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VILLAGE MANOR WINS AGE-FRIENDLY AWARENESS AWARD
On August 12, Village Manor, a Christian Care Community, was awarded the second annual Age-friendly Awareness Award for their efforts to enhance the age-friendliness of services to their residents and to the Bowling Green-Warren County community as a whole. Village Manor is part of continuing care retirement community, which offers independent living, in-home care, rehab to home, outpatient therapy and long-term nursing care. They will soon offer assisted living and memory care as well. Village Manor also provides free educational seminars to the public which focus on issues affecting seniors and their families such as estate planning, living wills, dementia and much more. Village Manor has also been a valuable resource for WKU student internships and service-learning opportunities. Heather O'Banion, the Executive Director of Village Manor is a Western Kentucky University alumna and is also an adjunct professor in the WKU Department of Public Health. She stated "Village Manor is honored to receive the Age-friendly Awareness Award! We truly put "aging in place" in the forefront of everything that we do. Our mission is to enhance the journey of life of older adults. To us, it is important to be age-friendly to those we serve but also to be a resource to people in our Bowling Green community. We take great pride in winning this award!"
This award was presented as part of "The Gathering" hosted by WKU Aging and the Barren River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living. Village Manor was one of 24 agencies, businesses and other organizations who came together at the Augenstein Alumni Center to network about their efforts to become more age-friendly. A variety of groups were represented, and a compilation of their presentations can be found here. In addition, representatives participated in group discussions regarding what programs they would like to see implemented to help Bowling Green become more age-friendly.
"The Gathering" is part of a larger 5-year project convened by WKU Aging, AARP Kentucky and the City of Bowling Green called the Age Friendly Bowling Green initiative, which uses the World Health Organization's framework for assessing the age-friendliness of cities. This is a hands on community initiative that asks public agencies, businesses, cultural, educational and religious institutions, community groups, and individuals to consider how changes to policy and practice can create a city more inclusive of older adults and more sensitive to their needs.
Greetings from WKU AGING
Where age is more than a number
Welcome to WKU Aging!
WKU Aging is guided by the belief that optimal aging is attainable on both the individual and community level and requires implementing holistic strategies.
Interested in learning more about aging?
WKU offers a Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies and undergraduate students may complete a Gerontology Minor and a Aging Specialist Certificate. Related options include a Health Studies Major with a concentration in Gerontology, Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Health or a Long Term Care Certificate.
Students have a number of opportunities to work in the field of aging and are nurtured by a chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the national honor society for aging and C.O.R.E. (Companions of Respected Elders).
Interested in research about aging?
The Center for Gerontology is an applied research center funded partially through the Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP). Efforts include promoting age friendly communities, enhancing long term care delivery, preventing disease, injury and disability, and maximizing financial and physical independence.
Located within a historically rural environment, WKU Aging recognizes the value of interdisciplinary and intergenerational collaboration in developing approaches that respect the needs of older adults and the communities where they age. Committed to balancing gerontological theory with practice, the Center nurtures dynamic partnerships between agencies working on aging issues, Western Kentucky University and the international community.
I look forward to working with and meeting you!
Director, Center for Gerontology
Professor of Public Health
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