2019 Summit on Aging & Health – Highlights From Day 1

Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe thanks MA4 for hard work during this year’s legislative session.

By 1:00 PM on Monday, September 9, attendees at the 16th Annual Show Me Summit on Aging & Health were ready to go. And, the excellent slate of speakers scheduled for Day 1 did not disappoint the assembled crowd.

Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe started the day by talking about the power oa advocacy and had compliments for both MA4 and the Silver Haired Legislature for their collective work on the newly created Senior Fund. He noted that advocacy for seniors is part of his responsibility as Lt. Governor and noted that he and his staff had taken a personal interest in the bill, helping shepherd it through the legislature on the final day.

Kehoe also spoke about upcoming priorities such as restoring MORx; additional funding for meals; efforts to establish multidisciplinary teams in law enforcement around the state  to address elder abuse; and a MO Arts Council program on arts and the aging which he will be promoting. He also talked about a new program called “Give Five” which matches volunteers (from retirees) with nonprofit organizations and urged support of the program.

Kehoe noted that working with seniors is both important and fulfilling. He and his wife still volunteer to deliver meals to homebound seniors – and he still drops by to see the ladies at the nursing home who were his mom’s lunch buddies even after his mom’s passing. He said being tapped as the state’s Lieutenant Governor was the greatest honor of his life and thanked the group for their help and friendship.

In other news… n4a CEO Sandy Markwood addressed the nearly 300 people in attendance with a presentation entitled: Position, Power Potential and Proof: Trends and New Directions in the AAA Network. She specifically noted that we collectively need to devote more resources and thought to the increasing numbers of seniors and caregivers battling Alzheimers everyday. A copy of her complete presentation is available at the following link: MARKWOOD PRESENTATION

Finally, MA4’s new Executive Director, Ann McGruder, was introduced to the crowd. She will take over for the retiring Catherine Edwards as of October 31 of this year. Edwards has served at the helm of the organization since 2009 and will remain active with the MA4 organization upon her retirement. A more complete story relating to this news will be posted later this month.

Stay tuned for news from DAY 2 of the Summit.

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