Date: April 18, 2019 | Category: News, Uncategorized

We recently published an updated edition of our Annual Impact Report (for FY18). We would love for you to have a look.
Click here to see our most recent Annual Impact Report.

Date: April 17, 2019 | Category: News

Click here to see May’s offerings from the Caregiver Teleconnection

Date: April 15, 2019 | Category: News

The Care Connection Cole Camp Senior Center is celebrating its 35th anniversary as the place where older adults gather to dine, visit and learn.
The celebration will be from 1 to 3 p.m. April 23, remembering the center’s official opening and the service of its first meal in the Lions Club building.
The event, which is open to the public, will include cake and ice cream, reminiscing, a slide show, photo albums – and prizes.
The center still serves as a hub for adults 60 and older, who gather lunch, regular game nights, art classes, puzzle contests, beading classes, pick-up pinochle games, EnhanceFitness, armchair exercises, blood pressure screenings, ice cream cones and root beer floats.
Center Coordinator Janis Garren said perhaps the most important thing older adults will find is friendship.
“Often, when a spouse dies, people will tend to hibernate. They need to get out and mingle with people. We try and get people in here to socialize and have fellowship,” Garren said. “The senior center helps them come out of their shell. People find friends here.”
The center also provides volunteer opportunities for older adults, who help serve meals, clean up, and serve as receptionists.
Care Connection Care Manager Dee Locke serves the center to provide information and resources that are available to seniors, including Medicare counseling, benefits screenings, and education on topics ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to healthy living.
The idea of the senior center originated with a senior citizens club that met monthly in Cole Camp in the basement of a local church. The District III Area Agency on Aging (now dba Care Connection for Aging Services) approached the citizens’ group with the idea of creating a senior center and nutrition program to benefit older adults.
After much discussion, the senior center opened in the Lion’s Club building on April 23, 1984, as the first satellite operation of the agency, according to a history in the center’s archives. The meals were brought to Cole Camp from the Warsaw Senior Center. Meal service peaked at about 100 meals and prompted Cole Camp to have its own kitchen and cooks for some time.
Over the next three decades, the center served thousands of meals and provided countless hours of volunteer opportunities, programs and fellowship opportunities.
As one of 22 senior centers serving 13 West Central Missouri counties operated by Care Connection, the center provides opportunities to create positive aging experiences. Care Connection’s vision is that the people we serve will live with maximum independence, respect and dignity. For more information, call the center at 660-668-2352 or visit online.

Date: April 11, 2019 | Category: News

Advocates for older adults are calling attention to the Senior Services Growth and Development Program bill (House Bill 337) under consideration by Missouri House of Representatives, which is expected to come up for a vote next week.
“Supporters say that this bill is a small step toward restoring badly needed funding for significant unmet needs of seniors,” according to a written House summary of the bill. The Senate is considering the same proposal as Senate Bill 86.
The Senior Services Growth and Development Program is a top priority for the Silver Haired Legislature, a formally elected body that advocates for older adults. This year marks the third time the initiative has been introduced in the Legislature.
The bill would provide a continuing source of funding for senior programs without a tax increase. Under the proposal, 5 percent of revenue collected through the existing Insurance Premium Tax would be directed to senior programs and services overseen by the state’s 10 area agencies on aging, including Care Connection for Aging Services. The measure would be phased in over two years.
The bill has the strong support of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (ma4). Catherine Edwards, ma4 Executive Director, appeared before a Legislature committee to advocate for the measure. (Click here to see all of the talking points of ma4.)
The AAA core budget was cut in 2008 and has never been fully restored. The senior population continues to grow, and the cost of services is rising.
House Bill 337 would not only help restore core funding, but would provide a sustainable funding source to serve an ever-growing senior population. Without a funding increase, services will shrink. (Click here to see a list of the Missouri House representatives in Care Connection’s 13-county area, along with their phone numbers.)
The AAAs are able to serve only 10 percent of the eligible population.
The funding would allow Care Connection and the other area agencies to provide more seniors with services (including home-delivered meals) in their home and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations or placement in nursing homes.
Care Connection for Aging Services provides opportunities to create positive aging experiences for people 60 and older in West Central Missouri, including Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon counties. Call us at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: April 8, 2019 | Category: News

Do you have questions about how to manage your medications? Are you concerned about how to recognize potential drug interactions and how to store and remember to take medicine appropriately? Lucy Barylak, LMSW, will cover all of these areas during this four week session, as well as providing information about what to be concerned about if you’re
hospitalized, and other lifestyle and wellness issues. You will need to register for these teleconferences.
Click here for the schedule of this four week session.

Date: April 8, 2019 | Category: News

We have published a new brochure that explains benefits that are available to older adults. These range from extra help on Medicare to a free cell phone and are dependent on income. Call Penny at 1-800-748-7826 to learn more.
Click this link to our Benefits Enrollment Center brochure.

Date: April 5, 2019 | Category: News

Are you interested in learning how to live well with challenges such as high blood pressure or diabetes? If so, Care Connection for Aging Services has just the class for you.
Care Connection’s Sedalia Senior Center is hosting a “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Disease” class beginning at 9 a.m. on April 24. The course consists of six weekly sessions of two and a half hours each. The classes will be at the center, 312 S. Washington, Sedalia. Certified facilitators Shery Fogle and Pearl Weaver will lead the classes. The sessions are free, but registration is required by calling Care Connection Lifestyles Specialist Shery Fogle at 1-800-748-7826.
Regina Haynie recently finished a six-week CDSMP class in Clinton, and says she would “absolutely” recommend the course to people who have chronic conditions.
Haynie lives with two chronic conditions, both diagnosed just after the death of her husband.
“People with chronic conditions feel isolated and alone,” Haynie said. “By getting us together in a group, we were able to share some of our concerns, open up about concerns, and learn how others deal with it. Then you know you are not alone.”
The proven practices for self-management are based on an ongoing series of studies conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Topics include:
–Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
–Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
–Appropriate use of medications.
–Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
–Decision making.
–Evaluation of new treatments.
Sharon and Walter Johnson, of Warsaw, also attended the Clinton class.
“For the two of us, it was more reinforcement we were doing the right thing.” said Sharon, who has lived with chronic pain for 31 years. “There were a lot of good resources.”
Materials, including the book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” will be provided. The book contains information and tips to help people manage chronic conditions daily while doing the things they need and want to do.
Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.
“Doing the weekly plans made us stop and think about what you are doing right and what you need to improve on,” Sharon Johnson said.
Walter Johnson lives with diabetes and high blood pressure. He said the course “made you be honest with yourself. You had to make yourself stick to the plan. It’s easy to set up a plan, for your own health, and your own future health, but it’s harder to stick to it and be honest with yourself.”

Date: April 5, 2019 | Category: News

Do you help someone who has dementia? Are you new to the caregiver role or need some fresh ideas? If so, Care Connection for Aging Services may be able to provide some specialized family caregiver training at no cost to you.
Nationally, about 34 million family caregivers help adults 50-plus in their homes, many times without any guidance or education.
The area agency on aging’s Family Caregiver Program is seeking participants for a caregiver education program that provides practical advice and support for caregivers of people with dementia.
The topics covered include: basic daily care, everyday activities, restlessness and anxiety, injury prevention and safety, anger, mealtimes, bladder and bowel problems, self-care, communication, sleep, bathing, wandering, transferring, brain health, driving and dementia, and balancing work with caregiving.
“The program is aimed at making the life of the caregiver a little bit easier,” said Marilyn Gunter, Director of Care Management for Care Connection. “We want to reduce physical and emotional stress that comes with caregiving.”
During a one-on-one visit, a Care Connection Care Manager will evaluate the capacities of the person with dementia; provide information about the disease, including caregiving strategies and community resources; evaluate potential safety risks and offer appropriate assistive devices; and work with the caregiver to develop a care plan so that the person with dementia may stay at home as long as possible.
The education is provided in printed materials or online, and participants work at their own pace. Pre- and post-surveys will measure the program’s success. The information is targeted to caregivers of adults who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other dementia, as well as struggling caregivers who need a boost.
Care Connection is partnering with the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging to provide this service as part of a federal grant through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
If you want to participate or find out more, call the Care Manager at your nearest senior center or call Marilyn Gunter at 1-800-748-7826. Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit area agency on aging with a mission to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. Our service area includes 13 counties in West Central Missouri. Our vision is the people we serve will live with maximum independence, respect and dignity.
Care Managers:
Lafayette County: Bertina Markworth, 1-800-748-7826.
Hickory and St. Clair counties: Melanie Foster, 417-646-8292 in Osceola and 417-282-6100 in Wheatland.
Cedar County: Katie Hunter, 417-876-5574 in El Dorado Springs and 417-276-5306 in Stockton.
Bates and Vernon counties: Artricia Lowry, 417-667-5847 in Nevada and 660-679-5830 in Butler.
Johnson County: Laura Miles, 1-800-748-7826.
Pettis County: Joy Guymon, 660-826-0713.
Henry County: Roy Qualls, 660-885-3482 in Clinton and 660-647-3224 in Windsor.
Benton County: Dee Locke, 660-668-2352 in Cole Camp and 660-438-3300, ext. 3 in Warsaw.
Carroll and Chariton counties: Robyn Kistler, 660-542-0399 in Carrollton and 660-388-5431 in Salisbury.
Saline County: Jackie Frerking, 660-886-9888.

Date: April 3, 2019 | Category: News

Are you looking for a worthwhile way to give back to your community? If so, Care Connection’s Carroll County operation needs help with its home-delivered meals program.
About three dozen qualified homebound older adults receive noon meals five days a week as part of the Carroll County HDM program. The meals are cooked and packaged at the 4 Corners Café, 200 Lifecare Lane, at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, which partners with Care Connection to serve the seniors.
The delivery is an all-volunteer operation, and the center is looking for folks to serve one day a week, one week a month, or an entire month. Volunteers are needed beginning about 10:30 a.m., to serve one of two routes within Carrollton city limits.
Volunteer drivers provide more than just a nutritious meal. The delivery also provides a chance for the driver to check on the well-being of frail elders, some of whom might not see or speak with anyone else on a given day.
Most importantly, the meal delivery “helps the person they are delivering to remain in their home, and help with their living conditions. It keeps that person in their home, and that’s what we want for our seniors,” said Vivian Olvera, Carrollton’s Care Connection Coordinator.
Delivery drivers need to have their own vehicles, insurance, and they must undergo a background check. If you are interested, contact Vivian at 660-542-0399.

Date: April 3, 2019 | Category: News

Click here to see what’s coming up in April (beginning Thursday) on the Caregiver Telecommunication sessions.
These sessions are free.