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We work in partnership with adults who are aging with disabilities to promote their well-being, community participation, self-determination and leadership.

May's Creative Aging Festival Heats Up

Alive Inside screening art - large blue eye with location informationAmong the many other Bloomington Creative Aging events, we are presenting a screening of the documentary Alive Inside from 6:45 - 9:00 p.m. this Thursday, May 14, at the Monroe County Public Library.

The film brings to light the connection between music and memory, and there will be a discussion after the showing, led by Michael Gerhard, Director of Music and Memory – Muncie. We're using hashtag #AliveInsideBtown for this event. Please feel free to use it to help spread the word and during the discussion part of the evening.

Image of Tim Carpenter

Then on Friday, May 15, you can join us at the Aging Re-imagined Symposium for a Noon talk on The Art of Active Living, presented by Tim Carpenter, Executive Director of EngAGE, which provides a whole-person approach to creative and healthy aging for thousands of seniors in Southern California. Box lunches for 150 will be available for Tim's talk at the Bloomington Convention Center, first-come, first-served.

You can find more Creative Aging Festival events from the City of Bloomington or by browsing the Festival brochure here.

Design for a Small (Aging) Planet

Success! We had a strong turn-out! Keep an eye on the Symposium web page for photos, tweets and other wrap-up from our speakers and participants.

Forget “Silver Tsunami.” An aging population is not a catastrophe, but an opportunity.

We age in a community, and designing communities for aging well needs to be considered by community planners now. How can we design environments for our small, aging planet? A cadre of cutting-edge thought leaders in the field of design told us more at our Design for a Small (Aging) Planet Symposium.

Six speakers, including a keynote from Scott Ball, author and leader in the Atlanta, Georgia, Livable Communities movement, presented over two days, April 30-May 1, at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington, Indiana. For more information about this exciting meeting of some of the top all-ages community designers and advocates in the country, visit the Symposium web page here:

Phil's B-Line Guest Column

Director Phil Stafford wrote a piece for the Bloomington newspaper on turning the town's B-Line area into a Lifetime Community. If you're  a Herald-Times subscriber, you can read the column here. For non-subscribers, we reproduced the piece on our Facebook page.