Seniors centers to be busy for Heart Month

Date: February 7, 2018 | Category: News

We are joining the celebration of Heart Month during February with weekly special events in all 23 locations to remind people of the importance of a healthy heart.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, with one in four deaths attributed to it, according to the American Heart Association. But, many times, heart disease can be prevented or managed with lifestyle changes.
“Raising awareness and providing education on how to reduce these risks is so important, especially for our seniors,” said Care Connection Lifestyles Specialist Samantha Schnell. “There are simple changes you can make in your day-to-day life that can have a great impact and reduce the risk of heart disease.”
The Care Connection Heart Month programs will emphasize those changes.
Events kicked off Feb. 2 with participation in the national “Wear Red Day,” when staff members and participants wore red to show support for the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
Many of our locations will participate in Heart Healthy Pledge Day Feb. 9, when seniors will be asked to pledge to take one simple step toward heart health and take a selfie with the written pledge. Care Connection and its centers will share those photos on their Facebook pages. The pledges also may be posted at the center.
“These pledges can be to “Walk 30 minutes a day,” “Monitor my blood pressure” or “Eat more vegetables,” Schnell said. “Even small changes add up.”
The agency will celebrate a Heart Healthy Meal Day on Feb. 15 by serving garlic lime shrimp with pasta, herb roasted chicken, broccoli, honey carrots, stewed tomatoes and blushed pears at its centers.
In most locations on Feb. 23, “Get up and Get Moving Day” will feature simple activities to illustrate to seniors that they can be involved in a fun physical activity.
Each of these activities will include easy tips and tricks that seniors can use all year round to improve their heart health.
To find the center nearest you, visit or call 1-800-748-7826. Care Connection for Aging Services, an area agency on aging, serves people 60 and older in 23 locations in 13 counties, Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. (See center list attached.)

Our Centers:

Bates County:
Butler Senior Center
611 W. Mill St.
Butler, Mo. 64730

Kern Center
613 E. Park Avenue
Rich Hill, Mo. 64779

Benton County:
Cole Camp Senior Center
206 W. Junge Street
Cole Camp, Mo. 65325

Warsaw Senior Center
Village Café/Harbor Village
17571 N. Dam Access Road
Warsaw, Mo. 65355

Carroll County:
Carroll County Senior Center
Carroll County Memorial Hospital
200 Lifecare Lane
Carrollton, Mo. 64633

Cedar County:
El Dorado Springs Senior Center
604 S. Forest
E Dorado Springs, Mo. 64744

Korth Center
309 W. Englewood
Stockton, Mo. 65785

Chariton County:
Brunswick Senior Center
801 E. Broadway
Brunswick, Mo., 65236

Salisbury Senior Center
304 Broadway
Salisbury, Mo. 65281

Henry County:
Clinton Senior Center
970 E. Sedalia
Clinton, Mo. 64735

Windsor Senior Center
201 S. Main
Windsor, Mo. 65360

Hickory County:
McCarty Senior Center
19482 U.S. Highway 54
Wheatland, Mo. 65779

Johnson County:
Holden Senior Center
204 W. Second St.
Holden, Mo. 64040

Warrensburg Senior Center
445 E. Gay, Suite 128
Warrensburg, Mo. 64093

Care Connection Central Office
106 W. Young St.
Warrensburg, Mo. 64093

Lafayette County:
Concordia Senior Center
710 Main
Concordia, Mo. 64020

Higginsville Senior Center
21st and Walnut
Higginsville, Mo. 64037

Margaret Gray Center
811 C S. Business Highway 13
Lexington, Mo. 64067

Odessa Senior Center
217 S. Second
Odessa, Mo. 64076

Pettis County:
Sedalia Senior Center
312 S. Washington
Sedalia, Mo. 65301

Saline County:
Marshall Senior Center
14 E. Morgan
Marshall, Mo. 65340

St. Clair County:
Rives Crossing Life Center
5215 Business Highway 13 NE
Osceola, Mo. 64776

Vernon County
Neal Center
301 N. Main
Nevada, Mo. 64772