Date: April 18, 2019 | Category: News, Uncategorized

We recently published an updated edition of our Annual Impact Report (for FY18). We would love for you to have a look.
Click here to see our most recent Annual Impact Report.

Date: April 17, 2019 | Category: News

Click here to see May’s offerings from the Caregiver Teleconnection

Date: April 15, 2019 | Category: News

The Care Connection Cole Camp Senior Center is celebrating its 35th anniversary as the place where older adults gather to dine, visit and learn.
The celebration will be from 1 to 3 p.m. April 23, remembering the center’s official opening and the service of its first meal in the Lions Club building.
The event, which is open to the public, will include cake and ice cream, reminiscing, a slide show, photo albums – and prizes.
The center still serves as a hub for adults 60 and older, who gather lunch, regular game nights, art classes, puzzle contests, beading classes, pick-up pinochle games, EnhanceFitness, armchair exercises, blood pressure screenings, ice cream cones and root beer floats.
Center Coordinator Janis Garren said perhaps the most important thing older adults will find is friendship.
“Often, when a spouse dies, people will tend to hibernate. They need to get out and mingle with people. We try and get people in here to socialize and have fellowship,” Garren said. “The senior center helps them come out of their shell. People find friends here.”
The center also provides volunteer opportunities for older adults, who help serve meals, clean up, and serve as receptionists.
Care Connection Care Manager Dee Locke serves the center to provide information and resources that are available to seniors, including Medicare counseling, benefits screenings, and education on topics ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to healthy living.
The idea of the senior center originated with a senior citizens club that met monthly in Cole Camp in the basement of a local church. The District III Area Agency on Aging (now dba Care Connection for Aging Services) approached the citizens’ group with the idea of creating a senior center and nutrition program to benefit older adults.
After much discussion, the senior center opened in the Lion’s Club building on April 23, 1984, as the first satellite operation of the agency, according to a history in the center’s archives. The meals were brought to Cole Camp from the Warsaw Senior Center. Meal service peaked at about 100 meals and prompted Cole Camp to have its own kitchen and cooks for some time.
Over the next three decades, the center served thousands of meals and provided countless hours of volunteer opportunities, programs and fellowship opportunities.
As one of 22 senior centers serving 13 West Central Missouri counties operated by Care Connection, the center provides opportunities to create positive aging experiences. Care Connection’s vision is that the people we serve will live with maximum independence, respect and dignity. For more information, call the center at 660-668-2352 or visit www.goaging.org online.

Date: April 11, 2019 | Category: News

Advocates for older adults are calling attention to the Senior Services Growth and Development Program bill (House Bill 337) under consideration by Missouri House of Representatives, which is expected to come up for a vote next week.
“Supporters say that this bill is a small step toward restoring badly needed funding for significant unmet needs of seniors,” according to a written House summary of the bill. The Senate is considering the same proposal as Senate Bill 86.
The Senior Services Growth and Development Program is a top priority for the Silver Haired Legislature, a formally elected body that advocates for older adults. This year marks the third time the initiative has been introduced in the Legislature.
The bill would provide a continuing source of funding for senior programs without a tax increase. Under the proposal, 5 percent of revenue collected through the existing Insurance Premium Tax would be directed to senior programs and services overseen by the state’s 10 area agencies on aging, including Care Connection for Aging Services. The measure would be phased in over two years.
The bill has the strong support of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (ma4). Catherine Edwards, ma4 Executive Director, appeared before a Legislature committee to advocate for the measure. (Click here to see all of the talking points of ma4.)
The AAA core budget was cut in 2008 and has never been fully restored. The senior population continues to grow, and the cost of services is rising.
House Bill 337 would not only help restore core funding, but would provide a sustainable funding source to serve an ever-growing senior population. Without a funding increase, services will shrink. (Click here to see a list of the Missouri House representatives in Care Connection’s 13-county area, along with their phone numbers.)
The AAAs are able to serve only 10 percent of the eligible population.
The funding would allow Care Connection and the other area agencies to provide more seniors with services (including home-delivered meals) in their home and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations or placement in nursing homes.
Care Connection for Aging Services provides opportunities to create positive aging experiences for people 60 and older in West Central Missouri, including Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon counties. Call us at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: April 8, 2019 | Category: News

Do you have questions about how to manage your medications? Are you concerned about how to recognize potential drug interactions and how to store and remember to take medicine appropriately? Lucy Barylak, LMSW, will cover all of these areas during this four week session, as well as providing information about what to be concerned about if you’re
hospitalized, and other lifestyle and wellness issues. You will need to register for these teleconferences.
Click here for the schedule of this four week session.

Date: April 8, 2019 | Category: News

We have published a new brochure that explains benefits that are available to older adults. These range from extra help on Medicare to a free cell phone and are dependent on income. Call Penny at 1-800-748-7826 to learn more.
Click this link to our Benefits Enrollment Center brochure.

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Event Date: April 23, 2019 Event Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Event Location: Warsaw Senior Center, Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, Warrensburg, MO

Care manager Dee Locke will present information and tools to help older adults and their caregivers with advance care planning. The presentation is in observation of National Healthcare Decisions Day. The session will be free and open to the public.
The presenter will guide participants through “Five Wishes,” advance healthcare directive, which would be considered a legal document once it’s signed and notarized. Copies of another publication, “I Have Put My House in Order,” also will be distributed. This booklet guides the user in providing important information about his home, family, estate planning, funeral plans, finances, and life insurance.
Both the “Five Wishes” and the “I Have Put My House in Order” documents will be given free to workshop participants.

Event Date: April 23, 2019 Event Time: 11 a.m. Event Location: Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE in Osceola

Care manager Melanie Foster will present information and tools to help older adults and their caregivers with advance care planning. The presentation is in observation of National Healthcare Decisions Day. The session will be free and open to the public. The presenter will guide participants through “Five Wishes,” advance healthcare directive, which would be considered a legal document once it’s signed and notarized. Copies of another publication, “I Have Put My House in Order,” also will be distributed. This booklet guides the user in providing important information about his home, family, estate planning, funeral plans, finances, and life insurance.
Both the “Five Wishes” and the “I Have Put My House in Order” documents will be given free to workshop participants.

Event Date: April 23, 2019 Event Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Event Location: Carroll County Care Connection Activity Center, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton

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: April 24, 2019 Event Time: 9:00am Event Location: Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington

Care Connection’s Sedalia Senior Center is hosting a “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Disease.” The course consists of six weekly sessions of two and a half hours each. Certified facilitators Shery Fogle and Pearl Weaver 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.
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

Event Date: April 26, 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: April 26, 2019 Event Time: 10 a.m to 11 a.m. Event Location: Warsaw Senior Center, Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, Warsaw, Missouri

An educational program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia, the disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Dee Locke, 660-438-3300 ext. 3.

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