2022 Show Me Healthy Aging Summit


Friday, March 18th, 2022

Save the Date: September 12-14, 2022

In Partnership with Age Positive

Intercontinental – Kansas City at the Plaza

We are BETTER TOGETHER!

Interested in Sponsoring? Contact: jpeetz@ma4web.org

Call for Presentations

We invite you to help us create a stimulating program by sharing your expertise and knowledge in the field of aging services. Please share your workshop proposal for the 2022 Summit by May 15, 2022.

This year, ma4 is delighted to partner with the Age Positive Conference held annually for Kansas City metro leaders in aging. This will be one-of-a-kind Missouri statewide + Kansas City regional summit! The summit convenes the most trusted experts and leaders in the field of aging services in the bi-state region. Attendees include professionals and volunteers working in AAAs, senior centers, nutrition services, libraries, parks, and other venues that provide programming for older adults.

Our joint network includes expertise reaching adults age 60+, including special populations such as hard-to-reach older adults, adults living with chronic medical conditions, caregivers, rural and urban populations, and more.

Share your expertise with us this fall in Kansas City

Please submit your proposal by May 15, 2022 to: jpeetz@ma4web.org

Individuals will be notified of the status of their submission by May 31, 2022

Submission Requirements

Submissions should Include a one-page summary including:

  • Key Contact Information
  • Presenter/Panelist Contact Information
  • Two-to-Three Sentence Bio for Each Presenter
  • Session Title (10-word max)
  • Session Objectives (3-4 bullet points)
  • Session Description (125-word max)

Sessions last 75 minutes.          

SPEAKER AGREEMENTS

  • Speakers will be responsible for their own conference expenses, including travel, meals, lodging, etc.
  • If attending anything other than workshop scheduled to present, speakers will be responsible for coordination and payment of registration fees.
  • Ma4 will provide speakers with audio visual equipment for their presentation.
  • Specific requests for equipment will be requested in advance to ensure available on day of presentation.
  • All rooms will be equipped with a projector, screen, laptop, and microphone.

            

BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT COVID TESTING


Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

Beware of fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites or at-home testing kits

The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is advising older adults to be on the lookout for fraudulent COVID-19 testing centers and fake at-home COVID-19 tests.


Scammers are setting up fake COVID-19 test sites to get your personal, financial, and medical information. Scammers also are selling fake and unauthorized at-home COVID-19 test kits an effort to get your information.


To avoid falling prey to fake test sites, research the testing site before you go. The Food and Drug Administration has information at www.fda.gov.


When it comes to at-home test kits, make sure to purchase FDA-approved COVID-19 test kits from legitimate providers. Each household can get four free tests shipped to them from the federal government by visiting www.covidtests.gov and filling out a short form. Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites.


If you are concerned you may have purchased a fake or unauthorized test kit or visited a fake testing site, contact the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at (888) 515-6565.


The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is ready to provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. As always, if you suspect you are the victim of Medicare fraud or abuse, call the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol at (888) 515-6565.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0040, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN


Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

HELP NEEDED

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:

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