The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services will travel the state next month for a listening tour. KDADS' Commission on Aging staff will gather input and suggestions regarding services funded by the Older Americans Act for Kansans who are 60 years of age or older.
Older Americans Act services include: legal assistance, caregiver and in-home services, transportation, nutrition (such as Meals on Wheels) and more. The Older Americans Act also supports health promotion services grants to Kansas' Area Agencies on Aging. These grants fund nutrition counseling, health promotion programs, physical fitness and exercise programs.
"We look forward to hearing from older adults in every corner of the state," KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan said. "We want to know what services they need to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible."
KDADS must develop a four-year-plan that will be submitted to the Federal Administration for Community Living. The plan is required to receive federal funding for the Older Americans Act programs in Kansas.
KDADS staff will stop in five cities between March 5 and March 13. Each meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Staff will stay for lunch following the meetings to allow for more time for discussion. Those who would like to attend lunch should contact their senior center at least one day before the meeting. Please contact the senior center regarding the meal price.
Older adults who are unable attend one of the sessions and would like to submit comments may call 800-432-3535 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments can also be sent by mail to Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Attn: Commissioner on Aging Craig Kaberline, 503 S. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66603.
The deadline to submit feedback is April 15.
The schedule for the tour includes stops at the Dodge City Senior Citizen's Center on March 5, the El Dorado Senior Center on March 6, the Papan's Landing Senior Center in Topeka on March 7, the Salina Public Library Community Learning Center on March 11, and the Westgate Towers in Kansas City, Kan. on March 13.