Health and Family Services Cabinet
Services, long-range plans the focus of Older Americans Month
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 5, 2006) ‑‑ May is Older Americans Month, and this year’s observance has special significance. On Jan. 1, 2006, the first of one of the nation’s largest generations, the baby boomers, turned 60.
According to the Kentucky Division of Aging Services in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, as many as 1.2 million Kentuckians are members of the baby boom generation, born between 1946 and 1964.
Kentucky is working to prepare for the challenges and opportunities the state will experience with the coming population shift. Toward that goal, the Cabinet is focusing research and resources on ways to help Kentuckians age in place, remain independent and healthy as long as possible and access the right services at the right time.
Among the most notable current activities is the statewide Elder Readiness Initiative to assess local-level preparedness to accommodate, serve and make the most of the aging of the baby boom generation. The division and the state’s 15 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) also are undertaking a large-scale program modernization effort to ensure the availability of dynamic, efficient services that stay in step with the changing needs of older residents.
Bill Cooper, director of the Division of Aging Services, said independence for aging adults depends on a balance of important elements: consumer choice; healthy lifestyles that emphasize nutrition, physical activity, prevention and active participation in personal health care; and access to the tools necessary to make informed decisions.
“These elements work together to help all adults maintain the dignity they deserve while providing more opportunities to live longer independently and contribute to the communities they cherish,” he said.
Assistance and opportunities are available for older Kentuckians as well as their caregivers and their families through the division and the AAAs, including:
Senior citizens centers where aging Kentuckians can socialize with friends, enjoy nutritious meals and receive health screenings and other services to promote healthy living;
Adult day-care centers that offer special care for frail elders;
Alzheimer’s day-care programs for persons with dementia conditions;
The Kentucky Homecare Program, which provides supports and assistance to persons 60 and older who are at risk for long-term residential care;
The Senior Community Service Employment Program that serves people 55 and older with incomes less than 125 percent of the poverty level ($12,250);
The Kentucky Benefits Counseling program, which helps answer questions about Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance and other public benefits;
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program which provides advocacy on behalf of nursing home residents; and
The Kentucky Caregiver Program, where grandparents caring for grandchildren can find help accessing needed services.
For information on opportunities in the state’s aging services network, or to learn more about programs and services for aging residents in your area, please call (502) 564-6930 or contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
Sidebar/resource info: Kentucky’s Area Agencies on Aging
Purchase AAA, Mayfield, serving Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall and McCracken. (270) 251-6114 or (800)-866-4213
Pennyrile AAA, Hopkinsville, serving Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Trigg. (270) 886-9484 or (800)-928-7233
Lincoln Trail AAA, Elizabeth, serving Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, and Washington. (270) 769-2393 or (800)-264-0393
Green River AAA, Bowling Green, serving Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster. (270) 926-4433 or (800)-928-9094
Bluegrass AAA, Lexington, serving Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford. (859) 269-8021
Big Sandy AAA, Prestonsburg, serving Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike. (606) 886-2375 or (800)-737-2723
Northern Kentucky AAA, serving Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton. (859) 283-1885
Lake Cumberland AAA, Russell Springs, serving Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne. (270) 866-4200 or (800)-264-7093
Barren River AAA, Bowling Green, serving Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalf, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren. (270) 781-2381 or (800)-598-2381
Cumberland Valley AAA, London, serving Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, and Whitley. (606) 864-7391
FIVCO AAA, Catlettsburg, serving Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, and Lawrence. (606) 739-5191
Gateway AAA, Owingsville, serving Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, and Rowan. (606) 674-6355
Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, Louisville (KIPDA), serving Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble. (502) 266-6084
Kentucky River AAA, Hazard, serving Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, Wolfe. (606) 436-3158
Buffalo Trace AAA, Maysville, serving Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, and Robertson; Contact Caroline Ullery, (606) 564-6894 or (800)-998-4347.