DHSS Collaborates With Area Agencies on Aging to Ensure Vaccine Access for Missouri Seniors

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

In partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Missouri’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) will assist seniors with online vaccination registration, coordinate round trip transportation to and from their vaccination appointments, and conduct reminder calls for seniors’ second doses.  

AAA Seniors Vaccine Press Release

Covid Vaccine Registry Assistance Numbers

Fall Has Arrived. Time To Prevent Falls

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

According to the American Council on Aging, falls are the number one cause of injuries to seniors. But, there are lots of things you can do to make your home safe.

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.

Want to download a few materials? Here are some of the great resources we have used as part of the Steady As You Go campaign that you can use at no charge.

Click each link to download valuable information and materials for your 2020 Falls Prevention Month activities.






Information On The COVID-19 Virus Is Available From DHSS

Friday, September 11th, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues into its sixth month, the information available to citizens and consumers seems to change on a frequent basis.

In an effort to put the most useful information to the most people in one place, the Department of Health and Senior Services has established a web page with a wide variety of resources from testing to breaking news to statistics for your area.

The site is easy to use and is completely free. It is also updated on a a daily and weekly basis, depending on the information being posted. Tocheck on the latest information for Missourians related to the COVID-19 outbreak, follow this link:


Governor Changes State Standards For COVID-19 Pandemic

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Republican Gov. Mike Parson lifted statewide restrictions related to COVID-19 as of June 16, even as the number of cases in the state continued to increase. However, Parson also extended his executive order declaring a statewide “state of emergency” through the end of year. The order was slated to end on June 16. The extension is primarily to allow the state to continue receiving federal disaster aid. It also allows Parson to continue to have the power to waive certain state laws and regulations.

Despite touting Missouri as “fully reopen,” Parson still encouraged Missourians to maintain practices to limit the spread of COVID-19, even though the state no longer requires them to do so.

As of June 17, there had been 16,625 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri and 909 confirmed deaths.

“We must remember COVID-19 is not gone,” Parson said in a June 11 news release announcing the easing of restrictions. “It is still extremely important for everyone to continue social distancing. Be proactive. Avoid large crowds, and if you can’t social distance, take extra precautions to protect yourself and those around you.”

You can read more about the governor’s decisions from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Police Warn Of Possible COVID-19 Scams

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

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.
• 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.

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.


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.


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.