Date: February 21, 2019 | Category: News

For Heart Month, we are sharing Facts of the Heart to promote heart health. This segment offers tips on heart healthy eating, provided by the American Heart Association.
Eat a variety of fresh, frozen and canned vegetables and fruits. Omit the high calorie sauces or added sugar and salt. Replace high-calorie foods with fruits and veggies.
Choose fiber-rich whole grains. These include whole-wheat flour, bulgur, cracked wheat, oatmeal, whole cornmeal, and brown rice.
Eat poultry and fish without skin. Cook without added fat. Use lean meat. Eat a variety of fish twice a week.
Drink skim or 1 percent milk.
Avoid foods containing hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans-fat in your diet.
Limit sugar, both in foods and drinks. Read labels to find hidden sugars, fats, sodium and calories in processed foods.
Limit salt in cooking, in processed foods, and at the table.
Drink alcohol in moderation if at all – one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
Keep in mind portion sizes when you are in a restaurant. Consider that these are one serving: A slice of bread. A half cup of rice or pasta. A small piece of fruit. 6 ounces of fruit juice. 2 ounces of cheese (which is the size of a domino). 3 ounces of meat (about the size of a deck of cards.)
We have been offering these Facts of the Heart during February, National Heart Month. If you want to learn more about this, see your doctor or call Care Connection at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: February 14, 2019 | Category: News

For Heart Month, we are sharing Facts of the Heart to promote heart health. Here, we offer tips on learning how many of those risks you may have. Some are obvious – like smoking. However, some risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol do not have obvious symptoms, and you should keep tabs on them.
The National Institutes of Health offers these tips:
• See your doctor, and be proactive. Tell your doctor you want to keep your heart healthy. Ask questions about your chances of developing heart disease and how you can lower your risk. Discuss tests that will determine your personal factors that make you more likely to develop heart disease.

• Know your numbers: blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Also, know what these numbers should be, according to your doctor. Most insurance including Medicare covers the screenings to determine and monitor these numbers.

• Keep tabs on treatment. If you already are being treated for heart disease or heart disease risk factors, ask your doctor to review your treatment plan with you. Also, consider attending Chronic Disease Self-Management Education courses offered by Care Connection.

• Be open with your doctor. When your doctor asks you questions, answer as honestly and fully as you can.

• Ask questions! If you don’t understand something your doctor says, ask for an explanation in simple language. If you need written instructions, ask for them. Make sure you understand how to take your medications.

We are pleased to offer these Facts of the Heart during the month of February, National Heart Month. If you want to learn more about this, see your doctor or call 1-800-748-7826.

Date: February 5, 2019 | Category: News

Seniors will be able to add a little balance to their lives and diminish their fear of falling during a four-week course in Wheatland.
Care Connection for Aging Services will offer an eight-session course called “Matter of Balance,” from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 19 at the McCarty Senior Center, 19482 Highway 54, in Wheatland.
To register, call 1-800-748-7826. The course is being offered free to participants.
Three in 10 seniors fall each year, and about 20 percent of those are injured. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among older people. Falls often happen at home, and many can be prevented.
The class is meant to reduce the fear of falling and to increase activity among older adults. It was developed in accordance with research conducted by Boston University.
The participants will learn:
• To set goals for increasing activity.
• To view falls and the fear of falling as controllable.
• To exercise to create strength and balance.
• To reduce risk factors for falls.
Class participants can expect discussion, problem solving, skill building, assertiveness training, exercises and videos.
Nine of 10 participants in the nationally recognized Matter of Balance program said they are more comfortable talking about the fear of falling, planned to increase exercise, and would recommend the program to others.
Care Connection offers the program as part of its mission to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging, serves 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Hickory.

Date: February 5, 2019 | Category: News

In observation of Heart Month, we are sharing these Facts of the Heart so that you know WHY heart health is so important. The National Institutes of Health say that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk for heart disease. The first step is to know the risk factors, which make a person more likely to develop a disease.
Risk factors, according to the NIH, include:
• High blood pressure
• High blood cholesterol
• Diabetes and prediabetes
• Smoking
• Being overweight or obese
• Being physically inactive
• Having a family history of early heart disease
• Having a history of preeclampsia during pregnancy
• Unhealthy diet
• Age. The average age for a heart attack is 70 in women, and 66 in men.
You cannot do anything about some of these (genetics or age, for example.) But, in the next few weeks, we are going to touch on areas where you CAN make a difference. We think it’s important to offer these Facts of the Heart during February, National Heart Month. If you want to learn more about this, talk to your doctor or call 1-800-748-7826.

Date: February 4, 2019 | Category: News

Do you have a heart for service and a few extra hours a week? If so, the Windsor Senior Center needs volunteers in a variety of areas.
The senior center, 201 S. Main, depends on volunteers to help in the kitchen, at the front desk, in the dining room, and to deliver meals to the homebound.
The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
“We would welcome volunteers who can commit to a couple of hours or more a week,” said Center Coordinator Carrie Memphis. “We are looking for people who love helping people.”
Home-delivered meal drivers would drop off warm meals to about 20 homebound individuals. Many times, the HDM delivery serves as a well-being check on the homebound adults, who might not receive any other visitors in a given day. Meals are delivered Monday through Wednesday, but would be expanded to Thursday if volunteers were available, Memphis said.
The route includes 20-plus stops and takes an average of 90 minutes.
The Windsor center, one of 22 operated by Care Connection for Aging Services, receives meals prepared hot and fresh daily from the Clinton Senior Center kitchen.
Kitchen volunteers are needed to ready a steam table, receive the food, serve it in the proper portions, and clean up afterward. About 20 seniors have lunch at the senior center four days a week.
Another potential volunteer role is a desk receptionist.
“We really do have a volunteer role for anybody who has a servant’s heart,” Memphis said. “The reward will be seeing a smile on a senior’s face because somebody cares.”
Training is provided for all positions, and background checks are required for some roles.
To find out more, visit the Windsor Senior Center or call (660) 647-3224.

Date: February 2, 2019 | Category: News

Catherine Rivers has been named the Volunteer of the Year 2018 for the Stockton Korth Center.
“We want to say a very special thank you to all the individuals who volunteer their time and service to the Korth Center,” said Pam Engleman, Cedar County Services Director for Care Connection for Aging Services, which serves 13 counties including Cedar. “The staff would not be able to do all that gets accomplished without the individuals from our community that give back to the Korth Center.”
After she moved to Missouri from Mississippi, Rivers said she checked out the senior center because “I needed to get out and meet people.” She very much enjoys volunteering at Korth.
“I thank God every day that I am able to get up and work,” said the 77-year-old Rivers, who lives about 20 miles west of Stockton. “I volunteer at the desk. I greet people as they come in and send people to whomever they need to talk to. I have really met some nice people.”
Rivers, a retired bank teller, volunteers every Monday at the senior center. She also volunteers at the thrift store and food pantry.
These 12 individuals were selected as Volunteers of the Month by the older adults who participate at the Korth Center: January-Carla Schloman; February-Sheila McCabe; March-Dan Watters; April-Laurel Cockrell; May-Gary Johnson; June-Linda Throne; July-Josie Young; August-Star Malouff; September-Sandy Moore; October-Billie Hughes; November-Chris Cruise; and December-Catherine Rivers.
“The Korth staff appreciates all the individuals who volunteer at the Korth Center,” Engleman said.

Date: February 1, 2019 | Category: News

Jessie Givens was named Head Cook in Salisbury in December 2018. Jessie began working as a substitute cook, custodian and home delivered meal driver for Salisbury in 2017 and continues as custodian as she settles into the head cook role.
“I love the job that I am doing because I can see the smiles on people’s faces when they get a good cooked meal that is nutritious,” Jessie said. “I also love the job because I love to help people out in any way that I possibly can. This job gives me the opportunity to do so in many ways. Knowing people are getting to eat a healthy meal either at the center or at home makes my heart full. I love everyone I work with and have met as well.”
Jessie said she hopes to be responsive to the preferences of the participants in Salisbury, where the number of people having lunch in the dining room has increased since she became head cook.
“My goals are to try and give everyone the meals they like and deserve by cooking meals they suggest or that may be different than what they can get somewhere else,” she said. “I also would like to try and get out more information about the different things Care Connection has to offer.”
Jessie moved from Oklahoma to Marceline, Mo., when she was 12. She graduated from Marceline High School in 1999.
Her husband, Dennis, is a fixture at the center.
“He loves volunteering, helping deliver meals, doing dishes, cleaning and also, he is just a handy man,” she said.
Jessie has two daughters, Alysa, 18, and Nadily, 14, a high school freshman who enjoys FFA. Her son, Austin, is in kindergarten, and loves to play with Transformers and Legos.
“Whenever I am not at work, I like to go to the park and different places with my family,” Jessie said.
“I also like to draw.”
Jessie also has a soft place in her heart for animals.
“I also have a Chi (dog) named Izzy I’ve had for 14years, another Chi (dog) that I’ve had for four years. I have two turtles, six goldfish and two hamsters. I love rescuing and just plain love animals.” Also part of the family are three cats, Salvador Perez, Sally, and Bob.

Date: February 1, 2019 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will present Medicare 101 sessions for the public in all of its 13 counties over the next five months.
The sessions, presented during the lunch hour, are free and open to the public. The workshop is geared toward people who are new to Medicare or considering retirement. During the Medicare 101 session, participants will learn which factors they should consider in making Medicare choices.
The workshop covers Medicare premiums, deductibles, copayments, and benefits, as well as the differences in Parts A, B, C, and D. The session explains Medigap insurance and Medicare Advantage plans.
Participants also will learn how they may qualify for assistance in paying for prescriptions and medical care.
Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-748-7826. Lunch will be available for a contribution for people 60 and older and for the full cost of the meal (about $7.30) for all others.
While Care Connection does not sell insurance or recommend specific plans, our professionals can guide seniors through the decision-making process.
Here is the schedule for the sessions, all of which begin at noon:
• Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill St., Butler, February 28, April 25 and June 27
• Carroll County Care Connection Activity Center, Carroll County Memorial Hospital, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton, February 11, April 23 and June 18.
• Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, Clinton, March 19 and May 17
• Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 E. Junge St., Cole Camp, March 25 and May 28
• Higginsville Senior Center, 21st and Walnut, February 25 and June 28
• Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, Stockton, March 21 and May 24
• Margaret Gray Center, 811 C S. Business Highway 13, Lexington, April 29
• Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan, Marshall, February 15, April 18 and June 14
• McCarty Senior Center, 19483 U.S. Highway 54, Wheatland, March 28 and May 23
• Neal Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada, February 22, April 19 and June 21
• Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE, Osceola, February 14, April 16 and June 20
• Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, Salisbury, March 29 and May 21
• Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, Sedalia, February 20, April 26 and June 27
• Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, Warrensburg, March 27 and May 30.
• Warsaw Senior Center, Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, Warsaw, March 22 and May 29

Date: January 31, 2019 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will offer seniors assistance in filing federal and state income tax returns in five senior centers and the Missouri Property Tax Credit application in all of our counties during tax season.
The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program will be offered by appointment, according to Kathy Ray-Smith, who directs the program for Care Connection. The five E-file sites, where income tax and the Missouri Property Tax Credit (Circuit Breaker) can be filed, are senior centers in Clinton, Cole Camp, Warrensburg, Warsaw and Wheatland.
Seniors 60 and older are eligible for free tax assistance, including help in electronically filing their federal and state income tax returns and their “Circuit Breaker” Missouri Property Tax Credit application, Ray-Smith said.
Senior centers in all 13 counties will offer appointments for seniors to file for the MO-PTC, also known as the Circuit Breaker.
“The program operates because of our volunteers, and we do not have them in every center,” Ray-Smith said. “However, our hope is that all seniors in our 13-county service area will be able to find a center close enough to them to get the income tax help they need.”
The free service is open to all seniors; however, Ray-Smith suggests that any taxpayer who has a more complicated return seek professional tax accounting assistance.
The service helps both older adults and their communities, Ray-Smith said.
“When seniors get their income tax returns and property tax rebates, these folks have more money to spend in their own communities,” she said.
Participants need to bring photo identification, proof of Social Security numbers, and 2017 and 2018 tax documents to file income tax returns. People who are applying for a MO-PTC need to provide a receipt for paid property tax or a receipt for total rent paid. The property tax rebate may be applied retroactively for three years.
Click here to see the schedule

Date: January 31, 2019 | Category: News

The Kern Center will emphasize the benefits that are available to help seniors make the most of their income during a presentation on Feb. 27.
Benefits Counselor Penny Humphrey will bring the “Benefits Wheel” game to the Kern Center, 613 E. Park Ave., in Rich Hill. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m.
Humphrey will explain Care Connection’s Benefits Enrollment Center, which offers seniors screenings and enrollment assistance in many money-saving programs.
Participants will have a chance to spin the wheel, test their knowledge of seniors’ benefits, and answer questions for prizes.
The Kern is one of 23 locations operated by Care Connection for Aging Services, an area agency on aging serving 13 counties in West Central Missouri, including Bates. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826.
This news release was produced in part with funding provided by the Missouri State Department of Health and Senior Services and the U.S. Older Americans Act.