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Aging and Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Johnson County’s Aging and Human Services department manages programs and activities that support the independence, dignity and self-sufficiency of Johnson County residents. These services and opportunities primarily target older adults, people with disabilities, low-income families, and other residents who require assistance.

Department News

Aging Case Management Team Achieves 99.3% Satisfaction Rate
July 16, 2021

Assessor sharing options with senior adult.Congratulations to the Area Agency on Aging case management team for achieving a 99.3% satisfaction rate for the assessment and options counseling service. 992 of 999 recipients surveyed January through June 2021 reported satisfaction for a service function tied to long-term care services.

KU Alzheimer's Center Offers Resources and Seeks Diverse Group of Seniors for Study
June 17, 2021

Can exercise improve brain health in older adults?  The KU Alzheimer's Disease Center is compensating a diverse group of older adults to participate in a research study to see if exercise can improve brain health in older adults.  Selected individuals can help answer this question by joining the IGNITE research study conducted by the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC). Individuals who are not currently physically active, have no memory concerns and do not use assistive devices should consider joining the trial. If you are 65 to 80 years of age and are interested in participating in the IGNITE study, go to www.kualzheimer.org and click the “Currently Enrolling Studies” button and select Exercise & Lifestyle Intervention Trials; send an email to [email protected], or call 913.588.0555.

Looking for resources about Alzheimer’s? The KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center has answers, support, and information through MyAlliance. Caregivers, individuals with Alzheimer’s, or people interested in brain health can sign up for free to receive resources. Every Monday, you’ll receive a MyAlliance Monday e-mail that offers an invitation to join the weekly webinar presentation, instant inspiration, tips on eating and exercise, and opportunities to learn about relevant research associated with Alzheimer’s or brain health. Type kualzheimer.org in your browser and click the link “Join MyAlliance for Brain Health” or call 913.588.0555. 

Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program available
May 3, 2021

The Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program opened on March 15th, 2021.  The program is available for residents of Johnson County who have fallen behind on their rent due to a Covid related hardship.  Eligibility includes the following: 80% of area medium income, past due rent or utilities occurring after April 1st, 2020, and have a Covid related hardship. The KERA program can help with rental arrears, as well as the potential to assist with future rent payments. The application can be found at https://kshousingcorp.org/emergency-rental-assistance/.     See the Rent Assistance Flier.

Johnson County Receives Communities for All Ages Award
April 30, 2021

County Commissioners and Aging and Human Services staff receiving award for Johnson County.On Friday, April 16, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) honored Johnson County for becoming more age friendly. Johnson County is the first county in the Kansas City region to receive Communities for All Ages (CFAA) recognition.

Presented Friday at the virtual First Suburbs Coalition meeting, the award bestows a Bronze Level award to Johnson County. Requirements include a resolution by the Board of County Commissioners to become a Community for All Ages and a public forum on aging. The quest to receive the Bronze Level certification was spearheaded by the Department of Aging and Human Services.

Since the CFAA program started, 17 cities have received recognition at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Previous awards have gone to Gladstone, Grandview, Independence, Kearney, Lee’s Summit, Mission, North Kansas City, Raymore and Roeland Park (gold); Excelsior Springs and Liberty (silver); and Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Olathe, Parkville, Peculiar and Raytown (bronze).

The Communities for All Ages recognition program was developed in 2008 by the First Suburbs Coalition and KC Communities for All Ages — two groups convened by MARC to develop programs and tools to support first-tier suburbs, help communities respond to a rapid increase in the older adult population, and make communities more welcoming for all age groups. The program is available to all jurisdictions in the nine-county MARC region.   Read More about the Communities for All Ages Recognition Program


Johnson County Health Department Provides Coronavirus Vaccination Information
April 30, 2021

Information regarding the Coronavirus Vaccinations is available at https://www.jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine or call the health department at 913-715-2819 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday if you need help making an appointment.

Questions can be e-mailed to [email protected] .