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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

AARP Representative                                     


Richard Collins

Banking and Business – Rural –Jessamine Co.


Patricia Lee Collinsworth

Mental Health – Eastern KY


Keith Knapp Ph.D.

Nursing Facilities


Esther Hurlburt, RN

Private Geriatric Case Manager- Central KY


Dr. 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, PhD

Gerontologist UK


Jeffrey Jay Rubin

Livable Communities - Berea


Jane Thibault, Ph.D

Senior Advocate - Gerontologist

Emeritus U of L


Last Updated 3/3/2015