Community Partners
Resources and Community Partners

We are committed to building significant partnerships with community organizations that share our mission and vision for older adults. Members of the Consortium partner with a number of these organizations in Kansas City. The focus of these collaborations include research, service learning, project consulting, and internship opportunities. The organizations are also potential resources for community members seeking information or services related to aging.



Keeping Kansans in the know about life at 50+

AARP Kansas enhances the quality of life for all Kansans as we age.  We champion positive social change and deliver value through advocacy, information, and service.



Keeping Missourians informed, engaged and active

AARP Missouri enhances the quality of life for all Missourians as we age.  We champion positive social change and deliver value through advocacy, information, and service.


The Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter serves 66 counties in Kansas and Missouri and is the trusted resource for vital information, education, training, support programs and services to more than 50,000 individuals and nearly 200,000 family members and care partners in our service area suffering the emotional, physical and financial challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.


The Black Health Care Coalition (BHCC) is a non-profit, grass-roots, organization dedicated to reducing health disparities in the African American community through Advocacy, Access to Care and Health Promotion Activities.





Clay County Senior Services supports and values the well-being of our senior adults in Clay County, Missouri.


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We administer Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Department for Aging Services

The Department of Aging Services is committed to the needs of seniors in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties.


Since 1970, the Village has maintained a singular focus: enhancing each individual’s potential for the best possible retirement lifestyle in a community built on friendship and support. Widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive retirement communities in the country, John Knox Village is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that provides independent living, countless services and amenities, and a full continuum of long-term health care services on a 400+ acre campus in Lee’s Summit.


The mission of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is to advocate for and assist older adults in maintaining their independence and dignity through community-based services. The AAA targets services to older adults with the greatest social and economic need and provides a variety of support services for caregivers.

KC Community for All Ages

KC Communities for All Ages will ensure that older adults are valued, understood, respected and involved in creating and sustaining a high quality of life in their communities.


The KCMO Health Department serves residents, workers and visitors in the City, and collaborates with partner agencies, organizations, businesses and coalitions across the Kansas City metro to promote and protect health.

Link for Care

Link for Care is a free online resource to search a variety of services in the greater Kansas City area. It is designed to be a community service for caregivers, individuals needing personal assistance, healthcare professionals, social workers, discharge planners, and mental health professionals. Link for Care is maintained and managed by the Central Plains Geriatric Staff at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Landon Center on Aging.

Palestine Sr. Activity Center

Established in December 1992, Palestine Senior Activity Center is committed to serving senior residents of the Kansas City area. Palestine Senior Activity Center offers the community a place for seniors 55 years and older to gather for entertainment, recreation, education, exercise, and fellowship.

Senior Star at Villa Venture

Senior Star provides a community lifestyle that inspires people to embrace senior living.

Senior Star at Wexford Place

Senior Star provides a community lifestyle that inspires people to embrace senior living.

Shepherd's Center

Shepherd’s Center Central empowers mid-life and older adults to live healthy, engaged, and independent lives. In 2013, our agency merged with Westport Cooperative Services to serve even more individuals, families, businesses, and faith groups across the greater Kansas City region.


Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge

SPARK’s mission is to promote, through shared learning and peer leadership, expanded intellectual, cultural and social horizons of persons 55 years of age and older. SPARK provides, at modest cost, learning and fun social experiences for participants.  There are no prerequisites, tests or grades for classes.  Instructors are members or volunteers who have a strong interest in a particular topic.


The American Stroke Foundation provides a unique, post-rehabilitation experience for stroke survivors. We offer classes and wellness programs that are designed to address survivors’ physical, cognitive, social and emotional well-being—in a comfortable, welcoming, non-clinical environment. Caregivers also find us to be a valuable resource where they participate in classes and support groups that are designed to address their specific concerns.


Truman Heartland Community Foundation is known, in Eastern Jackson County, as a leader in philanthropy and has been a respected partner in charitable giving for more than 30 years. The Community for All Ages Coalition, created by Truman Heartland Community Foundation, works to ensure our Eastern Jackson County community is collaboratively and proactively working together to ensure we are prepared for these challenges and opportunities.


The Office of the Area Agency on Aging is responsible for planning, coordinating, funding and advocating for programs and services which meet the needs of Wyandotte and Leavenworth County residents.


In addition to community-based organizations, there are on-line only resources that may be of interest.  For example:

Is part of the PBS system; their mission is to “meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans through the power of media.”  They say their “daily content delivers vital ideas, context, and perspectives that matter most as we age”  Check them out here.

If you’re interested in brain health and the various research findings, products, and services available to maintain brain health, this is an informative website.  They describe themselves as “an independent market research firm tracking health and performance applications of brain science. We prepare market reports, publish consumer guides, produce an annual global and virtual conference, and provide strategic advisory services.  Our mission is to provide independent analysis and guidance to navigate the growing digital brain health market and pervasive neurotechnology field.”  Read more about Sharp Brains.

Contact Information:


Joan McDowd

UMKC Volker Campus
#314 Cherry Hall
5030 Cherry Street, KCMO 64118
(816) 235-2490