Generations, the Area Agency on Aging located at Vincennes University, is leading the Shepherd Communities NNORC in Linton, Indiana. Shepherd’s banner issue is senior mobility through transportation, home modifications and physical wellness.
Geographic region covered: The boundaries of the Shepherd Communities NNORC area are:
History of the neighborhood: Linton is a small rural Indiana city; mining, & agricultural have been main sources of income in the community. Several families have lived in Linton their entire lives. Many of those who moved away to find a career elsewhere have moved back into Linton for retirement.
Past strengths: A city government that supports the community.
Linton NNORC today: The City of Linton has a comprehensive plan to help make changes to ensure Linton is a good place to grow up and a good place to grow old. There has been a mindset shift as Generations (Area Agency on Aging) and the community review preventative and proactive measures to address aging issues. Two examples of programs available are an ongoing fitness program designed for the 55 + population and an educational walking program. There is also a task force designated to identify resources and gaps as we continue to plan for the aging population.
Current strengths: The City of Linton and the Community seem to be working together to make Linton an elder & youth friendly community.
Current challenges: To continue to work on areas which enhance the Linton community to help people grow up and grow old in our city.
Opportunities for growth: Linton is located southwest Indiana near the Indiana & Illinois state line. The largest community in Greene County, Linton supports new growth opportunities and enjoys a relaxed, small community atmosphere. The population of Linton is 5,774. Residents of Linton are not far from major cities—Bloomington: 41 miles; Indianapolis: 100 miles; Chicago: 200 miles; and Cincinnati: 180 miles.
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