivian & Robert LeBeau,
Lura Lewis, Joe Maddox, Holly McLauchlin, Roger
Milholland, Ed & Becky Rangel, Warren & Mary
Robertson, Victoria Rogers, Mary Rothert, R. J.
Scritchfield, Mark & Nancy Snapp, Jill Snyder,
June Solomon, Ferne Stout, Steve & Ann Worland
Remember a friend or loved one. Honor an anniversary,
event, occasion or kind deed.
Elizabeth Hanson; in memory of George Juergens
Home Instead Senior Care; in honor of Georgia Schaich
David & Vanessa Smith; in memory of Kenny Stevens
T.I.S., Inc.; in memory of Tomoko Yamashita Cerajeski
Margaret Urton; in honor of James Urton
Wilma Wood; in memory of Robert Wood
Businesses and Organizations
Autumn Hills, Babbs Supermarket, Baxter, Bell Trace,
Bloomingfoods, Bloomington Bagel Company, Chandler
Funeral Home, Cochran Chiropractic, Community
Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County, Dan
Rarey Real Estate, Edward Jones (Kenny Williams),
Ellettsville Dental Center, Ellettsville Journal, Epsilon
Xi Chapter (Tri Kappa), First Presbyterian Church, GE
United Way Campaign, Hickam & Lorenz, PC, Home
Instead Senior Care, IU Health Bloomington, Jiffy Treet
(Ellettsville), Lawrence County ARC, McCormick’s Creek
Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing, Meineke Car Care
Centers, Order of the Eastern Star, Owen County State
Bank, Redbud Hills, St. Jude Catholic Church, United
Way of Central Indiana, United Way of Monroe County,
VFW Post 604, Wee Willie’s West, West & Parrish &
Pedigo Funeral Home
Comfort Keepers ◊ Creative Capital Solutions
Elder Care Connections ◊ Elder’s Journey ◊ Hylant
Fraternal Order of Eagles ◊ Owen Valley Health Campus
Meadowood Senior Living ◊ Miller Valentine Group
Janet C. Stavropoulous & E. Paige Freitag—Jones,
McGlasson & Benckart ◊ Maxim Healthcare Services
Redbud Hills Independent Retirement Living
Area 10 Agency on Aging
is a United Way agency.
what’s new! You may also sign up for our email list
to receive updates on center happenings.
We’ve listened to your interests and suggestions! The
Endwright Center is offering a variety of new programs
and activities over the coming months. We have
dedicated classroom space for the arts and meetings
so groups can convene in a private setting. We are
adding a Nustep recumbent cross training bike to our
fitness equipment, which will make us one of very few
facilities in the area with this state-of-the-art machine.
Beginning in January, you will have the opportunity
to participate in the Endwright Center as a member,
with continued access to our individualized fitness
program as well as free or low cost classes and
activities. Pick up a monthly calendar soon to see
These are only a few of the upcoming classes and
workshops. Some classes may require a fee and
pre-registration. Call the Endwright Center for more
information and to reserve your spot!
Fiber Arts Group: Mondays, 2 p.m.
Tai Chi: Tuesdays, 10—11 a.m.
Computer Tutoring: Fridays 10 a.m.—1 p.m. (By appt.)
Flu Shots: Oct. 16, 10 a.m.—2 p.m.
Brown County Fall Color Eco Tour: Oct. 18, 11 a.m.—
3 p.m. (Departs from the Endwright Center)
Free Hearing Screenings: Oct. 22, 10 a.m.—12 p.m.
Bereavement Support Group: 2nd Tuesdays, 2—3
Find a complete calendar at www.area10agency.org
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Resources. Solutions. Connections.
631 W. Edgewood Dr.
Ellettsville, IN 47429
Area 10 Board of Directors: Jason Carnes, Kerry Conway, Carle Crawford, Robert Epps, Susie Graham,
Jan Hatton, Doug Johnson, Marsha Keith, Nancy Lorenz, J.L. Siefers, Jr., Gary Sweatman, Robert Togasaki