Seniors who Blaze a Trail - Caroline Ransdell

May is Older American’s Month.  The theme is “Blaze a Trail”

 

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In Honor of Older American’s Month, May, 2016, the Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living of Northern Kentucky is highlighting older adults in our region.

At 105, Caroline Ransdell is the oldest active client of the Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living in Northern Kentucky.

Caroline was born and raised on a farm in Dry Ridge, Kentucky.  One of Caroline’s jobs on the farm was to count the lambs every night and put them into the barn.

As an adult, Caroline was a teacher in Grant County for 32 years.  Shortly after receiving her teaching degree, Caroline was offered a job as a Home Economics teacher.  Caroline wound up teaching any subject needed at the time, and learned that she loved Biology. 

Caroline has been very involved in the community throughout her lifetime, including the Girl Reserve, Future Homemakers of America, National Honor Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and more.  She is a proud member of NRTA, AARP, NK Alumni Association, University of Kentucky Alumni and is a Kentucky Colonel.

Caroline is still a member of the Grant County Historical Society and has been a member of the Williamstown Baptist Church for 24 years. 

Caroline says that she has found deep joy in the things she did throughout her life because she was helping people and young children make their dreams come true.  Even years after her teaching ended, students would come up to her when they saw her and thank her for all she had done for them in school.  She feels that she really helped these young people understand life.  

 

Note: Caroline Ransdell passed away between the time this article was written and when it was posted. 

Seniors who Blaze a Trail - Troy Chamlee

May is Older American’s Month.  The theme is “Blaze a Trail”

 

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In honor of Older American’s Month, May, 2016, the Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living of Northern Kentucky is highlighting older adults in our region.

Troy Chamlee was born in Henegar, Alabama in 1929.  His family moved to Kentucky when he was 2 years old. Troy graduated from Newport High in 1947. Troy’s family was in the “Big Flood” of 1937. When he was 16, he drove an Army truck and helped build the Newport flood wall.  When he was 19, he went to work for the Newport Steel plant in Wilder, where he worked for 26 years. 

Troy is a man of great faith and states that he takes every opportunity he can to share his faith with everyone he meets. Troy has been involved in a jail ministry program and visits inmates in the Boone County jail once or twice a month. He has a Clown ministry, and has had the privilege of going on 9 missionary trips; four to Jamaica and five to Grenada. 

In his retirement years, Troy has taken up the hobby of restoring old cars, which he has always loved. He now has 4 classics; two 1966 Mustangs, one 1967 Mustang, and a 1983 Honda Accord. Troy just finished restoring the 1966 Mustang convertible pictured after it was parked in his garage for 19 years. Troy is also in a senior softball league for men 65 and older called Yesterdays Kids in Newtown Ohio (he plays catcher and outfield!). Troy is also a clogger with the Sugarfoot Cloggers in Independence KY, participating in shows all over the area, including nursing homes, festivals and more. He is actively involved at The Bridge Church in Alexandria, as part of the prayer ministry. He also attends 7 Hills church on Saturdays and is in the prayer ministry there as well.

At 87 years old, Troy Chamlee is truly an inspiration to many!  

Hundreds Come out to Play at 2016 NKY Senior Games

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A record 297 seniors competed in the 2016 NKY Senior Games at locations including Fort Thomas' Tower Park, Florence's World of Golf, Newport's Walt's Center Lanes, and Boone Links and Boone Woods in Burlington. 

Sponsors for the event include the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services/The Northern Kentucky Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living and Interim Healthcare, along with Barrington and Highlandspring of Fort Thomas, St. Elizabeth Healthcare - PrimeWise, Humana, Chick-fil-A, ClearCaptions, Baptist Life Communities, Marian Sizemore of State Farm Insurance and Northern Kentucky Physical Medicine. 

 

NKADD's Shannon Kelch and Cassie Hitch helped blaze a trail at World of Golf.
Gwen Goetz, Judy Sanders, Dollie Brummett and Ellora Pegg had a great time at Walt's Center Lanes on May 10.

 

Registration is open for NKY Senior Games May 9-23

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The Annual Northern Kentucky Senior Games will be held from May 9th to the 23rd.

Each year, the games promote physical activity of older adults in our communities and are popular in our region, usually bringing more than 200 participants.

The games kick off on Monday May 9th at the Fort Thomas Recreation Center with various indoor games, a Torch Lighting Ceremony, and lunch. The next few weeks are filled with outdoor and indoor games and competitions which include: Tennis, Golf, Pickle Ball, Track and Field Events, Basketball, Corn Hole, Bowling, Bocce Ball, and Horse Shoes. Another highlight of the games will take place on Friday, May 13th, at Boone Woods. This day will include many outdoor events (Archery, Golf Chipping, Spin Casting- to name a few), followed by a picnic-style awards lunch.

The base entry fee for the games is $10, with an additional surcharge for bowling or for participants who do not live in the eight-county region.

Our event hosts for the 2016 Northern Kentucky Senior Games are Boone Links Golf Course, Boone Woods Park in Boone County, Five Seasons Sports Country Club, the City of Florence/World of Golf, Tower Park in Fort Thomas, Walt's Center Lanes. 

Sponsors include the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services/NKY Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, Interim Healthcare, Barrington and Highlandspring of Fort Thomas, St. Elizabeth Healthcare - PrimeWise, Humana, Chick-fil-A, ClearCaptions, Baptist Life Communities, Marian Sizemore of State Farm Insurance and Northern Kentucky Physical Medicine.

 

For more information about the games, Please contact Deatra Neary at 859-283-1885.

Staff members earn Ombudsman certifications

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In April, three NKADD staff members earned Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman Certification. 

Human Services and Case Management Associate Director Anne Wildman, Resource Counselor Jessica Arlinghaus, and Intern Heather Hopton completed the 24-hour certification process to join District Ombudsman Bethany Breckel's efforts as she regularly visits long-term care facilities to monitor conditions and care. 

Since 1978, Kentucky's ombudsmen have served residents of long-term care facilities in all 120 counties. Services of the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman program are coordinated through the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The program also oversees 15 district programs affiliated with Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living. The program receives federal, state and local funding and does not charge for services. 

According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the responsibilities of long-term care ombudsmen include:

  • Identifying, investigating and resolving complaints made by or on behalf of residents;
  • Providing information to residents about long-term care services;
  • Representing the interest of residents before governmental agencies and seeking administrative, legal and other remedies to protect residents;
  • Analyzing, commenting on and recommending changes in laws and regulations pertaining to the health, safety, welfare and rights of residents;
  • Educating and informing consumers and the general public about long-term care issues and concerns and facilitating public comment on laws, regulations, policies and actions;
  • Promoting development of citizen organizations to participate in the program;
  • Providing technical support to develop resident and family councils that protect the wellbeing and rights of residents; and
  • Advocating for changes to improve residents’ quality of life and care.

For more information or questions, or if you are interested in volunteering with the Ombudsman Program, please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., District Long Term Care Ombudsman at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District/Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living at 859-491-0522.

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