The i know mission is to arm people with the information they need to plan for the future, care for loved ones and age with joy and grace. We do this annually at the i know expo® and daily on this website. It all began when ITNBluegrass became aware that seniors and those with disabilities in our community have unmet needs beyond that of basic transportation. Services exist, but awareness and access can be complicated and challenging.
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 five years, the expo reached almost 5,000 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.
Photo above is founder of the i know expo® Gale Reece
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.