27 Quality of Life LEAD Team The Quality of Life LEAD Team is comprised of representatives from across Polk County including non-profits, government, health ABOVE: The Quality of Life Team working collaboratively with the Rath Senior Connextions and Education Center, presented a forum in March, 2018, focused on senior behavioral health, Living with Purpose. care, education and faith-based organizations. This diversity affords the opportunity to obtain different perspectives as the Team strategizes LEFT: Featured Guest Speaker Bill Mutz, Mayor, City of Lakeland provided insight on living with purpose and managing time intentionally. on ways to conduct inter-active education forums on various topics impacting the quality of life of Polk County citizens. Over the past 18 months, the Team has been focused on holding a series of community information sessions on the topic of behavioral health – which is a huge and complex undertaking. However, by starting the conversation, the Team‘s goal was to demystify the complexities that are often associated with mental health, enhance understanding, and provide 27.2% information on accessing resources in Polk County. of Polk County Children (18 and under) Live in Poverty. In March 2018, the Quality of Life team concluded its series of interactive forums on Behavioral (US Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, 2016) Health with a session focused on Seniors. Challenges associated with growing old, such as loss of a spouse, 17.7% OVER 4200 loss of mobility and independence, of Polk County Residents Live in Poverty. Polk County Public Schools' Students Experienced Homelessness During the 2017- 2018 School Year. health for seniors. Staying physically (US Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, 2016) (Polk County Public Schools) and declining physical health can lead to problems with mental healthy, socially active, and mentally engaged as you age are keys to boosting senior mental health.