Twenty-four senior centers from across southwest have been recognized and designated a 2016 Focal Point by the SouthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging (SWKAAA) according to Dave Geist Executive Director. These centers were recognized for the programs and services that were provided Oct. 1, 2015 thru Sept. 30, 2016.
A Focal Point Center is a highly visible facility where anyone can obtain information and access to services for elderly individuals. To a family caregiver and older Kansans, it is a well known, accessible place to turn to for information, services in the community and social opportunities.
To be considered for a Focal Point by SWKAAA a senior center had to meet minimum standards in ten (10) different program areas. Outreach to the community, center management, supportive services offered by the center, and the center’s involvement in the community, were a few of the areas that were reviewed by SWKAAA staff during the yearly on-site visit.
“The needs of older adults in the community continue to change”, according to Geist, and this is a good measure of the center’s ability to stay current with these demands. Additionally, in this time of economic constraints elected officials and taxpayers are demanding a greater accountability of how their aging mill levy funds are being spent. This review process gives them a good snap shot of what they are getting”.
The local 2016 Focal Point Centers are: Ellinwood Senior Center, Great Bend Senior Center, and Sandyland Shephard’s Center and Sunflower Senior Center, St. John.