Date: June 18, 2018 | Category: News

Click here to see the July lineup for the Caregiver Teleconnection.
These seminars are done by telephone so that caregivers can get good advice from the experts without ever leaving their homes.

Date: June 12, 2018 | Category: News

Click here to see what family caregiver programs are available via telephone for the reset of June.

Date: June 12, 2018 | Category: News

Volunteers for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program this year provided help to file claims and rebate applications for more than 1,500 people in the 13-county service area for Care Connection for Aging Services. Their work resulted in the return of more than $854,000 for seniors to spend in their local communities.
The TCE tax volunteers helped file 621 federal income tax returns, 621 state income tax returns and 928 claims for Missouri Property Tax Credit, also known as the Circuit Breaker, according to Kathy Ray-Smith, who directs the TCE Program for Care Connection.
The refunds and credits amounted to $854,635 that stayed in the local communities, Ray-Smith said.
“Most of those seniors say they use that money to pay a bill, make a home repair that may have been neglected, get some dental work, or make some other essential purchase not in their budget,” Ray-Smith said. “That’s just awesome.”
The program, which is based in senior centers, enlists volunteers who complete seniors’ income tax returns and Circuit Breaker claims free of charge. In 2018, staff members and 25 volunteers helped people at 18 sites in the service area.
In addition, the Internal Revenue Service, which partially funds the program through a grant, issued reports of 100 percent compliance after in-person monitoring at all the sites.
“Such feedback speaks to the high quality of work these volunteers have performed,” Ray-Smith said. “Many of our volunteers are retired tax professionals who now are giving back to the community. I cannot say enough good things about our volunteers.”
In all, the volunteers donated 1,603 hours to the program. The greatest participation came from six Hickory County volunteers, who contributed 611 hours at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland.
For more information or to see whether you might want to volunteer next year, call 1-800-748-7826 or email us at information@goaging.org.
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit agency serving Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon counties. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences.
Here is a look by county at the amount of money reclaimed and returned in federal and state income tax and the Circuit Breaker property tax credit:
Bates $4455.
Benton $120,039
Cedar $24,305
Henry $91,002
Hickory $213,659
Johnson $192,666
Lafayette $57,077
Pettis $92,673
St. Clair $29,463
Saline $28,693
Vernon $693
No volunteers worked in Carroll or Chariton counties.

Date: June 12, 2018 | Category: News

Purple will be the color of the day this FRIDAY, June 15, as Care Connection joins the observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The agency annually participates in the world observation as part of its role in prevention of adult abuse and neglect, said Kathy Ray-Smith, Care Connection’s Regional Long-term Care Ombudsman Director.
The effort is meant to call attention to the hundreds of thousands of older, frail and vulnerable people who are abused and/or neglected.
This year, senior center leaders in Care Connection’s 13 counties will focus on increasing awareness among first responders so that they can more readily recognize abuse or neglect of adults. Also, centers are encouraging people to wear purple on June 15 to increase awareness.
One in 10 older people fall victim to some sort of elder abuse, and many of the perpetrators are members of the victims’ families. One study estimates that as many as 5 million people 60 and older are abused annually, and only one in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.
Seniors lose $36.48 billion each year to elder financial abuse – more than 12 times what was previously reported, according to The True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015.
Many victims cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Abusers of older adults may be women, men, family members, friends, or trusted others.
Elder Abuse is against the law. The Missouri Adult Abuse hotline number is 1-800-392-0210.
Generally, abuse takes several forms:
• Physical Abuse – slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical or chemical means.
• Sexual Abuse—non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
• Neglect—the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable elder.
• Exploitation—the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else’s benefit.
• Emotional Abuse—inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person by humiliating, intimidating, or threatening.
• Abandonment—desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.
• Bullying— Intimidation or harassment that causes a senior to fear for his or her
physical safety or property.

Date: June 4, 2018 | Category: News

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is seeking volunteers in your area to help seniors protect their Medicare benefits.
The statewide SMP is operated by Care Connection for Aging Services’ Director of Special Projects, Rona McNally. Its mission is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.
The federal government estimates that the Medicare Program loses about $60 billion annually to fraud and abuse
Key to the SMP program’s success is a network of volunteers who staff outreach events and conduct presentations in senior centers and other venues. The SMP needs more volunteers for its team.
The primary focus of a Senior Medicare Patrol team member is to educate Medicare beneficiaries through one-on-one discussions, distributing literature, attending senior fairs, or by making presentations at appropriate locations.
Volunteers undergo a comprehensive training course and receive extensive support from SMP Team Coordinator Brian Henning.
The next training is scheduled in Clinton for July 23 and July 24. Call Brian at (888) 515-6565 by July 16 to fill out an application.
The Missouri SMP is part of a nationwide network funded by the Administration for Community Living to combat Medicare fraud, which is estimated to cost billions of dollars annually.
For more information about volunteering, or to report suspected Medicare fraud or abuse, call (888) 515-6565.

Date: May 31, 2018 | Category: News

People who are concerned about their memories and want to get a screening for future reference may do so this month in Care Connection for Aging Services senior centers.
The agency’s care managers will conduct free, confidential memory screenings in June.
“The screenings serve as peace of mind for those wondering whether their forgetfulness is ‘normal,’” said Marilyn Gunter, Director of Care Management. “The screenings could be the first step in getting treatment.”
Care managers will provide the screenings that test participants’ recall to see if they are experiencing any type of memory issue. If issues exist, the care manager will recommend that the participant see his or her doctor and will offer to contact the physician about the test results.
The National Memory Screening Program is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Here is a schedule of the screenings:
Brunswick – Brunswick Senior Center, 801 E. Broadway, June 12, 9 a.m. to noon
Butler – Butler Senior Center, 601 W. Mill St., June 11, 11 a.m.
Clinton – Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, June 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Carrollton – Care Connection Activity Center, CCMH, 200 Lifecare Lane, June 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cole Camp – Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 W. Junge, June 28, 8 a.m. to noon
Concordia – Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, June 28, 10 a.m. to noon.
El Dorado Springs – El Dorado Springs Senior Center, 604 S. Forest, June 11, 10 a.m. to noon
Higginsville – Higginsville Senior Center, 21st and Walnut, June 27, 10 a.m. to noon
Lexington – Margaret Gray Center, 811 C S. Business Highway 13, June 21, 10 a.m. to noon.
Marshall – Marshall Senior Center, 14. E. Morgan, June 18, 10 a.m. to noon
Nevada – Neal Center, 301 N. Main, June 14, 11:30 a.m.
Odessa – Odessa Senior Center, 217 S. Second, June 14, 10 a.m. to noon
Osceola – Rivers Crossing Life Center, June 19, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Rich Hill – Kern Center, 613 E. Park Ave., June 18, 10 a.m.
Salisbury – Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, June 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sedalia – Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, June 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Stockton – Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, June 12, 10 a.m. to noon
Warrensburg – Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, June 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Warsaw – Warsaw Senior Center, Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, June 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wheatland – McCarty Center, U.S. Highway 54, June 20, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Event Date: June 20, 2018 Event Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event Location: McCarty Senior Center, U.S. Highway 54, Wheatland, MO

People who are concerned about their memories and want to get a screening for future reference may do so this month in Care Connection for Aging Services senior centers. The agency’s care managers will conduct free, confidential memory screenings in June. Screenings will test participants’ recall to see if they are experiencing any type of memory issue. If issues exist, the care manager will recommend that the participant see his or her doctor and will offer to contact the physician about the test results.

Event Date: June 20, 2018 Event Time: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Event Location: Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill, Butler, Missouri

Care Connection will emphasize the benefits available to help seniors stretch their household budgets while playing Benefits Bingo.  The event is free, and there will be prizes for the winners.

Event Date: June 20, 2018 Event Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Event Location: Kern Center, 613 E. Park Avenue, Rich Hill, Missouri

Care Connection will emphasize the benefits available to help seniors stretch their household budgets while playing Benefits Bingo.  The event is free, and there will be prizes for the winners.

Event Date: June 21, 2018 Event Time: 10 a.m. to noon Event Location: Margaret Gray Center, 811 C S. Business Highway 13

People who are concerned about their memories and want to get a screening for future reference may do so this month in Care Connection for Aging Services senior centers. The agency’s care managers will conduct free, confidential memory screenings in June. Screenings will test participants’ recall to see if they are experiencing any type of memory issue. If issues exist, the care manager will recommend that the participant see his or her doctor and will offer to contact the physician about the test results.

Event Date: June 21, 2018 Event Time: 9 a.m. to noon Event Location: Care Connection Activity Center, Carroll County Memorial Hospital, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton

People who are concerned about their memories and want to get a screening for future reference may do so this month in Care Connection for Aging Services senior centers. The agency’s care managers will conduct free, confidential memory screenings in June. Screenings will test participants’ recall to see if they are experiencing any type of memory issue. If issues exist, the care manager will recommend that the participant see his or her doctor and will offer to contact the physician about the test results.

Event Date: June 22, 2018 Event Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event Location: Warsaw Senior Center, Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, Warsaw, MO

People who are concerned about their memories and want to get a screening for future reference may do so this month in Care Connection for Aging Services senior centers. The agency’s care managers will conduct free, confidential memory screenings in June. Screenings will test participants’ recall to see if they are experiencing any type of memory issue. If issues exist, the care manager will recommend that the participant see his or her doctor and will offer to contact the physician about the test results.

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