Contact Information

Dr. Graham D. Rowles


Graduate Ctr. for Gerontology
University of Kentucky
303 Wethington Hlth. Sc. Bldg.
Lexington, Ky 40536-0200
Phone: 859-231-6238
Fax: 859-323-5747

KERI Column

Link to Graduate Center for Gerontology

Link to Department for aging and independent living

Link to Area agencies on aging

Link to Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center

Link to UK College of Public Health

About Us

The Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative (KERI) seeks to develop information and provide support to Kentucky’s communities so that elders and their families are provided with the opportunity to age in place and enjoy the highest possible quality of life for the longest time.

Kentucky’s demographics will begin to change rapidly as Baby Boomers begin entering retirement. People are living longer, healthier lives and have needs and wants that have implications across all aspects of society including; health care, recreation, transportation, education, economy, housing, and business.

To meet the needs of communities experiencing an increase in the number of elders, the KERI initiative brings together local organizations, community leaders, and citizens, to form partnerships and collaborations in an effort to:

Focus groups and regional forums will be held throughout the Commonwealth and will serve to build local collaborations, and provide a means for self assessing the material and social capital of communities in meeting the needs of senior citizens. Information from the meetings will be used to help local communities and state officials prioritize needs and make recommendations for improvement.