Creating Community for a Lifetime
Update Report October, 2005

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Still Time to Register!

CCFL Update


The Big Picture


Still Time to Register!

"Forget Old Age. Think New Stage.š

Don‚t Miss October 7 Forum! Please join us for a community forum featuring:

  • Abigail Trafford
    (see Big Picture)
  • Update on CCFL
  • Opportunity to
    share your ideas

    Friday,October 7, 2005
    8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    There‚s still time to register! Call Amy Price (616-454-1751, ext. 111) or e-mail her at

  • Creating Community for a Lifetime Sponsors

    Ensuring Kent County is a community that optimizes quality of life, independence and choice for older persons and all residents through collaborative planning and community action.

  • CCFL Update
  • Visit the current activities page of the initiative website for complete details on each work group.

    Community Based Services Work Group

    The Community Based Services work group has completed its recommendations. Click here for more information.

    Physical Activity and Nutrition Work Group

    The Physical Activity and Nutrition work group is addressing the issue of health and wellness, the benefits of illness prevention, access to healthy food choices, and the need for programs and policies to support choices and activities that ensure elders remain healthy and active as long as possible. The work group is co-chaired by Margaret Biersack and Tom Oosterbaan and began meeting September 22. Click here for more information.

    Access to Health Care Work Group

    Co-chaired by Paul Ippel and Teresa Branson, the Access to Health Care work group launched on September 29. The group is addressing the issue of unmet mental and physical health needs, use of screening and basic medical care, and financial issues related to medications, in order to ensure elders are healthy and their quality of life is enhanced. Click here for more information.

  • Calendar
  • CCFL Meeting Dates

    For a complete listing of all upcoming CCFL meeting dates click here.

    Learning Opportunities

    Click here for a listing of upcoming forums and conferences throughout the region.

  • The Big Picture
  • Forget old age. Think new stage.š: Community Forum Speaker Abigail Trafford Probes „A Whole New Stage in the Life Cycleš

    America‚s „culture of the youngš is about to experience an upheaval as boomers approach retirement age and realize they have 20, 30, or 40 years of vital life ahead of them, according to author and columnist Abigail Trafford, the featured speaker at CCFL‚s October 7 Community Forum.

    People edging past midlife Ų whom Trafford calls „My Timersš Ų tend to approach these years with mixed emotions, Trafford says:

    You get little meetings with your mortality Ų just having to read the menu with your glasses, getting an annual PSA test for prostate cancer, an annual mammogram. These are reminders that your time is limited. What you see in My Timers is a sense of urgency. This translates into a great energy.

    At this year‚s CCFL Community Forum, Trafford will share with us some stories of My Timers and the importance of leveraging their energy for their own good and the good of their communities. Click here for the full story.

    Tapping the Talents of Older Volunteers

    Older Americans represent a significant potential source of volunteer time, talent and energy, according to a growing chorus of experts in the fields of aging and volunteerism. But are communities and nonprofit organizations equipped to take advantage of what some are calling „our country‚s only growing natural resourceš? Most of the research says „NOš Ų but several resources are available to help improve the picture. Click here for the full story.

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