Bates County Memorial Hospital Lung Cancer Screening

Bates County Memorial Hospital knows how scary a Lung Cancer diagnosis can be, they want to help you with early detection. Early detection saves lives with Lung Cancer Screening. 
Symptoms of lung cancer may not appear until the cancer has progressed to later stages, but when caught early, the survival rate increases substantially.

Bates County Memorial Hospital offer Lung Cancer Screening that are covered by medicare and most insurances plans.  For those uninsured qualifying patients can received their lung cancer screening for a fee of $150.00.

To schedule your lung cancer screening at Bates County Memorial Hospital call 660-200-2370.

Appleton City High School Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinner

The Appleton City High School will host their Annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 16th

Appleton City High School wants to keep their valued citizens safe, so they will be serving to-go meals only.

Please call the Appleton City central office at 660-476-2161, or the Appleton City high school office at 660-476-2118 to reserve your meals.

Meals may be picked up between 12:00pm and 1:00PM at the circle drive in front of the Appleton City school.

Appleton City students are excited to prepare and serve their senior citizens, so make plans to stop by and visit and enjoy some great food.

Care Connection to offer Zoom-based EnhanceFitness course free in January

Care Connection for Aging Services is enrolling older adults in a free EnhanceFitness course scheduled for January.

The course, which has been proven to get results, will be taught live on Zoom from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through April.  If you want to join but need some help with Zoom, Care Connection offers free tutorials and one-on-one help getting online on a smartphone, desktop, laptop, or tablet.

“I truly believe that staying active and moving are important, no matter what age you are,” said Teresa Romanowicz, Care Connection’s Director of Supportive Services, who will teach the course. “If you have never exercised before, you can always start where you are.”

The class is designed to be relaxed and includes a full hour of fun, dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility.  

“Rather than just going for a walk, we offer a fun atmosphere. We try to have lively music. Music helps people to move and feel good. The class has all the fitness components in it. The benefits will be increased muscle strength and balance over time,” Romanowicz said. “Doing it through Zoom, you can join safely in your home and still participate with other people.”

EnhanceFitness helps older adults at all fitness levels become more active, energized, and empowered to live independently.

A typical class includes: a five-minute warm-up, 20-minute aerobic workout, five-minute cool-down, 20-minute strength training workout with soft cuff weights on the arms and legs, and 10 minutes of stretching. The course incorporates balance exercises throughout.

EnhanceFitness has been proven to improve physical function, decrease depression, protect against falls, promote social interaction and a physically active lifestyle, reduce medical care costs, and decrease hospitalizations.

The course will start with a three-part fitness check so that participants can test their strength, balance and walking skills before they begin. The same timed test will illustrate the results at the close of the course.

To register for the course, please visit, or call at 1-800-748-7826 for more information or enrollment by telephone.

Care Connection for Aging Services is a nonprofit area agency on aging serving adults 60 and older and their caregivers through 21 locations in 13 West Central Missouri counties: Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon. Our mission is to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. To find our more, call us at 1-800-748-7826 or visit

Red Cross: Donors needed now to address historically low blood supply

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (Dec. 7, 2021)–Nearly two years into the pandemic, everyone has earned a holiday break with their family and friends. But as the nation gathers again for celebrations this season, the American Red Cross, which provides 40% of the country’s blood, is facing historically low blood supply levels.

Busy holiday schedules, breaks from school and winter weather all contribute to a drop in blood and platelet donations this time of year. Those factors, combined with the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, make it vital for donors to make an appointment to give as soon as possible. If more donors don’t come forward to give blood, some patients requiring a transfusion may potentially face delays in care.

Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). There is no blood donation waiting period for those who have received a flu shot or a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or booster, so long as they are symptom-free.   

To encourage donors to help address the historically low blood supply this holiday season, all who come to give Dec. 17-Jan. 2 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Blood drive safety 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 17-Jan. 2



12/17/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., ReeceNichols, 100 Cedar Tree Square

12/27/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fairfield Inn & Suites – Belton, 151 N Mullen Rd


12/30/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Harrisonville Community Center, 2400 Jefferson Parkway




12/21/2021: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Warrensburg Community Center, 415 Commander




12/17/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, 301 East Highland Avenue

Save time during donation

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Health insights for donors 

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait-negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.    

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at  

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.