k4ad: State hub of 11 AAAs
The Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities represents a network of 11 Area Agencies on Aging and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Kansas.
Johnson County Area Agency on Aging, a division of the Aging and Human Service Department, is part of the statewide k4ad.
JCAAA is one of more than 620 AAAs across the United States and represented by the national USAging association. The local, state and national network ensures that aging adults and people with disabilities maintain their independence and dignity through cost-effective services.
The association supports connecting with other organizations throughout Kansas to deliver accessible and quality-driven services, advocating for legislation and resources to meet the needs of aging adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers and providing the information Kansans need to find help.
AAAs in Kansas (operating as Aging and Disability Resource Centers since 2012) provide comprehensive and coordinated community-based services based on the needs in the counties within their planning and service areas. AAAs provide nutrition services at neighborhood centers and home-delivered meals, caregiver support programs, health promotion and disease prevention programs and in-home services.
While long-term services and supports funded by Medicare are short-term and limited, AAAs help coordinate ongoing long-term care by supporting informal caregivers, Older American Act funded services on a donation basis, Kansas Senior Act in-home services on a sliding scale fee and by playing a role in assessments for Medicaid nursing facility care or home and community-based services.
Three Kansas AAAs, including the Johnson County AAA, provide services to the largest populations of aging adults in Kansas and receive county funding for critical in-home services