Date: March 27, 2020 | Category: News

Today, more than ever, it’s important to learn while we provide care for others. These free sessions are designed to help you do just that while you remain safe in your home with your loved ones.

TC_Cal_April_2020_Legal Size_revisedHere’s the link to the April offerings of the Teleconnection conferences

Date: March 27, 2020 | Category: News

Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General for Social Security, posted a new warning on Friday, March 27, about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. Social Security will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed.
Click here to see the warning.

Date: March 26, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection senior centers remain closed to the public as they continue to provide home-delivered meals, pick-up meal service and telephone reassurance to homebound adults.
These closures will remain in effect until at least April 6 district-wide in accordance with the state directives and until at least April 20 in Johnson County, Mo., home to the Warrensburg and Holden senior centers and the agency central office. Each center and the central office will follow the directives of the local county and city health departments throughout the COVID-19 containment effort.
All locations will continue to provide services with minimal staff on site and most of the others working remotely from their homes to minimize the spread of the virus.
“We are continuing to serve the most vulnerable older adults, as well as those who normally would enjoy having lunch, playing cards, or taking classes at our senior centers,” said Executive Director Diana Hoemann. “Our Head Cooks and their staff are in the kitchen weekdays preparing meals for delivery, as well as for pickup in some communities. Our Care Management team is set up remotely to provide information and assistance via telephone as people need it. We are increasing our Telephone Reassurance Program and trying to call older adults in our communities at least weekly.”
The agency has reduced its central office staff to three but still is fielding phone calls and getting messages to remote staff as soon as possible. The central office number is 1-800-748-7826.
Many centers have modified their home-delivered meal routes and are freezing meals so that they can make deliveries of more meals less frequently. These measures are to protect the older adults receiving meals and the staff and volunteers who are delivering them. Delivery drivers are practicing social distancing and accommodating individual recipients at their homes. Because only employees and delivery volunteers are allowed in centers, older adults must call ahead to pick up meals. The service is available to people 60 and older.
Center staff will work on a case-by-case basis to meet the needs of clients.
The agency has canceled or suspended exercise classes, services such as tax preparation and in-person care management, in-person educational programs, in-center volunteer activities, and fundraisers until at least April 30.
To arrange a meal pickup or delivery, or to arrange Telephone Reassurance for you or a loved one, call your local senior center during regular hours or the central office 1-800-748-7826. The agency also is making regular updates on its website, goaging.org, the Care Connection for Aging Services Facebook Page and its emailed newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, email kfair@goaging.org.
Care Connection continues to share information from trusted partners such as the Missouri SMP, the state Department of Health and Senior Services and the federal Centers for Disease Control. The Facebook page and goaging.org also will contain links to Internet sites that might provide entertainment, education and socialization online.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services set up a hotline (877-435-8411) for possible Coronavirus reporting.
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit area agency on aging that serves people 60 and older in 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon.
Our locations:
Central Office, 106 W. Young, Warrensburg, 1-800-748-7826
BATES COUNTY:
Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill St., Butler, 660-679-5830
BENTON COUNTY:
Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 E. Junge, Cole Camp, 660-668-2352
Warsaw Senior Center/Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, Warsaw, 660-438-3300
CARROLL COUNTY:
Carroll County Care Connection, CCMH, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton, 660-542-0399
CEDAR COUNTY:
El Dorado Springs Senior Center, 604 S. Forest, El Dorado Springs, 417-876-5574
Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, Stockton, 417-276-5306
CHARITON COUNTY:
Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, Salisbury, 660-388-5431
HENRY COUNTY:
Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, Clinton, 660-885-3482
Windsor Senior Center, 201 S. Main, Windsor, 660-647-3224
HICKORY COUNTY:
McCarty Senior Center, 19482 US-54, Wheatland, 417-282-6100
JOHNSON COUNTY:
Holden Senior Center, 204. W. Second St., Holden, 816-732-5757
Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, Warrensburg, 660-747-2624
LAFAYETTE COUNTY:
Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, Concordia, 660-463-7393
Higginsville Senior Center, 21st and Walnut, Higginsville, 660-584-7040
Margaret Gray Center, 811 C S. Business Highway 13, Lexington, 660-259-2025
Odessa Senior Center, 217 S. Second, Odessa, 816-633-4161
PETTIS COUNTY:
Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, Sedalia, 660-826-0713
SALINE COUNTY:
Marshall Senior Center, Marshall, 660-886-9888
ST. CLAIR COUNTY:
Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE, Osceola, 417-646-8292
VERNON COUNTY:
Neal Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada, 417-667-5847

Date: March 26, 2020 | Category: News

Washing your hands has never been more important. Click here to learn from the pros at the Department of Health and Senior Services.

So, what do you do if someone in your home has a suspected case of COVID-19?
Here is a detailed document on how to take care of your home if you suspect you have cases of COVID-19<

Are you a caregiver who needs to talk to an expert? Click here to find the help you need.

COVID-19 Helpful Links and Telephone Numbers
Click here for the latest from the CDC.

Click here for the latest from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 24 hour hotline for COVID-19: 877-435-8411.

Date: March 26, 2020 | Category: News

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is warning older adults about the potential for fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National SMP Resource Center issued a fraud alert, and the Missouri SMP is asking people to call its hotline at 1-888-515-6565 to report any suspected fraud.
This national SMP fraud alert contains information that all seniors need to know:
As the number of people and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes, and because older adults are at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, they may target older populations.
There is currently no FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19 and although there may be treatments for symptoms, there is no “cure.” However, scammers often use fear-based tactics to convince people that a vaccine or cure is now being offered.
It’s also important to remember that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials may contact you if they believe you may have been exposed to the virus, they will not need to ask you for insurance or financial information.
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) recommends that Medicare beneficiaries:
• Contact your own doctor if you are experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19.
• Do not give out your Medicare number, Social Security number, or personal information in response to unsolicited calls, texts, emails, home visits, or booths at health fairs and other public venues. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes as well.
• Be suspicious of anyone going door-to-door to offer free coronavirus or COVID-19 testing, supplies, or treatments.
• Carefully review your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) or Explanation of Benefits (EOB), looking for errors or claims for products or services that weren’t received.
• Follow the instructions of your state or local government for other actions you should be taking in response to COVID-19.
• Contact your local SMP for help. In Missouri, call 1-888-515-6565. SMPs empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse. In Missouri, visit www.health.mov.gov site or the cdc.gov site for information.
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is ready to provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. SMPs help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries in the fight against health care fraud. Your SMP can help you with your questions, concerns, or complaints about potential fraud and abuse issues.

Date: March 19, 2020 | Category: News, Uncategorized

Care Connection Senior Centers will remain closed to the public until at least March 31, and perhaps into April or later – depending on directions from local, state and federal health officials concerning the COVID-19 Virus containment. We simply do not know at this time.
We have canceled all face-to-face center programming and activities until at least April 15.
However, we still are delivering meals to the homebound, adding regular center participants to the home-delivered meal routes, and arranging for curbside meal pickup at some locations. Some of our centers’ meals will be delivered frozen and less often so that we limit exposure of volunteer drivers and clients.
If you want to receive a home-delivered meal or want to arrange for meal pickup, call the nearest center. You must be 60 and older to receive meals. We will be offering one entrée option for now.
We always follow the U.S. National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe food handling practices. Also, our center staff members are concentrating on extra cleaning and sanitation measures during our closure to the public.
Our Coordinators, Head Cooks, Care Managers and other staff will be available by phone or by leaving a message during normal business hours. The Care Managers will be able to help you with information and assistance.
We are increasing our Telephone Reassurance Program to help keep in touch with participants – both the home-delivered meal recipients and folks who are used to being out and about but now are isolated in their homes. If you or someone you know would like a periodic phone call, please let us know. 1-800-748-7826 or email us at information@goaging.org.
Our website will contain agency news on the most recent steps we have taken to respond to the virus and the resulting closing of our centers to the public.
The federal government has recommended that older adults and people with health concerns stay at home as much as possible. We realize that you may be spending more time than usual alone, and we want to help pass the time in some productive ways.
The Care Connection Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/Care-Connection-for-Aging-Services, as well as the senior center Facebook pages will have posts that include brain teasers, fitness exercises you can do at home, and some interesting videos that might be useful now and later. Please like your center’s Facebook page as well as the Care Connection Facebook page to see those ideas. If you would like to be added to our weekly Care Connection News email post and other alerts as necessary, please call 1-800-748-7826 or email kfair@goaging.org.
If you have any specific questions about the COVID-19 virus, please visit the cdc.gov website and health.mo.gov. Call the Missouri Novel Coronavirus information hotline at 1-877-435-8411 with questions you might have.
We remain committed to serving people 60 and older in whatever ways we can.

Date: March 13, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will close its central office in Warrensburg and all 21 West Central Missouri senior centers to the public beginning Monday through March 31.
The area agency on aging will continue to have staff at central office and most centers to answer telephones and to prepare and deliver meals to the homebound during this time.
Homebound seniors who already receive meals should see no stoppage of their deliveries. Participants who regularly have lunch at the center dining rooms may contact the center staff about other options.
Care Connection serves individuals 60 and older, and the federal Centers for Disease Control has advised that people in that age group avoid public places and crowds as much as possible because of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.
“We are not acting out of panic or fear, but in an abundance of caution – out of respect for public concerns and for the protection of both our staff and seniors,” Care Connection Executive Director Diana Hoemann said. “In taking these measures, we are doing our part to lessen the spread of the virus during this pandemic.”
All fitness classes, services such as tax preparation and in-person care management, educational programs, in-center volunteer activities, and fundraisers have been canceled or postponed. Volunteers who deliver meals should call the center coordinators about whether they will continue. Staff members will fill in where volunteers are not comfortable delivering meals.
“It’s important to remember that we are still taking care of our most vulnerable population,” said Debbie Krieger, Regional Services Director and Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for the agency.
Care Connection staff will work on a case-by-case basis to meet the needs of clients.
The agency leadership team will reassess situation and determine whether to remain closed past March 31, Hoemann said.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services set up a hotline (877-435-8411) for possible coronavirus reporting. The website cdc.gov has an abundance of information about preventing, detecting, treating and reporting the coronavirus.

Our locations:
Central Office, 106 W. Young, Warrensburg, 1-800-748-7826
BATES COUNTY:
Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill St., Butler, 660-679-5830
BENTON COUNTY:
Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 E. Junge, Cole Camp, 660-668-2352
Warsaw Senior Center/Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, Warsaw, 660-438-3300
CARROLL COUNTY:
Carroll County Care Connection, CCMH, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton, 660-542-0399
CEDAR COUNTY:
El Dorado Springs Senior Center, 604 S. Forest, El Dorado Springs, 417-876-5574
Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, Stockton, 417-276-5306
CHARITON COUNTY:
Brunswick Senior Center, 801 E. Broadway, Brunswick, 660-548-3010
Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, Salisbury, 660-388-5431
HENRY COUNTY:
Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, Clinton, 660-885-3482
Windsor Senior Center, 201 S. Main, Windsor, 660-647-3224
HICKORY COUNTY:
McCarty Senior Center, 19482 US-54, Wheatland, 417-282-6100
JOHNSON COUNTY:
Holden Senior Center, 204. W. Second St., Holden, 816-732-5757
Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, Warrensburg, 660-747-2624
LAFAYETTE COUNTY:
Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, Concordia, 660-463-7393
Higginsville Senior Center, 21st and Walnut, Higginsville, 660-584-7040
Margaret Gray Center, 811 C S. Business Highway 13, Lexington, 660-259-2025
Odessa Senior Center, 217 S. Second, Odessa, 816-633-4161
PETTIS COUNTY:
Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, Sedalia, 660-826-0713
SALINE COUNTY:
Marshall Senior Center, Marshall, 660-886-9888
ST. CLAIR COUNTY:
Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE, Osceola, 417-646-8292
VERNON COUNTY:
Neal Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada, 417-667-5847