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

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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

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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 A COMPLETE AGENDA FOR THIS IMPORTANT MEETING.

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.

 

New Schedule Details Available For 2015 Summit


Sunday, June 7th, 2015

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The 2015 Show Me Summit on Aging & Health is slated for August 17 – 19 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO. This premier event promises to be one of the best ever – and details regarding programs, schedules and options are now available.

CLICK THIS LINK to download your advance copy of this year’s schedule and a description of the the great sessions and information that you can expect at this year’s meeting. NOTE: The phone number for the Lodge of Four Seasons hotel is 888-265-5500. An incorrect number appears in the attached document. If you have not signed up for the conference yet, please follow the included instructions. You may also register by phone and pay with credit card by phone by calling 573-634-2914.

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.

And – if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact MA4 at the following addresses:

Catherine Edwards, PhD, Executive Director

Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging and

Show Me Summit on Aging and Health

Phone: 573‐619‐6185

Email: cedwards@ma4web.org

or

Sandra Boeckman, Conference Planner

S & J Management Group

Phone: 573‐634‐2914

Fax: 573‐635‐7823

Email: sandyboeckman@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

New Sponsors Announced For Summit On Aging and Health


Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging will host the 12th Annual Show Me Summit on Aging and Health August 17 – 19 at the Lodge of Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks. This year’s theme is “Set Sail For The Future” and the program promises to be better and more informative than ever.

Sponsorships at various levels are still available and are critically important to the success of this annual statewide meeting that examines issues of importance to Missouri seniors. For a complete sponsor packet and information about the program, please CLICK HERE.

Our most recent sponsor is Verizon Wireless. Through it’s HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless helps draw attention to the problems of domestic abuse and neglect. For the past four years, Verizon Wireless has helped MA4 provide training, information and techniques designed to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation of seniors. This year’s summit will continue that training and education through a series of workshops and special programming.

For additional information about Verizon Wireless and its HopeLine program, please CLICK HERE.

Missouri Budget Cuts Senior Services – Fails To Expand Medicaid


Thursday, May 28th, 2015

budget cuts(Missourinet) – Governor Nixon has signed the 13 bills that make up the $26-billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Nixon commended the legislature for sending him a balanced budget, on time.

“It’s not something we should take for granted. Just this year lawmakers in Florida and Washington adjourned without passing a budget at all,” said Nixon. “Not only did the legislature act in a timely fashion, they followed my budget outline in a couple of key areas.”
Key among those areas, said Nixon, was an $84-million increase in K-12 public schools over the current fiscal year’s budget and a $5-million increase in early childhood education, a $12-million increase in performance-based funding for public colleges and universities, and $13.9-million for services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Nixon said it was “disappointing the legislature unnecessarily cut $90-million from services including health care for seniors, people with disabilities, and kids.”

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) had argued during the budget process in the legislature, that social services and welfare programs were seeing high rates of year-to-year growth that needed to be stemmed, if the state would ever be able to fully fund priorities like education.

Nixon said the state would adopt the managed care expansion that Schaefer led the effort to add to the budget. The plan would move hundreds of thousands of Missourians in 61 counties to that system from fee for service care. Under managed care, a private company manages health benefits for consumers. Nixon said that transition would be transparent and be done responsibly.

“Under no circumstances will we implement this expansion at the expense of vulnerable Missourians like those with severe mental illness or include populations with special needs, like Missourians with disabilities and seniors, in managed care,” said Nixon.
Nixon did say he is frustrated that another budget process has gone by, and nearly another legislative session, without expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Missouri.

“We’re clearly seeing that the states that are moving forward are benefitting greatly from it and the states that don’t, their economies are dragging because once again, we’re sending $2-billion dollars to Washington that’s being used in other states,” said Nixon. “We’ll continue to push on that and would hope there would be a time at which I get to sign that measure.”

MA4 Offers Advice To Guard Against Financial Exploitation


Friday, May 1st, 2015

It’s a sad fact, but sometimes the people we trust the most make us their victims. A recent case of financial exploitation of an elderly man in hospice care in St. Louis brought this problem to the forefront within recent days. Allegedly, a care provider stole a patient’s credit card while on duty and subsequently charged thousands of dollars of unauthorized purchases to the man’s account.

KSDK TV News reported on the case and turned to the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging for tips on how to prevent this type of financial exploitation.

To prevent elder theft, the Agency suggests conducting background checks on caretakers, or hiring a health care company that requires background checks. They also say to lock up valuables and financial information, and have multiple people monitoring a potential victim’s financial records.

For more on this topic, and to view KSDK’s original report please click on this link.http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/crime/2015/04/24/woman-accused-of-stealing-from-hospice-patient/26332553/

And if you suspect that something is wrong in your household, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement officials. They can help.

Missouri Seniors Face Severe Funding Cuts From Senate Recommendations


Friday, April 10th, 2015

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“This week, the Missouri Senate Budget Committee proposed significant cuts to the Departments of Mental Health, Social Services and Health and Senior Services that in total will exceed $130 million in the FY 2016 budget. This action comes at a time when Missouri’s overall financial situation is getting stronger, particularly in light of the fact that tax collections for the year indicate that the State will have $80 million more in revenues than were available for last year’s budget.

These across-the-board cuts represent an unwarranted meat-axe approach to the budgeting process that will significantly damage core programs currently provided by the State to some of its most vulnerable citizens.

As the state’s premier advocate and resource for older Missourians, we strongly oppose cuts that will curtail the home-delivered meals program for seniors; investigations regarding elder abuse and financial exploitation; inspections of hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities serving the health needs of seniors; cutbacks in funding for mental health services and facilities; and cuts in programs that serve the needs of men and women who have the primary responsibility for the nutrition, health and safety of children.

To view MA4’s complete statement regarding suggested Missouri Senate cuts, please click the following link:

http://www.ma4web.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/MA4-STATEMENT-Budget-20151.doc

To view Governor Jay Nixon’s letter regarding these same proposed cuts, Please click the following link:

http://www.ma4web.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/gov_nixon_budget_letter_april_10_2015_0.pdf

 

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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