Date: January 14, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection will offer a free workshop series in Holden to help older adults live healthier.
The “Living a Healthy Life” course begins at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Holden Senior Center, 204 W. Second St. The course consists of six weekly sessions of two and a half hours each on Wednesday afternoons. Pre-registration is required by calling 1-800-748-7826.
The course is offered at no cost to people 60 and older and their caregivers.
“Living a Healthy Life is for people who have challenges with a chronic illness or condition, such as high blood pressure, back pain, diabetes, or heart disease, and also for individuals who are helping loved ones with any chronic issue,” said Rona McNally, Care Connection’s Director of Special Projects.
The workshop uses proven practices based on a series of studies conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Topics include nutrition, making healthy choices, exercise, coping techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; medication management, communication with family, friends and health professionals, and the evaluation of new treatments.
“The class helps identify ways of handling the challenges of day-to-day life and setting goals for improvement,” McNally said. “It’s personalized. You are not told what you need to do. These situations don’t involve a one-size-fits-all approach, so the workshops involve a process of identification of the methods that will work for you – healthy lifestyle choices and daily habits.”
A textbook, journal, recipe book and other materials will be provided. Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.
David Kesinger, 65, a retired postal worker from Warrensburg, and his wife, Margaret, recently attended the class in Knob Noster. He said he would recommend it to others.
“It was educational. Both instructors were knowledgeable,” Kesinger said. “I have Type II diabetes, and I am learning something new all the time about diabetes and what foods you should and shouldn’t eat and how to prepare foods. The class addressed a lot of these things.”
McNally said she hopes “participants will find support among one another. We hope you will find a buddy to provide support and accountability.”

Date: January 9, 2020 | Category: News

The year is 2020, and it soon will be time for you to stand up and be counted.
The 2020 Census will take place beginning in April 1, and Care Connection is joining a nationwide effort to encourage participation.
Why is it so important to be counted? Because Missouri’s share of the federal program budget depends on an accurate count of the people who live here. In the 2016 federal fiscal year, the Show-Me State received $16.5 billion from programs that provide Medicaid, supplemental nutrition, highways, housing, school lunches and children’s health insurance.
The Missouri Health Foundation estimates that the state will lose $1,300 per person annually for the next 10 years for every adult and child who goes uncounted. The people and the need for the services will still be here, but the money intended to pay for services will not.
Every single person counted in Missouri means more money for hospitals, roads, and schools. The programs operated by Care Connection receive federal Older Americans Act funding through state allocations, as well as federal grants for roughly half of its funding. Those funding agencies depend on an accurate Census count to provide that funding.
There are three ways to participate in the Census: on the phone, online or by the mail. Care Connection is working on some ways that our staff members and volunteers can help older adults complete the Census process, so watch for special information and events this winter and spring.
Federal law requires participation in the Census, which also is used to determine representation in Congress.
So, when the time comes, stand up and be counted.

Date: January 8, 2020 | Category: News

Preventing falls and diminishing the fear of falling are two goals of a free four-week class for older adults coming soon to the Warrensburg Senior Housing.
As people grow older, their likelihood of taking a tumble grows as well. Three in 10 older adults fall each year, and about 20 percent of those are injured. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among older people. Falls – many of them preventable – often happen at home.
Care Connection for Aging Services will offer an eight-session course called “Matter of Balance” from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Feb. 3 at the Warrensburg Senior Housing, 451 Northern Hills Road, in Warrensburg.
To register, call 1-800-748-7826. The course is being offered free to participants.
Pat Simon, a retired registered nurse from Concordia, took the class recently at the Higginsville Senior Center and recommends it to others.
“I thought it was very good. The lecture part was very interesting and informative. We always had a good opportunity to ask questions,” Simon said.
The class was developed in accordance with research conducted by Boston University and has been proven to work. One goal is to increase activity among older adults.
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; and to reduce risk factors for falls.
Class participants can expect discussion, problem solving, skill building, assertiveness training, exercises and videos.
Most beneficial, Simon said, are the exercises that are offered in the class. Simon said that even though she considers herself physically fit, she does sometimes have a problem with balance as a result of a health problem she suffered four years ago.
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.
Since the class, Simon said she has used lessons she learned in Matter of Balance when she found herself in the predicament of “squatting so far down that I could not get up. I had learned that I could fall backwards and then get myself back up.”
Regardless of whether older adults consider themselves challenged by balance, “I certainly would recommend this class,” Simon said.
Care Connection offers the program as part of its mission to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging, serves 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Johnson.

Date: January 7, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services Carroll County Senior Center volunteer (left) and Coordinator Brenda French (right) receive a $2,000 donation from Jeanette Craig, President of the Home Savings & Loan Association of Carroll County.
The Home Savings & Loan Association of Carroll County recently donated $2,000 to Carroll County Care Connection for Aging Services to be used for center operations.
“We are happy to help and hope that the senior center can meet their financial goals,” said Jeanette Craig, President of Home Savings & Loan Association of Carroll County.
Center volunteer Jamie Wooldridge accepted the $2,000 check on behalf of the center and urged others to consider donating their time and money to the center.
“Volunteering has allowed me to stay connected and honor the memory of someone I deeply cared about,” Jamie said. “Seniors who participate in social activities at Care Connection enjoy a richer, more rewarding and happier life.”
Care Connection operates the senior center inside the Carroll County Memorial Hospital, 200 Lifecare Lane, in Carrollton. In cooperation with CCMH, the agency provides hot lunches weekdays to older adults at the 4 Corners Café and delivers lunch to qualified homebound seniors. The agency provides more than 530 meals in the café and more than 750 home delivered meals monthly. The center needs volunteers for deliveries.
The meals are provided to individuals 60 and older for a suggested donation. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The activity center includes a library and a billiards table, as well as space for sitting Tai Chi classes, Wii bowling, Bingo and card games.
Care Connection provides a wide range of services ranging from wellness classes and Medicare counseling to individualized care management and family caregiver services through the Carrollton location.
Coordinator Brenda French said donations such as the one from the Savings & Loan Associations as well as support from volunteers are essential to the operation.
“We are very grateful to Home Savings & Loan for their generous donation as well as to the community for every penny donated and for the efforts of all our volunteers,” Brenda said. “It shows that the heartbeat of this community is strong and healthy.”

Date: December 31, 2019 | Category: News

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) wants to remind you that the alpha-numeric number on the new Medicare card is required for providers to process claims beginning January 1. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you should present that card to the provider.
If you have not already done so, please destroy your old Medicare card, the one that contains your Social Security number. The federal government replaced the old cards to protect you from identity theft by removing the Social Security number.
Of course, scam artists are likely to use the switchover to try to get you to give your old or new number to them so that they can commit Medicare fraud.
Don’t give out any personal information – including bank account, credit cards, Social Security card numbers or Medicare numbers – to anyone you do not know. That includes someone who phones you claiming to be with your bank, Medicare, Social Security or the IRS. Federal government agencies generally don’t phone you, and they already know the information. The IRS also won’t call or email you, especially with threats to arrest you.
If you have lost your new Medicare card, you may print a new one online by making an account at Your area agency on aging has someone who can walk you through this process if you need help. Again, do not let any strangers have access to this account.
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: December 31, 2019 | Category: News

The Retired Senior & Volunteer Program (RSVP) operated by Care Connection for Aging Services is collecting non-perishable food at senior centers in nine communities to benefit the local food pantries.
The food drive is a project for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, in which the RSVP has traditionally participated. Canned and non-perishable dry goods will be welcomed.
There will be collection boxes at each of the following:
• Cole Camp Senior Center: 206 E. Junge St., Cole Camp.
• Clinton Senior Center: 970 E. Sedalia, Clinton.
• Holden Senior Center: 204 W Second St, Holden.
• Korth Senior Center: 309 W. Engelwood, Stockton.
• McCarty Senior Center: 19482 Highway 54, Wheatland.
• Rivers Crossing Life Center: 5215 Business Highway 13 NE, Osceola.
• Warrensburg Senior Center: 445 Gay St., Warrensburg,
• Warsaw Senior Center: Harbor Village, 17571 Dam Access Road, Warsaw.
• Windsor Senior Center: 201 S. Main St., Windsor.
The pantries receiving the food will include the Benton County Food Pantry, the Church of Christ Food Pantry in Cedar County, the Samaritan Center in Henry County, the Hickory County CARES Food Center, and the Warrensburg Food Center, Holden Food Pantry, UCM Campus Cupboard in Johnson County.
“We wanted to do this project because we thought it would be wonderful to give back to our communities, to help people that are outside of our normal reach within the senior centers and home delivered meal programs,” said Tricia Binnie, coordinator of the RSVP program for Care Connection. “We want to be able to contribute towards the communities that allow us to be able to do the things that we do.”
Donations may be brought to the senior centers during regular hours until Jan. 20.
The RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and older. Care Connection operates RSVP in Benton, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Johnson and St. Clair counties.

Date: December 31, 2019 | Category: News

The schedule for Care Connection’s popular Medicare 101 workshops has been set for January through June, 2020, with times and dates posted under the events section of this website.
The agency offers Medicare 101 workshops on a regular basis in all our 13 counties for people who are turning 65 and/or considering retirement. The workshops define the different parts of Medicare — A,B,C,D and supplemental policies, as well as explain what a Medicare Advantage plan does and how it works.
The workshop can guide you through decisions such as when to enroll in Medicare and explain the penalties awaiting you if you delay enrollment under certain conditions.
Check out the events section to find the workshop nearest you. Click this link for the complete list. You may register online here or call us at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: December 31, 2019 | Category: News

We will offer a free workshop series in Sedalia to help older adults get a healthier start in 2020.
The “Living a Healthy Life” workshops begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Cedarhurst Independent Living, 3701 W. 10th St., in the Community Room. The course consists of six weekly sessions of two and a half hours each on Friday afternoons. If you are interested but cannot make it to the first class, call us at 1-800-748-7826 to register.
The course is offered at no cost to people 60 and older and their caregivers.
The workshop uses proven practices based on an ongoing series of studies conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine. The course provides a path for older adults to enjoy life with conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
Topics include
–Decision making.
–Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
–Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
–Appropriate use of medications.
–Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
–Evaluation of new treatments.
Materials – including a textbook, a journal and a cookbook – will be provided. Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.

Date: December 23, 2019 | Category: News

Click here to see the January schedule for telephonic workshops on family caregiving.

Date: December 19, 2019 | Category: News

Keep Warm This Winter Learning to Cook “International Foods”
Who doesn’t love to learn about foods from other countries? Come to class and learn to prepare dishes from Germany, France, Ireland, Thailand., and Spain. Classes are hands on followed by a sit-down meal. The cost, including the meal, will be $10 per class.
January 18—Schnitzel, Red Cabbage, Spaetzle, and Black Forest Cake
February 8—Duck Confit, Ratatouille, Pear Salad , and Raspberry Pastry
March 14—Irish Stew, Dubliner Soda Bread, Baileys Marbled Brownies
April 18—Pad Thai, Chicken Satay, Spring Rolls, Thai Bananas
May 16—Spanish Paella, Roasted Vegetable Salad, Spanish Flan
Call Rivers Crossing at 417- 646-8262 to RSVP or to find out more information.