New Medicaid Cards To Be Issued Starting In April 2018

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Between April 2018 and April 2019, the federal government will be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mailing each person a new card. This will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. You’ll get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage.

The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits. You’ll get more information from Medicare when your new card is mailed.

Here’s how you can get ready:

■ Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at or 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.

■ Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. We’ll never ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.

■ Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.


Major Conference On Senior Issues Kicks Off On September 11

Sunday, September 10th, 2017


DAY 3 – September 13, 2017


The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) invites you to attend the 14th Annual Show Me Summit on Aging & Health, Missouri’s only statewide conference on aging. The conference, hosting 300+ attendees and 50+ exhibitors will be held on September 11-13, 2017 at Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO.


This year, due to tight budgets and new faces in the Capitol, Missouri seniors were faced with new challenges to funding of many of the programs that serve seniors best. Some of those programs included Meals On Wheels, prescription drug assistance programs, renters’ tax credits and both in-home and professional facility nursing care programs. In many instances, lawmakers sided with seniors and programs were saved. But, the work continues. That’s why, each year, MA4 sponsors a Summit on Aging and Health Care in an affort to share information about programs and practices that benefit seniors most.

Stay tuned for daily updates from the Summit, and information about how you can help support seniors throughout Missouri.


DAY 1 – September 11, 2017

DAY 2 – September 12, 2017

Special Enrollment Period Information

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Life takes many twists and turns, and sometimes our personal situations can change significantly. If you do not have health insurance, you may still be able to enroll in a Marketplace Health Insurance program if your life situation has changed. Significant changes include marriage, the birth of a child and other major events.

For more information about your eligibility for this Special Enrollment Period, please CLICK HERE.

To find a trained health insurance Navigator located near you, CLICK HERE to access our Interactive Map.

Health insurance is important for all of us. We’re here to help.

February Is Low Vision Awareness Month

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Submitted by Shanea Harrington

Low vision is described as a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with standard glasses, contacts, medications, or surgery (National Eye Institute, n.d.). This can make daily tasks and chores very difficult; even just getting around the house can become a danger. This partial loss of vision greatly increases one’s chances of becoming a victim to  falling, most notably with older adults. Low vision makes it hard to see objects clearly or discern where a step ends and the floor begins, which can present fall risks.

Fortunately, there are some ways to improve vision and reduce the chances of falling. Special optical devices such as stand and handheld magnifying glasses, strong magnifying reading glasses, and loupes greatly increase the magnification and are different from regular magnifying devices (Gerritsen, n.d.). Limiting the risk of falls can be accomplished by lining steps and stairways with brightly colored tape to increase visibility, reducing clutter from floors, walkways, stairwells and placing night lights in hallways and stairways to name a few (Babinski & Buck, 2015 ). For more information on devices to improve vision, visit the American Foundation for the Blind or their family site,, and for more ways to decrease falls, please visit The Discovery Eye Foundation.

1. National Eye Institute. (n.d.). Low vision awareness month. Retrieved from
2. Babinski, A. & Buck, M. (2015). Low vision aging adults at higher risk for falls. Retrieved from
3. Gerritsen, B. (n.d.). Overview of low vision devices. Retrieved from

Just A Few Days Left To Get Health Insurance Coverage For 2017

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Individuals who want health insurance coverage for 2017 have until January 31, 2017 to enroll in a new Marketplace health plan before time runs out. This is an importat deadline. Individuals who do not have health insurance in place before that date could face penalties – and even worse – may be forced to go without insurance coverage that could be of great importance to themselves and their families.

It is easy to enroll, and despite news reports indicating that the Marketplace program could be terminated or changed, these policies are still available.

The easiest way to enroll is online at If you need additional assistance, contact one of our health insurance Navigators in your area. A list of Nvigator contacts is available HERE.

Don’t delay. Low cost plans are still available for qualifying individuals.

REPORT: Enid Borden Opens First Day Of Summit With Facts About Senior Hunger

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The first day of the 2016 Show Me Summit On Aging and health kicked off in Branson, Missouri with a full day of training, overview sessions dealing with veterans affairs, nutrition and tax policy and a special keynote address from Enid Borden, CEO of the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.

Speaker: Enid Borden, President/CEO, National Foundation to End Senior Hunger Praised Missouri’s seniors for making senior nutrition a priority.14291923_1454125551267989_3712515958753788522_n

“I love the fact that the Summit organizers capitalize on Missouri’s well-known moniker as the ’Show Me State’ to focus attention on the challenges and opportunities facing both seniors and those professionals tasked with providing support to them,” Borden said. “When it comes to finding solutions to senior hunger, we need to concentrate on facts, examine what the data can actuallyshow us. At the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) we are dedicated to that, because we know data can and does lead us toward finding effective ways forward as we tackle the challenge of reducing hunger. We are here to show Missourians some of what we’ve learned.”

Since 2008, NFESH has commissioned and released national research on the causes, consequences and extent of senior hunger in the United States. The following year, NFESH research began examining the problem on a state-by-state basis as well. Borden, who is widely acknowledged as the leading expert on and crusader against senior hunger in the nation, will present the latest statistics for Missouri. In addition, she will introduce Summit participants to NFESH’s What A Waste initiative, which is being implemented in Senior Nutrition Programs (SNPs) across the country.

What A Waste furnishes SNPs knowledge and tools to collect-site specific data on the amount of food waste and wasted food they generate in the course of providing meals to seniors. Using that data recorded in NFESH’s proprietary software program, NFESH experts analyze the data to determine the cost of that waste in terms of meals, dollars, and nutrients lost. Based on this information, NFESH recommends program specific policy and operational changes to reduce these losses.


12th Annual Senior Services Tax Fund Meeting

Each year during the Summit, the Senior Services Tax Fund authorities hold an annual meeting. Registration for this event is separate from registration for the Summit itself. To access registration materials for this important event CLICK HERE.


Mid-East AAA Wins National Innovation Award For CHOICE Program

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016


The Mid-East Area Agency on Aging was recently named the winner of the n4a National Innovation Award during the national n4a Conference. The event was held July 24- 28 in San Diego, CA. Launched in 2005, the awards program recognizes AAA and Title VI aging programs that exemplify innovation and sound management practices. Member AAAs and Title VI aging programs submit nominations in a variety of categories, and representatives from n4a’s Board of Directors review eligible nominations to select the winning programs.

The CHOICE Program is the Mid-East AAA’s innovative program that provides community access to unbiased information and healthy dining options through collaboration with community partners.

Senior Day At The State Fair – August 17

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Missouri-State-fair-2013-festivalThe Missouri State Fair has announced that August 17 is Senior Day at the fair. In addition to all the fair has to offer for all of its guests, there will be special activities geared toward seniors in the air-conditioned Matthewson Building on the fairgrounds site in Sedalia.

Special activities begin at 10:00 with free Bingo and prizes. then learn to line dance at 11:30 and stick around to hear from special guests including a performance by Ms. Senior Missouri and other entertainment. The day ends in the afternoon with a dance contest and dozens of vendor booths catering specifically to the senior set.

Want more details? CLICK HERE for full information about this exciting event.

MA4 Issues Cal For Entries For 2016 Summit On Aging & Health

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging has issued a Call For Entries for the annual Show Me Summit on Aging & Health. The 2016 summit will take place September 12 – 14, 2016 at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri. Individuals and groups who would like to present at the conference should download the Call for Entries and submit the completed form as early as possible to insure space.


Additional information including new sponsorship opportunities (including the new product workshop category) will be available after the first of the new year.

2016 Summit On Aging & Health Set For September 12 – 14

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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MA4 has announced that the 2016 Summit on Aging & Health will be held September 12 – 14 at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri. This important annual event provides seniors and senior advocates from throughout Missouri with the latest information, education and training dealing with all aspects of senior services and programs. It also provides an excellent venue for companies throughout the state to introduce products and services to the senior market.

This year’s event will be held at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri. Known for its excellent service and facilities, this award winning hotel and conference center features all meeting spaces on a single floor – so no stairs, no steps and no escalators for seniors to navigate during the conference.

Details regarding the conference program will be forthcoming in the near future, but save the date now. Sponsorship Package will be available after the first of the new year. CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

Mark it on your calendars. September 12 – 14 in Branson, Missouri. See you there!