December, 2019 KIPDA Newsletter

11520 Commonwealth Drive
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 266-6084           Fax (502) 266-5047         ky tdd 1-800-648-6056


Meeting Date Time Location
Social Services – Lunch & Learn – Waiver Services Wednesday, Dec. 4 12:00 p.m. Conference Room A
Homecare Provider’s Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10 9:30 a.m. Conference Room A
Area Agency on Aging and Disability Advisory Council Wednesday, Dec. 11 10:00 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Transportation Policy Committee Wednesday, Dec. 11 12:30 p.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Mental Health & Aging Coalition Meeting Thursday, Dec. 12 10:00 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room

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Community & Economic

Development Division

2019 KIPDA Annual Meeting
KIPDA held their annual meeting on Tuesday, November 26th, at the Marriott Louisville East. Thank you to KIPDA Staff for a wonderful year, to all those that attended, and to Marriott Louisville East for hosting. KIPDA was happy to welcome Kentucky Senator Jerry Miller and Senator Morgan McGarvey and other local officials who gave inspiring speeches concerning Kentucky's future, and great insight on policy that will impact our state. 

We are also happy to announce our newly appointed Chairman of the KIPDA Board of Directors, Mayor Byron Chapman. Thank you to previous Chairman Judge Executive John Riley for his year of service. KIPDA would additionally like to thank Mrs. Barbara Gordon on her years of dedication to social services in our region and for giving a voice to vulnerable communities, congratulations on your retirement Barbara!

Congratulations to award recipients Jennifer Craig (KIPDA), Sarah Teeters (Louisville Metro Office for Aging / Disabled Citizens), and Deborah Robertson (WLKY News) who received the National 2019 Aging Innovations & Achievements Award and the 2019 Southeast Association for Area Agencies on Aging Award for their outstanding work on the Social Services Fan Fair program. Fan Fair has helped more than 2,440 citizens in the region to avoid heat-related complications. As well as, KYTC District 5 on the 2019 KITE Award which was accepted by KYTC Chief District Engineer, Matt Bullock, for their excellent work on the I-65/I-264 ramp project. 

Great job team!

Make sure to check out our 2019 Annual Report on our new and improved website under Archives

KIPDA's new Website LIVE!
KIPDA is excited to announce our newly updated website is now LIVE! Make sure to check it out to discover all of the services, programs, and assistance KIPDA provides for our region.

The new site allows for much easier navigation and access to KIPDA resources; such as, news updates, pertinent documents, and detailed descriptions of plans & services. 

Click the link and visit now!
The U.S. Census Bureau needs YOU!
The 2020 Census is right around the corner, help support your community!! 

The Census is extremely important for our region (and regions across the United States) in that Decennial census data is used to determine your representation in Congress, as well as how funds are spent for roads, schools, hospitals, and more.

Could you use a little extra income? Jobs for the 2020 Census offer competitive wages that are paid weekly. Authorized expenses, such as mileage, are reimbursed for employees doing fieldwork. The Bureau is hiring for a number of temporary positions such as census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff.

Help ensure that everyone in your community is counted in the next decennial census, and visit to learn how you can assist your region!

Social Services Division

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week: Dec. 2-6, 2019

As a person become more seasoned over the years, this person will also have some changes in physical, mental and sensory abilities that can challenge a continued ability to drive safely. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) want people to know there are a variety of safe travel options for people of all ages. The real need is a broader awareness of the solutions, rather than a narrow focus on the problem.

The AOTA have occupational therapy practitioners who can evaluate a person's overall ability to operate a vehicle safely and provide rehabilitation, if necessary. “Many are specially trained in the full scope of driving rehabilitation. Occupational therapy practitioners work with older adults as well as their families and caregivers, offering individualized assessment. They can identify individuals' unique challenges and find strategies that will help them live life to its fullest by keeping them active, healthy, and safe in their communities.”

AOTA's Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, December 2-6, 2019 aims to promote understanding of the importance of mobility and transportation to ensuring older adults remain active in the community—shopping, working or volunteering—with the confidence that transportation will not be the barrier to strand them at home.

Check their website throughout the week of December 2-6, 2019 as the AOTA will bring attention to a different aspect of older driver safety.

Depression is NOT a Normal Part of Growing Older
Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated. Depression is not just having "the blues" or the emotions we feel when grieving the loss of a loved one. It is a true medical condition that is treatable, like diabetes or hypertension.

How Do I Know If It's Depression?
Someone who is depressed has feelings of sadness or anxiety that last for weeks at a time. He or she may also experience:
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not get better, even with treatment
How is Depression Different for Older Adults?
  • Older adults are at increased risk. We know that about 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, and 50% have two or more. Depression is more common in people who also have other illnesses (such as heart disease or cancer) or whose function becomes limited.
  • Older adults are often misdiagnosed and under-treated. Healthcare providers may mistake an older adult's symptoms of depression as just a natural reaction to illness or the life changes that may occur as we age, and therefore not see the depression as something to be treated. Older adults themselves often share this belief and do not seek help because they don't understand that they could feel better with appropriate treatment
How Many Older Adults Are Depressed?
The good news is that the majority of older adults are not depressed. Some estimates of major depression in older people living in the community range from less than 1% to about 5% but rise to 13.5% in those who require home healthcare and to 11.5% in older hospital patients.

How Do I Find Help?
Most older adults see an improvement in their symptoms when treated with antidepressant drugs, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. If you are concerned about a loved one being depressed, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated.
If you or someone you care about is in crisis, please seek help immediately.
  • Call 911
  • Visit a nearby emergency department or your health care provider's office
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to talk to a trained counselor
Human Rights Day
December 10th
Human rights are rights inherent to all people, whatever the nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status.  We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination.  In today’s society, the fight for equal rights is everywhere from refugees trying to find solace and peace in another land to individuals who no longer want to be discriminated against due to their skin color, or sexual orientation.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th.  On this day it is encouraged that the world is united and stand up for the rights of others!  In today’s environment, many of us are fearful of the way the world is heading.  Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe.  Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence with messages of intolerance and hatred that prey on the fears of others.
Standing together united we can reaffirm our humanity.  In the streets, in schools, the workplace and over social media we can make a difference by standing up for someone’s rights.  Not only on this day but on everyday step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with a disability, an LGBT person, women, a child, a minority group or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.   


Transportation Division

I-64/I-264 Interchange Improvement Project Wins 2019 KITE Award
The 2019 Kentucky Indiana Transportation Excellence (KITE) Award was presented during the November 26th Transportation Policy Committee Meeting. This year’s winner went to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 for the I-64/I-64 Interchange Improvements project. The project improves ramp capacity of the I-64 Westbound ramp to I-264 westbound by widening from one to two lanes for entire length and provides other needed improvements to address weave issues at merge on I-264.  The project team updated traffic data by using Bluetooth technology along with traditional traffic collection data methodologies for more precise analyses, resulting in the selection of a preferred alternative that still met the Purpose and Need while realizing cost savings of approximately $14,000,000. This project introduces additional capacity which is anticipated to improve traffic operations at and near the interchange.

The project will also rehabilitate the existing pavement and is being constructed in concert with an adjacent interstate pavement rehabilitation project to reduce overall cost and speed up completion. The Right of Way Phase was also minimized due to early coordination by KYTC District 5 and by refining the plans such that only six parcels were affected. Minimizing ROW impacts was key for this project, as significant complex ROW acquisitions from medical facilities and commercial properties were avoided. The positive direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of this improvement have a reach beyond state borders. Reducing the congestion and improving safety will benefit the freight industry and consumers through reduced travel time and vehicle operating costs, and by potentially decreasing the number of traffic incidents occurring in the area.
Jeffersonville Heavy Haul Road

The groundbreaking for the new Heavy Haul Transportation Corridor in Jeffersonville took place November 1st. KIPDA Transportation Division staff attended This road is designed to accommodate the needs of heavy haul vehicles, giving them a specified route to avoid causing stress on local traffic flow. Located between River Ridge Commerce Center and the Ports of Indiana via the interchange at State Road 265/Old Salem Road, this corridor is a necessary addition given the rapidly expanding industrial developments.
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