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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

Ageism Series at Johnson County Library
September 21, 2021

Johnson County Library (JCL) will be hosting a series of events this fall featuring two knowledgeable and dynamic speakers on the topic of ageism, and how that relates to the unique set of challenges facing those 50 and over in today’s competitive job market and their future in retirement.  

On Tues. Sept. 28, at 6:30 pm, Rethinking Aging will be presented by Janine Vanderburg, Initiative Director at Changing the Narrative, who will share her thoughts about aging and ageism. This one hour virtual program will be followed on Sat., Oct. 2 at 10:30 am by an Advocacy Letter Writing workshop where she will explain how to write powerful and compelling letters to elected officials and community influencers to help drive change. 

On Thurs., Sept. 30 at 6:30 pm, 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal will be presented by Elizabeth White, Ted Talk speaker and author of the above-titled book. She will share her experiences as an older adult facing uncertain work and financial insecurity. This one hour virtual program will be followed on Sat., Oct. 2 at 9:00am by Build Your Resilience Circle workshop where she will lead participants through ways to form a support group or resilience circle of like- minded folks experiencing similar issues related to aging, employment and retirement on a limited income. Before attending, Johnson County Library recommends participating in her live presentation on Sept. 30th or watching the program after on Library OnDemand or reading her book. JCL will be giving away copies of her book to the first 50 registrants for the program. 

Ageism Series Flyer

 

Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program available
September 27, 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 Health Department Provides Coronavirus Vaccination Information
September 27, 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] .

 

Human Services: COVID-19 Update
September 27, 2021

Human Services is taking a number of precautionary measures to protect our clients, volunteers, and staff as we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working with Johnson County government to make the best decisions concerning our programs and services.

All updates will be posted to the webpage:  County services impacted by COVID-19

 

Nominations sought for 2021 Leadership in Aging Award
September 3, 2021

  The Johnson County Commission on Aging (COA) is seeking candidates for its 2021 Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award.  This award volunteers in the community - individuals or organizations - who have made outstanding contributions to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families in Johnson County.  Appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, the COA is an advisory body to the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and advocates for senior adults in the county. The COA will present the Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award in the fall.

To request a nomination form, call the Area Agency on Aging, 913-715-8860 or follow this link to open and print a nomination form.

 Nominations must be submitted by September 30, 2021  to: Kim Mann, Commission on Aging, c/o Area Agency on Aging, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061-7056 or via email to [email protected].

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