By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Area Agency On Aging recognizes GBSC as Focal Point center
new deh senior center main pic
Great Bend Senior Center Director Rosy Tomlin, left, receives a plaque from Southwest Kansas Area Agency On Aging Executive Director Dave Geist Wednesday afternoon after the center was named a Focal Point facility. Also pictured are center Board Chairman Jerry Wendel, right, and board member Delbert Tunks. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune


The Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It can be reached at 620-792-3906.


The 2010 Focal Point Centers are:

Beam Senior Center, Meade

Senior Center of Finney County, Garden City

J.O.Y. Center, Dighton

Seward County Council On Aging, Liberal

Melven O. Kuder Senior Center, Tribune

Sandyland Shepherd’s Center, St. John

St. John Sunflower Senior Center, St. John

VIP Center, Macksville

Stafford Senior Center

Wichita County Senior Center, Leoti

Grant County Senior Center, Ulysses

Kearny County Senior Center, Lakin

Ashland Senior Center, Ashland

Dodge City Senior Center, Dodge City

Ransom Go-Getters Senior Center, Ransom

Fowler Senior Center, Fowler

Scott County VIP Center, Scott City

Hamilton County Senior Center, Syracuse

Great Bend Senior Center, Great Bend

Spearville Senior Center

Satanta Aging Program, Satanta


The Great Bend Senior Center is one of 21 from across southwest Kansas designated as 2010 Focal Point facilities by the Dodge City-based Southwest Kansas Area Agency On Aging, said Dave Geist, SWKAAA executive director.

"It’s an honor," said Rosy Tomlin, GBSC director. Geist was at the Great Bend facility Wednesday afternoon to present a plaque to Tomlin for the site’s efforts from Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010.

Other area facilities on the list include St. John Sunflower Senior Center, St. John, Stafford Senior Center, Stafford, and Ransom Go-Getters Senior Center, Ransom.

"This is the fun part of my job," Geist told those gathered for lunch at the center.

A Focal Point Center is a highly visible facility where anyone can obtain information and access to services for elderly individuals, Geist said. "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."

"They had to jump through 12 different hoops" in order to qualify, Geist said. 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.

"They have to apply every year," Geist said. "It’s not automatic." In fact, only 21 centers out of 77 in the region made the grade.

Tomlin said she applies for the designation annual and the GBSC is honored on a regular basis. It offers meals, activities and special programs for seniors, but everyone is invited.

The publicity surrounding being named a Focal Point facility helps, she said. It helps to make seniors and the rest of the public more aware of what the center does.

"The needs of older adults in the community continue to change" said 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 tax payers, 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".

In all, there are 11 area agencies on aging. They fall under the Kansas Department on Aging.