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Social Services - Age-Friendly Louisville Webinars

Housing 

Community Support & Health Services

Mobility & Access

Social Participation, Respect, & Inclusion

Part-time Service Advisor
Needed to perform in-home eligibility assessments and case management services for older persons and persons with disabilities.  Extensive home visits in the seven-county area.  Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s in Social Work or a closely related field with one year’s full-time experience or a Master’s Degree; starting salary is $19.54/hour. 

Visit www.kipda.org for a full job description.  Email cover letter, resume, and copy of college transcripts to kellytyra.cecil@kipda.org

Staff & Project Highlights

KIPDA is excited to showcase our wonderful employees, and the projects & programs they work hard at everyday to positively impact our region. Check out our social media to see KIPDA's new weekly #KIPDAStaffSpotlight and #KIPDAProjectSpotlight features! 

2021 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Update

As the designated Economic Development District for our region, KIPDA is required by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), to complete a yearly update of our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) contributes to effective economic development in the KIPDA region through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process.  

Additionally, we have added two new sections to the site regarding Opportunity Zones & KIPDA's Pandemic Response, including data and information on the economic impact of COIVD-19 in our region.

The 2021 CEDS Update is now available at www.kipdaceds.org. Check out your County's Regional Facts page!

KIPDA Hazard Mitigation Portal NOW LIVE

KIPDA launched the KIPDA Hazard Mitigation Planning Portal in November! City/county officials, local government employees, and the public can use the portal to review what hazards the KIPDA region faces, provide feedback on local hazards and projects, view hazard vulnerability maps of the region, and take surveys! 

Here are all the tools available:

HMP Portal : access information on hazards and natural disasters in your community. 

HMP Initial Survey : take the initial survey so we can understand your community’s thoughts on hazards and disasters.

HMP Mitigation Feedback Application: add a note to this mapping application to show repetitive hazard problems in your community or propose potential projects.

HMP Time Tracking Form: record any time spent on the HMP Portal and/or Mitigation Feedback Application. This helps us record in-kind time donations from our counties.

Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund

On October 19, 2020, Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order designating $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for the Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund. The fund will provide relief to Kentuckians affected by COVID-19 that need assistance with their water, wastewater, electric, or natural gas service.  Kentucky’s Community Action Network is partnering with Team Kentucky to distribute these funds statewide.

Households who have an income of up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Line and have been economically impacted due to COVID-19 can apply. Households can receive assistance for the minimum needed to alleviate the water and wastewater crisis up to $500. Households can reapply until they reached their maximum benefit.  Households can apply for electric and natural gas benefits once in a one-month timeframe.  The benefits each time are the minimum needed to alleviate crisis for up to $200.

Interested households should contact their local Community Action Outreach Office on how to apply. To locate your local office, please call 800-456-3452.

All applicants will be required to supply the following documentation at the time of application:

  • Most current utility bill
  • Proof of arrearage, payment plan, or disconnect notice for utilities
  • Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.
  • Proof of all household’s (all members) income from the preceding month.
Find your local office

Fact Sheet
KITE Award goes to the Dixie Highway Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project!

The 6th annual Kentucky-Indiana Transportation Excellence (KITE) Award was presented during the November 24th Transportation Policy Committee Meeting. KIPDA established the KITE Award to recognize transportation projects developed through the metropolitan planning process that distinguish themselves and “soar above” the norm. The 2020 KITE Award went to Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville Metro, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) for the Dixie Highway Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project. The project improves safety and mobility for one of Louisville's busiest roadways, while also increasing connectivity from the southwest area of the community to downtown. The project's core component was improving transit operations through added service, enhanced bus stop amenities, real-time digital information to customers, and Transit Signal Priority (ITS/TSP) technology improvements. Honorable Mention was awarded to the Oldham County Park and Ride along I-71 at KY 329.

KYTC Seeks Input on Public Involvement Process

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking input from Kentuckians on the state’s public involvement process used to identify and plan for transportation projects. Comments are welcome from members of the public from now until Dec. 15, 2020. The draft of the Public Involvement Process can be found here.  The public is invited to submit comments through a short confidential survey available on the website. Paper copies are available at KYTC Highway District 5 and KIPDA by appointment due to COVID-19. For special accommodations, please email kytc.comments@ky.gov or call 502-564-3419.

Active Transportation Plan

KIPDA is continuing its regional bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts with the development of a new Active Transportation Plan (ATP). This plan will investigate how residents move around the region without motor vehicles and develop proposals to make walking and rolling safer, easier, and more accessible to our communities. By focusing on the areas of the greatest opportunity, building on existing network infrastructure, and linking to transit access, the ATP will help to foster a more holistic and integrated transportation system. In the coming weeks, KIPDA will seek the public’s thoughts and ideas for improving the region’s walking and biking system. Please visit this site for updates on the Bike-Ped planning process.

Depression is not a normal part of getting older

Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However, older adults are at an increased risk of 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 undertreated. 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 every day, step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with a disability, an LGBT person, woman, a child, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
December 7-11th

If you have always had the ability to drive, when you get older it is very hard to give up that freedom if you cannot continue to drive safely.  

In the physical sense, changes can occur in our ability to do certain things, to react in certain time frames, which can affect our ability to drive safely. We should focus on the broader awareness of solutions to drive safely rather than to focus on the problems which inhibits our ability to drive safely.  

“The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) believes that occupational therapy practitioners have the skills to 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 7-11, 2020, 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.

Throughout the week, AOTA will bring attention to a different aspect of older driver safety.”   

 

Hopefully, this article will assist in determining if you or a loved one continues to be safe on the roads.

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