News

Date: January 7, 2021 | Category: News

For the past 42 weeks, we have been producing a two-page newsletter called Cabin Fever Cures just for fun. It’s our hope that the word finds, recipes, activity ideas and the like will provide a few moments of diversion from the isolation and monotony that can come from the Pandemic. Click here for a dose of Cabin Fever Cures.

Date: January 6, 2021 | Category: News

Three Care Connection senior centers are offering private spaces and computer use for older adults who would like online video telehealth visits with their healthcare providers without leaving their communities.
Senior Centers in Osceola, Warsaw and Wheatland have set up a dedicated spaces where older adults may connect with a physician or other provider via the Internet for a telehealth visit. The spaces will include Internet access, a computer, and instruments so that a patient can measure his own vital signs such as oxygen level, blood pressure, heart rate and weight.
Care Connection is piloting the program in Benton, Hickory and St. Clair counties.
“We want to give older adults the opportunity to have private, online visits with a health care provider without the hassle of traveling, waiting at a clinic, and worrying about exposure to COVID-19,” Executive Director Diana Hoemann said.
Care Connection for Aging Services suspended its volunteer-based Provide a Ride Program for medical appointments in March 2020 because of COVID-19 exposure concerns; leaders hope this new spaces, combined with increased offerings of telehealth by doctors, will help older adults stay in touch with their providers and receive the healthcare they need.
Telehealth increased by more than 50 percent in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which noted that the increase was 154 percent during March 2019.
Older adults who are interested in using the space and equipment at the centers may call to make an appointment: (Warsaw 660-438-3300, Option 1; Rivers Crossing Life Center in Osceola 417-646-8292 or the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland 417-282-6100.)
The service will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the centers. The use of the space is being offered free of charge to people 60 and older; contributions are always accepted.
For older adults who still want to travel to the health care providers’ offices, the agency offers a consumer-directed transportation program. For that program, the participant must find a volunteer to provide transportation. For more information on that program, call the senior centers or contact Penny Humphrey at 1-800-748-7826.

Date: January 5, 2021 | Category: News

If you are looking for something that combines the fun of a game with the benefits of exercise, then Bingocize might be the activity for you.
This program for older adults of all physical abilities combines exercise, information and Bingo to address health issues.
The 10-week class takes place online on the Zoom platform beginning Jan. 18 through March 17. It’s free and open to people 60 and older in Henry, Johnson, Lafayette and Pettis counties. The classes are scheduled for 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Register by calling Stacey or Shery at 1-800-748-7826 or email infomation@goaging.org.
In the sessions, participants play a bingo-like game that includes a series of strategically inserted exercises. There will be prizes for the winners.
Bingocize is designed to improve and maintain mobility and independence, provide information about falls reduction and healthy behaviors to promote socialization.
Past participants have experienced improved body strength, gait, balance, and range of motion and improved aspects of cognition (executive function).
Bingocize is one of several programs that Care Connection is offering online during the COVID-19 Pandemic to keep older adults engaged while the agency’s 22 locations are closed to the public. Care Connection is an area agency on aging serving 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Bates, Benton, Carroll. Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon. The mission is to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826 or visit www.goaging.org.

Date: January 4, 2021 | Category: News

Our friends at WellMed have begun putting together events geared especially toward caregivers in the LGBTQ community. We wanted to share these opportunities with you. Take a look. Click here to see and download a pdf of events for January.

Date: January 4, 2021 | Category: News

It’s never been more important to get support if you are a caregiver. We can help.
Click here for a pdf version of the January Teleconnection offerings for caregivers from WellMed.

Date: December 30, 2020 | Category: News

As the first major winter storm bears down on parts of our area, we want to share these reminders from the American Red Cross:

Planning for a winter storm
Develop a family disaster plan specifically for winter storms
Understand the hazards of wind chill
Service snow removal equipment before it is needed
Keep car gas tank full
Discuss with your family what to do in the event of a winter storm WATCH or WARNING
Make sure your car kit is stocked and ready

How to protect your property
Check home for proper insulation and add more if needed
Install storm windows or cover with plastic from the inside
Keep pipes from freezing – open your cabinet doors a bit a leave a trickle of water running
Be sure smoke alarms are working
Keep on hand safe emergency heating equipment

What to do before a winter storm
Have a weather radio with a tone-alert feature to stay informed of watches or warnings
Know where emergency shelters are in case of power or heat loss
Ensure you have plenty of shelf stable food on hand for up to 3 days
Understand how you will prepare food if the power is out
Have plenty of bottled water on hand
Move animals to sheltered areas
Avoid unnecessary travel

What to do during a winter storm
Stay indoors and dress warmly
Listen to radio or TV for updated emergency information
Eat regularly and drink plenty of fluids
Conserve fuel
If you must go outside:
Wear layered clothing including hat and gloves
Cover mouth to protect lungs from bitterly cold air
Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite
Keep dry
Stretch before you go out
Avoid overexertion
Walk carefully on snowy or icy sidewalks

Winter Driving
Winterize your car before storms come
Keep a charged cell phone with you when driving
Keep an ice scraper and disaster supply kit in the car
Keep gas tank full
Plan long trips carefully
Leave travel plans with a neighbor or family member–destination, route and expected time of arrival
Watch weather conditions carefully

If you get stuck
If you have a cell phone, use it immediately, describe your location
Stay with the vehicle, if you’re in traffic lanes use flashers
Hang something bright on antenna
Occasionally run engine to keep warm
Leave overhead light on when engine is running so you can be seen
Do minor exercises to keep up circulation
Take turns sleeping if more than one person in car
Huddle together for warmth
Use anything available to cover up to conserve body heat
Crack window away from the wind
Watch for signs of frostbite or hypothermia

What to do after a storm
Continue listening to radio or TV for updated information and instructions
Check on neighbors
Notify family that you are OK (or not)
Avoid driving until conditions have improved
Avoid overexertion
If conditions are favorable, go outside and have fun!

Events

Event Date: February 4, 2020 Event Time: 1:30 PM Event Location: Zoom

There is a lot of information (and misinformation) out there on weight loss. With the internet, magazines, books, television doctors, and even friends and family offering up advice, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. This class will help set the record straight. We will discuss the evidence-based best ways to promote weight loss and separate fact from fiction.

 

This is a free class, however registration is required. Register below or call 1-800-748-7826.

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