News

Date: April 12, 2021 | Category: News

In this week’s Cabin Fever Cures, we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month! Click here to access the PDF.

If you are interested in volunteering with Care Connection, contact your local Senior Center or call us at our central office at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: April 9, 2021 | Category: News

Care Connection’s Salisbury Senior Center has moved into a new location to better serve older adults in Chariton County.
The center is at 501 Highway 24, Suite B, and the phone number is 660-388-5431. Coordinator Linda Tramontin’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays while Care Manager Robyn Kistler is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling the center or at 660-413-3712.
The former center building had structural issues, prompting the relocation.
“The move will allow us to continue our home-delivered meal program and to begin planning to offer curbside meal pickup and eventually open for in-house dining,” said Deb Krieger, Regional Services Director for Care Connection for Aging Services.
Krieger said the center leaders hope to restart services in stages, with delivery of hot home-delivered meals first, then a curbside pickup of hot meals, and finally in-house dining and in-person services. Clients are receiving frozen home-delivered meals now.
The center also plans a parking lot Bingo game at 1 p.m. on April 14. The games are free to those 60 and older, and we will award prizes to the winners.
Care Connection temporarily closed all its 22 locations for in-person services in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Agency leaders plan to reopen centers when conditions are safe to do so.
In the meantime, the agency has provided home-delivered frozen meals to an expanded number of clients and switched to telephone and online delivery of many of its programming and care management services.
Care Manager Robyn Kistler can answer a variety of questions on topics including Medicare, extra help paying for premiums and medications, information on community resources, enrollment in services such as food stamps or extra help for Medicare, advanced care planning, and more.
The agency has established “Connect! Online,” a collection of classes, information sessions and recreational events that are provided on Facebook Live and on Zoom presentations on the Internet. Most are offered free. Also available is a two-page weekly publication, “Cabin Fever Cures,” which contains word finds, crosswords, recipes and information on recreational activities.

Date: April 8, 2021 | Category: News

If you need health insurance, it’s not too late to enroll in the 2021 Health Insurance Marketplace.

Care Connection has licensed navigators who can help you determine whether you are eligible for tax credits, consider the programs available to you, and help you enroll in health insurance.

A special enrollment period was extended through Aug. 15 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Also, recent federal legislation means that individuals could qualify for more income tax credits based on their incomes.

Because of these changes, the Health Insurance Marketplace is encouraging people who already have Marketplace insurance to revisit their application to see whether they qualify for more tax credits. Also, those who may have not qualified for any tax credits may qualify now under the new laws.

Our navigators are providing one-on-one enrollment guidance via telephone. To learn more, call us at 1-800-748-7826.

Care Connection offers this service without charge to the participants, and we do not endorse any products company.

Date: April 8, 2021 | Category: News

Are you an older adult who longs to connect with relatives or friends who live far away? Does Zoom technology still seem foreign to you or someone you love? Our centers in Osceola, Wheatland, and Warsaw can help with virtual visits with friends or physicians.

The centers are still closed for indoor dining and most person-to-person activities; however, we are offering a space and video-equipped computer to older adults who want to try out virtual visits for socializing, joining a remote class or activity, or seeing family members without leaving the community.

The service will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center by appointment only. To find out more, call the Warsaw Senior Center at 660-438-3300; the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland at (417) 282-6100 or the Rivers Crossing Life Center in Osceola at (417) 646-8292.

Date: April 8, 2021 | Category: News

Covid-19 vaccines are easier to find than they were a few weeks ago in many counties. However, we are still here for older adults who need help finding the immunizations, using the Internet to register for a vaccination, or getting transportation to the vaccine.

Care Connection is one of 10 area agencies on aging in Missouri under contract to help older adults navigate the system to find a Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, our navigators can help older adults get transportation to get the vaccine.

This service, provided to people 60 and older, is available by calling 1-800-748-7826.

Date: April 5, 2021 | Category: News

Fraud Prevention Fact for April 2021

This month’s Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) Fraud Fact deals with a national COVID-19 vaccine email scam. There is a suspicious email going around that asks people to complete a survey and to receive a free reward in exchange for a nominal fee “to cover shipping.”

This is a scam to try to steal your identity and/or your money. The email may offer a reward and give you a limited time to respond.  A legitimate survey would not assign a time limit. Also, it would NEVER ask for a credit card or bank account number. Scammers know people have received vaccines and are trying to capitalize on it. Don’t give out sensitive information. Fake surveys can be used to steal your information; collect data about you to commit identity theft; or to install malware on your computer when you click on a link in your email.
Here are some more tips:

  • Always check the email address. An official email will not come from a Hotmail or Gmail account.
  • The logo should match the company website. If it doesn’t, it’s probably a scam.
  • If the email asks for a bank account or credit card, it’s a scam. Don’t give your personal information away – and that includes your Medicare information.
  • Watch for typos. If there are misspellings and typos, it’s probably a scam.
  • Is the address given in the email the official company address? If not, that’s a red flag.
  • If you have any doubt, go to the company’s official website, and contact it through the “Contact Us” option.

Call us at the Missouri SMP at 1-888-515-6565 if you have responded to this or a similar vaccine survey email or if you suspect you have been a victim of Medicare fraud.

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.

Events

Event Date: September 1, 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: September 1, 2020 Event Time: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Event Location: Zoom 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: 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 15, 2020 Event Time: 1 p.m. Event Location: Zoom class online

In Missouri, nearly 51,000 grandparents are helping to raise more than 97,000 children. If you are one of them, we invite you to make the connection with others walking in your shoes. As you make the Grandparent Connection, you will help decide discussion topics: challenges of keeping up with children, providing nutrition, clothing and other basics; guardianship, education. We will look at child rearing from the vantage point of a grandparent.
Meeting online via Zoom 1 p.m. first, third, and fifth Tuesdays (beginning Sept. 15)
Free but registration required. Fill out the form below, call 1-800-748-7826, or email information@goaging.org

Event Date: September 29, 2020 Event Time: 1 p.m. Event Location: Zoom class online

In Missouri, nearly 51,000 grandparents are helping to raise more than 97,000 children. If you are one of them, we invite you to make the connection with others walking in your shoes. As you make the Grandparent Connection, you will help decide discussion topics: challenges of keeping up with children, providing nutrition, clothing and other basics; guardianship, education. We will look at child rearing from the vantage point of a grandparent.
Meeting online via Zoom 1 p.m. first, third, and fifth Tuesdays (beginning Sept. 15)
Free but registration required. Fill out the form below, call 1-800-748-7826, or email information@goaging.org

Event Date: October 6, 2020 Event Time: 1 p.m. Event Location: Zoom class online

In Missouri, nearly 51,000 grandparents are helping to raise more than 97,000 children. If you are one of them, we invite you to make the connection with others walking in your shoes. As you make the Grandparent Connection, you will help decide discussion topics: challenges of keeping up with children, providing nutrition, clothing and other basics; guardianship, education. We will look at child rearing from the vantage point of a grandparent.
Meeting online via Zoom 1 p.m. first, third, and fifth Tuesdays (beginning Sept. 15)
Free but registration required. Fill out the form below, call 1-800-748-7826, or email information@goaging.org

Event Date: October 15, 2020 Event Time: 7:00pm Event Location: Virtual- Zoom

Jody Anderson, Reference Specialist at the Henry County Library, will lead the group in
selecting the genres and books that will be discussed every two weeks (halfway through
and then completion). She will also share information about new books that are available.

Event Date: October 20, 2020 Event Time: 1 p.m. Event Location: Zoom class online

In Missouri, nearly 51,000 grandparents are helping to raise more than 97,000 children. If you are one of them, we invite you to make the connection with others walking in your shoes. As you make the Grandparent Connection, you will help decide discussion topics: challenges of keeping up with children, providing nutrition, clothing and other basics; guardianship, education. We will look at child rearing from the vantage point of a grandparent.
Meeting online via Zoom 1 p.m. first, third, (and fifth in months with five) Tuesdays
Free but registration required. Fill out the form below, call 1-800-748-7826, or email information@goaging.org

Event Date: October 23, 2020 Event Time: 10:00 a.m Event Location: Zoom

Care Connection is offering BINGO via Zoom! One of America’s favorite pastimes can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. We will be hosting BINGO every Friday beginning October 23, 2020. We will have prizes for winners. Tell your friends and family and invite them to join in the fun! When you register to join, your playing cards will be sent to you by e-mail. Please register using the link below. If you have questions, contact Samantha Schnell at 660-747-3107.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrdOCurjssEtyQUVJlvn34-iXLsDZOqGz2

Event Date: November 17, 2020 Event Time: 10 a.m. Event Location: Virtual- Zoom

Exercise with Bobbie Steinhauser continues via Zoom. 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. These exercises are safe and effective for most older adults. Bobbie is a volunteer in Henry County who enjoyed teaching exercise classes so much that she’s continuing it virtually. If you are concerned about learning the Zoom platform, we will teach you how. It’s EASY!