Two area cities recognized as Communities for All Ages

On Friday, Jan. 15, the Mid-America Regional Council honored the cities of Grandview, Missouri, and North Kansas City, Missouri, for becoming more age friendly. Both cities achieved gold-level status, which means the local governing body applied an “age lens” to a major city plan. Grandview adopted age-friendly principles within the city’s updated comprehensive plan. North […]

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$8.1 million award to support Double Up Food Bucks incentive program

The Mid-America Regional Council has been awarded a four-year federal grant of $4.05 million by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), to support the Double Up Food Bucks Heartland Program in Kansas and western Missouri. To secure the award, equal matching resources have […]

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Age Positive (re)Vision virtual conference scheduled for September

When the 4th annual Age Positive: Ideas for an Age-Friendly Future conference, scheduled for May 8, 2020, had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers immediately got to work on Plan B. This year’s conference, originally called “2020 Vision” has been revamped as a virtual conference, now entitled “2020 (re)Vision.” Age Positive […]

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Home meal delivery expands for area older adults

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the MARC-supported senior community centers closed on March 15, in accordance with the region’s stay-at-home orders and social-distancing guidelines, to protect residents from infection. Many older adults who previously relied on lunch-time meals served at the centers will now be served home-delivered meals while they remain in their homes. […]

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Four area cities recognized as Communities for All Ages

Today at the First Suburbs Coalition meeting, MARC honored four area cities for becoming more age friendly. Grandview and North Kansas City, Missouri, have achieved Silver Level status, while Grain Valley, Missouri, and Parkville, Missouri, were recognized with a Bronze Level award. To advance to Silver Level recognition, Grandview and North Kansas City conducted self-assessments […]

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CHWs provide links between clients and health services

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trained professionals who serve as a bridge between patients and health or social services agencies. Since they’re usually from the communities they serve, they understand and can represent the needs and interests of their clients, helping them to communicate better with health care providers and to self-manage their health conditions. […]

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In-home food ordering app receives innovation award

“Alexa, I need carrots.” For nearly two years, the Mid-America Regional Council’s Area Agency on Aging has pilot-tested a smart speaker app that can be used by eligible clients to order food from the comfort of their own home. The app uses voice commands through an Amazon Echo smart speaker to open the “Show-Me Pantry” […]

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