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Sedgwick County is increasing its transportation services for older adults and people with disabilities who live in cities outside of Wichita city limits.

County commissioners voted on Wednesday to seek a $97,000 grant from the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) for the Sedgwick County Transportation (SCT) program.

The money will be used to add a driver and an accessible vehicle to SCT.

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Residents needing home repair, lawn service or personal care can request help through a senior services program in Wichita that employs older workers.

The program is called In-Home Support Services. Senior Employment Program Director Cherie Wenderott-Shields says the workers are 55 and older, and they go through a screening process.

“We've got handymen, we've got caregivers, we have housekeepers, cooks – anything that you can think of that a senior would request needing help in their home with,” Wenderott-Shields says.

Andy Marso / Kansas News Service

Kansas continues to rank among the worst states when it comes to sedating nursing home residents with powerful antipsychotic drugs.

Kansas Seniors Feeling Effects Of Budget Cuts

Jun 7, 2016
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Recent cuts made to a program that helps Kansas seniors stay out of nursing homes are starting to have an impact: The cuts are forcing seniors onto waiting lists for services.

The cuts are a small part of about $80 million in reductions Republican Gov. Sam Brownback was forced to make last month. But they’re have a big impact on a program that provides care for seniors, helping them in and out of bathtubs and keeping their apartments clean.

The 11 Area Agencies on Aging that administer the program across the state have started wait-listing seniors.

Dan Margoloes / Heartland Health Monitor

At Truman Medical Center’s nursing home facility in eastern Jackson County, Missouri, Dr. John Dedon drops by to chat with one of his patients, a spritely 82-year-old woman who’s lived there for the last four years.

“I’m just stopping by to say hi and see how you’re doing today,” he says, taking a seat next to her in the facility’s bustling hallway. “How are you feeling? Are people treating you O.K.?”

Dedon is probing, not just for physical symptoms, but also for changes in his patient’s mood and affect.

US Attorney Forms Elder Justice Task Force

Mar 30, 2016
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U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Wednesday he is launching an Elder Justice Task Force in Kansas. The program looks to target nursing homes that provide “grossly substandard care” to residents.

Kansas is one of ten states chosen to help lead the task force. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says the main focus will be the investigation and prevention of financial or physical abuse of individuals because of their age.

Sean Sandefur

One of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. is the business of senior care. As baby boomers move into their 60s and 70s, demand and competition for quality care is growing fast. There are many companies that provide medical needs to seniors. One in Wichita offers a comprehensive list of services and 95 percent of their clients are Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

A scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.

The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme. A prerecorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift. Then, the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number.

Milt Radford / KMUW

More than 800 Wichita seniors are fed a hot lunch on weekdays as part of Meals on Wheels. Federal sequestration could reduce funding for the program but not the bond that forms between volunteers and clients.

Nancy Hindle, 90, lives alone in a west Wichita apartment; she has been a widow the past three years. She has family in the area helping her with daily needs, but cooking a meal is a difficult task.

"I got so I couldn't put things together," says Hindle. "I have arthritis real bad. I don't ever use my oven if I'm by myself."

Senior Services To Hold 31st Annual Job Fair

Mar 7, 2013

Investment losses in recent years and higher prescription drug prices are forcing many seniors to continue employment or return to work. That’s according to Laurel Alkire, the executive director for Senior Services of Wichita.

“We saw last year about 800 applicants come through looking for work," she says.

"I believe we placed about 560 of those, so our placement rate is pretty high."

The 31st annual Senior Employment Job Fair for workers 55 and older will be on March 19. The application deadline to attend is March 15.

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