New York Times column points out problems of social isolation

Care Connection has joined an effort to combat social isolation. Here is a story from the New York Times that emphasizes the problem of social isolation.

Seniors can have fun at free event at Higginsville

HIGGINSVILLE – Care Connection for Aging Services invites all seniors to Higginsville Senior Center on Jan. 26 for a free “Seniors Fit & Fun” event. The event will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the senior center, 21st and Walnut. In addition to hands-on games and prizes, Care Connection, an area agency on aging, will provide people with practical information about how to prevent diseases, eat right and get moving during the new year. The events will take Read More

Care Connection to offer free Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment help

WARRENSBURG – Care Connection for Aging Services will offer a free event to help people enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the University of Central Missouri. The agency will have trained navigators who will guide people through the choices of health insurance during the enrollment event from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Library computer lab. The event is for people of all ages who need to enroll themselves or their Read More

January 2017 Senior Medicare Patrol Fraud Prevention Fact

Happy New Year from the Missouri SMP! If you are like many folks, you have made some resolutions to take better care of yourself in this new year. Now more than ever, Medicare insurance can help you keep that promise. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, millions of people with Medicare have taken advantage of expanded benefits. These include preventive services, cancer screenings, and yearly wellness visits. Many of these are available without additional costs to you. Read More

Ambulance Company Owner and Brother Convicted in $6 Million Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is sharing this news from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas, from earlier in December. We want to remind you to watch for fraudulent billing by reading your Medicare Summary Notices or Explanation of Benefits. Question anything that might look fishy on there. Call the SMP at (888) 515-6565 if you have questions. Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, December 9, 2016 Ambulance Company Owner Read More

January’s Caregiver Teleconnection information

Our friends at Caregiver Teleconnection are offering several free informational seminars available to you by telephone. Check these out. Here is a link to the January schedule for Caregiver Teleconnection.

SMP cautions folks to be wary of charities asking for money

Many of you are probably getting requests for end-of-the-year giving. If you are considering a donation to a charity, your Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol warns you to be wary. Charities use the phone, face-to-face contact, email, and the Internet. So do the scammers. The Federal Trade Commission offers these tips to keep you safe from scammers: Ask for the charity’s exact name, address, and phone number. –Research the organization online — especially with the word “complaint(s)” or “scam.” –Call the Read More

Proper nutrition can keep you in balance

Care Connection for Aging Services Nutritionist Eric Messer reminds seniors that a nutritious diet may provide balance in more than one way. He provides these nutrition tips to prevent falls: –Stay hydrated. Drink small drinks throughout the day rather than gulping large glasses of water. Five 8-ounce glasses a day is a good start. Coffee, tea, alcohol and protein drinks all have diuretic effects; thus they don’t count. Milk, fruit and fruit juices have high water content. If you stay Read More

Pension Rights project can help you find retirement dollars

If you have questions about any pension, the South Central Pension Rights Project probably has your answer. Pension counselors can help you make more informed decisions about your pension or retirement savings plan. The program, which is provided free to participants, has helped thousands of people recover millions of dollars in retirement benefits. Pension counseling projects are run by nonprofit organizations and are funded under the Older Americans Act. They are staffed by experts who can track down missing retirement Read More

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