The 2020 Census reports that 18 Kansas counties have at least 25% of their population to be at least 65 years old. Jewell County has the highest percentage at 30% of the population.
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 older adults and caregivers in every local community. AAAs are the “boots-on-the-ground” organizations charged with helping vulnerable older adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities. 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 services. The AAA’s primary responsibilities include the following:
AAAs provide services that fall into five broad categories:
Developing and funding programs that respond to local needs
Providing direct assistance and/or educating 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
Demonstrating responsible fiscal stewardship by maximizing use of public and private funding to serve as many consumers as possible
Creating local information and referral/assistance (I&R/A) hotlines to help consumers find aging or 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 expanding services:
1989 Senior Care Act program (non-Medicaid, community-based)
1994 CARE (Client Assessment Referral and Evaluation) service
1997 Designated single point of entry; started Targeted Case Management for frail elderly waiver participants until 2013
2012 Aging and Disability Resource Centers
2020 Administrative Case Management
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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 scale fee applies.
Functional assessments to provide customers individualized information on long-term care options and determine appropriate placements in long-term care facilities
A program to provide anyone with unbiased, objective information on local available resources
Intake, Medicaid Application Assistance, and Liaison assistance to access the Physical Disability waiver, Frail Elderly waiver, Brain Injury waiver, and PACE program
Home.Care.Connect to provide service for non-waiver participants who discharge from the hospital back home and need temporary care. Coming in 2022!
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
Leslea Rockers, Director
117 S Main St.
Julie Govert Walter, Director
401 Houston St.
Karen Wilson, Director
526 Oregon St.
Jodi Abington, Director
304 S Summit St.
Arkansas City, Kansas
Timothy Wholf, Director
11811 S Sunset Dr., Ste 1300