Date: October 5, 2018 | Category: News

Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15th. This is when you can compare plans and decide whether to switch to a new Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage Plan; you can switch to original Medicare from Medicare Advantage; or you can stay where you are.
If you are already enrolled in Medicare and a Medicare Part D plan, you don’t have to do anything. But it’s wise to check into the choices you have for next year. Plans change, and your needs may change from one year to the next. If this is the case, it’s especially important to look at your choices for 2019. You should have already gotten information in the mail about what changes your plan is making. Take the time to read it.
BEWARE. Medicare Open Enrollment can bring out the fraudsters. You may get inundated with sales pitches. Fraud schemes often depend on identity thieves getting ahold of people’s Medicare numbers. So guard your Medicare number. Don’t share your Medicare number with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or in person.
Most Medicare Health Plan marketing materials that you receive in the mail are legitimate promotions to educate you on the options. However, don’t automatically return postcards requesting more information. And, make certain to report suspicious activity.
Be wary of salespeople who knock on your door or call you uninvited and try to sell you a product or service. Be suspicious of anyone who contacts you about Medicare plans unless you have given them permission. Don’t let anyone rush you to enroll by claiming you need to “act now for the best deal.”
Look for plan information on the Medicare.gov Plan Finder. You can compare the plans online. If you need help, you may call the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to find a trained counselor who can help you with a one-on-one appointment. That number is (800) 390-3330.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud or abuse to the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol at (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: October 4, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection will provide one-on-one Medicare Part D prescription and Advantage plan enrollment help in all 13 counties in its service area beginning Oct. 1.
A trained Medicare counselor will offer free Part D comparisons and answer questions during enrollment counseling sessions by appointment. To find out which center is nearest you, visit the local centers section of our Website.
Enrollees should bring their Medicare cards and a list of current prescriptions.
Care Connection is partnering with CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, to help people with Medicare concerns.
“It’s always a good idea to review your Medicare Part D during annual open enrollment because plans change every year,” said Rona McNally, Care Connection Director of Special Projects. “Our Medicare counseling services are popular in part because we are able to provide free, unbiased information. We don’t sell anything, and we do not recommend any particular plan.”

Date: September 27, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will celebrate the agency’s 45th anniversary with five days of festivities beginning Oct. 1.
Care Connection, a non-profit area agency on aging serving people 60 and older, was founded on Oct. 1, 1973, under the federal Older Americans Act.
The agency operates 23 locations in 22 communities within 13 West Central Missouri counties.
All of our senior centers will be celebrating with special meals, community service, games, 1970s parties, Bingo and the like. The events are part of celebrating the agency that throughout its 13-county area, prepares more than 550,000 meals for more than 11,000 individuals annually. Other services include education, transportation, tax help, care management, information, assistance in the home, Medicare counseling, telephone reassurance, legal services, the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol), long-term ombudsman program, and advocacy to people 60 and older and their caregivers.
“As we celebrate our 45th anniversary, we continue to expand operations to serve an increasing aging population – with an eye toward consumer-driven services,” said Care Connection Executive Director Diana Hoemann. “We are evolving to meet the needs of older adults, who are remaining in the workplace longer and living more active retirement lifestyles than ever. At the same time, we remain committed to serving the homebound adults with meals and other services to help them live independently.”
Seniors can get access to these services through their local senior center. Hot lunches are served daily at the center and delivered to qualified homebound older adults. Call your local center to learn details of the anniversary week celebration or visit goaging.org for more information.
Care Connection has a vision that the people it serves will live with maximum independence, respect and dignity. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences.

Date: August 31, 2018 | Category: News

During National Senior Center Month, Care Connection for Aging Services invites the community to see how people grow, learn, give, and connect at the agency’s 23 centers in West Central Missouri.
While hot lunches are still at the core of the mission, “Today’s senior centers also provide a vibrant, action-packed combination of fitness, education, volunteering and recreation,” said Care Connection Executive Director Diana Hoemann. “Senior centers are a community nexus where older adults find friendship, meaning, and purpose.”
All of Care Connection’s centers will showcase what they do in September with special programs to celebrate Senior Center Month. The national theme, “Building Momentum,” emphasizes the personal growth and momentum senior centers bring to their communities, including programming that empowers older adults to learn, give, and connect.
Examples of offerings in Care Connection centers include: gardening vegetables to be used in the center kitchen; operating a thrift store; taking advantage of fitness and gym equipment; taking guitar lessons; relaxing in a library or TV room; competing in timed puzzle-solving contests; and attending classes to learn how to stay balanced mentally and physically.
“Eleanor Roosevelt said, ‘The purpose of life is to live it,’ and our participants are doing that every day,” Hoemann said. “They demand the opportunity to learn new skills, engage new people, and share their wisdom and knowledge. We serve them and this community the best we can with fun and engaging programs, while also providing practical tools and resources to help them stay healthy and independent.”
Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging, operates 23 locations in 13 counties, including Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon. The agency mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826.

Date: August 2, 2018 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will present Medicare 101 sessions for the public in all of its 13 counties over the next five months.
The sessions, presented over the lunch hour, are free and open to the public. The information is targeted to people who are new to Medicare or contemplating retirement. At the end of the Medicare 101 session, participants will know which decisions lay ahead and what factors seniors should consider in making Medicare choices.
Participants will learn about Medicare benefits, premiums, deductibles and copayments, as well as the differences in Parts A, B, C, and D. The session defines terms such as Medigap insurance and Medicare Advantage plans.
Presenters also will talk about the most recent news on the distribution of the new Medicare cards, which has started nationally but not yet in Missouri.
The session also addresses how seniors may qualify for assistance in paying for prescriptions and medical care.
Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-748-7826. Lunch will be available for a contribution for people 60 and older and for the full cost of the meal (about $7) for all others.
Care Connection does not sell insurance and will not recommend a particular plan.
Here is the schedule for the sessions, all of which begin at noon:
• Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill St., Butler on Sept. 27 and Nov. 29.
• Carroll County Care Connection Activity, Carroll County Memorial Hospital, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton, Oct. 9 and Dec. 4.
• Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, Clinton, Sept. 13 and Nov. 15

• Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 E. Junge St., Cole Camp, Sept. 26 and Nov 28.
• Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, Concordia, Aug. 9
• Higginsville Senior Center, 21st and Walnut, Oct. 17
• Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, Stockton, Sept. 25 and Nov. 30.
• Margaret Gray Center, 811 C S. Business Highway 13, Lexington, Dec. 6
• Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan,, Marshall, Aug. 29, Oct. 30, and Dec. 20
• McCarty Senior Center, 19483 U.S. Highway 54, Wheatland, Sept. 7, Nov. 2
• Neal Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada, Aug. 28, Oct. 29, and Dec. 19
• Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE, Osceola, Aug. 30, Oct. 26 and Dec. 21
• Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, Salisbury, Sept. 5 and Nov. 14
• Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, Sedalia, Aug. 15, Oct. 25, and Dec. 12
• Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, Sept. 27 and Nov. 29
• Warsaw Senior Center, Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, Warsaw, Sept. 27 and Nov. 29

Date: August 1, 2018 | Category: News

We are sharing the most recent Caregiver Teleconnection schedule with you all. This free service allows you to hear experts speak about topics that would interest family caregivers — all without ever leaving the house. Check it out.

https://goaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TC_Cal_Aug18.pdf

2017 Annual Report

Event Date: October 16, 2018 Event Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event Location: Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main

One-on-one Medicare Part D prescription and Advantage plan enrollment help. Medicare Part D Open Enrollment takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. A trained Medicare counselor will offer free Part D comparisons and answer questions during enrollment counseling sessions.
Call the Concordia Senior Center at 660-463-7393 for an appointment, which is required.
Care Connection is partnering with CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, to help people with Medicare concerns. For a complete list of Part D Enrollment times and dates in all 13 counties, please click here.

Event Date: October 17, 2018 Event Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event Location: Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay Suite 128

One-on-one Medicare Part D prescription and Advantage plan enrollment help. Medicare Part D Open Enrollment takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. A trained Medicare counselor will offer free Part D comparisons and answer questions during enrollment counseling sessions.
Call the Warrensburg Senior Center at 660-747-2624 for an appointment, which is required.
Care Connection is partnering with CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, to help people with Medicare concerns. For a complete list of Part D Enrollment times and dates in all 13 counties, please click here.

Event Date: October 17, 2018 Event Time: 9:00am-12:30pm Event Location: McCarty Senior Center, 19482 US Hwy 54, Wheatland MO

One-on-one Medicare Part D prescription and Advantage plan enrollment help. Medicare Part D Open Enrollment takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. A trained Medicare counselor will offer free Part D comparisons and answer questions during enrollment counseling sessions.
Call the McCarty  Senior Center at 417-282-6100 for an appointment, which is required.
Care Connection is partnering with CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, to help people with Medicare concerns. For a complete list of Part D Enrollment times and dates in all 13 counties, please
click here.

 

 

Event Date: October 17, 2018 Event Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Event Location: Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 W. Junge Street

One-on-one Medicare Part D prescription and Advantage plan enrollment help. Medicare Part D Open Enrollment takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. A trained Medicare counselor will offer free Part D comparisons and answer questions during enrollment counseling sessions.
Call the Cole Camp Senior Center at 660-668-2352 for an appointment, which is required.
Care Connection is partnering with CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, to help people with Medicare concerns. For a complete list of Part D Enrollment times and dates in all 13 counties, please click here.

Event Date: October 19, 2018 Event Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Event Location: Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay St., Warrensburg

Open to the public. Bring $6 per person and a covered dish. Live music by the Misfits. For more information, call Wayne Narron at 660-441-9727 or Melissa Gower at 747-2624.

Event Date: October 19, 2018 Event Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Event Location: Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington

One-on-one Medicare Part D prescription and Advantage plan enrollment help. Medicare Part D Open Enrollment takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. A trained Medicare counselor will offer free Part D comparisons and answer questions during enrollment counseling sessions.
Call the Sedalia Senior Center at 660-826-0713 for an appointment, which is required.
Care Connection is partnering with CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, to help people with Medicare concerns. For a complete list of Part D Enrollment times and dates in all 13 counties, please click here.

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