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!

12th Annual Show Me Summit On Aging & Health Is Almost Here

Monday, August 10th, 2015


The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging is proud to announce preliminary details for the 12th Annual Show Me Summit on Aging & Health. This year’s event will be held at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO – August 17 – 19, 2015. This year’s theme is “Set Sail For The Future”.

For additional information on the meeting and sponsorship opportunities call 573-634-2914.




SCHEDULE/REGISTRATION INFORMATION – This year, attendees may also register by phone. Call 573-634-2914 to register or make payment by credit card over the phone. NOTE: The phone number for the Lodge of Four Seasons hotel is 888-265-5500. An incorrect number appears in the attached document.

SENIOR SERVICES TAX FUND MEETING – (Please note, registration for this special meeting is SEPARATE from registration for the Summit. You must complete the attached registration form separately.)


Senior Day At Missouri State Fair August 19

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Senior Day at the Missouri State Fair will be held on August 19, 2015 in the Mathewson Building at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. This year the event is sponsored by the Area Agencies on Aging and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Several activities are planned this day in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. Please see the flyer attached for activities and times.
Senior Appreciation Day, Sponsored by Sedalia Democrat: Each adult and senior presenting a special Sedalia Democrat front-page fair banner will receive $2 off their gate admission, valid one day only.

The Older Americans Act Turns 50

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015


This year marks an important milestone in the history of how our country supports its older citizens. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act (OAA) into law in July 1965. Over the past 50 years, the OAA has provided the nation with programs that allow millions of older Americans to continue living and thriving in the communities of their choice for as long as possible.

Through a national network of aging services and funding, the OAA offers a wide range of supports, including home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, preventive health services, transportation, job training, and elder abuse prevention.

While Missouri’s Area Agencies on Aging provide important services to older adults year-round, this anniversary offers an opportunity to emphasize how older adults can access the home- and community-based services they need to live independently in their communities. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities.

The theme of this special observance is “Get into the Act.” Leading up to the OAA anniversary in July, MA4 and the Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state of Missouri will be conducting activities and providing tips on how to access programs that keep seniors healthy, informed and independent for the years to come.

Join us in commemorating this milestone anniversary and watch for event information on this website.

For a brief history of the Older Americans Act, visit this link: HISTORY OF THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT – 50 YEARS

Senior Services Tax Fund Agenda Available Now

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


Each year, the Senior Services Tax Fund partners meet during the Summit on Aging and Health, sponsored by the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4). This year, the annual meeting will be held at the Lodge of Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks. This important meeting will occur before the commencement of the Summit, but participants should be aware of the schedule and pre-schedule leading up to this important event.


CLICK HERE to download registration information for the Tax Fund Meeting. Registration for this meeting is separate from registration for the Summit, so be sure to make plans accordingly.

UPDATE: Registration For Senior Services Tax Fund Meeting Registration Form

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Registration for this year’s Senior Services Tax Fund Meeting which will be held in conjunction with the Summit, requires SEPARATE REGISTRATION.

CLICK HERE to access the registration form.