History

kag-mapKAG began in 1969 as the Kentucky Gerontology Society, Inc. It was led by Dr. Earl Kaufman, Director of the University of Kentucky Council on Aging. The organization became active in the late 1970s.

KAG was reactivated under the leadership of Dr. Linda Kuder from the University of Kentucky Sanders Brown Center on Aging and Dr. Lois Layne from Western Kentucky University. In October of 1987, the Kentucky Association for Gerontology, Inc. was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-stock, nonprofit corporation. L.C. Wolfe, from the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, designed the KAG logo in the colors of gray and maroon. In spring 2004, a new logo was designed with the letters KAG encircled in blue and the words Kentucky Association for Gerontology on a flag to the right of the circle.

KAG is led by a Board of Directors that reflects the six KAG geographical regions and the multiple disciplines of the KAG membership. An awards program was initiated in 1993 to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of aging. Awards are given to recognize distinguished achievement for practitioners, educators, and students as well as a Thoroughbred Award to recognize extraordinary efforts by a person age 60 or older on behalf of older Kentuckians.

KAG hosts an annual conference that circulates through each of the six regions. The training conferences are planned and managed by KAG Board members and KAG members and other community leaders. It offers an opportunity for professionals, advocates, and older adults to network and learn about new and innovative programs, services, activities, research and more. Also, the annual KAG Awards are presented at this conference.

In June 2003, Officers and Board members of KAG met for a weekend retreat in order to rethink our goals and to make a formal mission statement for KAG. As a result of this process, the following statement was created: KAG’s mission is to advocate, educate, and network with vision for and with older adults and those who impact their lives.