Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

WKU Graduate Student, Retired Nursing Professor Facilitate Village Manor Conversation

wku red black

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (6/6/2013) – A small but serious gathering of seniors who reside at Village Manor, a Christian Care Communities retirement community in Bowling Green, is proof that the citizens of Bowling Green are taking ownership of the efforts to make our city more age-friendly.

The residents were talking – not tweeting or texting – and having good, old-fashioned, face-to-face conversations about the kind of community they want to live in.

“Once an initiative becomes community driven, it is more likely that outcomes are truly reflective of its citizens,” said Dr. Dana Burr Bradley, Director of WKU’s Center for Gerontology.

The age-friendly project was originally convened and started as a collaborative initiative between the Center for Gerontology at WKU, the City of Bowling Green and AARP Kentucky. However, it is now evident that individuals and businesses are jumping on board to help make this a reality.

The unique thing about Monday’s “Ask Bowling Green” community conversation is that the facilitator and notetaker were Urmila Tokekar, a WKU international student and Center for Gerontology graduate assistant, and BJ McKenzie, a resident of Village Manor and retired WKU nursing professor. Tokekar is enrolled in the Master of Health Administration program and plans to begin an internship at Village Manor this summer. McKenzie has helped organize several past efforts to gather information on what it means for Bowling Green to become more age-friendly. She also participated in the 50 Over 50 Bowling Green Citizens Academy in 2011 and received training on how to help collect data and development assessment plans for the project. The City of Bowling Green joined the WHO network of Age-Friendly Cities in March 2012 and was the first city in the South and one of the seven original cities in the United States. Other cities that have joined the effort are New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Austin, Texas. This endeavor is a five-year, hands-on community-based research project utilizing the World Health Organization (WHO) framework for assessing the age-friendliness of Bowling Green that will eventually achieve the designed outcome – a more age-friendly city for the citizens of our community. The conversation at Village Manor is only one of many that have occurred and will continue to occur within our community.

On Aug. 1, the Center for Gerontology at WKU will be hosting “The Gathering” at WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center. This event is a meeting of experts (businesses, individuals and/or organizations that serve older adults) to discuss what they have done to make Bowling Green more age-friendly, and what they would like to see be done in the future. The group will be limited to 30 companies so interested parties are encouraged to sign up well in advance at www.wku.edu/aging due to limited seating.

“We are looking for individuals to participate at ‘The Gathering’ that you wouldn’t normally immediately think of as serving older adults,” Dr. Bradley said. “While we encourage local home health, nursing facility and assisted living communities to sign up, we are also looking for different perspectives as well. Examples might be a
personal trainer or Silver Sneakers instructor, mental health professionals, transportation and retail industry representatives, etc.” Dr. Bradley wasn’t able to attend the community conversation at Village Manor, but is expected to co-present with Patrice Blanchard, Associate Director of AARP Kentucky, on the Age-Friendly City Bowling Green project at UK’s Summer Series on Aging Conference this week in Lexington.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Tommy Newton

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 22, 2014 5583

Two Busted for Meth in Central City

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 25, 2014 3917

14-Year-Old Suffers Gunshot Wound; Air…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2976

Flooded Central City Church's Seven Day…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2581

Camper Stolen in Utica Recovered in…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 24, 2014 2173

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Officer Jeff Miller

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 25, 2014 3917

14-Year-Old Suffers Gunshot Wound; Air…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
August 24, 2014 2173

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Officer Jeff Miller
August 25, 2014 2088

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision Near…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
August 25, 2014 2059

Former Co-Workers Trying to Raise Money…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 26, 2014 1302

Two People Injured When Vehicle Overturns…

in Top Stories by Matt Sanderson

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 25, 2014 2140

Daviess County Health Department…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 1998

44th Mount Saint Joseph Picnic is Sunday,…

in News by Jennifer Kaminski
August 25, 2014 1984

GRADD Seeking Ombudsman Program Volunteers

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 26, 2014 1007

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 26, 2014 738

City Street Closures on Strawbridge and…

in News by Abby Shelton

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 22, 2014 5583

Two Busted for Meth in Central City

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 25, 2014 2976

Flooded Central City Church's Seven Day…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2581

Camper Stolen in Utica Recovered in…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 25, 2014 1660

Mustangs Marching Classic

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 1582

Job Corp Celebrates 50th Anniversary

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06