Date: August 2, 2018 | 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 over the lunch hour, are free and open to the public. The information is targeted to people who are new to Medicare or contemplating retirement. At the end of the Medicare 101 session, participants will know which decisions lay ahead and what factors seniors should consider in making Medicare choices.
Participants will learn about Medicare benefits, premiums, deductibles and copayments, as well as the differences in Parts A, B, C, and D. The session defines terms such as Medigap insurance and Medicare Advantage plans.
Presenters also will talk about the most recent news on the distribution of the new Medicare cards, which has started nationally but not yet in Missouri.
The session also addresses how seniors 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) for all others.
Care Connection does not sell insurance and will not recommend a particular plan.
Here is the schedule for the sessions, all of which begin at noon:
• Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill St., Butler on Sept. 27 and Nov. 29.
• Carroll County Care Connection Activity, Carroll County Memorial Hospital, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton, Oct. 9 and Dec. 4.
• Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, Clinton, Sept. 13 and Nov. 15

• Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 E. Junge St., Cole Camp, Sept. 26 and Nov 28.
• Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, Concordia, Aug. 9
• Higginsville Senior Center, 21st and Walnut, Oct. 17
• Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, Stockton, Sept. 25 and Nov. 30.
• Margaret Gray Center, 811 C S. Business Highway 13, Lexington, Dec. 6
• Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan,, Marshall, Aug. 29, Oct. 30, and Dec. 20
• McCarty Senior Center, 19483 U.S. Highway 54, Wheatland, Sept. 7, Nov. 2
• Neal Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada, Aug. 28, Oct. 29, and Dec. 19
• Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE, Osceola, Aug. 30, Oct. 26 and Dec. 21
• Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, Salisbury, Sept. 5 and Nov. 14
• Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, Sedalia, Aug. 15, Oct. 25, and Dec. 12
• Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, Sept. 27 and Nov. 29
• Warsaw Senior Center, Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, Warsaw, Sept. 27 and Nov. 29

Date: August 1, 2018 | Category: News

We are sharing the most recent Caregiver Teleconnection schedule with you all. This free service allows you to hear experts speak about topics that would interest family caregivers — all without ever leaving the house. Check it out.

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Date: August 1, 2018 | Category: News

Through Fraud Facts, the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) tries to keep you informed monthly of the latest scams that the bad guys have conceived most recently. The emphasis generally is on Medicare fraud.
This month, we want to address the basics of the SMP mission. The SMP exists to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse. We accomplish our mission through outreach, counseling, and education.
We empower people to prevent Medicare fraud, errors and abuse by educating people insured through Medicare. We also work one-on-one with beneficiaries.
We engage volunteers who can show seniors how to protect their health, finances, and medical identity and to detect fraud, errors and abuse. At the same time, the Medicare saves precious dollars.
When Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and family members find problems, we encourage them to report these to the SMP. Then the SMP looks at whether fraud, errors, or abuse is suspected. When fraud or abuse is suspected, the SMP makes referrals to the appropriate state and federal agencies for further investigation.
In a complicated system, we are trying to provide you with the resources and knowledge you need to protect your Medicare benefits, detect errors, abuse and fraud, and then report them to the right people. If you suspect Medicare fraud, errors or abuse, call the hotline at 1-888-515-6565. If you want to become a volunteer team member, give us a call at the same number.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MP0204, 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: July 30, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services has been honored with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) in recognition of the agency’s Seniors Fit & Fun events.
The Fit & Fun concept was among 45 aging programs to receive honors at the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow Sunday in Chicago.
Care Connection’s staff members created the Fit & Fun concept as a fun way to present health, wellness and disease prevention information to older adults by getting participants involved in games and exercises. A dozen senior centers have hosted these events, and three more are scheduled for August in Concordia, Butler, and Osceola.
The 2018 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognize Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. A part of the criteria for the selection of the honorees was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities. The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans.
“With the health care landscape changing at a rapid pace, our members continue to meet the needs of America’s rapidly growing older adult population by finding new ways to position themselves in the long-term and health care marketplaces while strengthening the services they already offer,” said n4a’s Chief Executive Officer Sandy Markwood. “Our members work tirelessly, with little fanfare in their communities, and this program enables us to shine a well-deserved spotlight on their critical work to support older adults’ health, safety, independence and dignity,” said Markwood.
Diana Hoemann, Executive Director of Care Connection, said she is pleased that the agency has received national recognition.
“We believe the Fit & Fun concept is an innovative approach to providing essential information to older adults, and we are happy that national leaders have recognized the effort as well,” said Diana Hoemann, Executive Director of Care Connection.
The Fit & Fun is meant as a welcomed alternative to health fairs where exhibitors sit behind tables and hand out brochures, according to Rona McNally, Care Connection Director of Special Projects.
“We want seniors to get up and moving so that they see the benefits of even moderate amounts of exercise for the body and the mind,” McNally said. “In addition, the Fit & Fun provides important education about preventive benefits available as part of their Medicare coverage.”

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice on aging issues for the 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the country and a champion in our nation’s capital for the more than 250 Title VI Native American aging programs. n4a’s primary mission is to build the capacity of our members so they can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. (www.n4a.org / www.facebook.com/n4aACTION)

Date: July 26, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will offer an eight-session course called “Matter of Balance,” beginning Aug. 6, in Brunswick.
The course, which is geared toward people 60 and older, addresses the issue of falling, a problem that results in serious injuries among seniors every year.
The four-week class will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Sherry’s Home Cooking, in the Brunswick Senior Center Activity Room. The class was rescheduled from earlier this summer.
The Chariton County Senior Citizens Service Fund will pay $10 of the class fee, and each participant is asked to pay $15 per person to cover material costs.
To register, call instructor Samantha Schnell at 1-800-748-7826.
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.
Anna Marie Dudte, of Knob Noster, recently took the Matter of Balance course in Warrensburg and recommends it to others.
“I notice as I get older, my balance is getting worse,” said Anna Marie. The 76-year-old has traveled to Africa, China and Russia and remains fit by doing yoga and weight workouts at home with DVDs.
She said the Matter of Balance class taught her new tactics, such as exercises to strengthen ankles and steps to take to improve lighting and to remove fall hazards from the home.
“I enjoyed going to the class and learning anything I can to help stay active,” she said. “I enjoyed meeting new people and getting reacquainted with old friends. Now, I just need to keep up with the exercises.”
Care Connection offers the program as part of its mission to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences.
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.
Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging, serves 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Chariton, and operates the Brunswick and Salisbury senior centers. While the agency offers all its services to people 60 and older regardless of their ability to contribute, Care Connection encourages contributions toward the costs of its services.
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Date: July 25, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection staff members are gearing up for three special events designed to make fitness fun for older adults.
Care Connection centers in Osceola, Concordia and Butler will each sponsor a free “Seniors Fit & Fun” event featuring interactive games and prizes, with some interesting wellness education along the way. Events take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at each of these centers:
— Aug. 6., Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, Concordia.
— Aug. 8., Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill St., Butler.
— Aug. 14, Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE, Osceola.
In addition to hands-on games and prizes, Care Connection will provide practical information about the preventive benefits that Medicare covers. Events will take place indoors, rain or shine.
Games and activities include exercise demonstrations, a spinning wheel, beach ball basketball, hula hoops, bingo, coloring for relaxation, and refreshments. Nutritionist Eric Messer will demonstrate how to make a tasty and healthy snack. The audience can sample the goodies. Game winners will receive prizes, and all participants may enter free drawings for prize baskets.
“Our objective is to get seniors moving and healthy. We want them to see some easy, hands-on activities that they can use to stay active and prevent common diseases and conditions,” said Rona McNally, Care Connection Director of Special Projects. “Just as important will be a reminder about all the Medicare-covered preventive services – from screenings for diabetes and heart disease to mammograms and colonoscopies.”
The event, which is open to the public, is presented in partnership with CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program. It is supported with financial assistance in whole or in part through a grant from the Administration for Community Living and administered by the Missouri Department of Insurance.

Date: July 14, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection is recruiting volunteers to teach Tai chi for Arthritis classes in its 22 senior centers this fall.
The area agency for aging will pay for volunteer instructor’s courses with master trainer Jim Starshak. The agency also will pay associated travel, meals and other expenses for volunteers who agree to teach Tai chi for Arthritis at a senior center. The instructor classes are set for Sept. 24, 25, and 26 in Lenexa, Kansas. Registration deadline is July 19.
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese meditation exercise that features slow and precise movements. The exercises can improve balance and mobility, increase strength and flexibility, decrease pain, and prevent falls.
Dr. Paul Lam worked with a group of medical and exercise experts to create the Tai chi for Arthritis program, which is accepted by the Arthritis Foundations and Societies and proven by scientific studies to be safe and effective.
At the end of certification classes, the volunteer instructors must pass a written test and agree to update training every two years. These instructors will be able to teach the Tai chi for Arthritis safely and effectively to people with or without arthritis, according to Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi Health Institute.
Call Stacey at 1-800-748-7826 to learn more.

Date: July 10, 2018 | Category: News

Many seniors who have worked all their lives and taken care of themselves and others find making ends meet a challenge, but our agency may be able to help.
Care Connection operates a “Benefits Enrollment Center” (BEC) through our Care Management program, which is meant to link seniors to potential benefits to help with medical insurance premiums or copays, property tax rebates, and extra help with prescription drugs.
Benefits counselor Penny Humphrey is making the rounds to senior centers and other community events to spread the word about these benefits through Benefits Bingo and the Benefits Wheel games.
The games are a way to educate seniors about the potential benefits in a fun way that offers a chance to win prizes.
The BEC offers screenings and enrollment assistance in many money-saving programs, including Medicaid, MO-Rx prescription assistance, Lifeline Phone and Safelink, Medicare Extra Help and Low-Income Subsidy, Medicare Savings Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) and the Missouri Property Tax Credit.
If you would like to have a presentation for your civic, church or professional group, call Penny at 1-800-748-7826. If you would like to be screened for assistance, call the senior center nearest you.

Date: July 9, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection staff members are gearing up for three special events designed to make fitness fun for older adults.
Care Connection centers in Osceola, Concordia and Butler will each sponsor a free “Seniors Fit & Fun” event featuring interactive games and prizes, with some interesting wellness education along the way. Events take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at each of these centers:
— Aug. 6., Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, Concordia.
— Aug. 8., Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill St., Butler.
— Aug. 14, Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE, Osceola.
In addition to hands-on games and prizes, Care Connection will provide practical information about the preventive benefits that Medicare covers. Events will take place indoors, rain or shine.
Games and activities include exercise demonstrations, a spinning wheel, beach ball basketball, hula hoops, bingo, coloring for relaxation, and refreshments. Nutritionist Eric Messer will demonstrate how to make a tasty and healthy snack. The audience can sample the goodies. Game winners will receive prizes, and all participants may enter free drawings for prize baskets.
“Our objective is to get seniors moving and healthy. We want them to see some easy, hands-on activities that they can use to stay active and prevent common diseases and conditions,” said Rona McNally, Care Connection Director of Special Projects. “Just as important will be a reminder about all the Medicare-covered preventive services – from screenings for diabetes and heart disease to mammograms and colonoscopies.”
The event, which is open to the public, is presented in partnership with CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program. It is supported with financial assistance in whole or in part through a grant from the Administration for Community Living and administered by the Missouri Department of Insurance.

Date: July 5, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services’ Concordia Senior Center will offer a free, seven-week course to help older adults live well with diabetes.
The course, the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), will include seven two-hour sessions, at 1 p.m. Fridays, beginning Aug. 3. Registration is free but is required. All the sessions take place at the center, 710 Main, in Concordia.
Some 25 percent (or 11.2 million) of people age 65 and older have diabetes.
The DEEP course aims to lessen diabetes risk factors, including obesity and high blood pressure; to provide information about diabetes; and to give people the motivation to change.
Among the topics are diet, exercise, weight loss, monitoring, medication, stress management, smoking cessation, and care of the feet, teeth and eyes.
During the program, class members will learn from the instructor and proven curriculum, as well as each other, in a supportive environment.
To register for the program, call Lifestyles Coach Samantha Schnell at 1-800-748-7826.
If you would live too far from Concordia but want a class in your area, let us know that, too.