Two long-running programs help Douglas County seniors maintain their independence and quality of life. Project LIVELY works with seniors and their families to coordinate the help they need to remain in their homes. PATH teaches older adults fitness and nutrition to help retain functions necessary for independent living.

Project LIVELY (Life, Interest and Vigor Entering Later Years)

Established in 1982, Project LIVELY assists older adults with multiple needs by coordinating the help needed to remain in their homes as long as possible. The program is unique to Douglas County.

Services include:

  • In-home comprehensive assessment of needs by a care manager.
  • Arrangement of the necessary services.
  • Ongoing monitoring of the services and the individual’s changing needs.

    Care Manager Sarah Norman, LMSW, speaks with Herman Morgan, a Project LIVELY client.

  • Education about services and health information based on client needs.
  • Advocate for client rights and benefits.
  • Assist client in communicating with his or her care team.

Project LIVELY works with the elderly who include those:

  • Age 60 and older living in Douglas County.
  • With multiple health, social, financial and/or housing problems.
  • Who need assistance connecting to community services and programs.
  • Who are not currently receiving care management from another agency; for example, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging (JAAA).

Care management services are provided at clients’ homes. There is no fee. For more information, call (785) 856-5353 or e-mail

Project LIVELY is also involved in the community. In conjunction with the University of Kansas, the LIVELY internship program allows students majoring in social work to gain real experience working with older adults, assessing their needs and linking them to services. Project LIVELY is also a member of the Douglas County Coalition on Aging, which is made up of community service providers who advocate for older adults and work to coordinate resources so that Douglas County seniors can receive the best care possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am looking for a particular service, such as meal delivery, transportation or home health care. Does Project LIVELY provide these type(s) of services?

Project LIVELY only provides care management that assists clients in connecting to these various resources.

What types of services can Project LIVELY connect me to?

Some of the services LIVELY can link clients to are: transportation, meal delivery, legal services and many others. Call (785) 856-5353 for more  information.

PATH — Personal Actions to Health

PATH is a program unique to Douglas County designed to help people age 60 and older to develop a healthier lifestyle and retain functions necessary to maintain independence. Experts in the field of nutrition and exercise present practical methods to assist participants in taking Personal Actions To Health. Program features:

  • Nutrition Education — Get ideas on how to modify and practice food habits to protect or improve health and quality of life.
  • Exercise Education — Learn about the effects of exercise on chronic diseases.
  • Low-fat Cooking — Sample a variety of new tastes in food using healthy cooking.
  • Exercise — Flexibility and strength building exercises during a group workout.

Test results of past PATH participants have shown the following:

  • Improved agility.
  • Improved balance.
  • Improved coordination.
  • Increased flexibility.
  • Increased strength.
  • Increased endurance.

For more information, call the Health Department at (785) 843-0721.