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Employment training program offers opportunities for older adults

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By The Staff

As the proportion of older Kentuckians continues to grow, some seniors may find that additional income is necessary to meet financial obligations and rising living expenses.

Because of the work experience and skills needed in today's workforce, they may also discover it can be difficult for them to find good paying jobs.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program offers employment and job training opportunities to low-income Kentuckians 55 and older. SCSEP participants receive training in a variety of job fields through placements in community service settings.

The Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative identified a need to "increase employment options for elders" as one of the top three important issues in preparing Kentucky for the aging of the baby boom population. As part of KERI, the University of Kentucky and DAIL conducted a series of surveys and forums in all area development districts.

The need to develop business and second career opportunities for elders also ranked high in KERI's findings. SCSEP currently serves more than 1,700 Kentucky seniors each year.

For information about SCSEP, contact Mary Ann Damron at the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living at (502) 564-6930.