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Elder Readiness is Focus of Regional Forums; Public invited to provide input, learn about senior preparedness planning

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 11, 2006  
Contact Information:  Lisa Wallace
(502) 564-6786, ext. 4013
 


 A series of public forums will be held across the state to collect input and data to help communities plan and prepare for the impending growth in Kentucky’s senior population.
The forums are part of the Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative (KERI), a collaborative effort between the state Division of Aging Services in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the University of Kentucky Graduate Center on Gerontology and the state’s 15 Area Agencies on Aging. The KERI is designed to measure and enhance community-level preparedness to cope with the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities of an aging population.

“The first of the baby boomers – the largest generation in the history of the United States, people born from 1946-1964 – turn 60 this year,” said Dr. Graham Rowles, director of the UK Center on Gerontology. “The growth of the 60-plus population in Kentucky will exceed the national rate, so it’s especially important for our communities to have a plan in place to address the needs of this special population.”

According to the 2000 census, more than 670,000 Kentuckians are older than 60 – nearly 17 percent of the total population. By 2020, more than 1 million Kentuckians will be older than 60 – about 23 percent of the population.

Kentucky currently is ranked 27th in the nation in percentage of the total population older than 65. By 2020, Kentucky will have the 14th largest elder population in the nation.

The KERI community forums will help develop local profiles of resources, level of access and accommodation, quality and quantity of services and other readiness measures. Forum discussions will focus on four broad areas related to preparedness and planning for the aging of the baby boomers: community resources; health and safety; quality of life; and community involvement.

The forums are free and open to the public. KERI officials said in order to develop the most comprehensive local readiness profiles possible, they hope those attending the forums include representatives of local government, business and industry, the faith community, civic and social organizations, education and workforce training professionals and health and aging services providers.

KERI community forums were held in Mayfield, Owingsville, Owensboro and Hopkinsville in June. The remaining forums are scheduled as follows:

Florence July 11
Northern Ky. Area Development District
22 Spiral Drive
5:30 p.m. 
For information call: 859-283-1885

Prestonsburg August 1
Big Sandy Area Development District
100 Resource Drive
7 p.m. 
For information call: 606-886-2374 or 1-800-737-2723

Louisville July 20 
University of Louisville Shelby Campus
Founder’s Union Building, Room 218-A
5 p.m. 
For information call: 502-266-6084
Hazard August 3
Hazard Community College
First Federal Center
1 Community College Drive, Hwy. 15 S.
5:30 p.m. 
For information call: 606-436-3158
Maysville July 25
Mason Co. Extension Office
800 U.S. Hwy. 68
5:30 p.m. 
For information call: 606-564-6894
or 1-800-998-4347
Corbin August 14
Corbin Center for Technology
222 Corbin Center Drive
5:30 p.m. 
For information call: 606-864-7391
Lexington July 28
Embassy Suites
1801 Newtown Pike
9 a.m.
For more information call: 859-269-8021
or 800-490-2002
Russell Springs August 15
Lake Cumberland Area Development District
2384 Lakeway Drive
5:30 p.m. 
For information call: 270-866-4200
or 1-800-264-7093
Update: Catlettsburg July 31
FIVCO Area Development District
3000 Louisa St.
5:30 pm. 
For information call: 606-739-5191
or 1-800-499-5191
Bowling Green August 17
Barren River Area Development District
Conference Center
177 Graham Ave.
5:30 p.m.
For information call: 270-781-2381
or 1-800-598-2381
Elizabethtown August 21
Lincoln Trail Area Development District
613 College Street Road
5:30 pm 
For information call: 270-769-2393
or 1-800-264-0393

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