UofL’s Optimal Aging Institute to be renamed after receiving major gift

UofL’s Optimal Aging Institute to be renamed after receiving major gift
A rendering of what the center will look like. (Jeff Knight)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville’s Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging will continue to expand, with a new name, thanks to a generous gift from the Republic Bank Foundation and the Trager family.

The institute will be renamed the Trager Family Institute for Optimal Aging. The Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic is also being created, thanks to the gift. It will apply the research conducted and offer hands-on services to its clients.

“The Trager Family Institute for Optimal Aging will bolster our current efforts and launch new initiatives in research, treatment and programming that will improve the quality of life for our older citizens,” Bendapudi said. “Louisville is a hub for aging-care businesses, insurance companies and health care organizations. Our goal is to create partnerships that will leverage this expertise to improve the lives of people in the commonwealth and throughout the world.”

The Trager Family Foundation and Republic Bank Foundation will contribute equally to the Trager Family Institute for Optimal Aging. Bendapudi called the contributions “generous and significant.”

“As both a family and organization, our roots with the University of Louisville run deep. So, at the beginning of this new chapter for the university, with much optimism for the city, the university, and President Bendapudi, we felt that it was important to show our support,” said Steve Trager, chairman and CEO of Republic Bank. “Considering the importance of the elder-care industry to Louisville’s economic development, we are proud to partner with the University of Louisville to introduce the Trager Family Institute for Optimal Aging.

“It is our hope that this gift will help develop a world-class conduit that elder-care companies can partner with in research, innovation and career development,” Trager added. “Additionally, local citizens will become beneficiaries of the Institute’s efforts through the newly established Republic Bank Foundation Clinic. On behalf of the entire Trager family and the Republic Bank Foundation, we are excited to be able to support one of President Bendapudi’s and the University of Louisville’s core focuses, aging and elder-care.”

The institute connects providers in the aging services community to resources for older adults, caregivers, businesses, service providers and researchers.

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