The Census estimates the number of Americans age 60 and older will increase by over 8.9 million between 2016 and 2020, to reach a total of 77.6 million.
The Area Agencies on Aging in Kansas are part of a national network of 629 AAAs and 246 Title VI organizations designated as the leaders on aging issues at the local level. Area Agencies on Aging were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of seniors and caregivers in every local community. In Kansas, Area Agencies on Aging are the “boots-on-the-ground” organizations charged with helping vulnerable older adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities. The AAAs are locally managed with federal, state and local funding resources. Service delivery decisions are made at the community level: often in the private homes of the individuals who need those services. The AAA’s primary responsibilities include the following:
AAAs provide services that fall into five broad categories:
in the community to develop and fund programs that respond to those needs
educating and/or providing direct assistance to consumers about available community resources for long-term services and supports
assessing multiple service needs, determining eligibility, authorizing or purchasing services and monitoring the appropriateness and cost effectiveness of services
demonstrate responsible fiscal stewardship by maximizing use of public and private funding to serve as many consumers as possible.
create local information and referral/assistance (I&R/A) hotlines to help consumers find aging and other HCBS programs
The Kansas Area Agencies on Aging deliver a core set of services: funding for nutrition programs (congregate and home-delivered), in-home and community access services, programs to support physical health and fitness, and services that assist individuals who are caregivers for older adults. As community needs were identified, AAAs responded by adding services:
1989 Senior Care Act program
1994 CARE (Client Assessment Referral and Evaluation) service
1997 Designated the single point of entry; and began Targeted Case Management for frail elderly waiver participants until 2013
2012 Aging and Disability Resource Centers
2020 Administrative Case Management
AAAs cover all 105 counties in Kansas.
Nutritional services, such as home-delivered and congregate meals to individuals age 60 and older
Supports and services (exercise programs, self-management, in-home services) in the homes and local communities to empower people to live independently
Support to unpaid caregivers can include information, respite, assistance to access services, and training
Home and Community Based Services delivered in the home of an individual age 60 and above with resources higher than Medicaid allows. Sliding fee scale applies.
Nursing facility assessment to provide customers individualized information on long-term care options, and determine appropriate placements in long-term care facilities
A program to provide unbiased, objective information on local available resources. Anyone can call 1-855-200-2372!
Intake, Medicaid Application Assistance, and Liaison assistance to access the Physical Disability waiver, Frail Elderly waiver, Brain Injury waiver, and PACE program
Ruth Jones, Director
849-C North 47th St.
Kansas City, Kansas
Annette Graham, Director
271 W 3rd St., Ste 500
Michelle Morgan, Director
510 W 29th St., Ste B
Susan Harris, Director
2910 SW Topeka Blvd.
Cindy Lane, Director
1 W Ash St.
Rick Schaffer, Director
236 San Jose Dr.
Dodge City, Kansas
Elizabeth Maxwell, Director
117 S Main St.
Julie Govert Walter, Director
407 Houston St.
Karen Wilson, Director
526 Oregon St.
Jodi Abington, Director
304 S Summit St.
Arkansas City, Kansas
Dan Goodman, Director
11811 S Sunset St., Ste 1300