Date: July 23, 2021 | Category: News

The high risk of COVID-19 transmission and health advisories have prompted our centers in Warsaw, Cole Camp, Nevada and Butler to temporarily close the dining rooms to the public and cancel all in-person activities, effective Monday, July 26, 2021. Curbside meals still will be available at all the centers.

The centers, operated by Care Connection for Aging Services, had recently reopened for indoor dining and increased recreation and fitness activities; however, the rise in COVID-19 cases forced the changes for the time being.

“We have taken this step to keep our staff members and guests safe as the spread of the COVID-19 variant continues through Missouri,” said Chris McCune, Regional Services Director. “We still offer our curbside meal pickup and would encourage seniors who are able to come by and get their meals from the center in their community.”

To learn more about curbside meals and the qualifications for home delivery, call your local center.

We will continue to offer an array of online recreational and educational activities, plus support groups, through Connect! Online, a “senior center without walls” that is accessible through the Zoom and Facebook platforms. To see the schedules and register for sessions, please visit www.goaging.org.

Care Managers will be available for telephone appointments to answer a variety of questions, provide information and assist in enrollment in Medicare and other programs for older adults. For more information, call the center or 1-800-748-7826.

Date: July 19, 2021 | Category: News

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Date: July 15, 2021 | Category: News

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Beginner’s Tai Chi for Arthritis Tuesdays & Thursdays 8 – 9 a.m. beginning August 3rd

Ancient Chinese meditation exercise features slow, precise movements. Improves balance, mobility, strength, and flexibility, decreases pain, and helps prevent falls. After completing this course, participants will be ready to join our weekly Tai Chi sessions at 9 a.m. or 5 p.m.

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate Friday, July 23rd 11 a.m.

In this program, created by Marlene Stum of the University of Minnesota Extension, we discuss decisions about the transfer of possessions that can occur during one’s lifetime, as well as after one’s death. These discussions are often delicate, and most families tend to avoid them.

Caring for You, Caring for Me Tuesdays & Thursdays 1 – 2:30 p.m. beginning August 3rd

These classes are aimed at family and volunteer caregivers who are providing assistance or support to people with long-term illnesses or disabilities. Based on curriculum from the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving, the goals for the “Caring for You, Caring for Me” program are to help people gain information; learn coping methods for stress; learn about resources available; and discover ways of working together to reduce some of the frustration and barriers they face in their caregiving.

Date: July 13, 2021 | Category: News

The Butler Senior Center has resumed indoor dining and recreation after more than a year of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The center at 611 W. Mill St. welcomes adults 60 and older to dine indoors without masks, according to Butler Senior Center Coordinator Nancy Rich. It’s open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meals are provided for people 60 and older for a suggested contribution of $4.50. Updated menus include some new items such as chicken Margherita, garlic and herb shrimp, and penne primavera as well as traditional favorites such as meatloaf and fried chicken. Call (660) 679-5830 or visit goaging.org to get a current menu.
Transportation is available by calling BaCo Transport by 660-679-6322.
The center still offers curbside pickup of meals for those who are not ready to dine in. To receive a curbside meal, please call the center before 9 a.m. the day of pickup or anytime the day before. The center also delivers meals some 200 meals weekly to homebound older adults. Rich is recruiting volunteers to deliver meals and help in the kitchen and dining room. The center needs volunteer receptionists and drink servers.
Rich said she’s working to provide a friendly, hospitable environment where people are greeted with a smile, and the opportunity to make new friends, to become active and to have good volunteer opportunities.
The full opening followed a soft opening to test safety protocols; the resumption of indoor dining has been well received.
“I am ecstatic because I get to hear seniors being active in the center again. I get to see them, I get to interact with them, and they get to interact with each other in their center,” Rich said. “The atmosphere is very joyous.”

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The center will host daily Rummikub and card games after lunch and bingo at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. July 16 will feature backyard barbecue-themed bingo at 10:30 a.m. and a trivia game at noon. On July 21, the center will introduce a locally-made “Chasing Away COVID-19” game at 12:30 p.m. Bingo will be “all things Italian” (beginning at 10:30 a.m.) to go along with an Italian meal to be served at 11:30 a.m. on July 22.
Care Manager Artricia Lowry will be available at the center by appointment. Lowry can connect older adults with benefits and answer a variety of questions on topics ranging from Medicare and property tax rebates to housing and family caregiving. To make an appointment, call 417-279-5138.
Center guests will notice fewer tables than before and a request for social distancing when they are getting their meals. While the mandatory use of masks and temperature taking have been halted, visitors, staff and volunteers still will be requested to answer health questions about COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks while clients are in the building. Home-delivered meal drivers will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands between clients, and stay socially distanced during the delivery of meals.

Date: July 12, 2021 | Category: News

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Date: July 8, 2021 | Category: News

The Clinton Senior Center has resumed indoor dining after more than a year of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The center at 970 E Sedalia Ave will welcome adults 60 and older to dine indoors without masks beginning Monday, July 12, according to Henry County Services Director Kathy Wilson. It’s open from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meals are provided for people 60 and older for a suggested contribution of $4.50; the center cannot make change. Updated menus include some new items such chicken Margherita, garlic and herb shrimp, and penne primavera as well as traditional favorites such as meatloaf and fried chicken. Call (660) 885-3482 or visit goaging.org to get a current menu.
Transportation is available by calling the Area Transit Service (ATS) at 660-885-3114.
The center still offers curbside pickup of meals for those who are not ready to dine in. To receive a curbside meal, please call the center by 10 a.m. The center also delivers meals weekly to homebound older adults. Wilson also is recruiting volunteers to deliver meals and help in the kitchen and dining room.
The full opening followed a soft opening beginning July 6 to test safety protocols; the resumption of indoor dining has been well received.
“So far, people have enjoyed being back in to see each other,” Wilson said. “It’s been awesome to see folks in the center and to get to visit with them a little longer than if they pick up a curbside meal. We are catching up on what’s been going on for the past year. “
Wilson said she plans add regularly scheduled events such as exercise classes (which are offered virtually this summer), card games and other recreational activities.
Care Manager Roy Qualls will be available at the center by appointment. Qualls can connect older adults with benefits and answer a variety of questions on topics ranging from Medicare and property tax rebates to housing and family caregiving. To make an appointment, call (660) 885-3482.
Center guests will notice fewer tables than before and a request for social distancing when they are getting their meals. While the mandatory use of masks and temperature taking have been halted, visitors, staff and volunteers still will be requested to answer health questions about COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks while clients are in the building. Home-delivered meal drivers will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands between clients, and stay socially distanced during the delivery of meals.

Date: July 7, 2021 | Category: News

 

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Date: July 7, 2021 | Category: News

Warsaw’s Senior Center/Village Café has resumed indoor dining after more than a year of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The center is welcoming adults 60 and older to dine indoors without masks, according to Margie Hetherington, Coordinator of the center in Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road. It’s open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meals are provided for people 60 and older for a suggested contribution of $5. Updated menus include some new items such chicken Margherita, garlic and herb shrimp, and penne primavera as well as traditional favorites such as meatloaf and fried chicken. Call 660-438-3300 or visit goaging.org to get a current menu.
The center still offers curbside pickup of meals for those who are not ready to dine in. To receive a curbside meal, folks may drive to the back entrance of the center and wait for someone to take their order. The center also delivers about 400 meals weekly to homebound older adults.
The full opening followed a soft opening to test safety protocols; the resumption of indoor dining has been well received.
“It’s been wonderful. It just seemed like people were excited to get back out and see other people and see their friends. People are enjoying a complete meal rather than settling for a sandwich at home or going out to eat,” Hetherington said. “Everybody in the community was asking when we are going to open back up. It’s been exciting to see everybody.”
Regular events at the center include card games at 4 p.m. Tuesdays; bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; a musicians’ jam session at 1 p.m. on Wednesday; and exercise classes five mornings at week. Pilates is at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; joint-friendly exercise is at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays; and Tai Chi is at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Care Manager Dee Locke will be available at the center by appointment. Locke can connect older adults with benefits and answer a variety of questions on topics ranging from Medicare and property tax rebates to housing and family caregiving. To make an appointment, call 660-438-3300, extension 3.
Café guests will notice fewer tables than before and a request for social distancing when they are getting their meals. While the mandatory use of masks and temperature taking have been halted, visitors, staff and volunteers still will be requested to answer health questions about COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks while clients are in the building. Home-delivered meal drivers will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands between clients, and stay socially distanced during the delivery of meals.

Date: July 5, 2021 | Category: News

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Date: July 2, 2021 | Category: News

The Concordia Senior Center will open fully for indoor dining on Tuesday after more than a year of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The center is welcoming adults 60 and older to dine indoors without masks, according to Concordia Head Cook Judy Latty. The center at 710 S. Main St. is open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meals are provided for people 60 and older for a suggested contribution of $5.
Updated menus include some new items such as chicken Margherita, shrimp kabobs, and pasta primavera, as well as traditional favorites such as meatloaf and fried chicken. Call the center at 660-463-7393 or visit goaging.org to get a current menu.
Folks who are not ready to dine in may still pick up meals curbside by calling before 9 a.m. to reserve a meal and arriving at the back door during the lunch hour. The center also delivers more than 100 meals a week to qualified homebound older adults.
The full opening follows a soft opening to test safety protocols; the resumption of indoor dining has been well received.
“It’s good to see people,” Latty said. “It’s nice to look out there and have people there.”
Before and after lunch, folks may visit with friends in the center and play cards, Latty said.
She invites the public to a drive-through tenderloin dinner on Sunday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are appreciated (but not necessary) by calling (660) 463-7393. The meal costs $10; exact change is required. Proceeds will help provide services for older adults in Concordia.
More organized center activities will begin after a coordinator is hired for the center.
Lafayette County Care Manager Bertina Markworth will be available for in-person appointments. She can connect older adults and caregivers with benefits and answer a variety of questions on topics ranging from Medicare and property tax rebates to housing and family caregiving. Older adults may call 1-800-748-7826 to arrange a meeting with Markworth.
Center guests will notice fewer tables than before and a request for social distancing when they are getting their meals. While the mandatory use of masks and temperature taking have been lifted, visitors, staff and volunteers still will be requested to answer health questions about COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks while clients are in the building. Home-delivered meal drivers will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands between clients, and stay socially distanced during the delivery of meals.