Care Connection Available Classes

All courses are offered on Zoom unless otherwise noted. You must register to receive a Zoom link. To register, please call

1-800-748-7826 or by email at You can also register online at Times are CST.

May 24 – June 23 Tuesdays & Thursdays 1 to 2:30 p.m.Caring for you, Caring for MeThis course is aimed at people who are family and volunteer caregivers who are providing assistance or support to people with long term illnesses or disabilities. Based on curriculum from the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving, the goals for the “Caring for You, Caring for Me” program are to help people gain information; learn coping methods for stress; learn about resources available; and discover ways of working together to reduce some of the frustration and barriers they face in their caregiving.
May 24 Tuesday 3 to 4 p.m.The Gift of Peace of Mind– Join us for free information sessions for planning for your later years. Gain the knowledge to give you some peace of mind that you have put everything “in order” so your loved ones will not carry this responsibility. May 17: Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate? Decision-making obstacles when passing on personal possessions; practical suggestions and proven strategies. May 24: End of Life Planning What to do when someone dies: Canceling services; sending a will to court, etc.
June 22 – July 27 Wednesdays 1 to 3:30 p.m.Chronic Pain Self-Management – This six-week class includes information about nutrition, exercise, communication, and planning so that you can achieve your goals with managing your chronic pain.
June 20 – Aug. 1 Mondays 1 to 3:30 p.m.Diabetes Self-Management ProgramThis program is designed to promote self-management of diabetes among individuals. Subjects include: the role of nutrition and exercise in self-management; medication management; ways to communicate with family, friends, and healthcare providers; and making a weekly action plan.
May 20 – July 22 Fridays 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Aging Mastery Program (AMP) –The Aging Mastery Program can help you live better and thrive! This fun and engaging course helps turn positive lifestyle changes into habits that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being, and a more fulfilling social life. Classes combine evidence-informed materials, expert speakers, and group discussions focusing on aging well and enjoying longevity.
June 23 Thursday 10 to 11 a.m.Medicine Safety and the Missouri Poison Center– The Missouri Poison Center isn’t just for parents of young children. Every year more adults suffer from a poisoning injury than children. The majority of these injuries can be prevented with some simple steps. Join us to learn more about medicine safety and the Missouri Poison Center.
July 21 Thursday 10 to 11 a.m.Dementia Friends – Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. You need not know someone with dementia to benefit and learn from this program. By helping everyone in the community understand dementia and how it affects families, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.
Interested? Give us a call at 1-800-748-7826                National Diabetes Prevention Program: Prevent T2– We are recruiting individuals who have been diagnosed with prediabetes to enroll in a 12-month program developed by the Centers for Disease Control that has been proven to prevent diabetes. Participants will meet weekly for the first 16 weeks, and monthly after that. The program will include information, coaching and encouragement for older adults on topics including losing weight; eating better; exercising (even when the weather is bad); planning, setting and meeting goals; and coping with stress. Participants also will be able to meet online privately with a lifestyle coach.
First and third Monday of each month at noon Facebook LiveMedicare 101 For adults new to Medicare or preparing for retirement. The workshop covers eligibility, enrollment, benefits, and costs associated with Medicare. On Facebook Live at
Recurring on last Monday of each month at noon Facebook LiveAre You Smarter than a Scam Artist? – Presented by the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), this free, interactive workshop focuses on how to detect, prevent, and report Medicare fraud, identity theft, and other scams. On Facebook Live at:
Fourth Wednesday of March, June, September, and December 1 p.m.Benefits Jeopardy – Do you know all the benefits that are available to you? Some of them may surprise you! Join us for this fun and educational game to learn more. The next session will be Wednesday, June 22.
Mons. May 23 -Aug. 29 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Or Tues. May 24 – Aug. 30 11 a.m. to noonEat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less – Check it out—a 15-week weight management program that works because it is not a diet—it’s a lifestyle! All weekly classes are conducted online by a live instructor, fostering interaction between the instructor and all participants. Participants can conveniently attend classes from home or office using a computer or mobile device. Choose from two sections.
Aug. 8 – Sept. 14 Mondays & Wednesdays 11 a.m. to noonWalk with Ease – This program developed with the Arthritis Foundation has been proven to help people with arthritis or other related conditions reduce pain, increase balance, strength, and walking pace, and improve overall health.
June 6 – July 27 Mondays & Wednesdays 9 to 10 a.m.Bingocize® – Mixes exercise, health education, and bingo to help overcome health problems in participants. It is beneficial for all ranges of physical ability. Evidence shows social, cognitive, and physical improvements from doing Bingocize.
June 7 – July 28 Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 to 10 a.m.Beginner’s Tai Chi for Arthritis Ancient Chinese meditation exercise features slow, precise movements. Improves balance, mobility, strength, and flexibility; decreases pain; and helps prevent falls. After completing this course, participants will be ready to join our weekly Tai Chi sessions at 9 a.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 10 to 11 a.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.EnhanceFitness® –An arthritis-friendly, group fitness activity and falls prevention program that can improve physical, emotional, and social health. Each class will include warm-up, aerobics, and cool-down activities as well as strength, balance, and flexibility training. You will need a sturdy, straight-back armless chair, and adjustable ankle and wrist weight cuffs. Ask your local center to see if the class will be offered in person there and whether weights may be available for your use. Once you register, an instructor will contact you to conduct a fitness assessment. There will also be a live and virtual class from Higginsville Senior Center, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Fridays 9 to 10 a.m.Chair Yoga – Chair Yoga is a variation of traditional Yoga using a chair for improved balance and stability. It can safely improve your health and is an excellent way to gently loosen and stretch painful muscles, increase flexibility, strengthen the body, improve circulation, enhance range of motion, calm the mind, and increase body awareness.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.Zumba® Gold – We take the “work” out of workout by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. You don’t need any dancing ability, and exercises can be done seated or standing.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 to 10 a.m.  Tai Chi for Arthritis Ancient Chinese meditation exercise features slow, precise movements. Improves balance, mobility, strength, and flexibility; decreases pain; and helps prevent falls. Not for beginners.
Mondays & Wednesdays 8 to 9 a.m.Silver Sneakers (Lafayette County residents only) – focuses on strengthening muscles and increasing range of movement for daily life activities. Participants can use hand-held weights or elastic tubing with handles. Often, a chair is used for seated exercises or standing support.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 to 11 a.m.Exercise with Bobbie Helps to increase strength, improve flexibility and balance, boost activity levels, and elevate mood.

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Individuals should seek medical evaluation and clearance from a doctor before beginning any exercise regimen. All activities should be carried out at a pace and intensity that are comfortable for the individual.