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Federal funds to create $2.5 million center to provide health care to older Kentuckians in rural areas

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Federal funds are being used to bring health care to rural, older Kentuckians.

More than $2.5 million will be used to create the Kentucky Rural and Underserved Geriatric Interprofessional Program at U of L. The money comes from the Department of Health and Human Services.

A geriatric education center will be created at U of L and training for care of older adults will be provided in six counties.

"This grant will serve older adults 65-plus living in the rural counties of Hart, Metcalfe, Barren, Bullitt, Henry and Shelby counties, with an additional special emphasis on older Spanish speakers," said Dr. Anna Faul of the Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging. "All these counties represent rural counties in Kentucky, and it also represents areas where the Spanish population is projected to grow at faster rates in Kentucky and the U.S."

More than 202,000 people live in the six counties, and 13 percent are 65 and older.

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