Our Elderly Services program provides support that help senior adults maintain their personal independence and health. We primarily target lower-income adults, 60 years of age and older. Tailored to fit the specific needs of individuals, Elderly Services may include (but are not limited to):
- Delivery of monthly surplus foods and commodities to homebound urban and rural seniors in Shawnee and Wabaunsee Counties
- Emergency assistance with rent and / or utility payments
- Provision of free Liquid Nutrition supplies
- Provision of free Durable Medical Goods (such as walkers, 4-legged canes, shower stools, etc.)
- Referrals and assistance with completing applications for other programs and services, such as Holiday Meal Baskets, Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, Food Assistance (“Food Stamps”), Prescription Drug Assistance, Medicare, and more
- Free Income Tax preparation services
- Spanish Translation services
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, individuals who are most at risk for food insecurity are the elderly and disabled who are less mobile, have health problems and live alone. Feeding America found that compared to senior citizens with adequate food, food-insecure seniors are:
- 60 percent more likely to experience depression
- 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack
- 52 percent more likely to develop asthma
- 40 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure
In our most recently completed program year, 900 senior households received support from Community Action.
WHY WE DO IT
Seniors living in poverty are among the most vulnerable members of our society. A group that is disproportionately composed of women and people of color, seniors living in poverty struggle to afford basic necessities like food, gas, utilities, rent and rising health care costs.
DO I QUALIFY?
The target population for the Elderly Services Program are lower-income adults, 60 years of age and older. Please contact our Community Services Department at (785) 235-9296 to ask about specific income guidelines and counties covered by the various support available through Elderly Services.