From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 10, 1973:
Douglas County was being considered for a pilot program for the elderly if money could be found to match federal funding. The purpose of the program, outlined at a meeting this week at the Lawrence Public Library, was to provide the elderly with services that they were unable to provide for themselves in order to stay in their own homes rather than move to nursing homes. Curtis Hartenberger, coordinator of special projects for the state department of social welfare, said that it would be less expensive in the long run to help the elderly stay in their own homes rather than keep them in nursing homes. He said that Lawrence had been chosen for the project because it had an active and organized council on the aging, it was close to the state capital, and it had (through Kansas University) the resources to evaluate the program. He added, "Lawrence does not have to take it, but we will help you get the funds if you do."