News

Date: August 9, 2019 | Category: News


From left are Cheryl Friedley, Victor Chavarria, and Kathryn Blevins
By Toni Sabol
El Dorado Springs Coordinator
The success of our kitchen means teamwork and respect for each other’s individual skills and talents. That mindset has contributed to the excellent meals the staff have been providing those in the center and to the HDM — which have become the talk of the town!
Head Chef Victor Chavarria originates from Laredo, Texas, and has been working in a commercial kitchen for more than 13 years. However, his cooking background actually goes back much further, to his toddler days.
His grandma, who was also an avid cook, would seat him in his highchair as she created her own meals for the family. Victor thoroughly enjoyed watching and, as he grew, learned some excellent cooking skills that would later help to advance him in his career.
When asked what he enjoys most as Head Chef, Victor smiles and says, “The love everyone has shown, and the compliments we receive about our meals. I make a point to always listen to suggestions; then I try to add them to the menu.”
He is diversifying the monthly menu and focusing on new bread and dessert recipes. Victor has two huge passions. When he gets home, you’ll find him either cooking in his own kitchen or playing video games.
Sous Chef, Kathryn Blevins, originally from Alliance, Ohio, has a background very similar to Victor’s.
As a little girl, she remembers being in each of her grandmas’ kitchens to watch or lend a hand. Later, when she was 10 or 11 years old, she was skilled enough to cook dinner for her mom, sister and herself.
“I’ve always loved cooking,” Kathy said, “and seeing empty trays coming back to the kitchen means we did our job right.”
Open to new recipe ideas, she is, “researching ‘back in the day’ dessert recipes that our seniors may remember and enjoy.”
Kathy has a brother and sister with whom she enjoys spending time. “I also have a son who is turning 33, and a 2 ½ year old grandson who is my pride and joy. I try to see them as often as possible.”

Cheryl Friedley, Kitchen Assistant, is from Kansas City, Missouri, and works through AARP’s 55+ Program. She has been with the center for one year.
When asked what she enjoys most about the center, she said, “The people. I’m really proud of the way everyone looks out for one another here.”
Cheryl keeps a very close eye on the kitchen and dining room. She’s the one you’ll see running back and forth, from kitchen to the dining area, taking meal requests from those unable to fix their own trays due to physical limitations. She then hand delivers their requested meals and, once they’ve finished, brings their empty trays back to the kitchen for cleanup.
Trusting Victor and Kathy’s excellent cooking skills, Cheryl added, “Whatever the cooks are up to, I’m in.”

Date: August 9, 2019 | Category: News


Congratulations to Bryan Lee, of Warrensburg, who recently was named the 2019 Outstanding Older Adult for Johnson County.
Bryan has served his community as a member of the VFW, American Legion and at the Warrensburg Senior Center as a home-delivered meal driver.
He was nominated for the award by Edna Tivis, another volunteer who coordinates the home-delivered meal routes in Johnson County.
“It only took a short visit with Bryan for me to put his number on speed dial,” Edna said. “In case of a driver cancellation, Bryan was willing to pick up the slack on a moment’s notice.”
He’s familiar with all nine routes for the home-delivered meal program because of his long tenure helping with the program.
“Bryan is willing to serve in any capacity to make your job easier,” Edna said. “He is kind and respectful of all persons.”
He serves as membership chairman of the American Legion; helps to organize and call Turkey Bingo at Thanksgiving for the VFW; volunteers at the Veterans Home; transports veterans to Kansas City to get cancer treatments; delivers meals to Knob Noster one day a week; and picks up donated eggs for the senior center. He also serves as the president of the Senior Center Advisory Board, where he has been a member for three years.
Bryan and his wife, Dianne, have been married 55 years. They have five children, 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, with another due in October.
Bryan was selected for the award based on the theme of Older Americans Month 2019, which is Connect, Create, Contribute. The selection committee determined that he exemplified the criteria of connecting with friends, family and services that support participation; creating by engaging in activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment=; and contributing time, talent and life experience to benefit others.

Date: August 7, 2019 | Category: News

The 12th Annual Community Senior Festival will include a silent auction, a pie auction, and a barbecue dinner with homemade desserts at the Johnson County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 25.

Admission to the family-friendly event is free and open to the public. However, a freewill offering will be taken to support the home-delivered meal program of the Warrensburg Senior Center. The pie auction features homemade pies from locally known bakers, as well as other desserts. The silent auction features an eclectic mix of items – some of them handcrafted – donated by local merchants and supporters.
The festival, whose theme is “Give from the Heart,” takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Music by Scott Stober begins at 11.
Melissa Gower, Johnson County Services Director for Care Connection for Aging Services, has set a fundraising goal of $12,000 for the festival.

“I believe that the home-delivered meal program is the most important service that we provide. We are helping seniors in our community that for whatever reason are in their homes with limited options for nutrition,” Melissa said. “We are meeting a basic necessary need that no one else in the county provides. We are enabling seniors to stay at home and live their lives as they wish for as long as possible.”

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Date: August 6, 2019 | Category: News

With the Bikers 4 Boomers Poker Run only days away, organizer Deb Krieger, of Higginsville, is calling on motorists to be aware of the hundreds of motorcyclists that it will attract to Lafayette County byways and highways on Aug. 17.
The event is a fundraiser for the county’s four senior centers and makes stops at each – Higginsville (the beginning/registration site), Odessa, Lexington and Concordia. The centers, all served by Care Connection for Aging Services, receive proceeds from the ride to help with their home-delivered meal programs. Entrance fees are $25 for a single rider and $40 for two people riding double.
The event begins with biscuits and gravy at the Higginsville Center and ends with a party in that city’s park, complete with food, prizes and giveaways. To learn more, visit www.bikers4boomers.com.
Krieger, Care Connection Regional Services Director and an avid rider, emphasized that the approaching poker run provides a chance to remind drivers of cars, trucks and other vehicles to watch out for motorcyclists during the ride and always.
More than half of fatal motorcycle crashes involve other vehicles, and most of the time, the motorist is at fault – not the motorcyclist, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Some drivers ignore motorcycles, a mistake that can be deadly. Small motorcycles can be hiding behind a car roof, door pillar or other blind spots. Also, bushes, fences and bridges can block a car driver’s view of a motorcycle. The foundation advises drivers to “take an extra moment to look for motorcycles, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.”
Here are some other safety tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation:
Assume that motorcycles are closer than they appear.
Give yourself plenty of following distance with a motorcycle. Sometimes, they slow down by downshifting or some other means that requires no braking. In addition, cyclists have trouble stopping in rain or other poor driving conditions.
Be aware that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, such as to avoid debris in the road, not to be reckless or show off.
Do not share the lane with motorcycles.
When a motorcyclist signals, make sure the signal is for real and not just a forgotten blinker.
See the person under the helmet, rather than just the motorcycle. The motorcyclist could be a friend, neighbor or relative.

Date: August 1, 2019 | Category: News

August’s fraud fact from Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) deals with the unexpected knock on the door from someone trying to sell something.
Older adults often are targets of door-to-door salespeople who might use unscrupulous and dishonest sales tactics to sell you something you don’t need. These folks may be trying to sell a new roof after a hail storm, resurfacing on a driveway, a very good deal on satellite TV, a new or different Medicare plan, shoes for a diabetic, a screening test for a disease or something else. They often apply high pressure and maximum charm.
When it comes to repairs and improvements, get advice from relatives or friends, especially before you sign anything. Also shop, get quotes, and use licensed and insured contractors. Do not be afraid to ask for credentials. Never pay in advance. Don’t give salespeople access to your bank account. Do not feel pressured, and take your time in making a decision.
When it comes to medical services, devices or insurance policies, door-to-door offers are not the recommended method of obtaining such services. Salespeople offering Medicare prescription drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans are not allowed to do cold calls door-to-door. Do not give a door-to-door salesperson your Medicare information. They are not allowed to do Medicare business door-to-door, so they don’t need it.
The Missouri SMP always recommends starting with a trusted primary care physician for Medicare-covered tests and screenings. Protect Medicare information just as you would your Social Security number or bank account information. Don’t give it to someone who wants to give you a “free” test or medical device. As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to 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: August 1, 2019 | Category: News

August’s fraud fact from Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) deals with the unexpected knock on the door from someone trying to sell something.
Older adults often are targets of door-to-door salespeople who might use unscrupulous and dishonest sales tactics to sell you something you don’t need. These folks may be trying to sell a new roof after a hail storm, resurfacing on a driveway, a very good deal on satellite TV, a new or different Medicare plan, shoes for a diabetic, a screening test for a disease or something else. They often apply high pressure and maximum charm.
When it comes to repairs and improvements, get advice from relatives or friends, especially before you sign anything. Also shop, get quotes, and use licensed and insured contractors. Do not be afraid to ask for credentials. Never pay in advance. Don’t give salespeople access to your bank account. Do not feel pressured, and take your time in making a decision.
When it comes to medical services, devices or insurance policies, door-to-door offers are not the recommended method of obtaining such services. Salespeople offering Medicare prescription drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans are not allowed to do cold calls door-to-door. Do not give a door-to-door salesperson your Medicare information. They are not allowed to do Medicare business door-to-door, so they don’t need it.
The Missouri SMP always recommends starting with a trusted primary care physician for Medicare-covered tests and screenings. Protect Medicare information just as you would your Social Security number or bank account information. Don’t give it to someone who wants to give you a “free” test or medical device. As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to 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.

Events

Event Date: August 22, 2019 Event Time: 12:00pm Event Location: Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan St.

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: August 23, 2019 Event Time: 12:00pm 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: August 25, 2019 Event Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Event Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Warrensburg, MO

12th Annual Community Senior Festival. Silent auction, a pie auction, and a barbecue dinner with homemade desserts at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Admission is free and open to the public. Freewill offering will be taken to support the home-delivered meal program of the Warrensburg Senior Center.
The festival theme is “Give from the Heart.”

Event Date: August 30, 2019 Event Time: 12:00pm Event Location: Care Connection Activities Center, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton MO

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: September 1, 2019 Event Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event Location: Katy Trail, Sedalia, MO

Riding a bike in search of a donut — and to raise money for a worthy cause? Sounds like a good deal to us. This event will support the Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington. A donut ride, which may become an annual event, will begin at 8 a.m. on the Katy Trail on Clarendon near the Missouri State Fairgrounds and continue to Clover Dell Park or to Windsor Caboose. Registration deadline is $25 by Sept. 1 and $35 after that. The first 30 riders will receive a T-shirt. Please fill out the information below or call 660-826-0713.

Event Date: September 23, 2019 Event Time: 12:00 PM Event Location: Clinton Senior Center, 970 E Sedalia, Clinton MO

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: September 24, 2019 Event Time: 12:00 PM Event Location: Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 W Junge Cole Camp

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: September 26, 2019 Event Time: 12:00 PM Event Location: McCarty Senior Center, 19482 US Hwy 54 Wheatland

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: September 26, 2019 Event Time: 12:00pm Event Location: Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, Suite 128

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: September 27, 2019 Event Time: 12:00pm Event Location: Margaret Gray Center, 811 C South Business Hwy 13, Lexington MO

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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