Date: February 14, 2018 | Category: News

The Rivers Crossing Life Center will offer a free seminar titled “Money Management: What Every Woman Should Know” at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20.
Care Connection for Aging Services’ County Care Manager Melanie Foster will teach the 90-minute session at the senior center at 4215 Business Highway 13 NE in Osceola.
The seminar is geared toward women 65 and older; however, the sessions are open to spouses, adult children and potential caregivers as well.
Participants will learn about income needs and sources; savings and investments; credit card debt; long-term care insurance; and financial planning professionals. They also will be armed with the information to make a financial to-do list. As a non-profit area agency on aging, Care Connection does not sell or recommend any products or services.
Reservations are not required but are appreciated so that enough materials are on hand. To register, call Foster at 417-646-8292.
Care Connection received support for this project from the Retirement Research Foundation. The curriculum was developed by WISER, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement.
Care Connection is a non-profit area agency on aging serving 13 counties in West Central Missouri. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences.

Date: February 14, 2018 | Category: News

The Wheatland Senior Center will offer a free seminar titled “Money Management: What Every Woman Should Know” at 1 p.m. Feb. 22.
Care Connection for Aging Services’ Hickory County Care Manager Melanie Foster will teach the 90-minute session at the center at 19482 U.S. Highway 54 in Wheatland.
The seminar is geared toward women 65 and older; however, the sessions are open to spouses, adult children and potential caregivers as well.
Participants will learn about income needs and sources; savings and investments; credit card debt; long-term care insurance; and financial planning professionals. They also will be armed with the information to make a financial to-do list. As a non-profit area agency on aging, Care Connection does not sell or recommend any products or services.
Reservations are not required but are appreciated so that enough materials are on hand. To register, call Foster at 417-282-6100.
Care Connection received support for this project from the Retirement Research Foundation. The curriculum was developed by WISER, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement.

Date: February 7, 2018 | Category: News

We are joining the celebration of Heart Month during February with weekly special events in all 23 locations to remind people of the importance of a healthy heart.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, with one in four deaths attributed to it, according to the American Heart Association. But, many times, heart disease can be prevented or managed with lifestyle changes.
“Raising awareness and providing education on how to reduce these risks is so important, especially for our seniors,” said Care Connection Lifestyles Specialist Samantha Schnell. “There are simple changes you can make in your day-to-day life that can have a great impact and reduce the risk of heart disease.”
The Care Connection Heart Month programs will emphasize those changes.
Events kicked off Feb. 2 with participation in the national “Wear Red Day,” when staff members and participants wore red to show support for the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
Many of our locations will participate in Heart Healthy Pledge Day Feb. 9, when seniors will be asked to pledge to take one simple step toward heart health and take a selfie with the written pledge. Care Connection and its centers will share those photos on their Facebook pages. The pledges also may be posted at the center.
“These pledges can be to “Walk 30 minutes a day,” “Monitor my blood pressure” or “Eat more vegetables,” Schnell said. “Even small changes add up.”
The agency will celebrate a Heart Healthy Meal Day on Feb. 15 by serving garlic lime shrimp with pasta, herb roasted chicken, broccoli, honey carrots, stewed tomatoes and blushed pears at its centers.
In most locations on Feb. 23, “Get up and Get Moving Day” will feature simple activities to illustrate to seniors that they can be involved in a fun physical activity.
Each of these activities will include easy tips and tricks that seniors can use all year round to improve their heart health.
To find the center nearest you, visit www.goaging.org or call 1-800-748-7826. Care Connection for Aging Services, an area agency on aging, serves people 60 and older in 23 locations in 13 counties, Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. (See center list attached.)

Our Centers:

Bates County:
Butler Senior Center
611 W. Mill St.
Butler, Mo. 64730
660-679-5830

Kern Center
613 E. Park Avenue
Rich Hill, Mo. 64779
417-395-2225

Benton County:
Cole Camp Senior Center
206 W. Junge Street
Cole Camp, Mo. 65325
660-668-2352

Warsaw Senior Center
Village Café/Harbor Village
17571 N. Dam Access Road
Warsaw, Mo. 65355
660-438-3300

Carroll County:
Carroll County Senior Center
Carroll County Memorial Hospital
200 Lifecare Lane
Carrollton, Mo. 64633
660-542-0399

Cedar County:
El Dorado Springs Senior Center
604 S. Forest
E Dorado Springs, Mo. 64744
417-876-5574

Korth Center
309 W. Englewood
Stockton, Mo. 65785
417-276-5306

Chariton County:
Brunswick Senior Center
801 E. Broadway
Brunswick, Mo., 65236
660-548-3010

Salisbury Senior Center
304 Broadway
Salisbury, Mo. 65281
660-388-5431

Henry County:
Clinton Senior Center
970 E. Sedalia
Clinton, Mo. 64735
660-885-3482

Windsor Senior Center
201 S. Main
Windsor, Mo. 65360
660-647-3224

Hickory County:
McCarty Senior Center
19482 U.S. Highway 54
Wheatland, Mo. 65779
417-282-6100

Johnson County:
Holden Senior Center
204 W. Second St.
Holden, Mo. 64040
816-732-5757

Warrensburg Senior Center
445 E. Gay, Suite 128
Warrensburg, Mo. 64093
660-747-2624

Care Connection Central Office
106 W. Young St.
Warrensburg, Mo. 64093
660-747-3107

Lafayette County:
Concordia Senior Center
710 Main
Concordia, Mo. 64020
660-463-7393

Higginsville Senior Center
21st and Walnut
Higginsville, Mo. 64037
660-584-7040

Margaret Gray Center
811 C S. Business Highway 13
Lexington, Mo. 64067
660-259-2025

Odessa Senior Center
217 S. Second
Odessa, Mo. 64076
816-633-4161

Pettis County:
Sedalia Senior Center
312 S. Washington
Sedalia, Mo. 65301
660-826-0713

Saline County:
Marshall Senior Center
14 E. Morgan
Marshall, Mo. 65340
660-886-9888

St. Clair County:
Rives Crossing Life Center
5215 Business Highway 13 NE
Osceola, Mo. 64776
417-646-8292

Vernon County
Neal Center
301 N. Main
Nevada, Mo. 64772
417-667-5847

Date: February 6, 2018 | Category: News

The Holden Senior Center is ramping up its programming in 2018 with fun presentations and events for older adults to be presented regularly on the second Tuesday of each month.
The first presentation, “Are you Smarter than a Scam Artist?” will take place at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at the center at 204 W. Second St.
The free, interactive presentation will let folks know about the latest scams while testing their fraud prevention skills.
Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) Team Coordinator Brian Henning will present “Are You Smarter than a Scam Artist?” to kick off the program series.
“We are hoping that these presentations will bring more people into our senior center, where they will find out they can have a great lunch and get access to needed services,” said Center Coordinator Joyce Lagud. “The Holden Senior Center serves good food in a very pleasant, down-home atmosphere with very genuine, caring people. We pride ourselves in giving good service and making sure that we accommodate all people.”
The center encourages contributions; however, people 60 and older may enjoy lunch regardless of their ability to contribute. People younger than 60 may enjoy lunch for the actual cost of the meal.
The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The center also provides an array of services to people 60 and older. They range from benefits and Medicare counseling to care management and health and wellness activities.
Holden Senior Center is one of 23 locations operated by Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging that serves 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Johnson. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. If you have questions, call 1-800-748-7826 or visit www.goaging.org.

Date: February 6, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services is emphasizing options for seniors who need transportation to medical appointments and to its centers for meals and activities.
The agency offers transportation to senior centers, shopping and medical services through OATS transit buses, which operate according to routes. The agency also has a “Consumer-Directed Transportation” option for medical appointments. In some communities, the volunteer-operated “Provide-a-Ride” program provides transportation to medical appointments in other cities.
“We have renewed our focus on transportation because it’s a major obstacle for many older individuals who need a ride for meals, shopping and medical needs,” said Care Connection Executive Director Diana Hoemann.
Nationally, more than 20 percent of Americans age 65 and older do not drive, according to a nationally recognized study by policy analyst Linda Bailey. The reasons include declining health, concern over safety, a lack of access to a car and personal preference.
Many non-drivers stay home rather than seek alternative ways of getting around. The numbers may be even higher in Care Connection’s rural West Central Missouri service area because of the lack of public transportation.
“That means seniors make fewer trips to the doctor, to go shopping, to restaurants, church and family visits,” Hoemann said.
The lack of transportation contributes to social isolation, which can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to an AARP study.
To help, Care Connection offers at least two transportation options in all of its senior centers and PAR in those where volunteers have agreed to help.
OATS provides transportation to meals and activities at senior centers, as well as essential shopping and medical appointments. While a donation is suggested, it is not required.
Provide-A-Ride uses volunteers who donate their time to drive seniors to non-emergency medical appointments, usually out of town. PAR is currently available in El Dorado, Osceola, Nevada, Sedalia, Stockton, Warsaw, Wheatland and Warrensburg. Volunteers are needed in other locations.
A third option, called Consumer Directed Transportation, allows seniors to enlist someone they know to take them to non-emergency medical appointments, usually out of town. The senior submits the paperwork with the agency and receives a reimbursement for mileage. The senior has the responsibility to reimburse the driver for mileage expense.
Care Connection serves Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon counties. To find out more about transportation options, call the senior center near you, visit the oatstransit.org or call 1-800-748-7826.

Date: February 6, 2018 | Category: News

The Sedalia Senior Center has introduced soup and sandwiches on its menu in an effort to provide options to people who may still be in the workforce or to those who want a light meal.
The menu includes sandwiches such as chicken cordon bleu with beef and barley soup; chicken salad sandwich and corn chowder; chicken Caesar wrap with minestrone soup; BLT with chicken noodle soup; and turkey club with baked potato soup.
The sandwiches will be a regular offering on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“We are thinking about folks who may not have a lot of time or want to eat a lighter meal,” said Brenda Moore, Pettis County Services Director. “These meals will be as quick as fast food but a lot more nutritious.”
Meals at the senior center are provided to people 60 and older for a contribution; those younger than 60 may have lunch for $7. The lunch includes sides, dessert and a drink.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 312 S. Washington.
Moore said she encourages those who are working in the area to try this new meal option. Many people work well past the age of 60, when they become eligible for the many services that the Senior Center offers through Care Connection for Aging Services.
“This is a chance for people to get to know us before they need us,” Moore said.
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit area agency on aging that offers a wide variety of wellness, recreation, insurance counseling and other services through its center.
Moore said people are surprised about the range of services offered. “They often tell me ‘I had no idea you do so much,” Moore said.
Head Cook Machele Thierfielder devised the new menu, which is being offered in addition to the two entrees and salad bar offered daily at the center. “I think we are the best kept secret in Sedalia,” she said.
To find out what’s on the menu, call the center at 660-826-0713 or visit goaging.org and go to the Pettis County/Sedalia Senior Center’s page.

Event Date: February 23, 2018 Event Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 Event Location: Windsor Senior Center, 201 S. Main, Windsor, Mo

The Windsor Senior Center will have a rummage and bake sale with household items, bedding, electronics, clothing, toys, nick knacks and shoes. All proceeds go to center operations.

Event Date: February 26, 2018 Event Time: Noon Event Location: Neal Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada, Mo

Care Connection for Aging Services area will present a Medicare 101 presentation. The session is geared toward people who are preparing to enroll in Medicare or recently enrolled in the program – whether they plan to continue working or to retire. Participants will learn about Medicare’s benefits, premiums, deductibles and copayments, as well as the differences in Parts A, B, C, and D.

Event Date: February 27, 2018 Event Time: 9:30 a.m. Event Location: Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, Concordia

The 90-minute seminar is targeted to women, but open to all so that spouses, adult children or potential caregivers may attend.
The easy-to-understand material will include women’s retirement challenges, income needs and sources, savings and investments, credit card debt, long-term care insurance, financial planning professionals and a financial to-do list.
Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-748-7826. An RSVP is not required but would be appreciated so that session materials will be available.

Event Date: February 27, 2018 Event Time: Noon Event Location: Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE Osceola, MO 64776

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: February 28, 2018 Event Time: Noon Event Location: Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan, Marshall, 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: March 8, 2018 Event Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Event Location: Care Connection Activities Center at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton

The Care Connection Activities Center at Carroll County Memorial Hospital will offer a free seminar titled “Money Management: What Every Woman Should Know” at 1 p.m. March 8.
Care Connection for Aging Services’ Carroll County Care Manager Robyn Kistler will teach the 90-minute session at the center at 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton.
The seminar is geared toward women 65 and older; however, the sessions are open to spouses, adult children and potential caregivers as well.
Participants will learn about income needs and sources; savings and investments; credit card debt; long-term care insurance; and financial planning professionals. They also will be armed with the information to make a financial to-do list. As a non-profit area agency on aging, Care Connection does not sell or recommend any products or services.
Reservations are not required but are appreciated so that enough materials are on hand. To register, call Kistler at 660-542-0399.
Care Connection received support for this project from the Retirement Research Foundation. The curriculum was developed by WISER, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement.

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