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Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

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

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Aging & Disability Resource Center

Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are visible and trusted places where people can turn for information, assistance, and a single point of entry to public long-term support programs and benefits. The statewide comprehensive call center can be reached at 1-855-200-2372 to initiate assistance anywhere in the state of Kansas. The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging hosts your local ADRC. Feel free to contact the statewide call center for more information. Kansas ADRC centers.

Contact Information:

Information & Assistance Specialists
Johnson County Aging & Disability Resource Center
11811 S. Sunset, Suite 1300 Olathe, KS 66061
Email - Information & Assistance for ADRC

What happens when I contact the ADRC?

Initial calls to the ADRC can inform Information Specialists of a person's needs and start a process where resources and options to meet those needs are addressed. The Information Specialist can provide information and referral to community resources, an overview of eligibility criteria for public programs, and perspective on the process that is involved to get assistance.

The Information Specialist gathers information about a person's current needs and may provide information and referral, or refer a person on for more in-depth Options Counseling, and/or an Assessment for services.

How does the ADRC concept work in Kansas?

The state of Kansas has entered into an agreement with the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging, a representing entity for the Area Agencies on Aging serving all 105 Kansas counties, to provide ADRC services throughout the state. SWKAAA has subcontracted with the other 10 AAAs to provide a statewide ADRC.

Information, referral, and assistance, as well as Options Counseling will be available to assist and direct the general population to benefits and services.  Functional assessments will be provided for Medicaid waiver programs for the Frail Elderly(FE), Physically Disabled(PD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Nursing Facility Level I CARE customers.

See www.kancare.ks.gov for more information regarding the state's KanCare program. Consumers may be interested in Frequently Asked Questions on the KanCare site at www.kancare.ks.gov/consumer_faqs.htm.

 

Area Agency on Aging

The mission of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is to advocate for and assist older adults in maintaining their independence and dignity through community-based services. The AAA targets services to older adults with the greatest social and economic need and provides a variety of support services for caregivers.    AAA Brochure

Information & Referral - The Aging Information Line at 913-715-8861 is your starting point for locating resources such as in-home services, congregate and home-delivered meals, transportation, legal assistance, insurance, housing, and more.

Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) - The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is a visible and trusted place where people can turn for information, assistance, and a single point of entry to public long-term support programs and benefits.   Also see the Aging & Accessibility Directory online for services and resources for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Johnson County.

In-home Services - In-home services provide support for older adults who need services to maintain independent living.

Nutrition Services - Nutrition Services provide hot noon meals at Neighborhood Centers and also provide volunteer-delivered hot lunches to homebound older adults.

Caregiver Support - The Area Agency on Aging sponsors services to support non-paid caregivers of frail older adults who need services to maintain independent living. Caregiver Information on Top Topics

CARE Nursing Home Pre-admission Screening - CARE stands for Client Assessment, Referral and Evaluation. Everyone seeking a permanent move to a Kansas nursing facility must be assessed by the CARE program.

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. COA meetings are open to the public and usually held at 9:00 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month in our Olathe office. Please call 913-715-8860 or email HSA-AAAWeb@jocogov.org for meeting information. The Commission honors individuals or groups with an annual Leadership in Aging award.

Legal Services - Seniors receive legal consultation and representation, education, and assistance with civil cases and access to public benefits, including issues such as housing, social security, Medicare/Medicaid, powers-of-attorney, living wills, and consumer advocacy. Services are provided by Kansas Legal Services (KLS) on a donation basis. Appointments can be scheduled at several locations throughout Johnson County.

Private Care Management - Focuses on assisting individuals age 60 and over to live independently in the community.

Senior Flexercise is a stretching, strengthening, and flexibility program offered at some senior neighborhood centers. Call 642-6410 for more information.

SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansans) is a program offering older Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained community volunteers about Medicare and other health insurance programs. The program also provides assistance with accessing prescription drugs at reduced costs.  This program is currently contracted with and available through the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging.  Call the ECKAAA re SHICK at 1-800-633-5621.   

Volunteer Opportunities - The Area Agency on Aging offers many opportunities for volunteers to assist us in our mission of supporting health and independence for older adults in the county.

CARE Nursing Home Pre-Admission Screening

Pre-Admission Screening

CARE stands for Client Assessment, Referral and Evaluation. Everyone seeking a permanent move to a Kansas nursing facility must be assessed by the CARE program.

Contact Information:

Stacie Tripodi
CARE Coordinator
(913) 715-8857 (Voice)
(888) 214-4404 - toll free
(913) 715-8826 (Fax)
stacie.tripodi@jocogov.org

What is a CARE Assessment?

The assessment is a personal interview with the individual and family members or caregivers conducted by hospital personnel or staff from the Area Agency on Aging. The interview questions seek information about the need for assistance with activities such as bathing, meal preparation, housekeeping and laundry.

What happens after the assessment?

The results of the assessment are used to plan for long-term care services. The individual is provided with a certificate that shows the assessment was completed. The individual is also provided with information about community-based alternatives to living in a nursing facility.

Caregiver Support

The Area Agency on Aging sponsors services to support non-paid caregivers of frail older adults who need services to maintain independent living.   The Area Agency on Aging offers a free monthly newsletter "The Caregiver Assistance News" with topics of interest to caregivers. The September 2016 and August 2016 newsletters are now available online. (Read more about this below.)

"There are only four kinds of people in this world. Those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady.

Contact Information:

Aging Information Specialists
(913) 715-8861
(888) 214-4404 - toll free
Contact Aging Information

Frequent Questions:

How do I know if I am a caregiver?

Most people assume a caregiving role over time. They may start by driving a family member to a doctor’s appointment and later take on more supportive duties such as laundry, bill paying or grocery shopping. If a friend or family member depends upon you for help, you are a caregiver.

Why do you help caregivers?

We provide services for caregivers to support them in their caregiving role. Caregivers take on added responsibilities when they assist an older family member or friend. Commonly, they juggle the needs of the family member or friend with other existing obligations such as work, marriage and children. Caregivers often neglect their own needs to be of help to an older adult.

What services are available for caregivers?

  • Assessment –an in-home meeting with a potential client to review the caregiving situation, determine needs for services to support the caregiving role and develop a plan of services.
  • Counseling – identification of caregiving concerns and identification of approaches to resolving those concerns.
  • In-Home services - such as attendant care, homemaking and chore service for the older adult who is the focus of caregiving.
  • Supplemental Support Services – services or supplies needed to ease the burden of the caregiver.
  • Meals-on-Wheels
  • Respite Care – temporary relief of caregiving responsibilities for primary caregivers.

How do I qualify for caregiver support services?

Any non-paid caregiver of an adult age 60 and over who resides in Johnson County can ask for caregiver support services.

How much do caregiver in-home services cost?

Some Family Caregiver Support Initiative services are provided free-of-charge. Other direct services are available on a sliding scale or donation basis, depending on the type of service.

Who provides the service?

The AAA contracts with community-based service agencies to provide services such as homemaking, attendant care, chore or medication management and respite care services. The AAA provides the assessment, geriatric care management and meals available through the Johnson County Meals on Wheels program.

What information is available about caregiving?

The Area Agency on Aging offers a free monthly newsletter "The Caregiver Assistance News" with topics of interest to caregivers. The September 2016 and August 2016 newsletters are now available online. Johnson County caregivers may start receiving the newsletter at home by calling 913-715-8860; or current subscribers may call to "opt-in" and read the newsletter online instead. The publication is funded through Older Americans Act III-E Family Caregiver Support Funds.

TAKE CARE! is the monthly electronic newsletter of the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a nation-wide not-for-profit organization based in Maryland. They feature caregiver tip sheets and videos, and a wide variety of practical information for caregivers. For information contact 301-942-6430, info@caregiveraction.org, or see www.caregiveraction.org.   

The National Institute of Health offers short free online videos about Medicare and senior health issues.

Caregiver Resources in the Metro Area (programs offered by other agencies)     Caregiver Information in our Aging & Accessibility Directory online   |:  Educational Events for Caregivers  |      Skillbuilders Classes  provide Education & Support for Widowed Persons & Caregivers  |     A metro-wide KC Caregiver Supportline sponsored by Shepherd’s Center of KC Central in coordination with the UMKC School of Social Work and the University of Kansas Landon Center on Aging, is available to connect caregivers of older adults with programs and services that meet their needs in Johnson, Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Wyandotte counties. Call 816-444-1122 or visit www.sccentral.org for the latest information.

CHAMPSS: Seniors Meal Plan

CHAMPSS - meal programCHAMPSS - Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors

The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Nutrition Program is pleased to offer a dining opportunity called CHAMPSS, a program for adults 60 or older and their spouses.

ORDER CHAMPSS MEALS online!         

We welcome your interest in the CHAMPSS program and request prior authorization to advertise the CHAMPSS Program in any publication. Please contact us for more information.

Johnson County Nutrition Program/AAA
11811 S. Sunset, Suite 1300 Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 715-8894, (888) 214-4404 - toll free
HSA-CHAMPSS@jocogov.org

What is the CHAMPSS program?

CHAMPSS, which stands for Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors, is offered through the Older Americans Act, a federally funded program, and the Nutrition Program/AAA, in partnership with the following Hy-Vee stores:

13400 W. 87th St.            Lenexa
18101 W. 119th St.          Olathe
8501 W. 95th St.              Overland Park
7620 State Line Road      Prairie Village
6655 Martway St.             Mission
13550 W. 63rd Street        Shawnee

Through the program, seniors may receive a nutritious meal 7 days a week any time between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the dining area of the grocery store. The Hy-Vee dietitian-approved menu allows seniors to select an entrée, fruit, and vegetable of their choice, along with bread and low-fat milk.     CHAMPSS Newsletter with Reorder Form     Answers to CHAMPSS Survey Questions

CHAMPSS Menu Selections

Seniors may also view/print a copy of our monthly lunch menu for the neighborhood senior centers and meals on wheels, as well as the breakfast menu for these programs and the monthly "Nutrition Education": 

September 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    September 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

October 2016 Nutrition Menu          |    October 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

Menu Descriptions for August-November 

How do I enroll in the CHAMPSS Program?

To learn more AND register for this new program for seniors, plan to attend an enrollment session soon. Please call the Johnson County CHAMPSS Line at 913-715-8894 for locations and times.

  • Enrollment Flyer

How much does a CHAMPSS meal cost?

The suggested donation is $3.50 per meal. The actual cost of each meal is more than $5, so you are invited to be as generous as you can with your donation. Donations are sent in with your meal order, so there is no need to provide anything other than your swipe card at Hy-Vee. Meals are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the Kansas Department on Aging.

How do I order more meals?

Print and complete the CHAMPSS Reorder Form, enclose your donation, and send your reorder to the address on the form. You may also reorder with your credit card by calling 715-8894 or 715-8888.

Or ORDER CHAMPSS MEALS online!
 

Home Plate Meal Program

The program is temporarily suspended.  

Feel free to request Meals on Wheels or discuss other service options
by contacting Information & Assistance 913-715-8861.

The Home Plate nutrition program is a program of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging supported by the Older Americans Act. The program provides short-term meal service to seniors and retired veterans to assist in their recuperation, decreasing the incidence of hospital readmission.

Contact Information:

Nutrition Program Staff
(913) 715-8810
(888) 214-4404 - toll free

Frequent Questions:

Who qualifies for the Home Plate meal program?

Patients age 60+, homebound, and discharging to a home in Johnson County from a participating hospital/rehabilitation facility can be referred for the Home Plate Meal Program by social service staff.

Seniors who have already been receiving the traditional Meals on Wheels program just prior to their hospital admission may restart their Meals on Wheels by calling 913-715-8896.

How do I get started on the Home Plate Meal Program?

If you meet the eligibility requirements and are discharging from a participating hospital/rehabilitation facility, a hospital discharge planner or social work staff member, (or you, or your family/advocate) may make a referral to the program by calling the Information & Assistance line at 913-715-8861.   A microwavable 7-day frozen meal pack is available for anyone age 60+ discharging from our participating hospitals.

How much will the meal cost?

Donations are accepted.

When will the Home Plate meals be delivered?

Following a referral to the Home Plate nutrition program, a staff member with the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging will contact the patient to make arrangements to deliver the 7-day frozen meal pack to the patient at home within 72 hours of hospital discharge.

What support will the Nutrition Program staff provide for the Home Plate Nutrition Program?

A nutrition assessment will be made within 3 days of discharge, and follow-up calls will be placed to determine the need for additional services such as the Outreach Nurse Home Visiting Program from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, ongoing nutrition services, or supportive in-home services provided by the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging.

What kind of food will be served?

Eligible seniors referred by social work staff from participating hospitals will receive one 7-day meal plan pack. Each meal includes a meat entree, vegetable, fruit, dessert, and whole wheat bread or cornbread, and milk. Meals are designed to meet the nutritional needs of older adults.

 

In-Home Services

In-home services provide support for older adults who need services to maintain independent living.

Contact Information:

Aging Information Specialists
(913) 715-8861
(888) 214-4404 - toll free
Contact Aging Information

Frequent Questions:

What in-home services are available through the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA)?

  • Assessment –an in-home meeting with a potential client to determine needs for services to support independent living and develop a plan to address needs.  Based on the assessment, and at the discretion of the agency, additional assistance or case management may be provided to coordinate multiple services.
  • Attendant Care – supervision or assistance with bathing, hair washing, shaving, dressing, toileting, medication, eating or transferring.
  • Chore – heavy housework
  • Homemaker – light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation and shopping
  • Meals-on-Wheels
  • Medication Management – weekly a registered nurse sets up medications, orders medication, monitors medication use and contacts the physician to resolve any issues related to medications
  • Respite Care – temporary relief of caregiving responsibilities for primary caregivers.

How do I qualify for in-home services?

An assessment is completed to determine if there are service needs that can be met by services provided by the AAA or other community-based service providers. The assessment will include evaluation of problems that limit activities carried out in everyday life. For example, arthritis may make it difficult or impossible to vacuum, do laundry, or get in and out of the bathtub.

How much do in-home services cost?

The cost varies based on the type of service and the availability of a funding source to pay for services in whole or in part. 
Services may be on a sliding scale fee or donation basis.  There is no charge for assessment and coordination of services. 
Home-delivered meals are provided on a suggested donation basis.

Who provides the service?

The AAA contracts with community-based service agencies to provide services such as homemaking, attendant care, chore or medication management and respite care services. The AAA provides the assessment  and  the Meals on Wheels program.

Information and Referral Services

The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging offers a single point of entry for services. Information & assistance specialists are your starting point for locating resources such as in-home services, congregate and home-delivered meals, transportation, legal assistance, insurance, housing, and more.

Contact Information:

Information & Assistance Specialists
(913) 715-8861
(888) 214-4404
Contact Information & Assistance

The Information & Assistance Line is a telephone resource through which people may find out about services and resources in Johnson County. The phones are answered by information & assistance specialists, who will discuss options for each person’s particular needs.

We offer services such as housekeeping, attendant personal care, meals on wheels, caregiver support, legal assistance, options counseling, insurance counseling, transportation, and meals and socialization at neighborhood senior centers.

We also offer a variety of booklets and brochures regarding services for residents of Johnson County. We have information about all kinds of housing from homesharing to subsidized and independent retirement communities, assisted living, board and care homes, to skilled nursing facilities and continuing care.   Also see listings in our Aging & Accessibility Directory online.

We have information about helpful options, such as medicaid, utility assistance, minor home repair, weatherization, money management and credit counseling organizations ,transportation, legal assistance, employment, and more.

We also share information about activities and programs for seniors including recreation and fitness, volunteer opportunities, social events, and support groups.

Feel free to contact us to request information or discuss your needs.

Legal Services

Legal Services - Seniors receive legal consultation and representation, education, and assistance with civil cases and access to public benefits, including issues such as housing, social security, Medicare/Medicaid, powers-of-attorney, living wills, and consumer advocacy. Services are provided by Kansas Legal Services (KLS) on a donation basis.  To be eligible for legal services, a client must live in Johnson County and be 60 years of age or older.

Appointments can be scheduled at several locations throughout Johnson County. 
To schedule an appointment, contact the center you wish to visit.  Be sure to provide the name of the older adult age 60+ for whom the service is requested.   Clients are not billed for services, but contributions are gratefully accepted. 
To apply for Kansas Legal Services, call their central intake line at 1-800-723-6953.

Monthly appointments can be scheduled at:

  • Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park.   913-826-3160 
    9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of every other month.   
    2016: Oct  13,  Dec 8   2017: Feb 9, April 13, June 8, Aug. 10
     
  • Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park.  913-642-6410
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.   
    2016:    Oct. 19,  Nov. 16,   Dec. 21   2017:  Jan. 18, Feb 15, March 15,  April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept 20
     
  • Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S Sunset, Olathe.  913-715-8860  
    9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month.
     2016:   Nov. 10   2017: Jan. 12, March 9, May 11, July 13, Sept 14

    The Elder Law Hotline also makes volunteer attorneys available at (888) 353-5337, a toll free number.   

Also, see Legal Assistance in our Aging and Accessibility Resource Directory for more resources.

Meals on Wheels

meals on wheels logo

The Area Agency on Aging provides home-delivered meals to frail and elderly homebound residents, age 60+ and their spouse. An evaluation of need must be completed by an Area Agency on Aging assessor to qualify for home-delivered meals.  Staff and volunteers deliver meals between 10:45 am and 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.
Donate to Meals on Wheels

Meals are planned to meet the nutritional needs of older adults. Modified diets are available such as low-sodium and diabetic meals. The meals contain no concentrated sugars such as cakes with frosting, sweetened fruit pies.
 

The Monthly Menus and Nutrition Education is sent to all Meals on Wheels clients and are posted here online:

September 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    September 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

October 2016 Nutrition Menu          |    October 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

Menu Descriptions for August-November 

To request Meals on Wheels or find out more about the service, call the Aging Information line at (913) 715-8861, or toll free (888) 214-4404.

To request a stop or a change in meal delivery, call (913) 715-8896.

To volunteer to deliver meals call the Volunteer Coordinator at 715-8859. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated.

Current Meals on Wheels Volunteers: (913) 715-8895

The suggested donation for a person age 60+ and their spouse is $3 per meal. No one is denied a meal if they are unable to donate.  Meals are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Meal delivery is cancelled during bad weather if road or weather conditions are hazardous.

• “Blizzard meals” consist of shelf stable food items and are delivered at the beginning of winter. They are to be used in the event that a hot meal can not be delivered.
• Listen to the following radio stations: KCMO AM-710, KCMO FM-94.9 or KMBZ AM 980, or watch the following TV stations: KMBC-TV 9, KSHB-TV 41 or WDAF-TV 4 regarding the cancellation of Johnson County Meals on Wheels. OR
• The Central Olathe Office may also be called at 715-8896 if there are questions regarding meal delivery.

Neighborhood Centers

The Area Agency on Aging provides nutritious meals at six Neighborhood Centers. In addition, Neighborhood Centers offer a variety of services, activities, and educational programs for older individuals in the community.

Contact Information:

Aging Information Specialists
(913) 715-8861, (888) 214-4404 - toll free
Contact Aging Information

Frequent Questions:

Where are the Neighborhood Centers located? 

  • Merriam Community Center - 5701 Merriam Drive - 667-2048
  • Overland Park Community Center - 8101 Marty St. - 648-2949
  • Gardner Senior Center - 128 E Park - 856-3471
  • Lenexa Senior Center - 13425 Walnut - 888-6141
  • Spring Hill Civic Center - 401 N Madison - 592-3180
  • De Soto Civic Center - 32905 W 84th St. - 585-1762

 *Please note that since the building in which the Olathe Senior Center was located has been sold, staff have set up an Olathe Pickup Location for Meals on Wheels at the Johnson County Health Services Building, 11875 S. Sunset 715-8898 until a new location for a center can be found. Volunteers may pickup meals by ringing the doorbell by the double doors at the North loading dock.

Who can attend the Neighborhood Center?

A hot noon meal is available for anyone age 60+ and their spouse. People under age 60 are also welcome to eat lunch, but must pay full cost of the meal.

How do I make a reservation for a lunch meal?

Call the Neighborhood Center by 11:00 a.m. the day before.

How much will the meal cost?

  • The suggested donation for a person age 60+ and their spouse is $3.00 per meal. No one is denied a meal if they are unable to donate.
  • Meals are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the Kansas Department on Aging.

What activities are provided at the Neighborhood Center?

Each Neighborhood Center offers a variety of social activities and educational programs.

What hours are the Centers open?

Neighborhood Centers are open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m .- 1:00 p.m. A meal is served daily at 11:30 a.m.

What kind of food will be served?        

September 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    September 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

October 2016 Nutrition Menu          |    October 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

Menu Descriptions for August-November 

Meals are planned to meet the nutritional needs of older adults.  Modified diets are available: Regular diet.  No concentrated sweets such as cakes with frosting, sweetened fruit pies.  Nutrition Education for each month is printed on the back of each menu.

Do the Neighborhood Centers close if the weather is bad?

Centers will close if road or weather conditions are hazardous.

  • Listen to one of the following radio stations: KCMO AM-710, KCMO FM-94.9 or KMBZ AM 980, or watch one of the following TV stations: KMBC-TV 9, KSHB-TV 41 or WDAF-TV 4 regarding the closure of Johnson County Neighborhood Centers due to weather. OR
  • Call the Johnson County Center after 9:00 am to check if a Neighborhood Center is open. The Central Olathe Office may also be called at 715-8888.

How can I volunteer at a Center?

Neighborhood Centers have many volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are needed to assist in meal service, social activities and educational programming. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 715-8859.

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services provides hot noon meals at Neighborhood Centers and also provides volunteer-delivered hot lunches to homebound older adults.

September 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    September 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education 

October 2016 Nutrition Menu          |    October 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

Menu Descriptions for August-November     CHAMPSS Menu

Contact Information:

Aging Information Specialists
(913) 715-8861
(888) 214-4404 - toll free
Contact Aging Information

Services:

CHAMPSS senior food program gaining fame, enthusiasm!

The CHAMPSS (Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors) program, which offers seniors a dining alternative to congregate meal sites, has received publicity that is enhancing the interest of other nutrition programs and groceries.

Nancy Tanquary, manager of the Johnson County Human Services Nutrition Program, attended the Meals on Wheels Association of America Annual Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was one of three presenters on a panel titled The Congregate Program: Breathing New Life into an Old Program.

About 75 persons from around the country attended the session, including the nutritionist from the Administration on Aging in Washington, D.C. Tremendous interest in the CHAMPSS program was expressed; Tanquary was peppered with questions and participants stayed after the presentation to prolong the discussion.  Tanquary also presented the CHAMPSS program to Kansas Community Nutrition Services, and The Best Times newspaper featured CHAMPSS, and has had many inquiries from other nutrition programs and grocery markets including a senior meals program in Eugene, Ore.; Clay County, Missouri;  a Hy-Vee in Topeka; the Southwest Kansas Planning Service Area 06; and ElderCare, Inc. in Great Bend, Kan.

CHAMPSS was developed by the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging and is funded through the Older Americans Act in partnership with several Hy-Vee stores in Johnson County. Through the program, adults 60 and older can receive a hot, nutritious meal Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Hy-Vee dietitian-approved menu allows seniors to select an entrée, fruit, and vegetable of their choice along with bread and low-fat milk for a suggested donation of $3.50 per meal. Johnson County residents who are 60 or older are eligible; to learn more, call 913-715-8894.

 

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