Date: April 19, 2018 | Category: News

Our agency served more than a half million meals last fiscal year. More than 11,000 people were served in all of our programs.
Click here to open our most recent annual report.

Date: April 17, 2018 | Category: News

This month’s Financial Focus looks at tax refunds and how to make the most of the money you receive. This information comes to us from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.
Tax season can be one of the most dreaded times of the year, but many consumers look forward to getting a refund. If you are trying to decide how to spend your refund, here are some tips for getting the most out of your tax refund.

– Start or increase your emergency fund. Experts suggest having six to eight months of income saved up in case of an emergency.
– Pay off or pay on any high interest debt you have.
– Spend it on something you need such as dental work, a new winter coat, repairs on your vehicle, or repairs on your home.
– Donate to charitable causes. Not only will this benefit your community, but it will also make you feel good. The added bonus is that your donation may be tax deductible as well.
– Open a savings account to save towards a major purchase you are planning for the future.
– Refinance your mortgage. When you refinance, you still have to pay closing costs. Use your tax refund to pay those costs and you could save thousands of dollars a year on your mortgage interest.

If you would like more information, call us at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: April 12, 2018 | Category: News

We are trying to find the “most engaging, involved older people in your area, and we need your help.

Care Connection for Aging Services is seeking nominations for people in your community who exemplify this year’s theme for national Older Americans Month, “Engage at Every Age.” To meet the criteria, people 60 or older must live in a manner that exemplifies such engagement.

Every May, Care Connection joins the national observance of Older American’s Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities — participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, and seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you. We will select one senior from your community for this recognition.

The nomination form, as well as a news release outlining the award program, is attached to this email. The nomination is easy to fill out. The deadline is April 30.

Please pass this information along to your colleagues, friends, and family members, and encourage them to nominate a deserving person! All the nominees will be recognized at a luncheon in May.

Click here to read more about the award.
https://goaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/engage-award-nomination-form.pdf

Date: April 10, 2018 | Category: News

Here is yet another way the scammers are after you. Do not allow strangers access to your computer, even when they claim to be the feds.
We are sharing this blog from the FTC.

Date: April 3, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will host free, one-hour webinars to inform consumers about the rollout of new Medicare cards.
The sessions, conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will be “webinars” shown at the centers in all of Care Connection’s 13-county area during April. All are open to the public, and people with Medicare, their spouses and their caregivers are encouraged to attend.
The federal government is removing Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards to lessen the risk of medical identity theft. The new cards will have a unique number specifically assigned to each Medicare beneficiary.
The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) has advised consumers to guard against would-be scammers who will use the issuance of the new cards to try to defraud consumers.
“Medicare has asked us to help them inform consumers,” said Rona McNally, Care Connection Director of Special Projects and statewide Director of the Missouri SMP. “With every change in Medicare, scammers take the opportunity to try to take advantage of people with Medicare. The more information we can give to people about this change, the safer the process is going to be for them.”
The webinars, conducted by the Kansas City regional CMS office, will address the new card design, the timeframe of the mailings, and what people with Medicare should do to ensure they receive their new cards.

Here is the schedule:
April 17, 2 p.m. – Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, in Stockton; Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Massachusetts, in Sedalia; Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, in Salisbury; and Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, in Clinton.
April 20, 10 a.m. – Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan, in Marshall; Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill St., in Butler; Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, in Warrensburg.
April 26, 9:30 a.m. – Care Connection Activity Center, Carroll County Memorial Hospital, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton; Odessa Senior Center, 217 S. Second, Odessa; Neal Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada.
April 30, 1:30 p.m. – Warsaw Senior Center, Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, in Warsaw; McCarty Senior Center, 19482 U.S. Highway 54, in Wheatland; Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE in Osceola.
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Date: April 2, 2018 | Category: News

As we near the IRS tax filing deadline, the Missouri SMP wants to remind you of how to avoid the most common tax scams. Fraudsters use the Internal Revenue Service as a ploy to steal personal information or scam you out of money. Be on the lookout for these con games.
One con is called phishing, with a P. You need to be on the lookout for fake emails or websites trying to steal personal information. The IRS WILL NEVER initiate contact with you via email about a bill or refund. DO NOT open an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS. Just delete it, and block the sender if possible.
Also, phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents are a threat. Con artists might call you and threaten you with police arrest, deportation or license revocation. DO NOT send them money. Instead, report the call to local police.
You need to watch out for identity theft, especially around tax time. The IRS continues to go after criminals that file fraudulent returns using someone else’s Social Security number. Guard your Social Security number to avoid this scam.
Watch for unscrupulous tax return preparers. Most tax professionals are honest, but there are some dishonest preparers who set up shop to perpetrate refund fraud, identity theft and other scams. Make sure you know you are dealing with a reputable business. You also should be wary of anyone promising inflated tax refunds. DO NOT sign a blank return, or believe promises of a big refund if the preparer has not looked at your records.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri (SMP) Senior Medicare Patrol at (888) 515-6565.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MP0204, 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.

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Event Date: April 17, 2018 Event Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Event Location: 312 S Washington Sedalia, MO 65301

Free, one-hour session in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rollout of new Medicare cards. The sessions will be “webinars” that will be shown at the centers in each county.

The federal government is removing Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards to lessen the risk of medical identity theft. The new cards will have unique number for each Medicare beneficiary.

The webinar, conducted by the Kansas City regional CMS office, will address the new card design, the timeframe of the mailings,  and what people with Medicare should do to ensure they receive their new cards. Open to the Public.

 

Event Date: April 18, 2018 Event Time: 3:30 p.m. Event Location: 18376 New Hermitage Drive in Hermitage

The Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) will have sessions for children and their caregivers. The RAPP programs are free and open to children preschool to elementary age and the relatives who care for them. During the Kids RAPP session, children will be supervised as they play with Osmo, a game system for children that enhances learning for math, reading, art and problem solving. Their caregiving adults will have a separate session to vent, share and learn from others in a casual and relaxed setting during Relative RAPP. Melanie Foster, Care Connection Hickory County Care Manager, operates the program. She can be reached at 417-282-6100 on Wednesdays and Thursdays or 417-646-8292 Mondays and Fridays.

Event Date: April 19, 2018 Event Time: 11 a.m. Event Location: McCarty Senior Center 19482 US 54 Wheatland, MO

Find out in our free and open to the public interactive presentation. You will learn about Medicare fraud, as well as other common scams targeting seniors.

Event Date: April 20, 2018 Event Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Event Location: Marshall Senior Center, 14 E Morgan St. Marshall, MO 65340

Free, one-hour session in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rollout of new Medicare cards. The sessions will be “webinars” that will be shown at the centers in each county.

The federal government is removing Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards to lessen the risk of medical identity theft. The new cards will have unique number for each Medicare beneficiary.

The webinar, conducted by the Kansas City regional CMS office, will address the new card design, the timeframe of the mailings,  and what people with Medicare should do to ensure they receive their new cards. Open to the Public.

Event Date: April 22, 2018 Event Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event Location: Higginsville Senior Center, 101 W. 21st Street, Higginsville

Come join us for Sunday Dinner at the Senior Center. Fried chicken and baked ham with all the trimmings. Cost is $10 for adults. $5 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds help support the Higginsville Senior Center.

Event Date: April 25, 2018 Event Time: 3:30 p.m. Event Location: Hickory County Library, 18376 New Hermitage Drive, Hermitage, MO

The Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) will have sessions for children and their caregivers. The RAPP programs are free and open to children preschool to elementary age and the relatives who care for them. During the Kids RAPP session, children will be supervised as they play with Osmo, a game system for children that enhances learning for math, reading, art and problem solving. Their caregiving adults will have a separate session to vent, share and learn from others in a casual and relaxed setting during Relative RAPP. Melanie Foster, Care Connection Hickory County Care Manager, operates the program. She can be reached at 417-282-6100 on Wednesdays and Thursdays or 417-646-8292 Mondays and Fridays.

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