This is a complete list of where to find Kansas senior services, aging information, area agencies on aging, and related links.
Kansas has an overall population of 2.9 million, with senior citizens making up 16.3% of that number. Kansas is younger on the whole than the United States, with a median age of just 36.7 compared to the national median age of 38.1.
As in much else of the United States, Kansas is seeing an outmigration from its rural areas as the urban centers continue to grow. While small towns in the state are being abandoned, metropolitan Kansas City has some of the fastest population growth in the country.
7.2% of Kansas’s senior citizen population lives in poverty and 15.5% of those over the age of 60 experience food insecurity. The median income for people 65 and older in Kansas is just over $42,000, which is about in line with the national median income of $43,000 for the same demographic.
3.4% of senior Kansans avoided seeking medical care because they were worried about its cost. However, 93% of the state’s senior population does have a dedicated healthcare provider and there are 19.6 geriatric providers for every 100,000 senior citizens.
Senior citizens in Kansas have ample opportunity to influence policy in the state, especially through the Silver Haired Legislature, which is a group of people over 60 elected by their peers to work with state legislators on issues of importance to Kansas’s senior population.
Kansas has 11 Area Agencies on Aging as well as the state’s Commission on Aging. There are many resources for elder services in Kansas – if you know where to look. Below, we’ve listed links to organizations and programs like the Area Agencies on Aging that can provide senior citizens, and even caregivers, with support and assistance.
Area Agencies on Aging
- Area 1 – Wyandotte / Leavenworth – serving Wyandotte County
- Area 2 – Central Plains – serving Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick Counties
- Area 3 – Northwest Kansas – serving Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Norton, Phillips, Smith, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Graham, Rooks, Osborne, Wallace, Logan, Gove, Trego, Ellis and Russell Counties
- Area 4 – Jayhawk – serving Douglas, Jefferson and Shawnee Counties
- Area 5 – Southeast Kansas – serving Allen, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson Counties
- Area 6 – Southwest Kansas – serving Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Scott, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens and Wichita Counties
- Area 7 – East Central Kansas – serving Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami and Osage Counties
- Area 8 – North Central – Flint Hills – serving Chase, Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Geary, Jewell, Lincoln, Lyon, Marion, Mitchell, MOrris, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Saline and Wabaunsee Counties
- Area 9 – Northeast Kansas – serving Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Marshall, Nemaha and Washington Counties
- Area 10 – South Central Kansas – serving Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Kingman, McPherson, Reno, Rice and Sumner Counties
- Area 11 – Johnson County
State Agencies and Non-Profits
- AARP of Kansas
- Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter
- Kansas Health Care Association – representing nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, mental health facilities, and hospital based long-term care units
- Landon Center on Aging – University of Kansas
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – established in each state by the Older Americans Act to enhance the quality of life, improve care, protect rights, and promote the dignity of residents in a long-term care facility.
- Kansas Legal Services – serving low-income residents