Health and Family Services Cabinet
May is Older Americans Month
Celebrate Older Americans Month
Resource Market Helps Kentuckians Prepare for Future
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 18, 2011) - May is Older Americans Month, a time when the spotlight is on the nation’s aging population. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Older Americans: Connecting the Community.”
“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). “The shared histories, diverse experiences and wealth of knowledge of our older citizens have made our culture, economy and local character what they are today.”
In an effort to meet the needs of Kentucky’s aging citizens, DAIL created the Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers (ADRC), a one-stop shop for information about aging and disabilities programs and services.
The Kentucky ADRC helps connect people with services in their own communities through the 15 Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living (AAAIL). Each local AAAIL provides information through the ADRC. Visitors to the ADRC 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
- Senior centers
- Volunteer opportunities
- Numerous other resources
“We want our citizens to age in a healthy manner in their own communities,” said Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller. “The Kentucky ADRC is an invaluable tool for our aging population to use to get free information that will put them and their loved ones on the road to securing their future.”
The ADRC 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, call toll-free (877) 293-7447.