Aging/Senior Population, County Services, Informational

County Update: Commission on Aging

Posted by Bonnie Limbird

Back in October I attended the 2019 Aging Services Community Forum with the Johnson County Commission on Aging, four of our county commissioners, a local Kansas state representative, and about a hundred other interested and concerned Johnson County citizens.

We participated in moderated brainstorming exercises regarding four areas of needs for the aging, including:

  • Nutrition
  • Transportation
  • In-Home Support and Services
  • Public awareness and visibility of AAA

Out of that session, in addition to 11 focus groups and the work and research of the Commission, the COA has compiled the following recommendations to be presented to the Board of County Commissioners:

  1. Increasing community awareness regarding services provided by AAA;
  2. Enhanced funding of the Senior Care Act service;
  3. Building a new, bigger kitchen to accommodate increasing demands on our nutrition program and Meals on Wheels services;
  4. Increasing our in-home mental health care counseling services; and,
  5. Creating an on-demand, point-to-point transportation system specifically to accommodate older adults in our community.

See full text of recommendations at the link above.

These will be presented to the BOCC on February 20th. Stay tuned for the Board of County Commissioners’ actions regarding these recommendations. In the meantime, if you want to stay up to date on what the Commission on Aging is up to, follow their Facebook page HERE, and here are the latest editions of The Best Times.

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