We Are Here to Help Stop COVID


Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Local AAAs are here to assist those 60 and older with their COVID-19 vaccination and boosters.

In partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Seniors age 60 and over and homebound adults can find help from their local Area Agency on Aging to schedule and arrange transportation to and from your Covid vaccination and booster shots.

Homebound persons include those needing the help of another person or medical equipment such as crutches, a walker, or a wheelchair to leave their home, or their medical provider believes that their health or illness could get worse if they leave their home, and they typically do not leave their home.

Your local AAA can help you:

  • Register for a vaccine, if you have not yet registered
  • Coordinate round-trip transportation
  • Be reminded when it’s time for your second dose
  • Coordinate a vaccination in your home if you are homebound

AAAs are a trusted resource, anchored in every county throughout Missouri. We are dedicated to serving aging Missourians to live safely and with dignity in their homes and communities. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, AAA’s play a vital role to support seniors.

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging to arrange help:

MORE INFORMATION

Covid Vaccine Registry Assistance Numbers

AAA Seniors Vaccine Press Release

Fall Has Arrived. Time To Prevent Falls


Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Slips and falls now rank as the leading cause of injury deaths among people 65 and older, and Missouri’s rate of injuries related to falling is 31% higher than the national average.1 Falls are the number one cause of injuries to seniors. 2

Falls are not a normal part of aging, and you can take actions to prevent falls.

The risk of falling — and fall-related problems — rises as people age. If you fall and break a bone it could lead to more serious problems, such as a hospital visit, injury, or disability. However, taking care of your overall health may lower your risk of falling. Here are a few tips to help you avoid falls and broken bones:

  • Stay physically active. Plan an exercise program that is right for you; regular exercise can help strengthen muscles.
  • Have your eyes and ears tested. Changes in vision and hearing may cause you to fall. If you receive new eyewear or hearing aids, take time to get used to them.

Make sure you get enough sleep. A lack of sleep can make you susceptible to falls.

Tell your doctor if you have fallen. A fall can alert your doctor to a possible problem and help the doctor provide you with steps to prevent future accidents.

Because the aging process can affect vision, strength and balance, adults 65 and older are at elevated risk for falls. However, falls are not a natural part of aging and can be prevented. You can identify simple steps that can make a big difference to keep safe in your home and the community.

MA4 has created a kit that includes an easy to read brochure, posters for your workplace, senior center or even home bulletin board, and an infographic that gives you a few statistics relating to injuries related to falls in the United States. Download the free materials below from our Steady As You Go campaign.

1 https://health.mo.gov/seniors/showmefallsfreemissouri/index.php

2 American Council on Aging

STEADY AS YOU GO POSTERS

MORE RESOURCES

SHOW ME FALLS FREE MISSOURI COALITION:

https://preventmofalls.wixsite.com/preventmofalls

MY MOBILITY PLAN RESOURCE FROM THE CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/older_adult_drivers/CDC-AdultMobilityTool-12.12Customizable508c.pdf

MORE INFORMATION FROM THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL

https://www.nsc.org/community-safety/safety-topics/older-adult-falls

LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN-HELP NEEDED


Friday, September 11th, 2020

LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN

Improving the quality of life for residents of long-term care through advocacy, education, and empowerment.

The Missouri ombudsman program Long Term Care Ombudsmen are volunteers serving residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities to provide assistance with problems or complaints. Ombudsmen help when residents or family members have concerns about the rights of older consumers receiving long-term care; quality of care or treatment from a long-term care service provider; appeals regarding transfers, discharges, discontinuance or changes in services; and billing and charges, including those covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

Long-Term Care Ombudsmen are trained volunteers assigned to specific long-term care facilities, where they spend quality time getting to know the needs of residents. Ombudsmen form bonds with residents and work to resolve concerns about care before they become crises.

These valuable volunteers champion resident rights and act as liaisons between facility staff and residents. They also provide a vital link between residents and the outside world.

Even during our current health crisis, local Long-Term Care Ombudsman volunteers are available to assist you.

Would you like to be a Long-Term Care Ombudsman?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult and lonely time for older adults in long-term care facilities. Now, more than ever, they need someone checking on their well-being and speaking up on their behalf. If you’re interested in becoming a Long-Term Care Ombudsman, we provide online training that will teach you how to safely visit a care facility and advocate for older adults. 

Ombudsmen learn many things — communication skills, state and federal regulations, ethics, complaint handling, mediation, problem-solving and observation skills.

Be The Voice — speak for those who can’t. Be a Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging to arrange help:

Silver Haired Legislature


Saturday, June 20th, 2020

The Silver Hair legislature was created in 1973 by a small group of seniors whose specific purpose was the advocate for senior issues, and the Missouri group was the first organization of its type in the United States. Some of the earliest proposals passed into law include Exploitation of the Elderly, the MO Senior RX Program, implementation of elder abuse laws, and the deletion of sales tax on pharmaceuticals.

The Silver Haired Legislature (SHL) group is composed of citizens, age 60 or older, who volunteer their time to advocate on behalf of Missouri’s older adults. Delegates are elected from each of Missouri’s ten Area Agencies on Aging, and all legislators meet annually for a model legislative session at the State Capitol to deliver five priority proposals.

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging if you are interested in becoming a member of SHL.

The SHL conducted their 2021 Senior Advocacy Week, February 23 – 26, 2021, using virtual methods to conduct meetings with their MO Legislators. This is a recording of the virtual ‘kick-off’ event that marked the start of Advocacy Week.

Police Warn Of Scams Targeting Seniors


Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

“American seniors are being targeted by online con artists in record numbers, according to the FBI. In 2020, people ages 50 and older lost a dizzying $1.8 billion to online fraud. And those numbers are probably underreported, as the FBI believes many seniors are ashamed to reveal they’ve been scammed.” *

BEWARE OF MEDICARE SCAMS

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D begins Oct. 15. That means that people with Medicare and their caregivers should give their Medicare prescription plans a fresh look to determine whether the plan they have is still the best one to suit their needs.  It’s also a good time for you to know the rules the Medicare Advantage and Part D plans must follow.

Medicare insurance salespeople CANNOT call you or come to your door without your invitation. They CANNOT ask for your Medicare, Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers over the phone unless it’s needed to verify membership, determine enrollment eligibility, or process an enrollment request. Again, be very careful of giving this information to anyone you don’t know.

They CANNOT offer you money, gifts, or free meals to listen to a sales pitch.

Plans are not allowed to require payment over the phone for a health or drug plan. The plan must mail you a bill.

If you have made an appointment to discuss a Medicare plan, agents are not allowed to market other products, like an annuity or life insurance policy.

For unbiased help in comparing plan options, CLAIM counselors can help. To find one near you, call 800-390-3330.

PROTECT YOUR MEDICARE NUMBER LIKE A CREDIT CARD

If someone calls and asks for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits, hang up and call us 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY: 1-877-486-2048.

Only give personal information, like your Medicare Number, to health care providers, your insurance companies or health plans (and their licensed agents or brokers), or people you trust that work with Medicare, like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).


Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to give us personal or private information. Report suspected health care fraud or abuse to the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) at (888) 515-6565.

* Yahoo News

MORE TIPS


• Do not provide any personal or financial information over the phone, simply hang up. Scammers may call and tell you they need your banking information to deposit stimulus checks, but you should never provide that information over the phone. For information relating directly to the stimulus checks, please visit irs.gov/coronavirus.
• Scammers create fake shops, websites, social media accounts and email addresses claiming to sell medical supplies currently in high demand. These may include items such as surgical masks. When consumers attempt to purchase supplies through these channels, fraudsters pocket the money and never provide the promised supplies.
• Do research before donating contributions to ensure that it is a valid organization or group collecting donations.
• Be wary of phishing emails such as those claiming to have information about the virus. Oftentimes, they direct the reader to click a link, which can be a form of a Trojan virus and would allow the scammer to have full access to the information on your computer.

As we continue to battle this pandemic, COVID-19 scams may come in many forms which can include unsolicited phone calls, phishing emails, door-to-door sales, individuals offering cures, tests, safety equipment or vaccinations. Here are some tips that can help prevent you from falling victim to a COVID-19 scam.


Be cautious when dealing with any unsolicited offers, and keep in mind if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You can report online and email scams to the Federal Trade Commission at 877.382.4357. For more details related to COVID-19 visit consumer.ftc.gov.

It’s National Census Day


Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Every ten years, the Federal government conducts a census of every man, woman and child currently living in the United States.

The census takes place once every ten years and is used by the government to determine total population and distribute important funding and grants to states and communities throughout the United States. In fact, it is estimated that more than $16 billion is allocated based on census counts, and each person NOT counted results in a loss of approximately $1,300 to the locality where a person is NOT counted.

Although the official Census Day is April 1, official census forms are already in the mail and online census response capability began on March 12. Despite the fact that you can respond by mail, online, or answer questions from door-to-door census takers, the goal of the census is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place.

The easiest way to complete the census is to have one person in each household fill out the census form that is mailed to each known residential address. This is true for traditional families and roommates who share an apartment. The person who completes the form needs to know the complete name and some statistical information about each member of the household. No Social Security numbers are required, and the questions are fairly simple in nature. People should also be assured that individual information from the forms is not shared with other government agencies like the IRS or Immigration Service. You can mail in the completed form, or alternatively, can complete an identical form online. But you only do it once – and only one form should be submitted per household or per apartment. Alternative versions in different languages are also available.

The form does ask for a phone number (but not an email address). Here’s why. Remember that the goal is to count every person – but only once. If two people from the same address decide to fill out the form without telling the other people in the house, the Census Bureau will call you and ask you to clarify that there is only one person named John Doe at that address. They will also send out a reminder, and sometimes people fill it out twice without knowing that a form has already been filed on their behalf.

For people who live in a nursing home or assisted living facility, different rules may apply and your administrator can provide you with full details.

If NO census form is returned from an address, the Census Bureau may send a representative to the home to conduct an in-person interview.

For more information about the U.S. Census you can visit the national website at: www.2020census.gov.

Day By Day Updates From The Show Me Summit On Aging & Health


Monday, June 10th, 2019

The 16th Annual Summit on Aging & Health has just begun. Click the READ MORE button to get the latest news straight from Branson, MO. Program and registration materials also available at this link.

LINK TO PRELIMINARY AGENDA AND REGISTRATION MATERIALS

Day 1 – 16th Annual Show Me Summit On Aging & Health

MA4 Board members meet with n4a CEO Sandy Markwood before official summit begins.
MA4 President David Sykora kicks off the 2019 Summit on Aging & Health.
Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe discusses new senior legislation during the Opening Plenary Session of the 2019 Summit.
n4a CEO Sandy Markwood takes a look at the national picture during her address to Summit participants.

LINK TO INFORMATION REGARDING NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR CONTINUING EDUCATION HOUR CREDITS INFORMATION

Mid-America Regional Council Wins n4a Aging Innovations Award


Saturday, May 18th, 2019

The Mid-America Regional Council has been named as a recipient of a 2019 n4a Aging Innovations Award for its program entitled “Connecting Home-Delivered Meals Clients to Food Pantry Resources Using Smart Speaker Technology.”

The award will be presented during the n4a Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 27–31, 2019. Activities to honor all award-winning programs will include:
• The n4a Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards Luncheon on Sunday, July 28, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
• General Session recognition: All 2019 Aging Innovations & Achievement awardees will receive recognition at a General Session, when representatives from the program supporter WellCare will present monetary awards to the top three ranked Aging Innovations Award recipients.
• Aging Innovations Awards Tradeshow

Congratulations to the Mid-America Regional Council and all n4a Aging Innovations Award winners!

It’s Election Day In Missouri


Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

In many cities and counties across Missouri, Tuesday, April 2 is election. Voters will have the opportunity to select new mayors, council members, school board members and other board commissioners in addition to voting on various tax and bond issues.

If you are registered, take a moment today to exercise your right to vote. It’s one way to make your voice heard loud and clear – and it costs you nothing.

See you at the polls.

Federal Grants Enable Better Access To Preventive Health Programs


Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

St. Louis Oasis, the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the Curators of the University of Missouri announce receipt of $1.5 million in Federal grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to support falls prevention and chronic disease self-management programs for older Missourians.

The new ACL grant will enable St. Louis Oasis, in partnership with the University of Missouri Extension program, to train new facilitators, instructors and staff at senior centers to provide Matter of Balance and Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention classes.

The new ACL grants will also enable the University of Missouri School of Medicine Missouri Osteoarthritis Program to expand its evidence-based chronic disease self-management programs for older adults and the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging will now offer chronic disease self-management classes in Spanish for older adults in senior centers thanks to the new ACL grants.

“As our communities become more diverse, our programs must follow suit. This is a simple and cost-effective way to promote significant health improvements in a growing part of our senior population,” said Catherine Edwards, Executive Director of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

FULL ARTICLE AVAILABLE ON THE MISSOURI RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION WEBSITE