Date: February 13, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection has been packing the calendar with events throughout the district this spring.
Sunday Dinner at the Concordia Senior Center will take place this Sunday at 11 a.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children
A Living a Healthy Life Leader training will take place in Warrensburg beginning on Feb. 20 and 21, all day sessions and again on Feb. 27 ad Feb 28. These sessions are aimed at volunteers who want to teach the Living a Healthy Life course for Care Connection. It’s free.
Medicare 101 workshops take place in each center six times a year, and they are listed through June on the events section of this site.
A Matter of Balance is set for 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on March 2 at the Boonslick Regioinal Library in Cole Camp.
Living a Healthy Life is set for 1 p.m. Fridays beginning March 6 at the Warsaw Senior Center. It’s six weeks, once a week.
The Sedalia Spud Sale will take place Tuesday, March 17th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $8
The Marshall Spud Sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17th, at the senior center in Marshall.
The Carrollton Spudtacular will take place March 4. The cost is only $7. Call the Carrollton center at 660-542-0399.
Spring Cycle for the Sedalia Senior Center will take place on Saturday, April 25th. Early registration is $25.
A Matter of Balance session
is scheduled for the Butler Senior Center beginning April. 15th. It’s an eight session course taught over four weeks on Wednesdays and Fridays.
These are an example of activities you can find at the 22 locations of Care Connection. Visit the center section and the event section of goaging.org to see more.

Date: February 13, 2020 | Category: News

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) wants to give you a heads-up this month about the 2020 U.S. Census.
Every household should receive in the mail an invitation to participate in the Census beginning in mid-March. The preferred method of replying will be online. Everyone should be counted in the Census because doing helps state and local governments receive their share of federal funding and representation in Congress.
However, the Census also provides an opportunity for imposters to try to get your personal information, such as your Medicare number, which they will use to commit fraud.
The Census contains basic questions, including dates of birth, about members of your household. However, you will NOT be asked for Medicare numbers, bank account information, or credit card numbers, money, or anything on behalf of a political party. The Census Bureau will not be calling your home initially either.
If receive a survey from someone who says they are with the Census, yet you are unsure about whether it’s legitimate, you may contact the Census Bureau to confirm it.
You may go to census.gov and click on the “Help for Survey Participants” section to find resources to confirm the survey you receive is from the Census Bureau.
If you receive something in the mail, the return address should be either U.S. Department of Commerce or the U.S. Census Bureau with a return address in Jeffersonville, Indiana. For more information, visit www.2020census.gov.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri SMP at 1-888-515-6565.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0040, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

Date: February 7, 2020 | Category: News

The Salisbury Senior Center reopened for lunch service from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The center had been closed last week because of building maintenance issues. Lunch will be catered at the center by Sherry’s Restaurant. Individuals are asked to call 660-388-5431 to RSVP so that enough food will be prepared. Lunch is served to people 60 and older for a contribution.
Home-delivered meals still will be delivered in Salisbury and Brunswick.

Date: February 7, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services is celebrating American Heart Month during February with weekly events in its 21 senior centers to emphasize the importance of a healthy heart.
Heart Month has become an annual focus for the area agency on aging, which serves older adults in 13 West Central Missouri counties. All the centers began their celebrations with Go Red Friday (Feb. 7) by wearing red and continue by providing information and activities centered on heart health all month.
Heart disease kills more people than any other ailment in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. However, many of those deaths could be prevented by recognizing risks and taking small steps to minimize them.
The Care Connection Heart Month programs will emphasize prevention and management.
Many of our locations will participate in a Heart Healthy Pledge Day, when seniors will be asked to pledge to take a step toward improved heart health. Each center also will offer a special meal to show how tasty a heart-healthy diet can be. The centers’ staff members also will offer practical information for older adults to achieve heart health.
Care Connection regularly offers a course, “Living a Healthy Life,” that gives older adults the information they need to manage certain chronic conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
To find the center or the class offering nearest you, visit https://goaging.org/services/local-centers/.

Date: February 6, 2020 | Category: News

The Winter edition of the Care Connection News is here. Click here to see a pdf copy of the newsletter. Inside you will find a needs assessment, which we hope you will fill out and return. Plus, you will learn about what’s new in all our programs — Family Caregivers, Ombudsman, Medicare assistance, Tax assistance, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program and much more. If you want to receive the newsletter via mail in the future, let Kaye Fair know at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: February 6, 2020 | Category: News

If you are contemplating retirement or approaching 65 years old, consider attending one of Care Connection’s Medicare 101 workshops offered throughout our 13 counties. The Medicare 101 sessions last for one hour, and they are offered over the lunch hour to accommodate working people. Medicare 101 explains the difference between Parts A, B, C, and D and explains the options that are offered to you depending on your circumstances. Click here for a center-by-center schedule of the Medicare 101 through June 2020. If you have questions, call Stacey Gilkeson or Samantha Schnell at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: January 28, 2020 | Category: News

Tax identity thieves and IRS imposters are ready for tax season, whether you are or not. Join the FTC and its partners for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week to find out how to protect yourself, and what to do if you or someone you know runs into problems.Click here to read the story from the Federal Trade Commission

Date: January 28, 2020 | Category: News

Calling all caregivers:
We wanted to offer you the chance to participate in these free Telephone Learning Sessions. The first one is Wednesday, Feb. 5:
Click here to see a pdf copy of the Caregiver Teleconnection from the non-profit WellMed.

Date: January 21, 2020 | Category: News

If you are looking for a way to help others and learn about living healthy, Care Connection for Aging Services would like to have you become a volunteer leader for the “Living a Healthy Life” class.
“Living a Healthy Life is for people who have challenges with a chronic illness or condition, such as high blood pressure, back pain, diabetes, or heart disease, and also for individuals who are helping loved ones with any chronic issue,” said Rona McNally, Care Connection’s Director of Special Projects.
The four-day Living a Healthy Life leader training will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28, at the Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, Warrensburg. Potential leaders must attend all four sessions, which are free to the participants, and Care Connection will reimburse travel expenses. To register, call 1-800-748-7826 or email sgilkeson@goaging.org.
“We are looking for leaders from throughout our 13 counties who have a heart for helping others,” McNally said, “someone with a desire to help people identify ways to manage their health challenges in order to maintain and/or improve their quality of life.”
An ideal volunteer leader would be someone living with a chronic condition or who cares for a family member or close friend with a condition. Helpful skills are the ability to connect with people, a sense of humor, excellent communication skills and a comfort level with speaking in front of small groups.
During the training, leaders will “practice teach” so that they are comfortable with the program before they lead it. Once they finish the training, leaders are asked to co-teach one six-week workshop within a year. New volunteer leaders will be paired with a seasoned leader for their first sessions.
Stacey Gilkeson, Care Connection Coordinator of Supportive Services, said she finds co-leading the classes rewarding.
“When you are leader, you can watch people develop relationships, some of which will continue after the class. We know we are helping people live better lives,” Gilkeson said.
The Living a Healthy Life curriculum uses proven practices based on a series of studies conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine. Topics include nutrition, making healthy choices, exercise, coping techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; medication management, communication with family, friends and health professionals, and the evaluation of new treatments.
While retired teachers and health care professionals would be welcomed volunteers, the course also relies on lay leaders who will receive extensive training and support materials such as a textbook, journal and recipe book.
The small group workshops are highly interactive, focusing on building skills and sharing experiences with each other.
Leaders guide discussions so that participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.
When she is leading a class, Gilkeson said she finds herself living a healthier lifestyle as well.
“We have action plans that we have people complete and as a leader, I do them, too, and I stick to them because I know I have to be accountable, she said.
“It helps identify ways of handling the challenges of day-to-day life and setting goals for improvement,” McNally said. “It’s personalized. You are not told what you need to do. These situations don’t involve a one-size-fits-all approach, so the workshops involve a process of identification of the methods that will work for you – healthy lifestyle choices and daily habits.”
The Living a Healthy Life program is one of several offered by Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging serving 22 locations in 13 west central Missouri counties.

Date: January 14, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection will offer a free workshop series in Holden to help older adults live healthier.
The “Living a Healthy Life” course begins at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Holden Senior Center, 204 W. Second St. The course consists of six weekly sessions of two and a half hours each on Wednesday afternoons. Pre-registration is required by calling 1-800-748-7826.
The course is offered at no cost to people 60 and older and their caregivers.
“Living a Healthy Life is for people who have challenges with a chronic illness or condition, such as high blood pressure, back pain, diabetes, or heart disease, and also for individuals who are helping loved ones with any chronic issue,” said Rona McNally, Care Connection’s Director of Special Projects.
The workshop uses proven practices based on a series of studies conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Topics include nutrition, making healthy choices, exercise, coping techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; medication management, communication with family, friends and health professionals, and the evaluation of new treatments.
“The class helps identify ways of handling the challenges of day-to-day life and setting goals for improvement,” McNally said. “It’s personalized. You are not told what you need to do. These situations don’t involve a one-size-fits-all approach, so the workshops involve a process of identification of the methods that will work for you – healthy lifestyle choices and daily habits.”
A textbook, journal, recipe book and other materials will be provided. Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.
David Kesinger, 65, a retired postal worker from Warrensburg, and his wife, Margaret, recently attended the class in Knob Noster. He said he would recommend it to others.
“It was educational. Both instructors were knowledgeable,” Kesinger said. “I have Type II diabetes, and I am learning something new all the time about diabetes and what foods you should and shouldn’t eat and how to prepare foods. The class addressed a lot of these things.”
McNally said she hopes “participants will find support among one another. We hope you will find a buddy to provide support and accountability.”