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Long-term care on Institute for Aging meeting agenda

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Lisa Wallace
(502) 564-6786, EXT. 4013

The Kentucky Institute for Aging and its newly created subcommittee consisting of the delegates to the White House Conference on Aging met May 18 in Frankfort. The institute last met in September 2005 and this week’s meeting is the subcommittee’s first since it was established by administrative order in March.

Established by statute in 1974, the Institute for Aging advises the secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and other state officials on policy related to services for the aging. The Division of Aging Services, which administers the federal Older Americans Act in Kentucky, is part of CHFS.

The subcommittee will advise the cabinet on policy aimed at achieving state-level goals and objectives based on national priorities set by delegates to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.

Among items on the joint meeting agenda were discussion of long-term care issues and cabinet initiatives, including a one-stop resource center for information referrals related to long-term care and services for the aging and disabled.

CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell said reconvening the institute is essential to Kentucky’s progress in the area of aging services.

“Kentucky’s Institute for Aging historically has represented the interests of seniors, their families, workers in aging services careers and the general public,” Birdwhistell said. “I’m delighted the institute and the new subcommittee are convening to continue a longstanding tradition of excellence and strong, responsive advocacy on behalf of Kentucky seniors.”

Members of the Kentucky Institute for Aging are: George Hall, M.D., chairman; Margie W. Charasika, Ph.D.; Sam Barnes; Kenneth Stuber; Graham Rowles, Ph.D.; Karen Wyan; Vivian Craig; Norman Owen; Roy Varghese, M.D.; Philip Anthony Canton; Phil Peters; and Jane Thibault, Ph.D.

Members of the White House Conference on Aging Subcommittee are: Barry Barker; Bonnie Boland; Judy Cederholm; Pat Dressman; George Hall, M.D.; Mary Middleton; Charlotte Whittaker; Karen Wyan; Pat Bingham; Kelly Abell; William Altman; and Isabel Yates.



Last Updated 5/19/2006