Rural Age Friendly Collaborative demonstrates Indiana's commitment to seniors

Aging in place is a key issue for IHCDA, and on May 11-13th IHCDA had the opportunity to share ideas and input with colleagues from Arizona during the Rural Age Friendly Collaborative.

Public servants and researchers from Arizona came together with their counterparts from the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Indiana University Public Policy Institute, Indiana Institute on Disability & Community, Grantmakers in Aging and IHCDA to share the latest developments in age-friendly community building.

Colleagues from Indiana and Arizona began three days of learning in Indianapolis, where IHCDA Chief Real Estate Development Officer Matt Rayburn welcomed all and spoke to IHCDA’s longtime support for aging in place initiatives and the Lifelong Indiana Coalition. Lt. Governor Ellspermann also spoke to the need for rural broadband access to keep seniors connected to everything from Facebook to telemedicine options.

The Collaborative took advantage of the proximity of Indianapolis by visiting some outstanding age-friendly communities: Blooomington and Bedford. When the Collaborative meeting moved south, Area Agencies on Aging joined the conversation during an advocate-focused lunch presentation which included Phil Stafford, Director of the IU Center on Aging & Community. This lively discussion addressed how the public and private sectors can develop effective partnerships build the will for aging initiatives; a critical component to success.

The trip wasn’t complete without a Pickleball demonstration in Bloomington. This popular senior sport combines tennis, badminton and ping-pong – proving that people may age, but a love of sport does not!