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Commission on Aging

Commission on Aging representing 130,000 adults age 60 and over in Johnson County.

The Commission on Aging (COA) is a voluntary group of individuals appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to provide information, guidance, advice and support to the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and to serve as a liaison to the BOCC concerning the needs of older county residents and services to meet those needs.   Current COA members.

Check out the COA on Facebook too at  https://www.facebook.com/jocoaging/

The Johnson County Commission on Aging (COA) is seeking candidates for the annual Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award, which honors individuals, groups, or organizations making outstanding contributions to the quality of life for older adults and their families in Johnson County. To request a nomination form, call the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) at 913-715-8860 or access the nomination form here. Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, Aug. 3, to: Katy Hoffman, c/o Area Agency on Aging, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061 or via e-mail to [email protected].

Recommendations from 2019 Aging Forum
As a result of the 2019 Aging Forum held last October, the COA has compiled the following recommendations to be presented to the Board of County Commissioners. These recommendations are a result of more than 11 focus groups and over 100 forum participants providing input and feedback regarding a wide variety of aging issues. 

Commission on Aging 2019-2020

Commission on Aging Meetings  are open to the public and held at 9:00 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month (except June and December) in Olathe. 

Until further notice COA Meetings will not be held in person in 2020, and  will be online ZOOM meetings due to the pandemic.  Also there will be no Legislative Breakfast this year...2020.  

See the 2020 meeting schedule for 2020 dates and locations. 

Please call 913-715-8860 or email [email protected] for meeting information.  

January 2020 Minutes |   February 2020 Minutes |  No March Minutes |   April 2020 Minutes

May 2020 Minutes  |  No June Minutes | July 2020 MinutesAugust 2020 Minutes

September 2020 Minutes | October 2020 Minutes | November Minutes

Aging Information and Help Lines

For Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation in the community, contact Kansas Adult Protective Services Hotline: 1-800-922-5330
For Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation in a facility,
contact the Kansas Dept for Aging and Disability Services Adult Care Hotline: 1-800-842-0078

For Long Term Care Services and Support options in Johnson County, contact Johnson County Area Agency on Aging Information & Assistance: 913-715-8861

For Long Term Care Services and Support options outside of Johnson County, in Kansas, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center:1-855-200-2372

For Information on Kansas Medicaid Application status, contact the KanCare Clearinghouse: 1-800-792-4884

Legislative Breakfast Attendees 2019

Patti Rule 2019 Leadership in Aging Awardee
Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award - 2019 
The annual Commission on Aging Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award honors individuals or groups or businesses for making outstanding contributions to the quality of life for older adults and their families in Johnson County.

The 2019 Award was presented to Patti Rule, a retired public health nurse, educator, senior advocate, and former Commission on Aging member. 

1997-2019 Leadership in Aging awardees




REQUESTING  A COA SPEAKER   Commission on Aging (COA) members have many years of cumulative experience working with and advocating for older adults.  If you would like someone from the COA to share more about their advocacy role and aging services in Johnson County,  please call 913-715-8860 or email [email protected].

Advocates at 2019 Older Kansans Day











Commission on Aging (COA) members (l-r) Eugene Lipscomb, Rob Givens, Katy Hoffman, Pam Shernuk, Paula Hurt, John P. Smith, and Karen Weber attended the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Older Kansans Day at the Capitol on March 27th.
COA Members attended “Older Kansans Day” at the Capitol on March 27th. 
Older Kansans Day is an annual event which includes the AAAs around the State and their advisory board members, to meet with their respective Kansas Legislators.  

Legislative Priorities    COA 2021 Legislative Platform  

Johnson County Advocacy Issues   UCS Presentation on Housing Affordability 

(Including vision and priorities of the Johnson County Health Equity Network.)

Also see Information and Government resources listed online at https://www.jocogov.org/dept/human-services/publications-and-directories/aging-and-accessibility-directory

Kansas Government Information
Operated during session by the State Library.
 1-800-432-3919 or  1-785-296-2149

Kansas Legislature
Information about legislation, processes, and contacts is available online. Lookup addresses of state senators and representatives, report bill status, and relay messages during sessions.
Citizens may reach out to their legislators by e-mail or phone. Johnson County One Assist 
913-715-5000 will transfer you to the appropriate contact.

Legislative Hotline
1-800-432-3924 or 1-785-296-2149 (out-of-state)
Operated during session by the State Library.

Kansas Legislative Research Department

Kansas Office of the Revisor of Statutes

Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit

Kansas Silver Haired Legislators 
Johnson County SHL 

Johnson County SHL Delegation Jeanie Adkins-Peine,Mary Penrose, Chuck Nigro, Katy Hoffman, Gary Scott, and Jerry Ireland







The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) is a U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS)  and Administration for Community Living (ACL) website. NCLER provides practice tips and insight on health, long term services and supports, economic security, consumer protection, housing, advanced care planning, elder abuse, supported decision-making, and guardianship.    RESOURCES https://ncler.acl.gov/Resources.aspx   |  TRAINING https://ncler.acl.gov/Legal-Training.aspx