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Celebrate Older Americans Month

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 06, 2008  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Emily Moses or Gwenda Bond
(502) 564-6786 ext. 4600 or 3325
 


Celebrate Older Americans Month

Resource Market Helps Kentuckians Prepare for Future

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 6, 2008) - May is Older Americans Month, a time when the spotlight is on the nation’s aging population – a population that includes millions of baby boomers who are preparing to reach retirement age in 2011.
The theme of this year’s Older Americans Month is “Working Together for Strong, Healthy and Supportive Communities.”
“If Kentucky residents work together, they can create opportunities in their communities to encourage healthier living for all ages,” said Deborah Anderson, commissioner for the Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). “Our elders and people with disabilities should have adequate choices about their care and assurances of quality of life to achieve and maintain good health as they age.”
In an effort to meet the needs of Kentucky’s aging citizens, DAIL created the Kentucky Resource Market, a one-stop shop for information about aging and disabilities programs and services.
The Kentucky Resource Market helps connect people with services in their own communities. The Resource Market offers information at no charge to consumers by phone or online and is constantly being updated. Visitors to the Resource Market can find county-by-county information about:
– Adult day care
– Assisted living facilities
– Health information and services
– Home care and assistance
– Medicaid and Medicare
– Nursing homes
– Transportation
– Senior centers
– Volunteer opportunities
– Numerous other resources
“One piece of information we have learned from the Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative is that if we are going to age in a healthy manner in Kentucky, we have some improvements to make,” said Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller. “The Resource Market is an invaluable tool for Kentucky’s aging population to use to get free information that will put them and their loved ones on the road to securing their future.”
The Resource Market also provides information for people with disabilities.Other resources available throughout the state for elder adults include:
– Senior citizen centers that provide social activities, nutritious meals and special programs, including health screenings.
– Adult day care center programs that offer special care for physically frail elders who need more supervised care.
– Alzheimer’s day care programs for people with dementia.
– The Kentucky Homecare Program that helps with daily living tasks for people 60 and older who otherwise may be at risk of going to a nursing home.
– The Senior Community Service Employment Program that helps income-eligible people 55 years and older find jobs and get job training in community service assignments.
– The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, where older Kentuckians can get answers to their questions about Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care insurance.
– The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program that provides advocacy and help with issues and problems on behalf of nursing home residents.
– The Kentucky Caregiver Program, which provides support and assistance to grandparents caring for their grandchildren.

For more information about the Kentucky Resource Market, call toll-free (877) 293-7447 or visit the market online at http://drd.chfs.ky.gov/.

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Last Updated 5/6/2008