Photo above is founder of the i know expo® Gale Reece
In 2013, three Community Partners and a Presenting Sponsor joined ITNBluegrass to develop an event to fill the information void, and the i know expo was born. In the first seven years, the expo reached almost 7,000 people actively interested in living as fully as possible, regardless of age and life circumstances. Side by side with our Community Partners, — Sanders Brown Center for Aging, the Commission for Persons with Disabilities, ITNBluegrass, and the Bluegrass Area Agency for Aging and Independent Living, we’re moving ahead with confidence and renewed commitment to this important work.
During the pandemic, we missed the eighth event in the spring of 2020. We returned with a scaled back, covid safe version in September of 2021.
Beginning in 2022, for the ninth expo, ABC Channel 36, our media partner of many years, will be presenting this well-respected community event. This shift in the presenting team will assure the continuation of the i know expo® into the future as the need grows and expands.
What’s that butterfly all about?
The poet Robert Browning put it in a nutshell:
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.
Human beings, like the rest of the natural world, pass through distinct life stages, each with its own circumstances, challenges, roles and responsibilities.
Nature transitions smoothly from stage to stage, saving the best for last. (Caterpillars seem to know just what to do to become butterflies.) But we seem less programmed to prepare for what’s next.
Like the ostrich, we bury our heads in the sand and hope time won’t pass and life won’t change. Perhaps it’s because we don’t know how to cope with new roles and responsibilities. Or know about the resources that can help us move from one life stage to another as effortlessly as a caterpillar to a butterfly. The i know expo will empower us with information about the services, resources and support available to make the rest of life the best of life.
Just as it is for a butterfly.