*Since there is the possibility that a meeting could be canceled, relocated or rescheduled please call the KIPDA office at (502) 266-6084 to confirm a meeting prior to attending.
Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency will make every reasonable accommodation to assist qualified disabled persons in accessing available services or in attending agency activities. If there is a need for KIPDA to be aware of a specific accommodation, you are encouraged to contact this agency at least one week in advance of the meeting so that suitable arrangements can be considered for the delivery of the service or attendance requirement prior to the activity.
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Public Administration Division
A draft of this year's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) report is now available. The CEDS document provides an in-depth examination of the region's current economic climate as well as a forecast for future growth.
Amendments of Horizon 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and FY 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program Approved
As the metropolitan planning organization for Jefferson, Bullitt and Oldham counties in Kentucky and Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana KIPDA’s responsibilities include producing a long range transportation document, Horizon 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, as well as a short range planning document, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that is updated at least every four years.
Project changes have been proposed for these documents and were out for public review from July 27-August 10. On August 4th the KIPDA Transportation Division held an open house meeting at the Southwest Regional Library. Members of the public came to discuss some of the projects listed in the amendments and were interested in learning more about the transportation planning process.
The Horizon 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan remains financially reasonable and the TIP remains fiscally constrained with the proposed changes. In addition, the projects have been reviewed by the Interagency Consultation Group for the regional emissions analysis.
The Transportation Policy Committee voted unanimously to approve Amendments 3 and 4 to the MTP and TIP on August 27th..
Social Services Division
National Grandparents Day, celebrated this year on September 13, is a great time to honor members of the older generation who do so much for the younger members of the family. And the benefits go both ways. The old saying, "They keep me feeling young," is backed up by solid research showing that grandchildren motivate the older generation to be more active and engaged. Grandparent–grandchild relationships also offer powerful mental health benefits, reducing depression and promoting a sense of well-being. Today's grandparents are more involved in their grandchildren's lives than ever.
A recent U.S. Census report found that 10 percent of today's 65 million grandparents live with their grandchildren—sometimes as part of a "sandwich generation" household that includes the children's parents, and sometimes in a household where the grandparents are raising the grandchildren. Even the 90 percent of grandparents who don't live with their grandkids tend to be quite involved, providing child care, financial support and guidance. When asked why they decided to retire from their paid jobs, many seniors list "wanting to spend more time with grandchildren" as a top factor. After retirement, many seniors relocate to be closer to the grandkids. And those who live far away are keeping in regular touch between personal visits with phone calls, Skype and Facebook.
Note: For more information about the KIPDA Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program call 502-266-5571.
Six Steps to Prevent a Fall
Every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Many falls are preventable. Stay safe with these tips:
Find a good balance and exercise program
Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility.
Find a program you like and take a friend.
Talk to your health care provider
Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling.
Share your history of recent falls.
Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist.
Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling.
Take medications only as prescribed.
Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses.
Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.
Keep your home safe
Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.
Talk to your family members
Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe.
Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.
National Preparedness Month - September 2015
September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” reminds us all to take action now and make an emergency plan. Your plan should include specific needs and safety measures for you, your family, and for your pets.
During this month you can learn how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect you and your community. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Get a Kit – of emergency supplies. The first step is to consider how an emergency might affect your individual needs. Plan to make it on your own for at least three days. It’s possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore. It is crucial that you and your family think about what kinds of resources you use on a daily basis, and what you might do if those resources are limited or not available.
Basic Supplies – Think first about the basics for survival – food, water, clean air and any life-sustaining items you require. Consider two kits. In one kit put everything you will need to stay where you are and make it on your own for a period of time. The other kit should be a lightweight smaller version you can take with you if you have to leave your home. Recommended basic emergency supplies include:
One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
A three-day supply of non-perishable food and a can opener if kit contains canned food.
Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both.
Flashlight and extra batteries.
First aid kit.
Whistle to signal for help.
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
Pet food, extra water, and supplies for your pet or service animal.
At least a week’s supply of any medications or medical treatments you take on a daily basis. Also keep a copy of your prescriptions including dosage and treatment information. If it is not possible to keep a week’s supply on hand, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what else you might do to prepare.
If you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital, or if you receive regular services such as home health care, treatment or transportation, talk to your provider about their emergency plans. Work with them to identify back-up service providers within your area and the areas you might evacuate to. If you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity to operate, talk to your health care provider about what you can do to prepare for its use during a power outage.
If you use eyeglasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries, wheelchair batteries, and oxygen, be sure you always have extras in your home.
Have copies of your medical insurance, Medicare and Medicaid cards readily available.
Havae copies of your family records, wills, power-of-attorney documents, deeds, social security numbers, credit card and bank information and tax records. It is best to keep these documents in a waterproff container. Include names and numbers of everyone in your personal support network, as well as your medical providers. Also be sure you have cash or travelers checks in your kits in case you need to purchase supplies.
Contact Your Local Emergency Information Management Office – some local emergency management offices maintain registers of older adults and persons with disabilities so they can be located and assisted quickly in a disaster. Contact your local emergency management agency to see if these services exist where you live, or visit http://www.ready.gov to find links to government offices in your area.
Include your family in creating your preparedness plan, so that everyone is prepared to respond calmly and certainly should a disaster occur. Share your plan with extended family, neighbors, and friends so they know how to contact you should the need arise. Encourage them to prepare as well!
And finally, Be Informed – Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit and making an emergency plan are the same regardless of the type of emergency. However, it’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region. Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. Above all, stay calm, be patient and think before you act. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected.
For more information about specific types of emergencies, National Preparedness Month is centered on the following five weekly themes: ·Week 1 (Sept. 1-5) - Flood ·Week 2 (Sept. 6-12) - Wildfire ·Week 3 (Sept. 13-19) – Hurricane ·Week 4 (Sept. 20-26) - Power Outage
·Week 5 (Sept. 27-30) - Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day on Sept. 30. The National PrepareAthon! Day is a national community-based campaign for action with emphasis placed on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard specific drills, group discussions and exercises.
So designate this September as the month you will make your emergency disaster plan and share it with family, neighbors and friends. For more information on National Preparedness Month and National PrepareAthon!Day,
and how you can participate and prepare, please visit http://www.ready.gov/september.
FEMA App is One Stop Shop for Disasters
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) free app is a valuable tool that aids in keeping you safe before, during and after disasters by staying updated with weather-related alerts, information on building an emergency preparedness kit and disaster aid.
The app is divided into four main sections: Prepare; Weather Alerts; Disaster Resources; and Disaster Reporter. The sections are brightly colored to separate them from each other on the screen.
The Prepare section contains information on disaster safety tips and building an emergency kit. It also contains a section where you can add pre-designated emergency meeting locations with family and friends.
The Weather Alerts section allows you to add up to five pre designated weather alerts locations. Information on weather conditions is provided by the National Weather Service.
The Disaster Resources section contains information on how to apply for disaster assistance, as well as current locations for emergency shelters and disaster recovery centers.
The Disaster Reporter section allows the sharing of disaster-related information for events occurring within the U.S., so that citizens, first responders, emergency managers, community response & recovery teams and others can view and contribute information on a publicly accessible map. It also permits users to take a photograph in a disaster area and submit it, along with a short text description approved disaster-related photos and text are posted.
There are also areas on the screen where you can access blogs and information on volunteering opportunities and donations.
September is National Senior Center Month. Our national celebration of senior centers began in 1979, with Senior Center Week celebrated in May. The concept gained support of other aging organizations, as well as the full Senate and the House Select Committee on Aging.
The 2015 theme for National Senior Center Month is: Celebrate LIFE at Your Senior Center!
The theme embraces positive, active aging and the seven dimensions of wellness – physical, emotional, intellectual, vocational, environmental, and spiritual. It also takes a holistic approach to senior center wellness.
In September, we have an opportunity to promote a positive image of aging and celebrate all the good things that are happening at the senior centers in our region. We can also continue to educate elected officials about how public dollars support services and benefits for older adults, caregivers, family members, and the community at large. Senior center staff and participants are well-positioned to explain the benefit of programs and services for seniors.
It is also a good time to spotlight the Older Americans Act: The Older Americans Act celebrated its 50th anniversary in July 2015, and more work can be done to put a face on the various programs this important Act supports. Advocacy in support of the OAA and those it serves is needed more than ever with reauthorization being overdue.
IT’S GRANDPARENTS DAY! SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
HATS OFF TO ALL GRANDAPRENTS ESPECIALLY THOSE GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
KIPDA SALUTES YOU!!!
If you are a grandparent raising your grandchild and need assistance contact KIPDA at 502-266-5571