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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Fund helps Mac Co. senior centers

  • The McPherson County Council on Aging has established an acorn fund with McPherson County Community Foundation and is working to grow the fund so grants can be distributed to the McPherson County Council on Aging and to the senior centers in McPherson County.
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  • The McPherson County Council on Aging has established an acorn fund with McPherson County Community Foundation and is working to grow the fund so grants can be distributed to the McPherson County Council on Aging and to the senior centers in McPherson County.
    The Council on Aging is the mother organization for all county senior centers. These senior centers would not be able to be in operation without the support of the Council on Aging.
    The Council on Aging is a mostly volunteer, non-profit organization established in the late 1970s to help serve the myriad of needs experienced by senior citizens in McPherson County. The Council on Aging employs a part-time senior adviser who helps seniors and their families navigate the maze of services, assistance programs, insurances and other sometimes confusing programs and services out there. This also includes assistance with Medicare, Medicaid, veteran’s benefits, home health providers and has assisted with the Homestead and Food Tax refund programs.
    The Council on Aging sponsors educational seminars related to health care, Social Security enrollment, driver’s safety and many others.
    The Council on Aging is the funding channel for county tax dollars and various grant monies to the eight senior centers in the county. Senior centers are located in the communities of Canton, Galva, Inman, Lindsborg, Marquette, McPherson, Moundridge and Windom.
    The council also has a person in Roxbury that assists with some services. In turn, these centers are valuable points of contact for area seniors to find help with their needs. The Council on Aging and the senior centers partner together to provide programs and services, including congregate meals, home delivered meals, public transportation, shopping assistance, recreation, exercise classes, blood pressure checks, foot care clinics, free USDA food commodities, telephone reassurance, free federal and state income tax assistance, health insurance counseling, housekeeping and personal care and free legal assistance.
    Unlike most other Senior Services programs in Kansas, the McPherson Council on Aging is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, made up of representatives from the eight area Senior  Centers mentioned earlier. Employees of the Council on Aging do not have county employee benefits.
    None have employee health insurance coverage and only a few have retirement plans.
    The Council on Aging employs a full-time director, a part-time secretary/bookkeeper, and partially funds the wages of the senior adviser when her Older Americans Act grant funds are exhausted. Most of the senior center directors and staff  are part time and are paid wages from each of their centers’ budgets. Most volunteer many hours beyond their expected responsibilities.
    As mentioned above, the  McPherson County Council on Aging does have a fund and welcomes donations to this fund.
    The council asks residents to consider giving a “Gift In Honor Of” to the McPherson County Council on Aging through the McPherson County Community Foundation.
    Page 2 of 2 - One doesn't have to give a large gift. Gifts of $5 or $10 are welcome.
    Gift cards may be obtained at any of the senior centers in McPherson County or the Council on Aging office in McPherson.
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