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
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.

Event Date: May 30, 2017 Event Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Event Location: Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan, Marshall, MO

Care Connection for Aging Services will conduct a “Medicare 101” presentation. Also attending will be a representative of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office to answer questions about Medicare and Social Security.
The session is one of a regular series of workshops geared toward people who are new to Medicare – including those who are continuing to work and planning to retire. Participants can learn about benefits, premiums, deductibles and copayments, as well as what is covered in Parts A, B, C, and D.
The free session is open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Stacey Gilkeson at 1-800-748-7826. Lunch will be available to people who are 60 and older for a contribution. Lunch is available to people younger than 60 for the cost of the meal. The meal is served beginning with a salad bar at 11 a.m. and hot lunch at 11:30.
Workshop participants also will learn how to find assistance in paying for prescriptions and medical care. Additionally, the workshop addresses prescription drug plans, supplemental insurance and Medicare Advantage plans. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Care Connection partners with CLAIM, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, to provide Medicare and Medicaid information and assistance in West Central Missouri counties. As a non-profit, Care Connection does not sell insurance and will not recommend a particular plan.

Event Date: June 1, 2017 Event Time: 11 a.m. Event Location: Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan, Marshall

Care Connection for Aging Services will emphasize the benefits available to help seniors stretch their household budgets during a short program at the Marshall Senior Center.
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 presentation, will be free and open to the public.

Event Date: June 24, 2017 Event Time: 11 a.m. Event Location: 17571 N. Dam Access Rd., Warsaw

The Warsaaw Senior Center will sponsor the Voice of Harbor Village contest at the senior center at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24. The entry fee is $10, due by the deadline of May 31. Tickets will cost $5 in advance form the senior center or Warsaw Chamber of Commerce or $6 at the door. For more information, call 660-438-3300.

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