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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