Wide array of community resources available for seniors in Topeka and the area

Check out this list of agencies, organizations in Topeka and the surrounding area





Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

Fosters an environment that empowers older adults and individuals with disabilities to make choices about their lives, including providing information about Medicare and Senior Health Insurance Counseling of Kansas.

(800) 432-3535; (785) 296-4986


Kansas Advocates for Better Care

Works to improve the quality of long-term care for the elderly at home and in nursing and assisted living facilities.

(785) 842-3088; (800) 525-1782


Kansas Elder Law Hotline/Kansas Legal Services

Attorneys answer questions in civil cases for Kansans age 60 or older.

(888) 353-5337

www.kansaslegalservices.org/node /1250/services-seniors

Kansas Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Investigates and resolves complaints made by residents or on behalf of residents in long-term-care facilities; provides education regarding long-term-care issues; identifies concerns and advocates for needed changes in long-term-care policies, laws and regulations.

(785) 296-3017; (877) 662-8362


Aging and Disability Resource Center

Provides information about where people can go to obtain assistance in planning for their future long-term service and support needs.

(855) 200-2372


Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Provides information on KanCare and Medicaid.

(785) 296-3512; (800) 792-4884 (for KanCare questions)

www.kdheks.gov/hcf/default.htm; www.kancare.ks.gov

Kansas Insurance Commission

Provides information on Medicare and long-term care.

(785) 296-3071; (800) 432-2484


Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Inc.

Advocates for quality care for Medicare beneficiaries only.

(785) 273-2552; (800) 432-0770


Eldercare Locator

A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects individuals to services for older adults and their families.

(800) 677-1116


AARP — Kansas Office

Fights for health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse for those age 50 and older.

(866) 448-3619


The Senior Citizens League

National organization that protects and defends benefits for seniors.

(800) 333-8725


U.S. Social Security

Administration office

Administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability and survivors’ benefits.

(888) 327-1271, Topeka; (866) 698-2561, Lawrence; (877) 840-5741, Manhattan


Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts

Offers a guide on pre-planning funeral arrangements and how to establish a memorial.

(785) 296-3980


HealthWise 55

An organization sponsored by Stormont Vail Health for those 55 years of age and older who want to stay current on health information and health resources.

(785) 354-6787


Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department Project Lively

A care coordination program that promotes the health, independence and well-being of older adults in Douglas County.

(785) 856-5353


Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time-per-year benefit.

(913) 279-7171, Atchison, Douglas, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties; (785) 296-2763, Brown, Coffey, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties; (620) 272-5985, Dickinson, Lyon and Saline counties; (800) 432-0043




Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging

Administers and coordinates services for older adults in Shawnee, Jefferson and Douglas counties.

(785) 235-1367; (800) 798-1366


Wyandotte-Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging

Administers and coordinates services for older adults in Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties.

(913) 573-8531; (888) 661-1444


East Central Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center

Administers and coordinates services for older adults in Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami and Osage counties.

(785) 242-7200


North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging

Administers and coordinates services for older adults in Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Republic, Cloud, Ottawa, Saline, Clay, Dickinson, Marion, Riley, Geary, Morris, Chase, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee and Lyon counties.

(785) 776-9294, Manhattan; (620) 340-8001, Emporia; (785) 823-1277, Salina; (800) 432-2703


Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging

Administers and coordinates services for older adults in Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Marshall, Nemaha and Washington counties.

(785) 742-7152; (800) 883-2549




Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties Inc.

Delivers meals and provides safety checks to the homebound, seniors and disabled individuals in Shawnee and Jefferson counties.

(785) 295-3980


Douglas County Senior Services Inc.

Provides resources, information, opportunities and advocacy for older residents of Douglas County, including meal delivery, door-to-door transportation for medical, nutritional and personal purposes, and caregiver support group.


(785) 842-0543; (877) 295-3277


Meals on Wheels — Lawrence

Delivers meals, including meals designed around specialized diets, to the homebound, seniors and disabled individuals in Lawrence.

(785) 830-8844


Meals on Wheels — Manhattan

Provides meals to homebound older adults in Manhattan.

(785) 776-9294


Ogden Friendship Meals

Provides meals at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Ogden Community Center and delivers meals to the homebound.

(785) 537-0351




Kansas Commission on Veteran Affairs

Meets the health care needs of veterans at two main facilities — in Topeka and Leavenworth — and nine community-based outpatient clinics.

(620) 342-3347, Emporia; (785) 238-4522, Junction City; (785) 843-5233, Lawrence; (913) 682-2000, Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth; (785) 587-0373, Manhattan; (785) 296-3976, Topeka; (785) 350-3111, Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka

www.kcva.org; www.topeka.va.gov



Alzheimer’s Association — Northeast Kansas Regional Office

Advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.

(785) 271-1844; (800) 272-3900


Arthritis Foundation — Topeka

Helps conquer the everyday battles of arthritis through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, and advancements in science and community connections.

(785) 272-8461; (800) 362-1108


Northeast Kansas

Parkinson Association

Provides information about Parkinson disease and works toward improving treatment options.

(785) 478-9045; (785) 272-6397



City of Topeka Senior Adult Programs

Offers classes in exercise, dance and bridge; sponsors Senior Olympics.

(785) 368-3798

www.topeka.org/senior_services.shtml; http://parks.snco.us/index.aspx?nid=90

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Creates accessible and innovative learning environments throughout Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area, with special focus on participants age 50 and over, although anyone can participate.

(785) 864-5823; (877) 404-5832




Caregiver Action Network

National organization that works to improve the quality of life of Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease or the frailties of old age.

(202) 454-3970



Provides free information and resources to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.

(800) 658-8898


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Prime Time, a special section in Sunday, Oct. 10, 2016's issue of The Topeka Capital-Journal, explores the issues facing individuals as they approach retirement age, including downsizing and housing options, financial planning, questions to ask when transitioning into an independent living or assisted living facility and caregiving considerations.

The special section also features a directory of amenities at independent living and assisted living facilities in northeast Kansas, as well as a list of community resources that senior citizens and their families may find helpful. Additional stories and photos can be viewed at http://cjonline.com/life/retirement.