Date: February 21, 2019 | Category: News
For Heart Month, we are sharing Facts of the Heart to promote heart health. This segment offers tips on heart healthy eating, provided by the American Heart Association.
Eat a variety of fresh, frozen and canned vegetables and fruits. Omit the high calorie sauces or added sugar and salt. Replace high-calorie foods with fruits and veggies.
Choose fiber-rich whole grains. These include whole-wheat flour, bulgur, cracked wheat, oatmeal, whole cornmeal, and brown rice.
Eat poultry and fish without skin. Cook without added fat. Use lean meat. Eat a variety of fish twice a week.
Drink skim or 1 percent milk.
Avoid foods containing hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans-fat in your diet.
Limit sugar, both in foods and drinks. Read labels to find hidden sugars, fats, sodium and calories in processed foods.
Limit salt in cooking, in processed foods, and at the table.
Drink alcohol in moderation if at all – one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
Keep in mind portion sizes when you are in a restaurant. Consider that these are one serving: A slice of bread. A half cup of rice or pasta. A small piece of fruit. 6 ounces of fruit juice. 2 ounces of cheese (which is the size of a domino). 3 ounces of meat (about the size of a deck of cards.)
We have been offering these Facts of the Heart during February, National Heart Month. If you want to learn more about this, see your doctor or call Care Connection at 1-800-748-7826.
Date: February 14, 2019 | Category: News
For Heart Month, we are sharing Facts of the Heart to promote heart health. Here, we offer tips on learning how many of those risks you may have. Some are obvious – like smoking. However, some risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol do not have obvious symptoms, and you should keep tabs on them.
The National Institutes of Health offers these tips:
• See your doctor, and be proactive. Tell your doctor you want to keep your heart healthy. Ask questions about your chances of developing heart disease and how you can lower your risk. Discuss tests that will determine your personal factors that make you more likely to develop heart disease.
• Know your numbers: blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Also, know what these numbers should be, according to your doctor. Most insurance including Medicare covers the screenings to determine and monitor these numbers.
• Keep tabs on treatment. If you already are being treated for heart disease or heart disease risk factors, ask your doctor to review your treatment plan with you. Also, consider attending Chronic Disease Self-Management Education courses offered by Care Connection.
• Be open with your doctor. When your doctor asks you questions, answer as honestly and fully as you can.
• Ask questions! If you don’t understand something your doctor says, ask for an explanation in simple language. If you need written instructions, ask for them. Make sure you understand how to take your medications.
We are pleased to offer these Facts of the Heart during the month of February, National Heart Month. If you want to learn more about this, see your doctor or call 1-800-748-7826.
Date: February 5, 2019 | Category: News
Seniors will be able to add a little balance to their lives and diminish their fear of falling during a four-week course in Wheatland.
Care Connection for Aging Services will offer an eight-session course called “Matter of Balance,” from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 19 at the McCarty Senior Center, 19482 Highway 54, in Wheatland.
To register, call 1-800-748-7826. The course is being offered free to participants.
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.
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.
Care Connection offers the program as part of its mission to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging, serves 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Hickory.
Date: February 5, 2019 | Category: News
In observation of Heart Month, we are sharing these Facts of the Heart so that you know WHY heart health is so important. The National Institutes of Health say that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk for heart disease. The first step is to know the risk factors, which make a person more likely to develop a disease.
Risk factors, according to the NIH, include:
• High blood pressure
• High blood cholesterol
• Diabetes and prediabetes
• Being overweight or obese
• Being physically inactive
• Having a family history of early heart disease
• Having a history of preeclampsia during pregnancy
• Unhealthy diet
• Age. The average age for a heart attack is 70 in women, and 66 in men.
You cannot do anything about some of these (genetics or age, for example.) But, in the next few weeks, we are going to touch on areas where you CAN make a difference. We think it’s important to offer these Facts of the Heart during February, National Heart Month. If you want to learn more about this, talk to your doctor or call 1-800-748-7826.
Date: February 4, 2019 | Category: News
Do you have a heart for service and a few extra hours a week? If so, the Windsor Senior Center needs volunteers in a variety of areas.
The senior center, 201 S. Main, depends on volunteers to help in the kitchen, at the front desk, in the dining room, and to deliver meals to the homebound.
The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
“We would welcome volunteers who can commit to a couple of hours or more a week,” said Center Coordinator Carrie Memphis. “We are looking for people who love helping people.”
Home-delivered meal drivers would drop off warm meals to about 20 homebound individuals. Many times, the HDM delivery serves as a well-being check on the homebound adults, who might not receive any other visitors in a given day. Meals are delivered Monday through Wednesday, but would be expanded to Thursday if volunteers were available, Memphis said.
The route includes 20-plus stops and takes an average of 90 minutes.
The Windsor center, one of 22 operated by Care Connection for Aging Services, receives meals prepared hot and fresh daily from the Clinton Senior Center kitchen.
Kitchen volunteers are needed to ready a steam table, receive the food, serve it in the proper portions, and clean up afterward. About 20 seniors have lunch at the senior center four days a week.
Another potential volunteer role is a desk receptionist.
“We really do have a volunteer role for anybody who has a servant’s heart,” Memphis said. “The reward will be seeing a smile on a senior’s face because somebody cares.”
Training is provided for all positions, and background checks are required for some roles.
To find out more, visit the Windsor Senior Center or call (660) 647-3224.
Date: February 2, 2019 | Category: News
Catherine Rivers has been named the Volunteer of the Year 2018 for the Stockton Korth Center.
“We want to say a very special thank you to all the individuals who volunteer their time and service to the Korth Center,” said Pam Engleman, Cedar County Services Director for Care Connection for Aging Services, which serves 13 counties including Cedar. “The staff would not be able to do all that gets accomplished without the individuals from our community that give back to the Korth Center.”
After she moved to Missouri from Mississippi, Rivers said she checked out the senior center because “I needed to get out and meet people.” She very much enjoys volunteering at Korth.
“I thank God every day that I am able to get up and work,” said the 77-year-old Rivers, who lives about 20 miles west of Stockton. “I volunteer at the desk. I greet people as they come in and send people to whomever they need to talk to. I have really met some nice people.”
Rivers, a retired bank teller, volunteers every Monday at the senior center. She also volunteers at the thrift store and food pantry.
These 12 individuals were selected as Volunteers of the Month by the older adults who participate at the Korth Center: January-Carla Schloman; February-Sheila McCabe; March-Dan Watters; April-Laurel Cockrell; May-Gary Johnson; June-Linda Throne; July-Josie Young; August-Star Malouff; September-Sandy Moore; October-Billie Hughes; November-Chris Cruise; and December-Catherine Rivers.
“The Korth staff appreciates all the individuals who volunteer at the Korth Center,” Engleman said.
February 19, 2019
McCarty Senior Center, 19482 US Hwy 54, Wheatland MO, 65779
This class combines skills building, exercises, group discussions and more to help seniors conquer falls and the fear of falling. This class starts February 19, 2019 and is every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:30am until March 14, 2019, weather permitting.
February 20, 2019
Parkview Gardens 411 E. North St., Warrensburg Mo 64093
This class combines skills building, exercises, group discussions and more to help seniors conquer falls and the fear of falling. This class starts February 20, 2019 and is every Wednesday and Friday from 1:00-3:00p.m. until March 15, 2019, weather permitting
February 25, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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.
March 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Odessa Senior Center, 217 S Second, Odessa, MO 64076
There will be an emphasis on the benefits available to help seniors stretch their household budgets during a short program at the Odessa Senior Center on March 7, 2019. Benefits Counselor Penny Humphrey will explain Care Connection’s Benefits Enrollment Center, which offers screenings and enrollment assistance in many money-savings programs for seniors. The presentation includes an opportunity for people to test their knowledge by spinning a wheel and answering questions for prizes. We want to make the whole process fun for everyone!
March 8, 2019
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Neal Center, 301 N. Main St., Nevada, MO 64772
Join us for this locally developed workshop to learn:
–The Difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
–Risk Factors of Alzheimer’s.
–Warning Signs and Symptoms.
–Importance of early diagnosis and Alzheimer’s Association resources.
March 14, 2019
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Butler Senior Center 611 W. Mill, Butler, MO 64730
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There will be an emphasis on the benefits available to help seniors stretch their household budgets during a short program at the Butler Senior Center on March 14, 2019. Benefits Counselor Penny Humphrey will explain Care Connection’s Benefits Enrollment Center, which offers screenings and enrollment assistance in many money-savings programs for seniors. The presentation includes an opportunity for people to test their knowledge by spinning a wheel and answering questions for prizes. We want to make the whole process fun for everyone!