Here is the most recent listing of online courses that Care Connection for Aging Services is offering on Zoom and on Facebook Live. All courses are offered on Zoom unless otherwise noted. Most are free to participants 60 and older and caregivers. You must register to receive a Zoom link. To register, please call 1-800-748-7826 or by email at [email protected] Register online at https://goaging.org. If you are new to using Zoom, we can offer you one-on-one instructions and provide written instructions.
Medicare 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 https://www.facebook.com/goaging.org/ First and Third Monday of each month at noon. Facebook Live
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. Recurring on the last Wednesday of each month 1 p.m.
Are You Smarter than a Scam Artist? – presented by the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol), this free, interactive workshop focuses on how to detect, prevent, and report Medicare fraud, identity theft and other scams. On Facebook Live at: https://www.facebook.com/goaging.org/ Recurring on the last Monday of each month at noon. Facebook Live
A Matter of Balance –This program includes eight two-hour classes led by trained coaches. The program enables participants to reduce the fear of falling by learning to view falls as controllable, setting goals for increasing activity levels, making small changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercising to increase strength and balance. Participants learn about the importance of exercise in preventing falls and practice exercises to improve strength, coordination, and balance. Participants also conduct a home safety evaluation and learn to get up and down safely. Additional topics include home safety, assertiveness, developing positive strategies for change, reducing barriers to exercise, identifying physical risk factors for falls, personal action planning, recognizing misconceptions about falls, and moving from self-defeating to self- motivating thoughts. The curriculum includes group discussions, mutual problem solving, role playing activities, and a few homework assignments. This course is being conducted as a hybrid course with the University of Missouri Extension. Call 1-800-748-7826 for more details. July 12 – August 4, 2021, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group – This group is designed to provide emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. First Wednesday of each month, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Grandparent Connection – Nearly 30,000 grandparents in Missouri are responsible for raising their grandchildren. You don’t have to do it alone. Join us for support and discussion. Third Wednesday of each month, 1 to 2 p.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®, and the best part is that it’s fun! June 22 to August 26 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to Noon.
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. or 5 p.m. August 3 – Sept. 23 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 to 9 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. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. and/or 5 to 6 p.m.
Exercise with Bobbie – Helps to increase strength, improve flexibility and balance, boost activity levels and elevate mood. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 to 11 a.m.
Reading Between the Lines Book Club – Jody Anderson, Reference Specialist at the Henry County Library, will lead the group in selecting the genres and books that will be discussed each month. The book for June 3rd will be “Recursion” By Blake Crouch About the book: A relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory. Reality is broken. At first, it looks an epidemic that spreads through no known means, driving its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. But the force that’s sweeping the world is no pathogen. Meets the First Thursday of each month, 7 p.m.
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit area agency on aging serving people 60 and older and their caregivers in 21 locations in 13 West Central Missouri counties, including Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon. The mission is to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826 or visit www.goaging.org.