News

Date: August 6, 2020 | Category: News

Click here to download the most recent copy of the Learning Connection

Date: August 4, 2020 | Category: News

The Caregiver Teleconnection contains a series of free telephone learning sessions for caregivers. Each month, we share the schedule. Here is August’s lineup. Click here to see and download a pdf copy of the

Date: August 4, 2020 | Category: News

Here is the most recent edition of the Cabin Fever Cures, a little something to keep your mind occupied while you are staying at home.
Click here to see the most recent Cabin Fever Cures.

Date: August 4, 2020 | Category: News

Beware of the cold sales call – on the phone or on your doorstep. The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) wants to remind you that Medicare will not call you out of the blue asking for your Social Security, Medicare or banking information.
Medicare has strict rules regulating companies who sell Medicare Advantage plans – also known as Medicare replacement plans – and those rules do not allow for cold sales calls. If you already are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, then that plan may call you, however.
The key is to know what you have now – original Medicare with a Part D plan and perhaps a supplemental plan OR an Advantage plan that replaces original Medicare.
Open enrollment for Medicare begins Oct. 15th. That’s when you will be able to evaluate the coverage you have now and whether you want to change it. Special circumstances allow for a special enrollment at other times.
Medicare coverage can be confusing, which is why the Missouri SMP assists beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse.
The Missouri State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), known as CLAIM, is here to answer Medicare insurance questions and help you with enrollment as well. These resources can be trusted.
If you receive an unexpected phone call about your Medicare coverage, do NOT give any information to the caller. 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.
Click here to download a copy of the Missouri SMP Fraud Prevention Fact for August.

Date: August 4, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services has teamed up with Legal Aid of Western Missouri to present a series of online sessions to provide older adults with answers to some of the most-often asked questions when it comes civil law.
Attorney Jeffiner Thompson, of Legal Aid of Western Missouri, will present four sessions beginning 10 a.m. on Mondays online via Zoom. Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Here is the lineup:
–Aug. 10 – Landlord/Tenant Issues including tenant rights, eviction proceedings, service animals/comfort animals, and additional rights that a tenant of a government-funded facility may have.
–Aug. 17 – Public Benefits including Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and Food Stamps – what to do if denied, or a claim is denied. Will also explain recent changes at Social Security and Family Support Division buildings.
–Aug. 24 – Non-Probate Estate Planning will discuss Health Care Directives, Powers of Attorney, Beneficiary Deeds and will explain reverse mortgages.
–Aug. 31 – Family Law with an emphasis on guardianship (what to do if a family member is seeking guardianship of you; what to do if you need to seek guardianship/conservatorship of a family member or grandchild.
“We are very pleased to add this series to our Learning Connection because older adults often have legal questions that will be addressed in these sessions,” said Rona McNally, Director of Special Projects for Care Connection. “I think folks will find that Jeffiner Thompson can provide practical guidance in common-sense language that we all can understand. Legal Aid serves older adults without income requirements.”
You may register to attend one or all the workshops. To registration and receive a Zoom link, please call 1-800-748-7826 or by email at information@goaging.org.
The Legal Aid series is the most recent addition to the Learning Connection, a collection of online programs.

Date: August 3, 2020 | Category: News

Presented by: Jeffiner Thompson, Attorney at Law
Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Sessions provided via Zoom
Mondays at 10 a.m.
Aug. 10 – Landlord/Tenant Issues including tenant rights eviction proceedings, service animals/comfort animals and additional rights that a tenant of a government-funded facility may have.
Aug. 17 – Public Benefits including Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and Food Stamps – what to do if denied, or a claim is denied. Will also explain recent changes at Social Security and Family Support Division buildings.
Aug. 24 – Non-Probate Estate Planning will discuss Health Care Directives, Powers of Attorney, Beneficiary Deeds and will explain reverse mortgages.
Aug. 31 – Family Law with an emphasis on guardianship (what to do if a family member is seeking guardianship of you; what to do if you need to seek guardianship/conservatorship of a family member or grandchild).

Zoom – Must register to receive a Zoom link.
To register, please call 1-800-748-7826 or by email at information@goaging.org.

Events

Event Date: July 7, 2020 Event Time: 10 a.m. Event Location: Virtual- Zoom

Exercise with Bobbie Steinhauser starting July 7, 2020 via Zoom, and then every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The class is free, but registration is required by calling 1-800-748-7826, emailing information@goaging.org, or filling out the form below. Give it a try!

Event Date: July 14, 2020 Event Time: Noon Event Location: Facebook Live

“Medicare 101” workshop will take place during Facebook Live sessions at noon on Monday while the senior centers are closed to the public.
Free and Open to the public. Medicare 101 is aimed at adults who are new to Medicare or preparing for retirement. The one-hour workshop will cover benefits, premiums, deductibles and copayments, as well as the differences in Parts A, B, C, and D.
The workshop also covers how individuals may qualify for assistance in paying for prescriptions and medical care. Participants will learn about prescription drug plans, supplemental insurance and Medicare Advantage plans.
Reservations can by emailing sgilkeson@goaging.org or calling 1-800-748-7826.
Care Connection does not sell insurance and will not recommend a particular plan.

Event Date: July 20, 2020 Event Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Event Location: Online Zoom platform

This program addresses the needs of family caregivers in a relaxed virtual setting to discuss common issues, share ideas and gain a better understanding of each
other’s perspective on what it means to be a caregiver. This is a 10-hour program that is conducted
in 10 two-hour weekly sessions. Mondays and Fridays, 1:30 p.m. Participants learn to value each other’s role in the caregiving team and improved communications and care. These sessions will be on the Zoom platform and will require advanced registration. To register, fill out the form below. To learn more or register by phone, call 1-800-748-7826.

Event Date: August 10, 2020 Event Time: 9 a.m. Event Location: Zoom class online

Ancient Chinese meditation exercise features slow, precise movements. Improves balance, mobility, strength and flexibility, decreases pain and helps prevent falls. Virtual Tai Chi via Zoom Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Contact Stacey or Shery at 1-800-748-7826 or fill out the form below to register. Registration is required; however, the class is offered free. Donations are always accepted,

Event Date: August 17, 2020 Event Time: 10 a.m. Event Location: Zoom class online

Will discuss public benefits including Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and Food Stamps – what to do if denied, or a claim is denied. Will also explain recent changes at Social Security and Family Support Division buildings.
Must register to receive the Zoom link. To register, fill in the form below or call 1-800-748-7826 or by email at information@goaging.org

Event Date: August 24, 2020 Event Time: 10 a.m. Event Location: Zoom class online

Non-Probate Estate Planning: Health Care Directive, Power of Attorney, Beneficiary Deed and will explain reverse mortgages. 10 a.m. To register, fill out the form below, please call 1-800-748-7826 or by email information@goaging.org.

Event Date: September 2, 2020 Event Time: 12:30 p.m. Event Location:

This group is designed to provide emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. The hour-long meetings will be the first Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. and the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Yuu may attend one or both sessions. Caregivers from throughout our 13-county area are welcomed to join these sessions. Registration is required by calling Care Manager Dee Locke at 660-438-330, extension 3 or filling out the form below. Specify which session you wish to attend.

Event Date: September 15, 2020 Event Time: 8 a.m. Event Location:

Silver Sneakers Classic focuses on strengthening muscles and increasing range of movement for daily life activities. Participants can use hand-held weights, or elastic tubing with handles. Often a chair is used for seated exercises or standing support. Licensing/contract requirements restrict this class to Lafayette County. Begins Sept. 15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. Contact Shery Fogle at 800-748-7826 or register online by filling out the form below.

Event Date: September 21, 2020 Event Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Event Location: Zoom class online

Walk With Ease through the Arthritis Foundation is an evidence-based program 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. Classes take place Sept. 21 to Oct. 28 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The class is free to participants, but registration is required by calling Shery or Stacey at 800-748-7826 or online using the form below.

Event Date: September 23, 2020 Event Time: 9:30 am Event Location:

Living a Healthy Life class on Zoom beginning September 23, 2020. The course will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays for six weeks. If you want to attend the class online and need help getting started on the Zoom application, let us know. We will be happy to help. More information is available by calling Shery Fogle at 1-800-748-7826 or email sfogle@goaging.org. Register is required. You may fill out the form below.
Subjects include:
–Role of nutrition & physical activity in self-management.
–Managing pain, fatigue, difficult emotions &
depression.
–Medications & making treatment decisions.
–New ways to communicate with family, friends & healthcare providers.
–Weekly action planning & problem solving.