*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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Community & Economic
2020 Census & Kentucky Youth Advocates Launch Statistics in Schools Sweepstakes
Census Solutions Workshop
KIPDA Community and Economic Development Division staff attended the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s Census Solutions Workshop at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky on Tuesday, October 22nd. The workshop was an interactive, design thinking workshop to help ensure that Kentuckiana gets an accurate and complete count of its citizens during Census 2020 this spring.
The workshop focused on why the 2020 Census is so important to our region and how the results of this census will determine representation in Congress of billions of dollars in funding for our communities, including affordable housing, healthcare, schools, roads and parks. Attendees formed groups to strategize ideas on how to reach the historically under-counted or hard-to-count populations in our area and how improve upon response rates.
Louisville Metro and the Kentuckiana region have several hard-to-count populations for the census. The ones that the workshop focused on were: people of color, immigrants, people with limited English proficiency, low-income households, children under five, single-parent households, people living in crowded households, renters, homeless, college students, kinship families and seniors.
Lebanon Junction Awarded $157,500
grant with Assistance from KIPDA's
We are excited to announce that Kentucky's Department for Local Government has awarded Lebanon Junction with a $157,500 grant to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure! This funding will be used to provide their residents with improved water quality and water pressure. KIPDA's Community and Economic Development Division assisted Lebanon Junction with the application and was thrilled to hear that the funding was approved. Congratulations!
Social Services Division
Health Care Application Assistance
US Citizens or anyone legally authorized to live in the United States who is a resident of Kentucky are eligible to apply. You can apply for health coverage in one of the following ways:
Anyone whose income is at 138% of the Federal Poverty Level is eligible to apply for Kentucky Medicaid. Your eligibility is determined by your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI). Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is your household's adjusted gross income with any tax-exempt interest income and certain deductions added back. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses MAGI to establish if you qualify for certain tax benefits. If you don’t qualify for Medicaid, you may still be eligible for:
Cost Sharing Reductions—a discount that lowers the amount you must pay for deductibles, copays, and coinsurance
Premium Tax Credits—refundable tax credits designed to help eligible individuals with low to moderate incomes afford health coverage through the Federally Funded Marketplace
If you’re already enrolled in Medicaid but would like to change your Managed Care Organization (MCO), Open Enrollment is the one time annually that you are able to do that. Not all doctors or hospitals accept all MCOs. So, before choosing one, ask yourself which of the MCOs:
has all or most of the doctors you and your family see;
has the hospitals you and your family use;
has the specialists you or your family need; and
offers extra benefits at no cost (contact the MCO for details)
Not sure where to start? Help is available in-person and online. Application Assisters are trained staff that can assist you with enrolling in Medicaid or other health coverage and answer your questions at no cost. Contact one of our Certified Application Assisters by calling 502-266-5571 and let us help you apply today!
National Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Being a caregiver doesn't come with an instruction manual, but there are resources available to help. The Alzheimer’s Association provides education on the stages of Alzheimer’s that is needed for caregivers to be equipped with the skills needed to provide the best care for their loved who. Behavior is a form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings. As the ability to use language is lost in the later stages of the disease, these behaviors can present real challenges and might show up as: aggression, anger, anxiety, agitation, depression, hallucinations, confusion, repetition, sleep issues, suspicion, delusions, and wandering. Caregivers may also face challenges when it comes to bathing, feeding, and personal hygiene.
Understanding the stages and progression of the disease can help the caregiver enhance daily plans that incorporate daily activities that are appropriate for their loved one and minimizes some of these behaviors. Learning to decode behavioral messages and recognize behavior triggers can make care-giving not only easier for the caregiver but also less stressful for the loved one. The Alzheimer’s Association provides these tips to help caregivers:
Keep the person's skills and abilities in mind.
Stick with activities the person has always enjoyed and adjust, as needed.
Pay special attention to what the person enjoys.
Take note when the person seems happy, anxious, distracted or irritable.
Consider if the person begins activities without direction.
Does he or she set the table before dinner or sweep the kitchen floor mid-morning? If so, you may wish to plan these activities as part of the daily routine.
Focus on enjoyment, not achievement.
Find activities that build on remaining skills and talents.
The person who always enjoyed drinking coffee and reading the newspaper may still find these activities enjoyable, even if he or she is not able to completely understand what the newspaper says.
Consider time of day. Caregivers may find they have more success with certain activities at specific times of day.
Adjust activities to disease stages.
As the disease progresses, you may want to introduce more repetitive tasks.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides online community support, training, certification, free e-learning workshops, books and DVDs on care-giving. There are local chapters across the Nation that provide support groups and hosts workshops and trainings in the communities. For more information about Alzheimer’s and care-giving you can check them out at www.alz.org or call the 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900.
World Diabetes Day
November 14th is World Diabetes Day
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF):
World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.
The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to:
Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year.
Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.
The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.
This year, KIPDA has partnered with several local organizations to raise awareness about getting screened for pre-diabetes, which can help identify those at risk for diabetes and get them enrolled in prevention programs. To find out if you are at risk for pre-diabetes, visit www.gohealthshare.com for screenings, resources, and primary care physician information.
The Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities, KCHC, is working to improve the health of all of Kentucky, including those living with diabetes. For resources and updates on their work, visit https://www.tragerinstitute.org/kchc.
National Family Caregivers Month is celebrated each November and is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of family caregiver issues, celebrate the efforts of family caregivers, educate family members, and increase support for family caregivers. Many family members do not self-identify as a caregiver; they just gradually take on the responsibility of helping out a family member with daily activities when that family member needs help with daily activities due to an accident, illness, or age. Up to 50% of family caregivers experience symptoms of depression and do not recognize the toll that family care-giving can have on their own health. The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) provides 10 tips for family caregivers to help minimize stress of family care-giving:
Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.
Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.
Care-giving is hard work so take respite breaks often.
Watch out for signs of depression and don't delay getting professional help when you need it.
Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.
Organize medical information so it's up to date and easy to find.
Make sure legal documents are in order.
Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!
The Caregiver Action Network is a non-profit organization that provides education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge and can be found at www.caregiveraction.org. AARP is another organization that has been leading the way in providing resources and support for caregivers and advocating for legislative changes to support caregivers. You can find a wealth of information on care-giving on their website atwww.AARP.org.
Please call KIPDA at (502) 266-557 to inquire about our Caregiver Voucher Program that will help to alleviate some of the stress related to financial issues due to unexpected purchases required for medical items needed that are not covered by insurance. That same voucher program can be used to hire someone who can provide the caregiver with a temporary respite break. There are other community resources that KIPDA can direct caregivers to for long-term respite break needs, group support, and one on one counseling. We are here to CARE for the CAREGIVER!
National Information and Referral Day
November 16, 2019 is National Information and Referral Day affirmed by the U.S. Senate to raise public awareness to the existence and importance of information and referral being available to all people in the United States. Every day hundreds of people across the country find the help they need quickly, conveniently and free of charge because of information and referral services provided by the Aging and Disability Resource Centers and other similar agencies. This national day recognizes just how important the I&R process is in serving as a vital link between community members and the social, human and health service agencies available to assist them. There are fifteen Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Kentucky. They are all housed in the fifteen Area Development Districts. KIPDA is the Aging and Disability Resource Center for Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties.
KIPDA has three full time Information & Referral specialists that work diligently to assist callers who are in search of critical services and often don’t know where to begin looking for help. Within the Aging and Disability Resource Center, staff support each caller, assisting with their unique needs and providing resources and referrals to the programs that are designed specifically to aid. Individuals in our community are in need of critical services such as financial assistance, food, shelter, child care, jobs, aging services and support and often do not know where to begin to find them. Often, the caller has become overwhelmed in trying to locate services they or a family member need, sometimes running into dead ends. The KIPDA ADRC assist each caller in researching services available and directing them to the right path.
Take time to recognize the thousands of Information and Referral Specialist throughout the country on November 16th, but don’t forget to recognize KIPDA’s Aging and Disability Resource Center as well.
Call KIPDA ADRC @ 502-266-5571
Veterans Day is almost here!
November 11th is a special day, not just to celebrate our freedom, independence and our democracy but to celebrate the many sacrifices made to achieve them. We thank our Veterans for their service and want to help them in any way we can.
KIPDA Transportation Holds Public Meetings for Participation Plan
The Transportation Division recently held a series of open house style public meetings seeking comments from the community about the draft of the Participation Plan update. The meetings were held in Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana and Jefferson, Bullitt and Oldham counties in Kentucky (the counties represented by the Metropolitan Planning Organization). The public comment period started September 19th and will end November 2nd. The comments received will be reviewed by a TPC working group and consideration to adopt the update will be given by both the TTCC and TPC in December.
Transportation Division Walks with Wendy
On October 25th members of One Southern Indiana met on the Jeffersonville side of the Big Four Bridge for an event with their President and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser. Walk With Wendy gave attendees the opportunity for some exercise and great conversation! KIPDA Transportation Division staff joined the walk. When the bridge opened in 2014 it won many awards, including the Indiana MPO Council Award for Best Project for Special Design/Construction.
KAGC Holds Fall Conference
The Kentucky Association of Government Communicators held their fall conference October 18th at Equus Run Winery in Midway, KY. Members of the KIPDA Transportation Division and Every Commute Counts staffs attended the educational event. The theme was a speakeasy designed to help government employees learn better ways to communicate. The all-day agenda included topics such as “Say this… not that”, “Socially speaking”, “Easy for you to Say,” “You don’t say,” and “Professionally speaking.”
The weather was perfect and the students were interested in hearing from vendors from around the area at the 12th annual UofL Sustainability Fair. The KIPDA Transportation Division and Every Commute Counts were among the 30 organizations set up on October 25th. We were able to engage with the people who stopped by our booths and to give them more insight into the services we provide. The event was put on by the University of Louisville Sustainability Council.
More pictures from the event can be seen here. They will also be uploading videos to their Facebook page from each of the vendors throughout the next few weeks.