Date: October 15, 2019 | Category: News

The Care Connection for Aging Services location in Carroll County needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors and to serve as receptionists and dining room attendants.
Volunteers provide the backbone of the home-delivered meal program in Carroll County. The volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors; in addition, volunteers provide an invaluable service by checking in on the homebound seniors to make sure they are OK.
In many cases, volunteer delivery drivers form friendships with the seniors they serve. Home- delivered meal drivers help ease the loneliness and improve the nutrition for homebound elders, who may not have any other visitors in a day.
Home-delivered meal volunteers begin at 10 a.m., and most meals are delivered before noon on weekdays. Volunteers need reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and current insurance. Individuals must be able to lift 20-pound to 30-pound food packs; meals are not delivered on weekends, holidays or during inclement weather. If you, a group or business have a few hours once a month, consider giving that time to the community.
Care Connection partners with the Carroll County Memorial Hospital to provide home-delivered meals. The partners also serve meals to adults 60 and older in the 4 Corners Café inside the hospital, 200 Lifecare Lane, in Carrollton, for a contribution.
The center needs volunteers to staff the reception desk and to serve as attendants in the 4 Corners Café.
A receptionist volunteer usually begins at the center at 10:45 a.m. and ends about 1 p.m. The role includes greeting guests and directing them to the café, as well as counting contributions for the day and taking a deposit to the bank. Volunteers may choose to serve one or more days for all or part of a shift.
The ideal receptionist volunteer enjoys meeting people, is presentable, has a vehicle to take the deposit to the bank, and is reliable.
The center also needs dining room attendant volunteers to assist people with their trays in the 4 Corners Café. The attendant would offer help to guests who may need a cup of coffee, a napkin or something else after they are seated. Volunteers are needed from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
To find out more, please call Center Coordinator Linda French 660-542-0399.

Date: October 14, 2019 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will provide one-on-one Medicare Part D prescription and Advantage plan enrollment help in all 13 counties that the agency serves.
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.
A trained Medicare counselor will offer free Part D comparisons and answer questions during enrollment counseling sessions. Appointments are required and may be made by calling the nearest senior center.
Enrollees should bring their Medicare cards and a list of current prescriptions.
Care Connection partners with CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, to help people with Medicare concerns. Enrollees are encouraged to review their plans annually to make sure the offerings still fit their needs.
“It’s always a good idea to review your Medicare Part D plan during annual open enrollment because plans change every year,” said Rona McNally, Care Connection Director of Special Projects. “Our Medicare counseling services are popular in part because we are able to provide free, unbiased information. We don’t sell anything, and we do not recommend any particular plan.”
Here is a schedule of the Part D Enrollment times. Please call the local center for an appointment.
•Brunswick Senior Center, 801 E. Broadway, 660-388-5431, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1 and Dec 6.
•Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill St., Butler, 660-679-5830, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 3.
•Carrollton, Care Connection Activity Center, Carroll County Memorial Hospital, 200 Lifecare Lane, 660-542-0399, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 12 and Dec. 3.
•Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, Clinton, 660-885-3482, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15, then Mondays through Dec. 2.
•Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 E. Junge St., 660-668-2352, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 16, 30, Nov. 6, 20, and Dec 4.
•Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, Concordia,660-463-7393, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct 15 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15.
•Trails Regional Library Concordia Branch, 813 S. Main St., Concordia, 1-800-748-7826, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8.
•El Dorado Springs Senior Center, 604S.Forest, El Dorado Springs, 417-876-5574, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning Oct. 16.
•Higginsville Senior Center, 21st and Walnut, 660-584-7040, 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 25.
•Holden Senior Center, 204 W. Second, Holden,816-732-5757, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct 23 and Nov. 20
•Margaret Gray Center, 811C S. Business Highway 13, Lexington, 660-259-2025, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 21.
•Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE, Osceola, 417-646-8292, 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 to Dec. 3.
•Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan, Marshall, 660-886-9888, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 21, Nov. 5, Nov. 21, and Dec. 3.
•Neal Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada 417-667-5847, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17.
•Odessa Senior Center, 217 S. Second, Odessa, 816-633-4161, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 14.
•Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, 660-388-5431, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30, Nov. 18, and Dec 4
•Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, Sedalia, 660-826-0713, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17
•Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, Stockton, 417-276-5306, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Oct. 17 through Dec. 5
•Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, Warrensburg, 660-747-2624, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Nov. 27
•Warsaw Senior Center, Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, Warsaw, 660-438-3300, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22, Nov. 1, Nov. 14, Nov. 25, and Dec 5
•McCarty Senior Center, 19482 US-54, Wheatland, 417-282-6100, 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Oct 17 to Dec 5
•Windsor Senior Center, 210 S. Main, Windsor, 660-647-3224, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct 17, 31, Nov 7, Nov. 21, and Dec 5.
•Parkview Gardens Apartments, 411 E. North St., Warrensburg, 660-429-1531, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct 15 thru Dec 7

Date: October 11, 2019 | Category: News

A new Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Support Group has been started at the Cole Camp Senior Center. The meetings began in September and will take place at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.
Care Connection and the Alzheimer’s Association are partnering for this project led by Care Manager Dee Locke, who serves Benton County’s older adults. These meetings are free and open to anyone who is caring for a loved one with dementia.
You are encouraged to get connected with this group and gather with other caregivers for support, information and friendship.
Call Dee at 660-438-3300 Ext. 3 or 660-279-0563 for more information. You may also call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900, or go to the website: www.alz.org/greatermissouri.

Date: October 10, 2019 | Category: News

Sharel Wienberg and Rona McNally

Sharel Wienberg, of Cole Camp, has received the 2019 Outstanding Older Adult Award for Benton County from Care Connection for Aging Services.
Care Connection chose Wienberg because she exemplifies this year’s theme for national Older Americans Month, “Connect, Create, Contribute.” The theme encourages older adults and their communities to connect with friends, family, and services that support participation; create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment; and contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
Care Connection Special Projects Director Rona McNally presented the award to Sharel at the Cole Camp Senior Center.
Wienberg is an invaluable volunteer at the Cole Camp Senior Center. She helps serve meals, greets people at the reception desk, counts and deposits money, and serves on the Center Services Board. She also helps in the kitchen with home-delivered meals and volunteers to deliver them when needed.
“She does all kinds of stuff. She comes in whenever I need her,” said Janis Garren, Center Coordinator. “I think she enjoys it. She is very dedicated, and I don’t know what I would do without her right now.”
Wienberg said she donates her time to the senior center because it provides worthwhile place for older adults to spend time with each other instead of staying isolated at home.
“I think it’s a good idea for the people that are retired to be able to go someplace to eat and for fellowship,” Wienberg said. “Especially those who have lost their spouse, they need to get out and about and socialize with other people. It’s also good for them to go to have a balanced meal.”
Wienberg is very involved at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as the chairwoman of the altar guild. She serves as vice president of church women’s organization. She spends her Monday mornings with the quilting group, which creates blankets to donate to the needy.
Wienberg said she was “very honored” to receive the Outstanding Older Adult award.
“It surprised me. I didn’t have any idea I would receive anything like that. They pulled one over on me,” she said. “I just do the work because it is something I enjoy doing.”
Wienberg retired about 10 years ago from her job as a bank cashier at Citizens Farmers Bank in Cole Camp. She enjoys puzzles, reading and watching sports. When her three grandchildren were younger, she and husband Robert particularly enjoyed watching their games.

Date: October 3, 2019 | Category: News

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) has launched a new Facebook page, where you can find the latest information on Medicare abuse and fraud. The page also will have information on other prevalent fraud schemes. The Missouri SMP is part of a national fraud prevention network, so the information posted on its page is usually the most up-to-date available. Operating the statewide Missouri SMP fraud prevention project is one of the many undertakings of Care Connection for Aging Services.
Click here to see the Missouri SMP Facebook Page. Please “like” the page to follow.

Date: October 2, 2019 | Category: News

Medicare Open Enrollment begins Oct. 15. The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) wants to remind you to protect yourself from healthcare fraud during this time when marketers will try to get your attention.
Even though your Medicare card no longer contains your Social Security number, it’s still valuable information for unscrupulous people who would use it fraudulently.
Scammers are after medical insurance and financial account information and passwords for their monetary gain. That’s why you should still guard your Medicare card. Treat it like a credit card. Check Medicare claims summary forms for errors. Be wary of requests for your Medicare number.
Medicare will never call you to ask for your Medicare number. If someone calls you claiming to be Medicare and asking for your number, hang up the phone. Also, if someone wants to use your Medicare number to see whether you might be a good fit for a particular Part D or Medicare advantage plan, be wary of giving out the Medicare information. Make sure you trust the person who is asking for it.
The Missouri SMP works closely with CLAIM, the Missouri State Health Insurance Assistance Program. If you want to get free, unbiased information about Medicare, you can call CLAIM at 1-800-390-3330. CLAIM will connect you to the nearest local CLAIM Medicare counselor.
Here are some more tips:
•Never accept medical supplies from a door-to-door salesman. Medicare and Medicaid do not send representatives to your home.
•Never give your Medicare card, Medicare number, Social Security card, or Social Security number to anyone except your doctor or people you know should have it.
•Remember, nothing is ever “free.” Never accept offers of money or gifts for free medical care.
•Be wary of providers who tell you that the item or service isn’t usually covered, but they “know how to bill Medicare” so Medicare will pay.
•Always check your medications before leaving the pharmacy to be sure you received the correct medication prescribed.
•Never submit to cheek swabs from providers you do not know. DNA fraud is on the rise. If you want a DNA/genetic/cancer screening, you should talk to your primary care doctor.
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: September 26, 2019 | Category: News

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Date: September 19, 2019 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services’ 21 senior centers are participating in the annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 23, the first day of fall.
Falls Prevention Awareness Day has been set aside to call attention to falls among older adults and the costs associated with treating injuries suffered from falls.
Falls are the leading cause of injuries among adults 65 and older, according to the National Council on Aging; Americans spend about $50 billion a year treating related injuries.
One of four older adults will fall each year, 3 million adults will be treated in emergency departments for fall injuries, and more than 800,000 older adults will be hospitalized.
Falls and the fear of falling also cause older adults to shy away from activities that would keep them mentally and physically healthy. Isolation among older adults causes physical decline and depression.
While they are common, falls are not inevitable for older adults. Care Connection senior centers offer programs such as Tai Chi and Matter of Balance classes to reduce falls and the fear of falling.
Both these courses have been proven to help seniors prevent falls. Center staff members in all 13 West Central Missouri counties served by Care Connection will be highlighting ways that people 60 and older may prevent falls during special programs on Falls Prevention Day and throughout the week. Visit the centers section to find the one nearest you.
To find out more information about falls prevention, visit your nearest senior center or call us at 1-800-748-7826.
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit area agency on aging with a mission to provide opportunities for positive aging experiences. The agency serves 22 locations in 13 counties.

Date: September 4, 2019 | Category: News

Brenda French, of Bogard, Mo., has been named the Center Coordinator of the Care Connection for Aging Services Carrollton Center.
Brenda, who began Aug. 19, said she has been impressed by the older adults who participate at the center, which is at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital, 200 Lifecare Lane, in Carrollton.
“I am just blown away by the seniors’ enthusiasm and their energy,” Brenda said. “They are there all the time, and they are willing to help. They come in on a voluntary basis and give of themselves.”
The center offers lunch on weekdays at the 4 Corners Café, which also prepares Care Connection’s home-delivered meals for qualified older adults in Carroll County. A Care Connection Program Lunch is available at the café for a contribution for people 60 and older.
Through the center, Care Connection offers a variety of care management, educational opportunities, Medicare counseling, fellowship, games, a pool table and a library.
Brenda moved to the area from Kansas City, and said the coordinator job appealed to her as “a wonderful position where I could get out and give back to the community.”
While Brenda is getting used to her new role, she hopes to “draw a large variety of folks from the community. We want people to be really active and involved socially, and we want the center to be a place where people can feel welcome.”
She also wants to recruit more volunteers for the center and wants to explore the idea of partnering with area colleges and the high school.
The center particularly needs volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call Brenda at 660-542-0399.
The Carrollton Center is one of 22 locations served by Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging serving 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Carroll. The mission is to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826 or visit www.goaging.org.

Date: September 3, 2019 | Category: News, Uncategorized

For the September Fraud Fact, the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol is sharing four tips from the National Council on Aging to protect you from scams.
First, hang up on government imposters. They may call claiming to be from the IRS, Social Security, or Medicare. The phone number on caller ID may match the toll-free number for the agencies. The caller claims your account is locked or they need information from you. They may threaten to arrest you if you don’t do what they say. Just hang up. If you don’t recognize the number, just do not answer the phone to begin with. And don’t return calls either.
Second, don’t accept offers of “free” medical equipment or tests. They may show up in the mail, on the phone, in the mall or elsewhere. While Medicare covers preventive services and durable medical equipment at no or low cost, there are rules on getting them. Start with your primary care doctor or trusted specialist – not someone selling a test or equipment. Suppliers of back braces or wheelchairs that market directly to consumers sometimes could use your personal Medicare information to bill Medicare for thousands of dollars.
Third, check your Medicare Summary Notice. Medicare sends an MSN to beneficiaries every three months. The MSN lists providers that billed Medicare on your behalf, what Medicare paid, and amounts you owe. Check your MSN regularly to identify any suspicious activity, such as a bill for equipment you didn’t receive or from a provider that you do not know.
Fourth, protect your identity. Make sure that you do not give away your date of birth, Social Security number, Medicare number or any other personal information unless you know for certain who you are dealing with and why they need it.
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.