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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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15

Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans experience elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. In 2011, the United Nations declared June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), an international observance day each year to raise awareness about this growing problem. According to the Administration for Community Living, as many as 1 in 10 […]

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Age Positive Conference focuses on helping older adults “Thrive!”

Nearly 175 professionals and volunteers who work with older adults attended the fourth annual Age Positive: Ideas for an Age-Friendly Future conference at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center on May 8. Attendees learned innovative ideas to enhance the programming at their organizations. This year’s theme was “Thrive!” Keynote speaker Dr. Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for […]

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Two area cities recognized as Communities for All Ages

The latest cities to be recognized for their age-friendly efforts are Olathe, Kansas, which received a bronze level designation, and Roeland Park, Kansas, which received a gold level designation. The Mid-America Regional Council honored the two cities at the First Suburbs Coalition meeting on April 19. To advance to gold level recognition, the city of […]

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Aging Mastery Program helps participants enjoy living longer

People are living longer these days, and getting older is something adults either dread or look forward to as a new stage of life. Whichever one they choose, more people have been given a gift of longevity not enjoyed by previous generations. The Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) helps them prepare for that future. The Aging […]

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