Connelly appointed to Kansas Eldercount Project

HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Dr. Liane Connelly, associate professor of nursing, has been appointed to the Kansas Eldercount Project.

Connelly is the coordinator of gerontology at FHSU, which offers several career choices in gerontology, including a minor in interdisciplinary studies in gerontology, a bachelor of general studies degree with an emphasis in gerontology and a master of liberal studies with an emphasis in gerontology.

Connelly was appointed to the 35-member Data Advisory Committee, which will design and produce a book on key measures of adult well being. The committee is funded by the Kansas Health Foundation and the Milbank Memorial Fund and is chaired by Sandra Praeger, Kansas State senator. The committee is collaborating to identify, evaluate and prioritize data to be included in the book which will be published in the late fall of 2001.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to look at aging in Kansas," said Connelly.

The areas that the committee will evaluate and use for the book include health status, health care access and usage, housing and living arrangements, economics, community based long term care, nursing home residences and vital statistics.

According to legislative reports, Kansas is the fifth fastest aging state in the nation. The Kansas Legislature created this committee to meet the challenges this poses.

"The committee is hoping to look at the positive assets older citizens bring to the state, not the burdens," said Connelly.

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