Legislative Education Series hosted by MA4

AAAs were established under the Federal Older Americans Act in 1973 to help older adults (60 and older) remain in their home. AAAs are are part of a nationwide network driven by local needs, helping older adults plan and find additional care, services, or programs. Help ranges from providing services for a frail adult to reman at home, to providing health, wellness, and social activities through senior centers and virtual programming. AAAs also provide support and services to the family or friends helping to care for older adults.

Learn about Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and Senior Centers in Missouri and their impact on your communities:

Watch Session 5 (4/4/23) and learn about Missouri’s cutting edge collaboration between Adult Protective Services and Area Agencies on Aging. Tim Jackson, Administrator, Adult Protective Services, DHSS; Kristi Siler, Bureau Chief, Adult Protective Services, DHSS; and Julie Peetz, Executive Director, ma4, will discuss the successful partnership between Missouri’s APS and AAAs and the significant impact of this partnership to improve the lives of vulnerable adults in our state.

Watch our 4th session (2/7/23) and learn about nursing home residents’ rights and advocacy and Missouri’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Panelists included: Jenny Hollandsworth/DHSS, Missouri Long-Term Care Ombudsman; Lindsay Luebbering/DHSS, Missouri Long-Term Care Ombudsman; Becky Harris/DHSS, Accountant Supervisor; Angela Barnes/MARC, Regional Ombudsman Program Director; Emily Smith/Aging Matters, Regional Ombudsman Program Director; Christina Kanak/Care Connection, Reginal Ombudsman Program Director; Moderated by Julie Peetz/ma4 Executive Director.

Please watch our 3rd session (January 10, 2023) with important information about the Senior Services Growth and Development Program and its potential impact on AAAs and Senior Centers. Moderated by ma4 Executive Director with expert, Catherine Edwards, PhD, former ma4 Executive Director.

Learn about important resources for adults 60+ in your community in our Session 2 (9/20/22). Panelists included: Lana Johnson, Executive Director of Aging Matters, Cape Girardeau, MO, and President of MA4; Lisa Knoll, CEO of Aging Ahead, St. Louis, MO; Rebecca Nowlin, CEO of Aging Best, Columbia, MO; Melanie Highland, Director of the Division of Senior and Disability Services in MO; Mindy Ulstad, Chief, Bureau of Senior Programs, DSDS; Becky Harris, Accountant Supervisor, DSDS; Moderated by Julie Peetz, MA4 Executive Director

Please watch our first Focus on Aging Series (6/7/22) and learn how AAAs and Senior Centers are funded. Panelists included: James Stowe, PhD; President of ma4 and Director, Mid-America Regional Council Area Agency on Aging, Kansas City; Becca Fields, Co-Ceo, SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging, Springfield, MO; Jennifer Shotwell, Executive Director, Region X Area Agency on Aging, Joplin, MO; Kim Toebben, DSDS Deputy Director; Jake Luebbering, DSDS Deputy Director; Becky Harris, Accountant Supervisor, DSDS; Moderated by Julie Peetz, MA4 Executive Director