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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

Johnson County Health Department Provides Coronavirus Vaccination Information
January 19, 2021

Information regarding the Coronavirus Vaccinations is available at https://www.jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine

Those who qualify for Phase 2 which include age 65 and over may visit https://redcap.jocogov.org/surveys/?s=8KWLNLWWHL to fill out the interest form. This survey is assessing interest in receiving the COVID vaccine only. The survey site is currently experiencing heavy volume.  If you are having trouble accessing the survey, please try again at a later time.

Meet Your Johnson County Silver-Haired Legislature Delegation
January 26, 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.


Human Services: COVID-19 Update
January 28, 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


Johnson County Home-Delivered Meals Needs Your Help
March 4, 2021

Are you interested in being a volunteer delivering meals to homebound seniors?

- Volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors once a week, once a month, or when available.
- Meals are delivered 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Monday - Friday
- Meals can be delivered by:
• Individuals
• Civic & other groups
• Faith community teams
• Employee teams
- Routes are available in your neighborhood
- Children are welcome to accompany parent or grandparent on the route.

   If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, e-mail [email protected] or see our web page about Volunteer Opportunities


Johnson County Catch-a-Ride Needs Your Help!
March 4, 2021

Are you interested in driving county residents to critical appointments?  We hope so, because Catch-a-Ride needs you! And Catch-a-Ride has a special need for drivers in rural areas such as Gardner, Spring Hill, and De Soto.

Catch-a-Ride is a completely volunteer-based program in which elders, people with a disability, and people in a major life transition are given rides to medical appointments, grocery stores/food pantries, and social service agencies. Clients are people who cannot drive themselves and do not have a network of people who can drive for them.

Volunteers can drive “anytime, anywhere” or only at certain intervals or in certain areas of the county. We are very respectful of driver needs and schedules.

If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, or e-mail [email protected].