Marion County Department on Aging
309 S Third (offices located in Marion Senior Center)
Marion, KS 66861
Hours: 8 a.m. -4:30 pm
Gayla Ratzlaff, Coordinator
Lanell Hett, Secretary/Transportation Coordinator
To provide information, support and advocacy
to our residents 60 years of age and older,
their family and caregivers. To promote older
adults independence and improve their quality of
- Medicare Counseling- The staff and SHICK counselors provide FREE assistance to anyone getting ready to retire or already enrolled in Medicare. Staff provide consultation for those preparing to enroll in Medicare, Medicare supplemental plans and Prescription Drug Plan. Staff provide assistance in enrolling individuals in Prescription drug plans during open enrollment each year (October 15- December 7). We assist individuals in signing up for Social Security.
- Transportation-We presently are not providing transportation in county or out of county due to COVID-19. The department operates a transportation program for any individual 60 + and living in the county, who needs transportation (in state) to any kind of appointment. You are required to give a 24-hour notice and there is a suggested contribution for the trip. Our vans are available to senior citizen's groups for trips to recreational events, tours of sights in Kansas, shopping, and eating out. Trips need to be scheduled during office operating hours.
- Social Services-The department provides information and referrals to services and agencies, who work with 60 + individuals. Staff provide assistance in helping fill out paperwork for programs 60+ individuals are eligible for in the county and state. They assist with energy assistance (LIEAP Jan 1st-March 31), USDA grants and loans, housing vouchers and DPOA.
- Wellness Program-The department staff provides various wellness programs periodically through out the year. Programs offered include: Kansas Optimizing Health program which is for individuals with chronic health condition and Tai Chi for Arthritis. Two classes for individuals with Diabetes: Lead Your Health Living with Diabetes and Tai Chi for Diabetes. Two fall prevention classes are Matter of Balance and Stepping on. The Department also offers a Caregiver Support and Education group. Call 620-382-3580 to inquiry about class information.
- Tax Assistance- We have presently discontinued filing Federal/state and homestead returns due to COVID-19. The Federal and State returns are now due July 15. Once the shelter in place has been lifted we will be glad to file your return. January 1st through April 15 staff help individuals to file their Homestead return. Marion Senior Center has volunteers available to file State and Federal returns with a donation to local Marion Senior Center.
- Commodities-The Department is in charge of allocating USDA Commodities to the following communities in the county: Burns, Florence, Goessel, Hillsboro, Lost Springs, Lincolnville, Marion, Peabody, Pilsen, Ramona, and Tampa. The commodities are distributed monthly on the third Wednesday of the month. The dates for distribution for the rest of 2020 is: June 17, July 1, August 19, Sept 16, October 21, Nov 18 and Dec. 16. The community distribution dates and times are as follows on the week they arrive: Wed-Burns Community Center: Morning, Goessel Mennonite Church: 5 pm, Lincolnville Community Center: 11 am-noon, Peabody Senior Center: 10 am-11:30 am, Pilsen: 11:30 am, Ramona Community center: Morning, Tampa Senior Center: 3-4 pm, Durham Picnic Shelter-4-5 pm. Thursday: Florence Senior Center: 9-11 am, Marion Senior Center: 4-6 pm. Saturday: Hillsboro Main Street Ministries: 9am-noon (this is the pickup site for Lehigh residents) This program is a First Come/First Serve Program. Residents are to go to their community to pick up their commodities. If you missed or are unable to pick-up at your community site, contact Marion Co Dept on Aging at 620-382-3580. If you are not able to pick-up your commodities you can assign a proxy to pick them up for you. Contact the Marion Co Dept on Aging and we will send you the form that needs to be on file at your community distribution site.
" In accordance with the Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Rm 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence avenue, S.W. , Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call or (202) 720-5964 (voice & TDD) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.