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A new study found that Kentucky is the worst state in the nation to retire. The study by the personal finance website WalletHub is based on factors including affordability, health care, and overall quality of life. 

The survey also ranked states on whether they have an elder-friendly labor market, because many older adults continue to work at least part-time to make ends meet.   

Kentucky’s rank of 48 in health care, and 46 in quality of life, helped drag it to the bottom of the list.


Green River Area Development District

Nearly 100 volunteers will fan out across the Green River area of Kentucky on Oct. 22 to deliver bags of groceries to more than 500 low-income seniors.

The program is called ‘Feed Seniors Now’ and it’s coordinated by the Green River Area Development District, or GRADD.

This is the eighth year of the project. Volunteers pack and deliver bags with canned fruits and vegetables, breakfast items, pasta, tuna, peanut butter and other nonperishable items.

On delivery morning volunteers add a quarter-size ham and hot dogs donated by Kentucky Legend. 

Jennifer Williams is associate director for aging and social services for GRADD. She said last year the program delivered food to 504 seniors, and this year that number is up to 545.


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A new study by the personal finance website WalletHub finds that Kentucky’s two largest cities are not the best places to retire. 

The WalletHub survey ranked 180 metro areas based on metrics that include affordability, quality of life, health care, and recreational activities.

Only Kentucky’s two largest cities were included in the study: Louisville came in at 133 and Lexington at 148.

Tennessee has two cities that came in with a higher ranking, with Nashville at 68 and Chattanooga at 106.

In the Hoosier State, Indianapolis came in with a weak showing at 157 out of the 180 metro areas surveyed.


Randy Daniels with Signature Healthcare

Earlier in June, a Hodgenville nursing home was the last of three in Kentucky operated by Signature Healthcare to stage a play guided by a team of Kentucky and national artists.

The team’s aspirations: to improve residents’ quality of life, their cognitive abilities, attitudes about the elderly — and even residents’ medical outcomes.

Reporter Elizabeth Kramer went to Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Larue County, where choreographer Kevin Iaga Jeff recently led more than a dozen residents pushed by caretakers or family members as they rehearsed a big dance number.


Webster County

The new Webster County Senior Center opens June 19 and will offer expanded services to elders in the community.

The new senior center in the town of Dixon is housed in the buildling previously used by the county ambulance service.

The completely renovated facility now includes a kitchen, community meeting rooms, exercise areas and space for crafts and other activities.

"This will be a chance for our county to show appreciation for those residents who have spent their lives making Webster County the place it is today, " said Judge Executive Steve Henry.

Lisa Gillespie

Gene Emerson is a gregarious character — but he wasn’t always this way. In 2003, his wife of 42 years died.

“I had a couple of bad years after I lost my wife. It was kindly bad, you know?” Emerson said. “I got depressed and lost about 30 pounds. And I was weak.”

It was around that time he started going to the Casey County Senior Center, and met his current girlfriend.

“For the first couple of years, I just, wasn’t too much interested,” Emerson said. And then I got to feeling better, and the women started looking good again.”


Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

About one-quarter of Kentucky residents age 50 and older who live in regions around Louisville, Owensboro, Bowling Green and Elizabethtown are burdened by high housing costs that require 30-to-50 percent of their income. That’s according to Housing Americans Older Adults 2018, a new report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

That housing burden is about the same for residents around Evansville, Indiana and Nashville, Tennessee.

Rhonda J. Miller

Western Kentucky University is launching a new center focusing on the health and wellness of the growing demographic of older adults in the state and the nation. The new Bowling Green facility opens Sept. 11.

The Center for Applied Science in Health and Aging combines several research specialties, including exercise, communication and psychology.  The center will expand current projects that take a holistic approach to the issues facing older Kentuckians.