Date: June 18, 2018 | Category: News

Click here to see the July lineup for the Caregiver Teleconnection.
These seminars are done by telephone so that caregivers can get good advice from the experts without ever leaving their homes.

Date: June 12, 2018 | Category: News

Click here to see what family caregiver programs are available via telephone for the reset of June.

Date: June 12, 2018 | Category: News

Volunteers for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program this year provided help to file claims and rebate applications for more than 1,500 people in the 13-county service area for Care Connection for Aging Services. Their work resulted in the return of more than $854,000 for seniors to spend in their local communities.
The TCE tax volunteers helped file 621 federal income tax returns, 621 state income tax returns and 928 claims for Missouri Property Tax Credit, also known as the Circuit Breaker, according to Kathy Ray-Smith, who directs the TCE Program for Care Connection.
The refunds and credits amounted to $854,635 that stayed in the local communities, Ray-Smith said.
“Most of those seniors say they use that money to pay a bill, make a home repair that may have been neglected, get some dental work, or make some other essential purchase not in their budget,” Ray-Smith said. “That’s just awesome.”
The program, which is based in senior centers, enlists volunteers who complete seniors’ income tax returns and Circuit Breaker claims free of charge. In 2018, staff members and 25 volunteers helped people at 18 sites in the service area.
In addition, the Internal Revenue Service, which partially funds the program through a grant, issued reports of 100 percent compliance after in-person monitoring at all the sites.
“Such feedback speaks to the high quality of work these volunteers have performed,” Ray-Smith said. “Many of our volunteers are retired tax professionals who now are giving back to the community. I cannot say enough good things about our volunteers.”
In all, the volunteers donated 1,603 hours to the program. The greatest participation came from six Hickory County volunteers, who contributed 611 hours at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland.
For more information or to see whether you might want to volunteer next year, call 1-800-748-7826 or email us at
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit agency serving Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon counties. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences.
Here is a look by county at the amount of money reclaimed and returned in federal and state income tax and the Circuit Breaker property tax credit:
Bates $4455.
Benton $120,039
Cedar $24,305
Henry $91,002
Hickory $213,659
Johnson $192,666
Lafayette $57,077
Pettis $92,673
St. Clair $29,463
Saline $28,693
Vernon $693
No volunteers worked in Carroll or Chariton counties.

Date: June 12, 2018 | Category: News

Purple will be the color of the day this FRIDAY, June 15, as Care Connection joins the observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The agency annually participates in the world observation as part of its role in prevention of adult abuse and neglect, said Kathy Ray-Smith, Care Connection’s Regional Long-term Care Ombudsman Director.
The effort is meant to call attention to the hundreds of thousands of older, frail and vulnerable people who are abused and/or neglected.
This year, senior center leaders in Care Connection’s 13 counties will focus on increasing awareness among first responders so that they can more readily recognize abuse or neglect of adults. Also, centers are encouraging people to wear purple on June 15 to increase awareness.
One in 10 older people fall victim to some sort of elder abuse, and many of the perpetrators are members of the victims’ families. One study estimates that as many as 5 million people 60 and older are abused annually, and only one in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.
Seniors lose $36.48 billion each year to elder financial abuse – more than 12 times what was previously reported, according to The True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015.
Many victims cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Abusers of older adults may be women, men, family members, friends, or trusted others.
Elder Abuse is against the law. The Missouri Adult Abuse hotline number is 1-800-392-0210.
Generally, abuse takes several forms:
• Physical Abuse – slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical or chemical means.
• Sexual Abuse—non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
• Neglect—the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable elder.
• Exploitation—the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else’s benefit.
• Emotional Abuse—inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person by humiliating, intimidating, or threatening.
• Abandonment—desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.
• Bullying— Intimidation or harassment that causes a senior to fear for his or her
physical safety or property.

Date: June 4, 2018 | Category: News

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is seeking volunteers in your area to help seniors protect their Medicare benefits.
The statewide SMP is operated by Care Connection for Aging Services’ Director of Special Projects, Rona McNally. Its mission is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.
The federal government estimates that the Medicare Program loses about $60 billion annually to fraud and abuse
Key to the SMP program’s success is a network of volunteers who staff outreach events and conduct presentations in senior centers and other venues. The SMP needs more volunteers for its team.
The primary focus of a Senior Medicare Patrol team member is to educate Medicare beneficiaries through one-on-one discussions, distributing literature, attending senior fairs, or by making presentations at appropriate locations.
Volunteers undergo a comprehensive training course and receive extensive support from SMP Team Coordinator Brian Henning.
The next training is scheduled in Clinton for July 23 and July 24. Call Brian at (888) 515-6565 by July 16 to fill out an application.
The Missouri SMP is part of a nationwide network funded by the Administration for Community Living to combat Medicare fraud, which is estimated to cost billions of dollars annually.
For more information about volunteering, or to report suspected Medicare fraud or abuse, call (888) 515-6565.

Date: May 31, 2018 | Category: News

People who are concerned about their memories and want to get a screening for future reference may do so this month in Care Connection for Aging Services senior centers.
The agency’s care managers will conduct free, confidential memory screenings in June.
“The screenings serve as peace of mind for those wondering whether their forgetfulness is ‘normal,’” said Marilyn Gunter, Director of Care Management. “The screenings could be the first step in getting treatment.”
Care managers will provide the screenings that test participants’ recall to see if they are experiencing any type of memory issue. If issues exist, the care manager will recommend that the participant see his or her doctor and will offer to contact the physician about the test results.
The National Memory Screening Program is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Here is a schedule of the screenings:
Brunswick – Brunswick Senior Center, 801 E. Broadway, June 12, 9 a.m. to noon
Butler – Butler Senior Center, 601 W. Mill St., June 11, 11 a.m.
Clinton – Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, June 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Carrollton – Care Connection Activity Center, CCMH, 200 Lifecare Lane, June 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cole Camp – Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 W. Junge, June 28, 8 a.m. to noon
Concordia – Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, June 28, 10 a.m. to noon.
El Dorado Springs – El Dorado Springs Senior Center, 604 S. Forest, June 11, 10 a.m. to noon
Higginsville – Higginsville Senior Center, 21st and Walnut, June 27, 10 a.m. to noon
Lexington – Margaret Gray Center, 811 C S. Business Highway 13, June 21, 10 a.m. to noon.
Marshall – Marshall Senior Center, 14. E. Morgan, June 18, 10 a.m. to noon
Nevada – Neal Center, 301 N. Main, June 14, 11:30 a.m.
Odessa – Odessa Senior Center, 217 S. Second, June 14, 10 a.m. to noon
Osceola – Rivers Crossing Life Center, June 19, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Rich Hill – Kern Center, 613 E. Park Ave., June 18, 10 a.m.
Salisbury – Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, June 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sedalia – Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, June 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Stockton – Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, June 12, 10 a.m. to noon
Warrensburg – Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, June 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Warsaw – Warsaw Senior Center, Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, June 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wheatland – McCarty Center, U.S. Highway 54, June 20, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Date: May 16, 2018 | Category: News

Summertime is around the corner, and it already feels hot and muggy outdoors. That means air conditioning in your home, but it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here are five simple ideas to save you money this summer.
This information comes from Kansas City Power and Light.
1. Use a ceiling fan or other circulating fan. It can make you feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler. A fan
doesn’t cool a room, it just makes it more comfortable. Remember to turn it off when you leave
the room to avoid pointless energy costs. If you also use an air conditioner, a ceiling fan helps
disperse cooled air more efficiently and allows you to raise its thermostat by as much as 4
degrees, with little or no discomfort.
2. Run your AC more economically. Setting your AC as high as is comfortably possible and
using a programmable thermostat to increase temperature when you’re out, or asleep, could
easily decrease your summer cooling bill by 10%. If you are coming into a hot house, it does not
cool it off faster to set the thermostat to a cooler temperature than normal.
3. Maintain cooling systems. Changing the filters regularly on a unit will help save energy costs
by 5% up to 15%. Also make sure your outdoor unit is clear of leaves and obstructions.
4. Avoid heat buildup during the day. Whenever the outdoor temperature exceeds the
temperature inside your home, try to avoid activities that generate a lot of heat, such as cooking
on the stovetop and using the dishwasher or clothes dryer. By simple avoidance, you’ll save
money on electricity and what it would cost to make that AC work overtime.
5. Close curtains, blinds and shades. Whatever your treatments, you’ll see significant savings
if you keep them drawn all day. You could see a decrease in heat by 45%.
To see if you qualify for Low Income Home Energy Assistance programs, contact Penny at

Date: May 10, 2018 | Category: News

Doris Hudgens of Clinton has received statewide recognition for her dedication in caring for her elderly mother, Lila.
Doris was named the April Caregiver of the Month by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. That recognition makes Hudgens a nominee for the Caregiver of the Year Award to be named in December.
Roy Qualls, Care Connection for Aging Services Henry County Care Manager, nominated Doris for the honor.
“Doris and Lila come into the Clinton Senior Center daily for lunch. I always observe Doris communicating with the deepest respect and dignity for her mother. She is very patient and respectful with her mother when challenges occur throughout the day,” Qualls said in his nomination.
Hudgens has been caring for 92-year-old Lila for three years. Mentally sharp and determined, Lila remains independent in her own Clinton apartment. Lila has neuropathy and relies on a wheel chair to get around in public; at home, she manages with a walker.
“Without hesitation, Doris contributes lovingly as a daughter and significantly as a caregiver with her mother. Her proactive attitude enables her mother to maintain a productive and meaningful life with dignity and respect,” Qualls said.
Every morning, Doris goes to Lila’s apartment, makes coffee and gets her dressed before the two watch “Wheel of Fortune.” Hudgens takes Lila to the senior center, where they eat lunch and visit with friends.
The two women get their hair done weekly or attend a doctor’s appointment. They return to Lila’s apartment, and Doris leaves for a bit before she returns to Lila’s. The daughter prepares dinner, dresses Lila and puts her to bed for the night. She sets out breakfast for her mother before she leaves. Doris also helps with baths, medication management, dishes, vacuuming and taking out the trash.
“A lot of people do not realize how much work goes into caregiving until they are put into the situation. I don’t feel like I’m an expert at this; I just do what feels right, by doing right by my mother,” Doris said. “I admire anyone who is a caregiver, knowing how much of yourself that goes into it. I am very fortunate to have a mother who is easy to work with. Mom is still of sound mind and engages in activities that keep her brain active.”
Lila is an avid Kansas City Royals fan and enjoys reading the newspaper and maintaining her iris garden. The mother and daughter enjoy car rides through the country and dinner out at Golden Corral.
“As a caregiver, I have learned to appreciate what other caregivers have gone through. I appreciate my mother more and have grown closer to her. I have learned to appreciate each day as it comes along,” Doris said.
As a member of the Care Connection Care Management Team, Qualls has information and access to programs and services to support Doris and other caregivers like her through the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
Doris credits Care Connection for Aging Services for all of the support they provide to her, she said.

Date: May 1, 2018 | Category: News

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is working hard to keep seniors from becoming the victims of fraud as Medicare rolls out the new Medicare card this month nationally. Two words of advice: Be patient.
Here is the May Fraud Prevention Fact presented to you by the Missouri SMP.

Here is a link to find out which states are receiving their cards right now.

Date: April 19, 2018 | Category: News

Our agency served more than a half million meals last fiscal year. More than 11,000 people were served in all of our programs.
Click here to open our most recent annual report.