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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

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] .


Meet Your Johnson County Silver-Haired Legislature Delegation
April 30, 2021

In 1969, states were encouraged by an act of Congress to create a body of seniors who would identify issues important to older adults age 60+ and educate their respective state legislative bodies about those issues. States started adding advocacy groups, and the Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature (KSHL) was created in 1982 as a unicameral legislature composed of 125 representatives. All are 60+ years old and are elected from their county of residence. Wyandotte, Johnson, Shawnee and Sedgwick have five additional representatives.

The Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature identifies priority concerns of Kansans over 60 years of age; develops resolutions designed to address those identified concerns; and presents those resolutions to the Kansas legislature & governor as recommendations for state policy. SHL representatives advocate for the KSHL  legislation with state legislators, testify at hearings held regarding KSHL legislation, and meet with seniors in their county & district about legislation affecting older adults.

Every two years, six delegates for Johnson County are selected. There is no election if six or fewer candidates file for this position. In January 2021, five incumbents filed, and will serve terms again to represent Johnson County in the SHL. One person will be appointed. The 2021-2023 Johnson County SHL delegation, so far, includes:

Gary R. Scott of Olathe is a lifelong Kansas citizen and an advocate for healthcare, transportation, and reduction of taxes for seniors. He taught 32 years in the Shawnee Mission School District, and 8 years at Johnson County Community College. He has been a volunteer in many capacities with Olathe schools, Special Olympics, ARC, home-delivered meals, local 5k and 10k races, election campaigns, and with youth baseball and softball.

Jerry Ireland of Lenexa is a long-time advocate for the elderly, serving 10 years in the SHL. He is retired from the U.S. Navy and worked as a Hospital Business Office Manager. He has been a caregiver for his parents and is married to an R.N. who specializes in eldercare.  He is an advocate for health care, elder abuse prevention, and in-home care supports for seniors.

Jeanie Adkins-Peine of Overland Park is an advocate for older adults, grandparent rights, reduction in taxes, and affordable transportation. She worked with a touring agency in Mexico, volunteered with 4th graders in the Shawnee Mission School District, helped veterans in rehab centers, rode with the Patriot Guard at military funerals, and has worked with the elderly and mentally challenged adults.

Katherine “Katy” Hoffman  of Lenexa is a retired Administrative Assistant from the Johnson County District Court, served on the Commission on Aging, and is involved with the Daughters of Isabella, advocating unity, friendship, and charity. She is interested in presenting seniors’ concerns, advocating because “Seniors Count!” and wants to encourage seniors to become involved and share their ideas and needs with the SHL. She started a food pantry at a senior housing complex, and regularly listens to and responds to the needs of seniors.

Mary Penrose of Prairie Village has a Master’s degree in Adult Education and worked in adult education and real estate. She is an advocate for the Homeless and Women’s Shelters and has an interest in the well-being of seniors and youngsters. She advocates for people to be active, informed, and connected to community resources.