What are you going to do when you retire?

While we may dream of retirement as a time of relaxation and leisure, going on vacation for decades is not healthy for our minds or bodies. We seek meaning and purpose during each phase of our lives and not having a reason to get moving in the morning can lead to boredom, anxiousness, and disinterestedness. If retirement is in your near future or you are already retired, you might be contemplating how to spend this chapter of your life. Explore Your Future is a workshop designed to help you envision the next phase of your life by examining community involvement, lifelong learning, encore careers and other opportunities.

Explore Your Future will be held at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, on Wednesday evenings in January at 6:30 p.m. Through this FREE, interactive, four-part workshop, start the process of planning what you want to do during retirement. Facilitated by peers with a background in services for retired adults, discuss, reflect and self-assess where you have been, where you are presently and where you want to go. Create a concrete action plan and develop a community of peers who will support and challenge each other to attain their goals. Please register for this free workshop.

Session One: What Has Influenced Me?
Reflect on what has meant most to you in your lives and what has brought you the greatest fulfillment while exploring the people and events that have influenced you and your life’s themes, patterns and strengths.

Session Two: Who Am I Now?
Through self-discovery and assessment, identify where you are in your life and what talents you have. Explore your values and motivators, passions and interests, strengths and aspirations.

Session Three: How Can I Realize My Dreams?
After becoming more self-aware, address practical ways to align your values, passions and gifts by learning creative techniques for forming life options, strategies to fuse passion, purpose and personal strengths, and ways to imagine potential.

Session Four: How Do I Create An Engaged Life?
Develop individual action plans based on specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) goals; real and perceived challenges; and the resources to help you reach your goals.

Plan on attending all four sessions of the series. Class size is limited so please register today!

*Explore Your Future is the signature workshop of Coming of Age NYC, an establishment of a national initiative designed to help individuals 50+ connect and contribute to their communities. Coming of Age is a national program that started in Philadelphia in 2002 and has been replicated in cities across the country.

–Kate

Kate Sowada is the Community Events Liaison at Boone County Public Library. Her enthusiasm for community engagement and development can be traced back to her experience volunteering as a teenager. Studying Geography in college, working with public art projects during grad school and facilitating statewide outreach programs are a few of the community oriented adventures that led her to Boone County Public Library where she is excited about engaging the people of Boone County and broader Northern Kentucky region through library programs and events.

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

Maybe you remember thinking this line from the commercial was a little silly, but falls are a serious concern for older adults. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults according the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the National Council on Aging, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury every 13 seconds. Every year one out of three older adults fall and one out of five falls cause serious injuries such as broken bones.

The 9th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day occurs on September 22,
2016, in conjunction with the first day of the fall season. The day exists to raise awareness about how to prevent fall related injuries among older adults. In honor of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, an adult health clinic offering free health screenings and education for all adults will be provided by local health organizations and companies at the Main Library. Learn about resources and get tips on navigating the health care system for older adults. The Adult Health Clinic is provided by the Safe Aging Coalition of Northern Kentucky.

*Health insurance required for vaccinations.

Adult Health Clinic
Boone County Public Library, Main Library
1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005
Thursday, September 22
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

  • 11:30 a.m. – The Legal Implications of a Fall presented by the Law Firm of Parker Clifton
  • 12:30 p.m. – The Financial Implications of a Fall presented by Morgan Stanley

The following list provides more information about the types of screenings and education offered during the Adult Health Clinic:

Organization/Company                                           

  1. Personal Touch, blood pressure screeningsOptometrist in exam room with man in chair smiling
  2. Senior Helpers, Alzheimer’s education
  3. NKY Pain & Wellness, bone density
  4. Behavioral Health, chemical dependency
  5. Walgreens, flu shots
  6. Burlington Rx, pulse ox
  7. Gentiva Home Health, blood pressure screenings
  8. Connecting Hearts, hydration
  9. Hebron Chiropractic, massage/muscle scan
  10. Hearing Solutions, hearing screening
  11. Atria, healthy cooking
  12. St Elizabeth Hospice,  Five Wishes
  13. St Elizabeth Wound Care, diabetic foot ulcer education/screening
  14. St Elizabeth, rehab services
  15. St Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Hands Only, CPR
  16. EMS Community Outreach Van, injury prevention education
  17. Refreshed Living/Melaleuca, non-toxic living education
  18. Rosedale Green BERG,  balance test
  19. Magnolia Springs, staying independent education
  20. Bright Star, falls risk education
  21. Right at Home, falls screening
  22. Sams Education of Svs-Rx, vision screenings
  23. MD2U, importance of  primary care
  24. Crescent Insurance Insurance, education for heart/diabetes
  25. Gateway, Parkinson’s ed with OT
  26. Kroger,  vaccines:
    • Pneumonia,
    • Shingles
    • Tap
  27. Hospice of Bluegrass
  28. Woodcrest Nursing Facility, pulmonary function test
  29. NKY Pharmacist Association, medical management
  30. NKY Health Department, diabetes and glucose education

Take part in a Brown Bag Medicine Review –Pharmacists will review your medicines for side effect of increased falling risks. Bring a list of your medicines.

Drawings for door prizes will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Go to our Facebook event listing.

–Kate

Kate Sowada is the Community Events Liaison at Boone County Public Library. Her enthusiasm for community engagement and development can be traced back to her experience volunteering as a teenager. Studying Geography in college, working with public art projects during grad school and facilitating statewide outreach programs are a few of the community oriented adventures that led her to Boone County Public Library where she is excited about engaging the people of Boone County and broader Northern Kentucky region through library programs and events.