Community resources for Older Adults
Middle-aged and older adults are known to be the most socially-isolated demographic. COVID-19 has further increased this isolation and limited access to resources for these individuals. If you, or anyone you know, fall in this category, we have compiled a detailed list of resources that are available to you at this time.
* In mitigating COVID-19, it is imperative for all individuals to continue to practice physical distancing, maintaining limited exposure, and to wear masks and gloves in public settings.
MARC Aging and Adult Resources
Mid-America Regional Council’s (MARC) Department of Aging and Adult Services includes the Area Agency on Aging for Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties. Services include: home-delivered meals, transportation, disease prevention and health education, community care management, medication reconciliation, and group workshops focused on managing chronic conditions.
Link for Care
Link for Care provides a comprehensive service directory and information resource for the Kansas City area and surrounding counties. Individuals can quickly find services that meet their needs and preferences or those of their loved ones. Likewise, service providers can easily connect their clients or patients with needed and desired services.
If your organization is not listed, please contact Linda Redford at email@example.com.
Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
AAA provides health and nutrition guidance, caregiver support, legal services, insurance counseling, etc. For more information and assistance, contact (913) 715-8861 (Toll-free 1-888-214-4404).
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) provides unbiased, reliable information and options counseling to persons eligible for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for Frail Elderly, Physical Disabilities, and Brain Injuries. To connect with the ADRC call 913-715-8820.
Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging & Disability Resource Center
The Area Agency on Aging administers programs and services for seniors to remain safe and independent in their homes. Learn about their services by clicking the link above, or by emailing 60Plus@wycokck.org or calling 913-573-8531.
All programs providing in-home assistance, including the Meals on Wheels Program have had no interruption due to the current pandemic, COVID-19.
Shepherd’s Center Central
Shepherd’s Center Central provides multiple services focusing on health enrichment, education and home services. If you are interested in meal delivery services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and/or homebound individuals in the Kansas City, Missouri area, please contact Rhonda by phone at 816-444-1121 ext: 214 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Delivered Meals
No cost or low cost in home meal delivery services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and/or homebound individuals in the Kansas City, Missouri area, please contact Rhonda by phone at 816-444-1121 ext.: 214 or e-mail email@example.com.
Senior Phone Pal
Allows volunteers to establish connections with older adults through several one-on-one phone calls a week. To submit a senior call the Shepherd’s Center at 816-444-1121 or email the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Companion Program
Offers respite to caregivers and companionship to homebound seniors 15-30 hours per week. Seniors interested in volunteering or receiving in home companionship call Bill Meynier, Project Director at 816-444-1121 ext. 219 or email email@example.com.
Northland Shepherd’s Center
If you are interested in food security resources, such as Meals on Wheels, mobile food pantry, and commodities, for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and/or homebound individuals in the Kansas City, Missouri area. please contact Rhonda by phone at 816-444-1121 ext: 214 or e-mil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commodities and Harvester’s Mobile Food Pantry, food stamp application assistance contact Kelley Creek at email@example.com; 816-844-3964.
Meals on Wheels
Hot meal delivered Monday through Friday contact Michelle Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org; (816)691-5322.
Care Call Program
Volunteers call homebound seniors to keep them company or drive to medical appointments or grocery store, to volunteer contact email@example.com,; 816-844-3950.
Benefits and Resources
To talk to a Community Aging Specialist about healthcare or financial benefits and contact firstname.lastname@example.org; 816-256-8096.
Food Stamp (SNAP) Online Pilot Program
As of April 21, 2019, in Missouri, SNAP card holders are eligible to purchase food delivery online with currently-authorized, online SNAP retailers (currently Amazon and Walmart). Learn more.
Addressing the Digital Divide
- Connecting for Good addresses technology needs of lower income and vulnerable populations in hopes to lessen the digital divide. To order subsidized internet services through Connecting for Good, call 816-559-7077 or email email@example.com.
- To better assess the digital needs of various age groups, please see the Kansas City Coalition For Digital Inclusion survey.
Programs to Promote Health During COVID-19
Staying Connected During COVID-19
- Suggestions from the National Council on Aging
- 12 Ways to Ease Isolation While You’re Practicing Social Distancing
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