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Bloomington is known for being both an arts destination as well as a retirement destination. Thus, the City of Bloomington's Commission on Aging seeks to enhance these two positive attributes by launching a Creative Aging Initiative.

About the Initiative

Modeled after Ireland's National Bealtaine Festival (, the Creative Aging Initiative is not a single event, but instead a series of community events held during the entire month of May, which is nationally recognized as "Older Americans Month." To launch the initiative the City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invite community arts organizations, faith-based organizations, neighborhoods, municipalities, local business, etc. to:

The Creative Aging Festival


Cancelled - The Art of Aging: Life Enrichment through the Arts - Saturday, May 21.

Date change - The Meadowood Singers Concert - has been changed from May 18 to June 1 at 7 pm in the Terrace Room at Meadowood Retirement Community.

The events on May 25th (Stardusters) and May 27th (Uketones) at the Players Pub are NOT wheelchair accessible.

CoA 2015 CAF Logo

The 2016 Creative Aging Festival is in the works! Check here for the list of events while the program is being created. 2016 Creative Aging Festival

2016 Creative Aging Festival Guide (PDF 2.23 MB)

In celebration of Older Americans Month, the City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the community to celebrate creativity and our aging population through its sixth annual Creative Aging Festival in May 2016.

The primary objectives of the Creative Aging Festival are to highlight the artistic talents of older adults; promote intergenerational understanding through dialogue, sharing traditions, and storytelling; and increase awareness about the value of creative engagement to adult health and well being.

The Creative Aging Festival program guide features creative aging events and exhibits in May. Printed program guides will be distributed through area arts and aging venues in April.

Mayor Hamilton Signs Pledge to Make Bloomington a City for Successful Aging

The Milken Institute launched its Best Cities for Successful Aging (BCFSA) project with two goals: to make cities work better for older residents, and to ensure that older adults have opportunities to work for their cities. The project analyzed publicly available data on healthcare, living arrangements, transportation, convenience, employment, and various other characteristics. Based on this analysis, it then proposed rankings of all US metropolitan areas on their capacity to achieve these two goals. The Institute also asked mayors to sign a pledge that outlines specific steps a city should take to support successful aging.

Last fall, as part of our response to questions raised by the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, the Commission undertook a review of the BCFSA project. In January we provided the Mayor with a report on our review, and we asked that he sign the BCFSA pledge.

We are delighted to announce that Mayor Hamilton has made this commitment! The full text of the BCFSA pledge is available here.

ER Preparedness for Older Adults:

The Commission on Aging is working with community partners such as TRIAD and COAD to raise the awareness of older adults of the importance of preparing for emergencies. Emergency Preparedness starter kits were made by area Girl Scouts for Area 10 Agency on Aging clients. For more information contact the Commission.

Senior Services Guide 2011 (PDF 1.30 MB)

A Comprehensive Guide to Services for Older Adults in Monroe and Owen Counties