Key senior moments through these 50 years

Following are some of key dates in the development of services for senior citizens in Marion County.

1959

? (September) Ford Founda?tion consultant contacts Kansas Department of Social Welfare about the possibility of issuing a grant to study aging and community organization.

? Marion, Marshall, Brown and Ottawa counties in Kansas considered for Ford grant designated for a volunteer organization.

1960

? (March 7) Marion County selected to submit application for Ford Foundation grant. Three persons appointed to form non-profit corporation: Dorothy DuVall of Marion, Wesley Loewen of Hillsboro and Dorman Becker of Durham.

? (March 30) Golden Years Inc. of Marion County incorporated.

? (Sept. 6) Ford Foundation awards Golden Years Inc. a grant of $26,500 to be expended over three years. Presentation made at Wheel-Inn Cafe, Hillsboro.

1961

? (Feb. 22) Hillsboro establishes first senior center.

? (Oct. 30) First annual meeting of Golden Years Inc. held at Marion.

1962

? (February) Seniors organize at Florence and Peabody.

? (March) Burns organizes.

? (May) Marion organizes.

? (August) Goessel organizes.

1965

? U.S. Congress passes Older Americans Act, making social services available to seniors of all income levels.

1972

? OAA amended to establish permanent nutrition programs for seniors.

1973

? OAA amended to create Area Agencies on Aging to work with counties on income assistance, information and referral, nutrition services, health services and treatment, homemaker services and transportation.

1976

? Marion County voters approve tax levy up to 1 mill to fund a service program for seniors.

1977

? (October) Lehigh, Tampa and Lincolnville organize.

1978

? Durham organizes.

? (October) Golden Years Inc. of Marion County merges with Marion County Council on Aging to incorporate as Senior Citizens of Marion County.

? Marion County Department for Elderly established to administer county mill levy funds, coordinate services among community senior centers and serve as a link between Senior Citizens of Marion County?s 12-member board and the county commission.

1979

? Ramona organizes.

1980

? Marion Senior Center receives grant through OAA to build a ?senior center focal point? to house the city?s seniors as well as the county?s Department for Elderly.

2008

? Lehigh seniors vote to disband their organization.

2009

? County?s Department for Elderly renamed Department on Aging.

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