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Institute for Aging


The Kentucky Institute for Aging  was created in 1974 under KRS 194A.090 Citizen Advisory Bodies—Public Health Services Advisory and was amended in July 2000. The mandate of the Institute is “ advise the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and other officials of the commonwealth on policy matters related to the development and delivery of services to the aged.” The institute operates in partnership with the Department for Aging and Independent Living. 

Goals of the Institute

  • Assess, review, and appraise services and programs for older adults within the commonwealth and nation. 
  • Recommend priorities for the state.
  • Increase awareness within the commonwealth of issues related to aging.


  • Fostering workforce development 
  • Increasing access to services   
  • Facilitating service program development
  • Enhancing the quality of nursing facilities
  • Generating revenue and program funding
  • Promoting future planning
  • Improving communication
  • Disseminating information 
  • Encouraging innovation

Institute Members

Demetra Antimisiaris Pharm. D., Institute for Optimal and Sustainable Aging - U of L

Julie A. Branham, Adult Day Healthcare Representative

Ron Bridges, ARP Representative

Richard Collins, Banking and Business – Rural – Jessamine County

Keith Knapp, Ph.D, Nursing Facilities

Robert Raney Damron, Investment Banker

Esther Hurlburt, RN, Private Geriatric Case Manager - Central KY

Harold Laswell, Senior Advocate Lexington

William Michael Mansfield, DMD, Dental Health U of L

Vivian G. McNatton, Area Agency on Aging Director - Owensboro

 Gale W. Reece, Senior Transit Advocate

Peggy Roll, Area Agency on Aging Director - Hazard

Graham Rowles, Ph.D, Gerontologist UK

Jeffrey Jay Rubin, Livable Communities - Berea

Jane Thibault, Ph.D, Senior Advocate - Gerontologist Emeritus U of L


Last Updated 2/7/2017