Date: June 18, 2019 | Category: News

Click here for a PDF copy of the Teleconnection offerings for caregivers in July.

Date: June 18, 2019 | Category: News

Do You:
–Have a skill that you would like to share with others?
–Have some extra time?
–Have the desire to serve within your community?
–Enjoy helping those who need you?
If so, we may have just the opportunity for you.
A part of Senior Corps, RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and over. You choose how much and where you want to serve, how much time you want to give and whether you want to share skills you have or develop new ones. RSVP shows you how you can apply the skills and wisdom you’ve acquired throughout your life to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
For more information, or to volunteer in Johnson County, contact Cindy Holmberg, RSVP Assistant, (660) 723-2021, cholmberg@goaging.org or information@goaging.org.
We also operate the RSVP program in Benton, Cedar, Henry, Hickory and St. Clair counties. If you have questions, let us know!

Date: June 6, 2019 | Category: News

The Korth Center will present a Senior Health Expo from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 13 at the senior center, 309 W. Englewood, in Stockton.
The workshop, presented by Care Connection for Aging Services, is meant to educate people about the many health screenings and tests covered by Medicare at no cost to the patient, as well as give tips on talking to the doctor.
To present the workshop, Care Connection has partnered with CLAIM, the Missouri State Health Insurance Assistance Program, which provides free, unbiased advocacy, education and assistance to people with Medicare.
The presentations also will provide information to equip patients to ask the right questions and have productive conversations with their doctors.
“It’s very important that people take advantage of the preventive benefits that Medicare offers as they maintain their health,” said Rona McNally, Care Connection Director of Special Projects. “We are hoping that by getting the information about how to talk their doctors, individuals will begin the discussions they need to access the benefits. Some people might not have extreme comfort in talking to the doctor and asking for things, and we believe this is a very important conversation to have.”
Medicare-covered preventive services include screenings for heart ailments, cancer, bone density, diabetes, hepatitis, obesity and more.
A Care Connection benefits counselor will be on hand to screen participants to see if they are eligible for programs that help pay for health care.
The Senior Health Expo will include written materials to take home, plus giveaways and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served at the center beginning at 11:30 a.m. Those 60 and older may have lunch for a contribution, and younger individuals may pay the entire cost of the meal, about $7.50.

This material has been created or produced by CLAIM with financial assistance, in whole or part, through a grant from the Administration for Community Living. Funding is administered through the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration and service is provided by Primaris Foundation, a non-profit organization.

Date: June 6, 2019 | Category: News

The Rivers Crossing Life Center will present a Senior Health Expo from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 11 at the senior center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE in Osceola.
The workshop, presented by Care Connection for Aging Services, is meant to educate people about the many health screenings and tests that Medicare covers at no cost to the patient, as well as give tips on talking to the doctor.
To present the workshop, Care Connection has partnered with CLAIM, the Missouri State Health Insurance Assistance Program, which provides free, unbiased advocacy, education and assistance to people with Medicare.
The presentations also will provide information to equip patients to ask the right questions and have productive conversations with their doctors.
“It’s very important that people take advantage of the preventive benefits that Medicare offers as they maintain their health,” said Rona McNally, Care Connection Director of Special Projects. “We are hoping that by getting the information about how to talk their doctors, individuals will begin the discussions they need to access the benefits. Some people might not have extreme comfort in talking to the doctor and asking for things, and we believe this is a very important conversation to have.”
A Care Connection benefits counselor will be on hand to screen participants to see if they are eligible for programs that help pay for health care.
The Senior Health Expo will include written materials to take home, plus giveaways and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served at the center beginning at 11:30 a.m. Those 60 and older may have lunch for a contribution, and younger individuals may pay the entire cost of the meal, about $7.50.
If you have questions, please call 1-800-748-7826 or visit www.goaging.org.
This material has been created or produced by CLAIM with financial assistance, in whole or part, through a grant from the Administration for Community Living. Funding is administered through the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration and service is provided by Primaris Foundation, a non-profit organization.

Date: June 6, 2019 | Category: News

Are you interested in learning how to live well with challenges such as high blood pressure or diabetes? If so, Care Connection for Aging Services has just the class for you.
Care Connection’s Concordia Senior Center is hosting a “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Disease” class beginning at 9 a.m. on June 12. The course consists of six weekly sessions of two and a half hours each. The classes will be at the center, 710 Main, in Concordia. Certified facilitators Shery Fogle and Liz Rooks will lead the classes. The sessions are free, but registration is required by calling Care Connection Lifestyles Specialist Shery Fogle at 1-800-748-7826.
Regina Haynie recently finished a six-week CDSMP class in Clinton, and says she would “absolutely” recommend the course to people who have chronic conditions.
Haynie lives with two chronic conditions, both diagnosed just after the death of her husband.
“People with chronic conditions feel isolated and alone,” Haynie said. “By getting us together in a group, we were able to share some of our concerns, open up about concerns, and learn how others deal with it. Then you know you are not alone.”
The proven practices for self-management are based on an ongoing series of studies conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Topics include:
–Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
–Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
–Appropriate use of medications.
–Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
–Nutrition.
–Decision making.
–Evaluation of new treatments.
Sharon and Walter Johnson, of Warsaw, also attended the Clinton class.
“For the two of us, it was more reinforcement we were doing the right thing,” said Sharon, who has lived with chronic pain for 31 years. “There were a lot of good resources.”
Materials, including the book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” will be provided. The book contains information and tips to help people manage chronic conditions daily while doing the things they need and want to do.
Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.
“Doing the weekly plans made us stop and think about what you are doing right and what you need to improve on,” Sharon Johnson said.
Walter Johnson lives with diabetes and high blood pressure. He said the course “made you be honest with yourself. You had to make yourself stick to the plan. It’s easy to set up a plan, for your own health, and your own future health, but it’s harder to stick to it and be honest with yourself.”
To register, call the center at 660-463-7393 or the Central Office at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: June 4, 2019 | Category: News, Uncategorized

Sharing directly from the Office of Inspector General of Social Security
The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about a new variation of increasingly common government employee impersonation scams, this time involving the Social Security Advisory Board. The Advisory Board has reported that individuals are receiving scam phone calls displaying the board’s phone number on caller ID. The callers are reportedly attempting to obtain personal information, including Social Security numbers. If you receive this type of call, you should not engage with the caller or provide personal information or money in response to requests or threats.

These callers are employing tactics similar to impersonation schemes involving the IRS, SSA, and the SSA OIG. Inspector General Ennis advises that callers may use a variety of false scenarios or threats to obtain personal information or payments, often requested through gift cards or prepaid debit cards.

However, the Social Security Advisory Board typically does not contact the general public to request personal information over the phone. Moreover, government employees will never threaten you to obtain personal information or payments. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up.

“This caller-ID spoofing scheme has unfortunately evolved to include the Social Security Advisory Board, but it is the same type of scam, attempting to mislead people by using the trusted name of Social Security,” Inspector General Ennis said. “I encourage everyone to alert your family and friends about how common these scams are, and to be very cautious when speaking with unknown callers, even if you recognize the caller ID.”

Inspector General Ennis urges the public not to provide sensitive information over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it. You should also never wire money or add money to a prepaid debit card to pay for any official government service.

If you receive a suspicious call, you may report that information online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report or by calling (800) 269-0271, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams: https://identitytheft.gov/ssa.

Event Date: June 3, 2019 Event Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Event Location: Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, Salisbury

Care Connection for Aging Services will offer an eight-session course called “Matter of Balance,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 3 at the Salisbury Senior Center,304 Broadway, in Salisbury. Free. To register, call 1-800-748-7826.
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.

Event Date: June 11, 2019 Event Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event Location: Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, Stockton, MO

Free, confidential memory screenings to help you determine whether you are experiencing everyday forgetfulness or whether you need to see a physician for diagnosis and potential treatment. Screenings are good for people who have concerns about memory loss or whose family and friends have noticed changes; they also provide guidance for future comparisons. Call Katie Hunter, 417-276-5306.

Event Date: June 12, 2019 Event Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event Location: El Dorado Springs Senior Center, 604 S. Forest, El Dorado Springs

Free, confidential memory screenings to help you determine whether you are experiencing everyday forgetfulness or whether you need to see a physician for diagnosis and potential treatment. Screenings are good for people who have concerns about memory loss or whose family and friends have noticed changes; they also provide guidance for future comparisons. Call Katie Hunter, 417-876-5574.

Event Date: June 14, 2019 Event Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event Location: Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, Salisbury

Free, confidential memory screenings to help you determine whether you are experiencing everyday forgetfulness or whether you need to see a physician for diagnosis and potential treatment. Screenings are good for people who have concerns about memory loss or whose family and friends have noticed changes; they also provide guidance for future comparisons. Call Robyn Kistler, 660-388-5431.

Event Date: June 27, 2019 Event Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Event Location: Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington

Free workshop for people who are considering their options when it comes to Medicare enrollment, whether they are still working or getting ready to retire. Explains Medicare basics, including the Parts A, B, C, D and the differences between original Medicare and an Advantage Plan. Lunch will be available for the cost of the meal for those younger than 60 and for a contribution for those older than 60.

Event Date: June 28, 2019 Event Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Event Location: Higginsville Senior Center, 101 W. 21st

Free workshop for people who are considering their options when it comes to Medicare enrollment, whether they are still working or getting ready to retire. Explains Medicare basics, including the Parts A, B, C, D and the differences between original Medicare and an Advantage Plan. Lunch will be available for the cost of the meal for those younger than 60 and for a contribution for those older than 60.

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