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

Date: March 28, 2017 | Category: News

The Missouri House of Representatives is considering a bill that would eliminate the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Credit rebate for seniors who rent their homes. Such a move would cost seniors a lot of money.

Click here to see what effects a pending Missouri House Bill will have on seniors who rent their homes.

Date: March 27, 2017 | Category: News

Among the rip-offs facing seniors are the IRS scam and the grandparents scam, Henry County Sheriff Kent Oberkrom told a group at the Clinton Senior Center.
Both of these scams involve imposters phoning unsuspecting consumers and trying to get money or personal information.
More than 40 seniors gathered at the Clinton Senior Center Friday to arm themselves against scammers and fraudsters at a “Scamboree” sponsored by the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol).
In the IRS scam, fraudsters call a taxpayer and demand he give a credit card or other form of payment immediately – or face arrest by the local sheriff’s or police department.
“That’s not going to happen,” Oberkrom told the group. “The IRS will not call you, and the IRS will not use local authorities to collect back taxes.”
In what’s known as the grandparent scam, a fraudster will use Facebook or other sources to find out enough about the victims to pose as a friend of a grandchild or other relative. The scammer usually is frantic, telling the victims that the grandchild is in trouble – injured or in jail – and needs money immediately. The goal is to unnerve the victims and prompt them to send money without thinking through the situation.
People who receive such phone calls should hang up and report them, the sheriff said.
“If you get scammed, you should report it. These people can be caught. If you don’t report these things, we cannot alert more people about it,” he said.
The sheriff said authorities work with merchants who sell money-grams or gift cards to be on the lookout for seniors who unknowingly may be sending their money to scammers.
We try to educate, and a lot of these things will get headed off,” Oberkrom said. Oberkrom was one of several speakers at the Scamboree event.
Dave Garnett, Regional President of Hawthorn Bank, encouraged the audience to embrace technology as a more secure method of conducting financial transactions.
Don’t be afraid of these things,” Garnett said of banking via debit cards and the Internet.
Federal regulations require banks to provide more protection to consumers who conduct business on the Internet and using debit cards than to those who use paper checks and cash.
That means it’s easier to get money refunded if someone steals bank your account numbers. “Your paper check actually does have information on it that would be useful to a scammer,” he said, pointing out at that each check has a routing and account number. “If you do use paper checks, don’t use your mailbox at home to send them; use the U.S. Postal Service mailbox so that it’s less likely those are going to be intercepted.”
The Scamboree event, co-sponsored by the senior center and Missouri SMP, is one of sever-al statewide activities to help seniors protect themselves against fraud. The mission of the Mis-souri SMP is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. For more information, call 888-515-6565.

Date: March 27, 2017 | Category: News

The Higginsville Senior Center will offer free Tai Chi for Health classes beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, April 3.
Barbara Swigart, who recently completed a very intense two-day instructor training, will be leading the classes.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese meditation exercise that features slow and precise movements. The exercises can improve balance and mobility, increase strength and flexibility, decrease pain, and prevent falls.
The classes are open to the public. More information is available from Julia Hawkins at the center at 21st and Walnut in Higginsville or by calling 660-584-7040.

Date: March 23, 2017 | Category: News, Uncategorized

Click here to view and download the schedule for Family Caregiver teleconnection events in April

Date: March 23, 2017 | Category: News

Connection for Aging Services has a group of speakers who can present a variety of programs for professionals, churches and civic groups.
The area agency on aging has presentations on aging, nutrition, lifestyle issues, Medicare and fraud prevention. Care Connection speakers will attend events and will address any group as a free service.
Examples of programs include Are You Smarter than a Scam Artist?, You are Not Alone: Family Caregiver, Cooking for One or Two, and Medicare 101.
The sessions range from 15 to 60 minutes and can be adjusted to fit individual needs.
To get a copy of the 2017 presentations list:
Click here to see the Presentations List