senior citizens

Greg Stotelmyer

Kentucky received low marks on a report card issued Thursday regarding state funding for long-term care services for seniors. In fact, the commonwealth ranked 51st, behind all 49 other states and the District of Columbia. The survey, conducted by three organizations including the AARP, measures the effects of state policy on the ability of older Americans to live independently. 

Cathy Allgood Murphy with AARP Kentucky says too much of the state’s money is spent in nursing homes rather than at-home and community-based services.

“The get all the money and it’s all for intuitional care, even though everyone says keeping them at home is cheaper and is a better quality of life,” said Murphy.

The state-by-state survey focused on key factors like choice-of-setting, quality-of-care and support provided to family caregivers. Murphy says most caregivers need just a small break from time-to-time to prevent burnout.

The attorney general's office will be sponsoring Senior Crime College programs across the state in coming weeks to teach the elderly to protect themselves against fraud, identity theft and a variety of scams. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said the events are intended to educate seniors about unscrupulous sorts who would cheat them.