The Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA) is located at West River Plaza (intersection of Central and Meridian), 2622 W. Central, Suite 500, Wichita 67203 (find a map). This location allows the community better access to our programs and services, providing resources for older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities. With the on-site Information and Assistance staff, case managers and other professionals we can provide information, an array of services, consultation, and technical support.
Sedgwick County Transportation is also available at this location to coordinate rides and provide access to medical and non-medical transportation.
West River Plaza has ample parking for visitors and customers.
Assisting seniors, caregivers and individuals with disabilities to achieve improved health and greater independence.
We envision a community that empowers and supports individuals to live and age with dignity and choice.
Who Does CPAAA Serve?
CPAAA is available to assist seniors 60 and over, caregivers of any age, and adults with disabilities through life’s transitions and with various levels of support. As the local Area Agency on Aging we have a special focus on seniors who are low income, minority, non English speaking, socially isolated as well as those with Alzheimer's Disease or at risk for nursing home placement. CPAAA also funds programs in the communiy that serve individuals under 60 who have a disability. The transportation program serves individuals of all ages. Please contact Information and Assistance at 316-660-5120 or 800-367-7298 to learn more about eligibility criteria and program target populations.
CPAAA prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, sex, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, and political beliefs. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the Kansas TTY by calling toll free 1-800-766-3777.
The History of Central Plains Area Agency on Aging
The CPAAA was born out of a spirit of cooperation. The 1973 amendments to the federal Older Americans Act created a national network of local area agencies on aging. Late in 1973, an inter-local agreement among the county commissions of Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick Counties created CPAAA.
What is the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging?
It is one of eleven Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in Kansas. CPAAA's area includes Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick Counties. It has the highest number of older people of any AAA in the state: approximately 83,000 people aged 60 and over.
The Governing Board relies heavily on the area wide Advisory Council to oversee operation of the CPAAA. The Advisory Council meets monthly. Their major responsibilities include developing the budget and overseeing the services provided in the Area Plan; advising on needs and concerns of the elderly; advising on policy directions and initiatives for the CPAAA; and legislative advocacy.
What Does the CPAAA Do?
According to the Older Americans Act regulations, the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) shall:
- Be the leader relative to all aging issues on behalf of all older persons in the area;
- Carry out a wide range of functions related to advocacy, planning, coordination, interagency linkages, information sharing, brokering, monitoring and evaluation;
- Develop or enhance in each community a comprehensive and coordinated community based system, designed to assist older persons in leading independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their own homes and communities.
CPAAA uses federal, state, and local funding as well as grants to meet the objectives. CPAAA also develops other partnerships to better serve the public and expand services. These programs and services can be found under the Seniors, Caregivers, ADRC and Professionals pages of this site.