Date: December 1, 2020 | Category: News

Bob and Julia were born in Marshall and returned to their hometown after Bob’s retirement from the U.S. government. They’ve received meals from the Marshall Senior Center for more than a year. Bob is the primary caregiver for Julia, who has experienced falls that resulted in broken bones and limited her mobility. Bob’s caregiving activities take up much of his time. “The meals help me care for Julia, so she can stay at home,” Bob said. “I’m way too busy to have time to cook too!” Their daughter, who lives in the area, said the daily home-delivered meals also provide peace of mind for her. She tries to cook for them, but time does not always allow. She knows they would be dining on frozen pre-packaged meals from the grocery store without our program. She said her father, Bob, often speaks of the great tasting food and says he looks forward to getting the meals every day. Would you consider a donation of any amount to help us to provide this service to older adults like Bob and Julia? To donate, please visit www.goaging.org/donate. #GivingTuesday #ThankstoYou

Date: December 1, 2020 | Category: News

Tom and Gladys have been receiving home-delivered meals since late last year. They registered for the program to help make ends meet and to address Gladys’ health. Before retirement, Tom was a drywall finisher and painter and Gladys was as a homemaker and office custodian until a medical condition limited her ability to leave the home. Tom became her main caregiver when he retired and, because of her risk of falling, he doesn’t leave her alone. Before they began receiving meals from Butler Senior Center, Gladys’ weight had plummeted to 79 pounds. Since being on the meal program, she has gained and is back to a healthy weight. Tom says she has also gained in strength and is now able to walk with a walker or push a cart while they do their shopping. Tom and Gladys say they are so grateful for the meals. “We pray for the Butler Senior Center every night,” Tom said. Donations from generous supporters such as you help Care Connection provide this service to older adults in 13 West Central Missouri counties. To donate, please visit www.goaging.org/donate. #GivingTuesday #ThankstoYou

Date: December 1, 2020 | Category: News

For Gene and June Countess, receiving home-delivered meals means they have gone full circle. The couple began serving #as home-delivered meal drivers in 2005. When they were no longer drivers, June volunteered as a receptionist, and Gene volunteered in the kitchen. They say the best thing about delivering meals is helping the older people in the community. Now, 15 years later, Gene and June receive meals from the center delivered to their home. Gene and June love visiting with their volunteer driver, and they are happy to be able to use the service after they had the chance to serve others. They know just how important the Home Delivered Meal service is – not just for the nutrition but also for fellowship and interaction with others. Your donation to Care Connection helps us serve the Countesses and thousands of other older adults. If you want to make a donation, please visit http://www.goaging.org/donate. #GivingTuesday #ThankstoYou

Date: November 24, 2020 | Category: News

Hello friends:
We hope you are doing well and plan to stay safe this Thanksgiving week. We wanted to share our gratitude to you for your support for Care Connection, our 21 centers and 10,000 older adult participants. Thank you for caring about your senior friends, family, and neighbors.
Because you are so important to Care Connection and who we serve, we also want to let you know that we are participating in #GivingTuesday, December 1st. On this international day of giving, we are highlighting our efforts to provide home-delivered meals to thousands of older adults in our 13 counties through our 21 senior centers.
We will be sharing the stories of some of the wonderful seniors who receive home-delivered meals as we ask for support from your community on this special day, and we cannot succeed without you. There are several ways you can help on December 1st through email or Facebook by giving or sharing our stories.
● We are counting on people like you to contribute to the Care Connection cause as you are able. If you can do so, please visit www.goaging.org/donate to give online on #GivingTuesday, December 1st. You can easily designate your gift to your local senior center with the drop-down menu.
● If you’re on social media and have not already done so, please “Like” our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/goaging.org. You can encourage your friends to do the same! Watch our page Tuesday, December 1st, to learn about the wonderful seniors who benefit from your support. Sharing our posts will help educate others about the good work we do.
● If you feel more comfortable with email, our December 1st email will include a link to our website where you can read some of the inspiring stories of the wonderful seniors we serve. You can help even more by forwarding it to any of your family or friends who care about older adults and might be willing to give.
Thank you so very much for your connection and support to Care Connection’s efforts to deliver meals and support services to the people in your community.
Sincerely,
Diana Hoemann
Executive Director

Date: November 13, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will present a session about advanced care planning on the online Zoom platform at noon on Dec. 9.
During a one-hour workshop, participants will learn about the “Five Wishes” advanced health care directive and “I Have Put My House in Order,” a fill-in-the-blank booklet that provides essential information about one’s home, family, estate planning, funeral plans, finances, and life insurance.
Care Connection will provide copies of both publications free to participants.
The workshops are free as well, but registration is required by calling 1-800-748-7826.

Date: November 12, 2020 | Category: News

It’s November, and that means it is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers.
In doing so, we raise awareness of family caregiver issues, celebrate the efforts of family caregivers, help family caregivers identify themselves as such, and increase support. If you care for a loved one or neighbor – by watching out for their well-being from nearby or afar – you are a family caregiver.
Many of Care Connection’s clients and participants – and maybe even you – are family caregivers.
As part of our Care Management Program, we support family caregivers in every way that we can.
The 2020 theme for Family Caregivers Month is “Caregiving in Crisis,” a recognition that the COVID-19 Pandemic has created its own set of challenges to an already difficult job.
The pandemic has brought extra stressors, including video appointments, isolation in nursing homes, risk of COVID-19 infections, and reduced incomes. All of these are addressed in detail at the Caregivers Action Network, www.caregiveraction.org, which can provide a great resource for anyone who is a caregiver. We encourage you to take a few moments to check it out.
Care Connection provides a grandparents’ group and a dementia caregivers’ group online via Zoom for older adults. We also are offering the Caring for You, Caring for Me course on Zoom as part of the Learning Connection. To sign up for this course (which begins Nov. 16), call 1-800-748-7826. To find out more about the Family Caregiver Program services offered through Care Connection, call the Director of Care Management, Marilyn Gunter, at the same number.

Date: November 12, 2020 | Category: News

Our agency’s Learning Connection offerings continue to grow each week, with some events scheduled into 2021. There are recurring exercise classes such as Tai Chi or Silver Sneakers, one-time sessions and support groups for grandparents and other caregivers.
Most of the classes except for our Medicare 101 sessions, are available via Zoom and require registration. Most of them, except the Aging Mastery Program (AMP), are free to participants. The agency asks a $30 fee to cover supplies for the AMP class.

Learning Connection offerings are listed below or click here to view and download a printable pdf copy of the Learning Connection. You can register or learn more at 1-800-748-7826.
They are listed below or

Caring for You, Caring for Me – Education and support for family and professional caregivers in a relaxed setting to discuss common issues, share ideas and gain a better understanding of the others’ perspectives of caregiving. Learn methods of coping with stress, available resources and find ways to reduce frustrations and barriers. November 16-November 30, 2020 Mondays and Wednesdays
11:00 a.m.

Medicare 101 – For adults new to Medicare or preparing for retirement. The workshop covers eligibility, enrollment, benefits and costs associated with Medicare. Each Monday
noon to 1 p.m. Facebook Live from the Care Connection for Aging Services Facebook page.

Benefits Jeopardy – Virtual Jeopardy game to help identify ad explain available benefits. Recurring on the last Wednesday of each month 1 to 2 p.m.
To register, please call 1-800-748-7826 or by email at information@goaging.org.

Tai Chi for Arthritis – Ancient Chinese meditation exercise features slow, precise movements. Improves balance, mobility, strength and flexibility, decreases pain and helps prevent falls. This course is for participants who are familiar with Tai Chi technique. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 to 10 a.m.

Exercise with Bobbie – Helps to increase strength, improve flexibility and balance, boost activity levels and elevate mood.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11 a.m.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group – This group is designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. 1st Wed of the month, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 3rd Wed of the month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Grandparent Connection – Discussion and support on issues raiding grandchildren. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month (5th Tuesday when applies) 1-2 p.m.

Reading Between the Lines – Jody Anderson, Reference Specialist at the Henry County Library, will lead the group in selecting the genres and books that will be discussed every other week (halfway through and then completion). She will also share information about new books that are available. This group has begun, but you may call to join it at any time. It meets two evenings a month at 7.

Bingo – online Bingo game. Just for Fun. Prizes will be mailed to the winners. Fridays 10:00 a.m.

Walk with Ease – Program developed with the Arthritis Foundation that has been proven to help people with arthritis or other related conditions reduce pain, increase balance, strength and walking pace, and improve overall health. Nov. 30, 2020 to Jan. 6, 2021
Mondays and Wednesdays
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Zoom – Must register to receive a Zoom link with optional phone number to call.
To register, please call 1-800-748-7826 or by email at information@goaging.org.

Total Brain Health – hands on “workouts” that engage body, mind, and spirit. Dec. 1, 2020 to Feb. 9, 2021
Tuesday
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Zoom – Must register to receive a Zoom link with optional phone number to call.
To register, please call 1-800-748-7826 or by email at information@goaging.org.

Living a Healthy Life – Designed to help individuals and caregivers manage chronic conditions and improve healthy behaviors. This workshop is interactive, and participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other. Dec. 14, 2020 to Jan. 25, 2021
Mondays 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Bingocize – New to the lineup! Mixes exercise, health education, and Bingo to help overcome health problems in participants. It is beneficial for all ranges of physical ability. Evidence shows social, cognitive, and physical improvements from doing Bingocize, and the best part is that it’s fun. Jan. 18 through March 17, 2021 Mondays and Wednesdays 9 – 10 a.m.

Tai Chi for Arthritis – Ancient Chinese meditation exercise features slow, precise movements. Improves balance, mobility, strength and flexibility, decreases pain and helps prevent falls. January 19 through March 2, 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:00 to 11:45 Zoom – Must register to receive a Zoom link with optional phone number to call.
To register, please call 1-800-748-7826 or by email at information@goaging.org.

Aging Mastery (AMP) – classes combine evidence-informed materials, expert speakers, and group discussions designed to give you the skills and tools you need to achieve measurable improvements in managing your health, remaining economically secure and contributing actively to society. Class fee – $30 Jan. 27 to March 31, 2021
Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 12:30
p.m.

Date: November 10, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will host a free workshop called “Caring for You, Caring for Me” based on curriculum from the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving.
The workshop will take place at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays for three weeks beginning Nov. 16. It is free, but registration is required by calling 1-800-748-7826.
The small-group sessions will cover caregiving essentials such as
•What It Means to be a Caregiver
•Taking Care of Yourself
•Building Cooperative Relationships
•Preventing and Solving Problems
•Accessing and Developing Resources
The classes are aimed at men and women who are family and volunteer caregivers – people who are providing assistance or support to people with long term illnesses or disabilities.
More than 40 million unpaid caregivers serve adults ages 65 and older nationally. Of those, nine-in-ten are providing care for an aging relative.
The goals for the “Caring for You, Caring for Me” program are to help people gain information; learn coping methods for stress; learn about resources available; and discover ways of working together to reduce some of the frustration and barriers they face in their caregiving.
Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging with a mission to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences, operates 22 locations in 13 west-Central Missouri counties.
For more information, visit goaging.org or call 1-800-748-7826.

Date: November 3, 2020 | Category: News

November 2020 Fraud Prevention Fact
It is that time of year again – open enrollment for Medicare prescription drug coverage and Medicare Advantage plans. Open enrollment annually occurs from October 15 to December 7. If you are on Medicare, you have an opportunity to change your Part D Prescription Drug Plan and/or Advantage plan during this time.
In order to safely navigate through changes, the Missouri SMP wants you to be aware of the marketing guidelines for the plans. Medicare plans cannot:
•Call you if they have no prior relationship with you.
•Send emails to you if you have not agreed to receive emails from them.
•Mail or call you if you have opted out of receiving communications from them.
•Claim they come from or were sent by Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.
•Make uninvited visits to your home – door-to-door sales.
•Leave information such as leaflets, flyers or door hangers on your car or at your home unless you were a “no show” for an appointment.
•Talk about other insurance products, such as life insurance annuities, during a visit or meeting about prescription drug coverage or Medicare Advantage.
•Return uninvited to your home after an earlier “no show.”
To avoid becoming the target of abuse or fraud, do not give out your Medicare information to anyone calling you on the phone or emailing you. If the callers are from Medicare or your insurance company, they would already have that information.
If you have questions, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or the Missouri CLAIM at 1-800-390-3330. To learn more or report suspected Medicare fraud, call 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: November 3, 2020 | Category: News

Click here to view and download a pdf of the November Teleconnection schedule