Date: May 23, 2017 | Category: News

The Warsaw Senior Center at Harbor Village will offer a free, six-week course to help older adults live well with diabetes.
The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) course will be offered for free, but registration is required. The course, which will include six two-hour sessions, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning June 14 at the center, 17571 N. Dam Access Road.
One in four Americans age 65 and older have diabetes; that amounts to 11.2 million seniors who live with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes.
The objectives of the DEEP course are to reduce diabetes risk factors, including obesity and high blood pressure; to increase knowledge of the condition; and to motivate people to take steps to manage their condition.
Care Connection for Aging Services Lifestyles Specialist Samantha Schnell and Nutritionist Eric Messer will co-lead the class.
However, the course is designed so that participants learn from themselves and each other.
“It’s very interactive,” Schnell said. “We want participants to know that they are not alone in dealing with the struggles of living with diabetes. There are simple changes that can make a big difference in their quality of life.”
Specific topics include diet, exercise, weight loss, monitoring, medication, stress management, smoking cessation, and care of the feet, teeth and eyes.
Schnell said she hopes that when the course if finished, the participants can “build a network with people in their community that they can rely on after the six weeks are over.”
To register for the program, call Schnell at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: May 19, 2017 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services’ 22 senior centers will join in the celebration of National Senior Health & Fitness Day on May 31.
An estimated 100,000 older adults will participate in fitness activities throughout the country as part of the 24th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest health promotion event for older adults.
Care Connection centers provide health and fitness opportunities year round by serving nutritious meals, providing exercise classes, offering disease management sessions, and gathering seniors for fellowship and fun such as live music, dancing, cards and bingo.
However, National Senior Health and Fitness Day gives the agency a chance to emphasize what it means for older adults to live a healthy and fulfilling life. The goals are to make exercise fun, to increase awareness of the benefits of a regular exercise program for older adults, and to encourage all older adults to take advantage of the many health and fitness programs offered in their communities.
“It is so important to implement exercise in our daily lives, even as older adults,” said Care Connection Lifestyles Specialist Samantha Schnell. “As we age, our bodies tend to slow down and take longer to heal and repair themselves. Regular exercise can help prevent chronic disease, improves mood and lowers chances of injury.”
Senior Health and Fitness Day is always celebrated on the last Wednesday in May as part of Older Americans Month activities. Care Connection has been participating in Older Americans Month with the theme of “Age Out Loud” in May in the senior centers with contests and other events emphasize what it means to be an older American in 2017.
The agency is focusing on how older people in its 13 county service area are redefining aging—through work or family interests, by taking charge of their health and staying independent for as long as possible, and through their community and advocacy efforts.
If you want to see for yourself how seniors in West Central Missouri are “aging out loud,” visit a senior center today, have lunch, grab a calendar of activities, and join the fun.

Date: May 16, 2017 | Category: Careers, News

Custodian needed for the Higginsville Senior Center. Monday thru Friday, 2 hours per day at minimum wage. Extra hours may be required occasionally after special events. Interested persons should apply at the Higginsville Senior Center at 101 W. 21st Street in Higginsville. Care Connection is an EOE.

Date: May 11, 2017 | Category: News

Care Connection to present “aging in place” workshops in Bates County
Care Connection for Aging Services will present a workshop titled “My Home –Why Would I Want to Leave It?” at both Bates County senior centers in May.
The information on “aging in place” will be presented at 11 a.m. on May 18 at the Butler Senior Center at 611 W. Mill St. in Butler and at 11 a.m. on May 19 at the Kern Center at 613 E. Park Ave. in Rich Hill.
Marilyn Gunter, Care Connection Director of Care Management, will discuss how seniors can examine their own houses or apartments and financial situations with an eye on remaining in their own homes as they grow older.
Most seniors prefer to remain in their own homes, and providing in-home services to seniors is more cost effective than providing those services in a long-term care facility.
During this presentation, Gunter will help people think practically, suggest resources, and help reduce the looming fear of moving.
“Aging in place means that people live in their residence of choice as long as able and as they age,” Gunter said. “But, it’s important to plan ahead.”
Just deciding to “age in place” doesn’t alleviate potential issues regarding health care, finances, personal care and legal considerations, Gunter said.
“That’s why it’s important to think ahead of time about services and supports they will want as their needs change,” she said. Gunter will address these issues and more during the free workshops.

Date: May 3, 2017 | Category: News

As May arrives, you may be ready to spring into wellness. As you do, the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) wants you to know that Medicare has you covered for many preventive benefits.
Medicare’s preventive benefits are intended to keep you healthy or to find potential illnesses soon after they develop. When health conditions are found early, they are easier and less expensive to treat.
When you consider your preventive benefits, remember that your personal primary health care physician should guide your decisions about which tests and screenings you need, and how often. Medicare covers many screenings annually or every two years, but sometimes the coverage depends on your personal health history. Most all of these tests are covered without you having to pay coinsurance or meet a deductible. That means that you should incur no out-of-pocket costs most of the time. Again, check with your personal primary care physician.
Medicare may cover screenings for heart diseases, several types of cancer, depression, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV and osteoporosis – among others. If you need counseling to stop using tobacco or alcohol, Medicare may cover that service. Even flu and pneumonia vaccines are covered. A comprehensive list is available online at medicare.gov.
If you have any doubts about whether you will have an out-of-pocket cost, ask your doctor. Again, the source for these services should be your trusted physician or someone he refers you to – NOT someone who approaches you out of the blue and offers free services. As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri SMP at (888) 515-6565.
SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging.

Date: April 24, 2017 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will emphasize the benefits available to help seniors stretch their household budgets during a series of short programs at senior centers in May.
Benefits Counselor Penny Humphrey will explain Care Connection’s Benefits Enrollment Center, which offers seniors screenings and enrollment assistance in many money-savings programs.
“The state and federal governments offer many programs to help seniors pay for health care, medications, utilities, food, energy and even phones,” Humphrey said. “However, many people don’t even know these options exist. That’s why we are reaching out to people in our area to make the programs known and to help with applications.”
Humphrey’s presentation includes a brief summary of the benefits and an opportunity for people to test their knowledge by spinning a wheel and answering questions for prizes.
“We want to make the whole process fun for everyone, too,” Humphrey said.
Here are the dates and times Humphrey will present the program:
–1 p.m. May 5 at the Sedalia Senior Center,
–10:30 a.m. May 10 at the Clinton Senior Center at 970 E. Sedalia in Clinton.
–10:30 a.m. May 11 at the Margaret Gray Center 811 C S. Business Highway 13 in Lexington.
–10:30 a.m. May 17 at the El Dorado Springs Senior Center at 604 S. Forest in El Dorado Springs.
–10:45 a.m. May 18 at the Concordia Senior Center at 710 Main in Concordia.
–11 a.m. May 22 at the Cole Camp Senior Center at 207 W. Junge in Cole Camp.
–10:45 a.m. May 25 at the Odessa Senior Center at 217 S. Second in Odessa.

Care Connection for Aging Services is an area agency on aging serving 13 counties in West Central Missouri. Other services available to seniors through the centers include health screenings, wellness and prevention programs, care management, Medicare counseling, fraud prevention and long-term care advocacy. The mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826.

Date: April 24, 2017 | Category: News

The Caregiver Teleconnection provides free telephone learning sessions to family caregivers. This method makes sense to many people who find their time at a premium as they juggle caregiver responsibilities with everything else that life brings. We are happy to provide you with May’s schedule.
Here is a link to the calendar.

Date: April 20, 2017 | Category: News

Care Connection is watching the Missouri General Assembly as the House Committee on Insurance Policy considers HB 540, the Senior Services Growth and Development Program. The committee is scheduled to vote on the bill on Tuesday, April 25, either at noon or upon morning adjournment, whichever is later.
House Bill 540 is the companion bill to SB 192. Both bills would create a new stream of funding for services for Missouri’s seniors.
Click here for information about the Senior Growth and Development Program
Here is a link to the testimony of Catherine Edwards, Executive Director of Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging, about the proposal.
Here is a list of committee members:
Engler, Kevin, Chair 573-751-3455
Wiemann, John, Vice Chair 573-751-2176
Ellebracht, Mark, Ranking Minority Member 573-751-1218
Burnett, Ingrid 573-751-3310
Burns, Bob 573-751-0211
Messenger, Jeffrey 573-751-2381
Morris, Lynn 573-751-2565
Muntzel, Dave 573-751-0169
Pfautsch, Donna 573-751-9766
Shull, Noel J 573-751-9458
Stephens, Mike 573-751-1347

Date: March 31, 2017 | Category: News

Care Connection care managers have planned events in April at the agency’s senior centers to provide practical information and tools for advance care planning.
The events are part of Care Connection’s participation in National Healthcare Decision Day, which is April 16.
Seniors will have an opportunity to complete a “Five Wishes” advance healthcare directive that would be a legal document once it’s signed and notarized. Care Managers also will have available “I Put My House in Order,” a fill-in-the-blank booklet that provides essential information about one’s home, family, estate planning, funeral plans, finances, and life insurance.
Both the “Five Wishes” and the “I Put My House in Order” documents will be provided free for participants.

The events will be at:
•11:30 a.m. April 5 at the Cole Camp Senior Center at 206 Junge in Cole Camp.
•10 and 1 p.m. April 7 at the Warsaw Senior Center at Harbor Village in Warsaw.
•11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 10 at the Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, Warrensburg.
•11:15 a.m. April 10 at El Dorado Springs Senior Center at 604 S. Forest, El Dorado Springs.
•11 a.m. April 12 at the Carroll County Senior Center, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton.
•11 a.m. April 18 at the Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, Salisbury.
•11:15 a.m. April 18 at the Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood in Stockton.
•1 to 2:30 p.m. April 19, Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, Sedalia.
•11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at the Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, Clinton.
•11 a.m. April 19 at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland.
•11 a.m. April 20 at the Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan, Marshall.
•11 a.m. April 21 at the Brunswick Senior Center, 801 E. Broadway, Brunswick.

The Decision Day is part of a national initiative to encourage people to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes.
The goal is to take the mystery out of healthcare decision-making and bring attention to advance care planning.
The Five Wishes document will allow you to:
• Give a set of instructions about the kinds of medical treatments you want and do not wish to have and speaks to personal, emotional, and spiritual needs, as well as medical wishes.
• Choose in advance the person whom you want to make health care decisions (durable power of attorney) if you are unable to make them yourself. Five Wishes helps you say exactly how you wish to be treated if you get seriously ill.
To get a copy of the Five Wishes booklet, attend one of the events or call Care Connection at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: March 29, 2017 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services is joining the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging to alert folks that thousands of older Missourians are facing cuts in services under the proposed state budget.
The proposed Missouri House Budget would eliminate the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Credit for seniors and people with disabilities who rent, impacting 100,706 people.
The House Budget also eliminates MORx for seniors who are on Medicare only, impacting 60,000 seniors.
Diana Hoemann, Executive Director of Care Connection, is leading an information campaign to alert the more than 10,000 clients who her agency serves of these pending cuts.
Some 77 percent of voters in Missouri are 60 and older, the age group served by Care Connection.
“We want to make sure that older Missourians are aware of these proposed cuts and have a way of expressing their concerns to their legislators,” Hoemann said.
To that end, leaders at all 22 senior centers in the district’s 13 counties are distributing information and making available a petition to be signed and sent to the Legislature immediately.
Among programs of Care Connection are home-delivered meals, ombudsman services, senior centers, disease prevention and health promotion, transportation, in-home services and public benefits counseling. Also being debated in the Legislatures are existing MORx prescription drug benefits, Circuit Breaker property tax credits, and Medicaid eligibility benefits.
Senior funding is $1.2 million below the 2008 funding level, according to the ma4. Nearly 400,000 Missouri seniors rely on Social Security for 90 percent of their annual income. This means that for every three seniors, one is struggling to meet the most basic needs—food, medicine, housing and transportation.
“We believe investing in senior programs is a smart move that will save the taxpayers millions of dollars,” said Hoemann, who serves as president of ma4. “Consider that in 2017 dollars, it will cost the Missouri taxpayer $53,000 for one senior to stay one year in a skilled Medicaid facility. That same senior, with access to area agency on aging senior services, could live safely and comfortably at home for $18,000.”
The petition calls for full state funding for the area agencies on aging; the preservation of MORx benefits for 60,000 seniors and the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Credits for seniors who rent their homes; no changes to Medicaid eligibility criteria that would make it more difficult for the poorest and disabled to qualify for care; and the creation of a Senior Services Growth and Development Program, providing a dedicated, stable source of funding for senior programs from a percentage of the premium tax on insurance.
The same petition is available online at https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/protect-senior-programs-in-missouri.html.
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit that operates 23 locations in 13 counties with the mission to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826.
Here is a county-by-county look at the number of seniors who receive MORx:
County MORx Member
Bates 992
Benton 1,522
Carroll 527
Cedar 1,207
Chariton 420
Henry 1,360
Hickory 766
Johnson 1,283
Lafayette 1,397
Pettis 2,364
Saline 1,213
St. Clair 695
Vernon 1,181