News

Date: October 20, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection and the Henry County Library are teaming up to offer a virtual book club, “Reading Between the Lines,” which will meet for the first time at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 on Zoom.
The book club is open to all older adults. Jody Anderson, Reference Specialist at the Henry County Library, will help participants select the genre and the book. After a couple of weeks, the group will meet again to discuss the first half of the book, and then later meet again to discuss the ending.
The Reading Between the Lines Book Club is one of several offerings of the Learning Connection, the agency’s online classes and events that are offered during this time of social distancing. Care Connection can help people understand and use the Zoom platform, which is accessible by telephone, tablet or computer. Registration is required by calling 1-800-748-782 or email information@goaging.org.

Date: October 20, 2020 | Category: News

A new afternoon course of Tai Chi for Arthritis will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 3 on Zoom, courtesy of the Learning Connection.
Care Connection for Aging Services began the online Learning Connection to offer older adults opportunities to participate in programs from the safety and comfort of their living rooms.
The new session of Tai Chi is meant for beginners and will take participants through all the motions in a slow, methodical manner.
Stacey Gilkeson, one of the certified Tai Chi instructors for Care Connection, said she noticed a marked improvement in her balance after about four months of twice weekly classes of Tai Chi online.
“There is a cool-down exercise to stand on tip toes, and I noticed I can do that much better than when I began,” said Gilkeson, Lifestyle Program Manager. “Also, I can stand on one foot for a really long time, and I used to not be able to do that. We encourage people to continue after the eight-week class to see these improvements.” The agency also offers an ongoing class.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese meditation exercise that features slow, precise movements. The class has proven to improve balance, mobility, strength and flexibility. It’s known to decrease pain and help prevent falls.
Registration is required by calling 1-800-748-782 or email information@goaging.org.

Date: October 8, 2020 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will provide free, one-on-one Medicare Part D prescription and Advantage plan enrollment help by phone in 13 West-Central Missouri counties.
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.
Care Connection partners with CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Program, to provide plan comparisons and enrollment assistance for people with Medicare throughout the year.
This year, all Part D enrollment assistance will take place by appointment only and by phone and mail.
“While we have hosted events in the centers and have accommodated walk-ins in the past, we regret that we will not be able to do that this year. All services will be by appointment only and largely handled over the telephone,” said Rona McNally, Director of Special Projects.
To start the process, participants must call to make a phone appointment. After that initial appointment, materials will be mailed to the beneficiary or picked up curbside by appointment. No transactions will occur in person or via email.
During the phone appointment, enrollees will need their Medicare cards, a preferred pharmacy and a list of current prescriptions and dosages.
Medicare enrollees are encouraged to review their plans annually to make sure the offerings still fit their needs.
“It’s always a good idea to review your Medicare Part D plan during annual open enrollment because plans change every year,” McNally said. “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.”
Here is a list of whom to contact depending on the location:
Bates and Vernon counties:
Artricia Lowry, 417-279-5138.
Benton County:
Dee Locke, 660-438-3300, Ext. 3.
Carroll and Chariton counties:
Robyn Kistler, 660-324-2058.
Cedar County:
Katie Hunter: 417-876-5574 or
417-372-8239.
Henry County:
Roy Qualls, 660-885-3482.
Hickory and St. Clair counties:
Melanie Foster, 417-646-8292, 660-207-2190.
Johnson County:
Laura Miles, 1-800-748-7826 or 660-747-3107.
Lafayette County
Higginsville: Call the center, 660-584-7040.
Odessa: Call the center, 816- 633-4161.
Concordia and Lexington: Penny Humphrey or Samantha Schnell 1-800-748-7826.
Pettis County:
Joy Guymon, 660-826-0713 or 660-619-9009.
Saline County:
Shery Fogle, 1-800-748-7826.

Date: October 5, 2020 | Category: News

The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) wants to remind you that Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D and Advantage Plans is right around the corner.
Open enrollment annually occurs from October 15 to December 7. If you are on Medicare, you have an opportunity to change your Part D Prescription Drug Plan and/or Advantage plan during open enrollment.
The Missouri SMP highly recommends that you look at the plans, their costs, their benefits and how they work with your medications. Because plans change every year, it’s important for beneficiaries to review their options annually as well.
To get ready for open enrollment, you need to know your Medicare number, your preferred pharmacy, your primary care physicians if you are considering an Advantage Plan that has preferred providers, and a list of your prescription drugs. You may visit medicare.gov to enroll online.
You can review your options with the help of a State Health Insurance Program counselor. In Missouri, that’s called the CLAIM program, which can be reached calling toll free 1-800-390-3330. A certified CLAIM counselor will help you understand your options.
During this time, you also may be faced with phone calls from salespeople. Medicare has put into place guidelines that regulate the sales of Medicare Advantage plans. For example, those companies are not allowed to call you (without an invitation from you) if you are not already enrolled in a plan through them.
Medicare is complex, which is why the Missouri SMP assists beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse.
To avoid becoming the target of abuse or fraud, do not give out your Medicare information to anyone calling you on the phone or emailing you. If the callers are from Medicare or your insurance company, they would already have that information.
If you have questions, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or the Missouri CLAIM. To learn more or report suspected Medicare fraud, call the Missouri SMP at 1-888-515-6565.

Date: September 22, 2020 | Category: News

September 22, the first day of autumn, is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The goal is to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
We focus on falls prevention because of how commonly they occur among older adults. An older American is seen in the emergency room every 11 seconds because of a fall-related injury.
The NCOA offers these tips to help prevent falls:
Find a good balance and exercise program. Care Connection offers exercise classes on Zoom that are geared toward keeping older individuals fit and on their feet. Check www.goaging.org or call the center to find out what’s being offered. We already offer Tai Chi for Arthritis and Exercise with Bobbie, as well as Walk with Ease. Coming soon online is the evidence-based Matter of Balance class.
Talk to your doctor or other health care provider and let them know about falls. Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Falling may be common among older people, but it need not be considered a normal part of aging.
Regularly review your prescription medications with your pharmacist. Make sure side effects are not increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.
Get regular checks on your vision and hearing. Taking care of your eyes and ears can help keep you on your feet.
Keep your home safe. We can provide you with a practical guide to keeping your home safe from fall risks. Nearly half of all fall injuries of Missouri’s older adults occur at home. Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars. Don’t walk around in the dark at night. Turn on a light or use a good flashlight. Call the center or 1-800-748-7826 to learn more about fall prevention.
Talk to your family members and enlist their support. Enlist the support of others to take simple steps to stay safe.

Date: September 17, 2020 | Category: News

We hope you are doing well as we continue to cope with COVID-19 and the changes it has forced upon us all. Like you, we are working to adapt to the present conditions. We really miss seeing folks at the centers. But there are bright spots!
Have you heard about “The Learning Connection,” a collection of online programs for older adults that recently launched for all the Care Connection for Aging Services senior centers?
This resource – in addition to our phone-based care management and meals provided curbside and through home delivery – is allowing our senior centers to continue to reach our beloved seniors in our community during this difficult time.
You can play a significant role in helping us reach beyond the walls of our buildings to serve older adults in their homes, on their computers, and in their communities with services that will enrich their lives.
Ron, a 71-year-old retiree who lives in a senior housing apartment, recently graduated from the Aging Mastery Program (AMP) offered online. He heard about the class several months ago in his senior center’s dining room, which he says is the only place to get good fried chicken in his community.
“The AMP class was very, very helpful, and I am grateful they went on with it during the pandemic. The leaders handled the switch (from in-person) to online beautifully.” Using Zoom made it easy for him to log into each class session using a simple link.
“There are a lot of things involved in the AMP class that I wished I would have known earlier when I was a caregiver for my mother,” said Ron. During the pandemic, Ron has also picked up a weekly fried chicken lunch through the senior center’s curbside service. The meal, along with a frozen one for later, is placed in his trunk for safe, contact-free delivery. He highly recommends it!
In addition to the program that Ron completed, the online Learning Connection includes a variety of programs to keep adults and caregivers informed and feeling well – even during this time when at-risk people are encouraged to spend more time at home to avoid COVID-19 infection. Being online allows us to safely reach as many older adults and caregivers as possible, some for the first time.
We have classes on Tai Chi and other exercises, family caregiver support groups and educational events, information on Medicare and benefits, as well as courses to help people plan their best lives in retirement. We’re even planning to add virtual recreational events.
Our goal is to end social isolation, which is as dangerous to an older person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. We are using technology to keep older adults engaged in a positive aging experience.
But we still need your help to continue this and all the valuable programs that your senior center continues to provide, even as we physically distance.
Would you consider making a gift of $50, $100 or $200 to help us to serve Ron and many others like him who make their retirement years their very best? Your gift in any amount will go toward providing opportunities to create positive aging experiences. Giving online is easy at this link!
We can’t thank you enough for your partnership as we strive our area’s aging population in good times and in challenging times. Please take good care of yourself and your loved ones!
Sincerely,
Diana Hoemann
Executive Director
Care Connection

P.S. A last word from Ron about why he values his senior center. “When you are caregiving, going day-to-day, you need as much support as you can get.” You can make sure we’re here for seniors and their caregivers.

Events

Event Date: September 1, 2020 Event Time: 10 a.m. Event Location: Virtual- Zoom

Exercise with Bobbie Steinhauser continues in September via Zoom. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The class is free, but registration is required by calling 1-800-748-7826, emailing information@goaging.org, or filling out the form below. These exercises are safe and effective for most older adults. Bobbie is a volunteer in Henry County who enjoyed teaching exercise classes so much that she’s continuing it virtually.If you are concerned about learning the Zoom platform, we will teach you how. It’s EASY!

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 21, 2020 Event Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Event Location: Zoom class online

Walk With Ease through the Arthritis Foundation is an evidence-based program that has been proven to help people with arthritis or other related conditions reduce pain; increase balance, strength and walking pace; and improve overall health. Classes take place Sept. 21 to Oct. 28 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The class is free to participants, but registration is required by calling Shery or Stacey at 800-748-7826 or online using the form below.

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