The phone number for Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging at both the Albany and Cameron locations is now 660-240-9400.
NWMOAAA, a non-profit agency, is one of ten AAAs in Missouri and 629 nationally under the Older Americans Act and serves 18 counties in Northwest Missouri.
Area Agencies assess needs, plan, coordinate and advocate for the development of comprehensive and coordinated service delivery systems for people who are at least 60 years of age. They also provide limited funding for services that target those older adults with greatest economic or social need. Unbiased services and information are provided, and the Agency strives to provide whatever service is needed to help older adults live independently in the home environment of his or her choosing as long as possible.
The phone number for Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging at both the Albany and Cameron locations is now 660-240-9400.
Employment opportunity with NWMOAAA -- accepting résumés until September 18 for an Administrative Assistant at the Cameron location. www.nwmoaaa.org/employment.htm NWMOAAA is an EOE employer and does not discriminate in its hiring practices.
This message is a fraud alert which was sent out by the DHHS—regarding a "genetic testing" scam
“ Subject: [DSDS E-News] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Fraud Alert
The purpose of this email is to provide you with important information regarding a fraud alert posted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This alleged scam specifically targets the senior population across several states. “Marketing representatives” are visiting senior-living communities, such as assisted living and residential care facilities, as well as, other various locations where the senior population often congregate and offer to perform genetic testing for the purpose of disease detection and prevention. According to DHHS, these individuals are using personal information collected from those who participate for identity theft and fraudulent billing purposes.
Additional information regarding this scam is noted in the text below, as well as, the links to the two recent articles discussing the scam in detail.
DHHS Fraud Alert: https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/consumer-alerts/alerts/geneticscam.asp.
Impact across many states: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2019/04/18/524185.htm
• The scammers typically try to determine if the person has Medicare or Medicaid and might host an event, such as bingo with prizes or food, to entice the residents to participate. Sometimes announcements are made to all residents over the building’s intercom system in order to attract them to the event.
• They may be dressed in scrubs or white coats to give the appearance they are a health care professional and in some cases, they may indicate they represent a medical research facility.
• The victims are usually asked to complete a questionnaire and ask whether any of the individual’s relatives have had cancer or other diseases. They indicate a genetic test can be conducted to determine if the individuals already have a disease, or if they are susceptible to acquiring a specific condition. In some cases, they indicate the test will tell whether the combination of prescription and over the counter medications the individual is taking may have undesired interactions or adverse effects on their metabolism.
• If the individual agrees to be tested, the representative obtains their Medicare or Medicaid numbers and uses a swab to take a saliva sample from inside their mouth. The individual may or may not be asked to sign the questionnaire, and they are typically told the test results will be sent to them in several weeks, usually somewhere between four and eight weeks. The individual may or may not receive the results of a lab test later.
DHHS OIG is investigating the scheme in several states, including Missouri. The MMAC Investigations Unit and Missouri Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) would like to know about Missouri seniors who are on Medicare or Medicaid and have been contacted by genetic testing representatives. The seniors, or their representatives/family, can contact the MMAC Investigations Unit at (573) 751-3285 or [email protected]
Office of Inspector General | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging Contact Information -- 809 North 13th Street (north side of building,) PO Box 265, Albany MO 64402 or 1304 North Walnut Street, PO Box 185, Cameron MO 64429
Telephone 660-240-9400 or toll-free 888-844-5626
Office Hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday
Michael P. Stopka, CEO
A prolonged heat warning has been issued for tomorrow (Wednesday) through Saturday evening. This is predicted to be the longest duration of high temperatures and heat index so far this summer. Older people and those with chronic illnesses are vulnerable to the heat. The Area Agency website has a link to Comfort (cooling and heating) Centers at http://www.nwmoaaa.org/comfort-centers.htm
As always, check on family members and/or neighbors to make sure they do not need help moving to a cooler location.
Effective July 1, 2019, Michael Stopka is the Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging CEO. After her 37-year career with NWMOAAA, CEO Rebecca Flaherty is retiring from the Agency. The Board of Directors and members of the Staff are grateful for her service for the older adults in the NWMOAAA’s 18-county service area and wish her the very best as she begins this new chapter.
Michael served as the Executive Director of The Haven in Mattoon, Illinois, before joining the Agency.
Flooding and storm damage are on people's minds now, and DHSS shared some tips and information. "DHSS encourages Missourians to stay safe during tornado and flood cleanup
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - On May 21, Governor Mike Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to severe weather and ongoing flooding. The Department of Health and Senior Services reminds Missourians to stay safe during cleanup of tornado and flood damage, as responding to damaged areas can pose serious health risks including issues such as:
Downed or broken power lines caused by storms or in floodwater pose an electrocution hazard.
Floodwater can contain raw sewage and pose other risks, including infectious diseases, hazardous chemical exposure, and debris that can cause injuries.
Direct contact with floodwater can cause skin rashes, an infection of cuts or wounds or stomach illnesses including vomiting and diarrhea.
Sharp objects and debris, such as glass or metal objects, may be lurking in debris from severe storms or in floodwater.
Animals, insects, snakes and other reptiles that have been displaced due to storms or flooding may be submerged or hiding in debris in or near floodwaters.
When responding to severe weather or handling debris caused by severe weather or flooding, be sure to wear proper clothing and safety gear. And upon breaks or finishing work for the day exposed hands, feet and any other skin should be washed with clean soap and water. Clothing exposed to floodwater should be removed as soon as possible.
After working in or near debris or floodwaters, immediately wash any cuts or scrapes with soap and clean water, and monitor any cuts, scrapes or wounds for redness, swelling or drainage. Seek prompt medical attention if any of these symptoms develop.
Anyone involved with cleanup should have had a booster dose of tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine within the past 10 years. Contact your local health department or your primary care physician if you need a Td vaccine. If you get a deep cut or puncture wound, seek immediate medical attention and ask about a tetanus booster.
Additionally, recent historic flooding may have created an environment hospitable to mold in affected homes and other buildings. Structures damaged by severe weather and strong winds may also have been opened for rain water to enter, and can also create an environment for mold to grow. Proper cleanup is key to protecting health and preventing illness.
If mold is present, individuals with certain allergies may exhibit symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, upper respiratory irritation, cough and eye irritation. Additionally, exposure to excessive amounts of mold can cause an increase in the frequency or severity of asthma symptoms.
DHSS offers the following tips to clean mold safely and properly:
Wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, a mask and goggles to protect your eyes, nose, mouth and skin.
Throw away any items that were wet with rain water or flood water and couldn’t be cleaned and dried completely within 24-48 hours. Take photos of any items discarded for insurance purposes.
Flood-related mold on non-porous surfaces should be cleaned with a solution of one part bleach to ten parts water. Use caution: do not breathe fumes and avoid contact with skin.
Open all doors and windows while you are working in the building, and leave as many open as you safely can when you leave.
Use fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture when electricity is safe to use
Do not cover mold. Remove it instead. Painting or caulking over mold will not prevent it from growing.
As cleanup efforts continue, DHSS and local public health staff are working in affected areas throughout the state to help restaurants, groceries and other food-related businesses reopen quickly and safely for you and your family. These establishments are required to be inspected before reopening where DHSS and local public health staff help identify and correct any potential risks.
There are many precautions you should take when handling food, kitchen appliances and cooking utensils stored in storm damaged or flooded homes as well.
Sanitization: Items that can be sanitized should be washed with soap and clean water and rinsed with clean water, then sanitized in one of the following methods:
· Place in water. Bring water to a boil, and boil for a minimum of three minutes, or
· Place in a freshly-made solution of one teaspoon of unscented liquid 5.25 percent chlorine bleach per gallon of safe drinking water for 1 minute.
Allow items to air dry completely before using or storing.
Safe drinking water: It is important to establish a source of safe drinking water in your home. You will need this not just for drinking, but for proper sanitization of items in contact with flood waters also.
Bottled water that did not come in contact with flood water is safe to drink. Tap water may be used, but may need to be boiled first. If you have a private well, water samples should be collected and tested before consuming after a flood. You may contact your local public health agency or DHSS at 573-751-3334 to obtain a free well water testing kit.
Sorting food items: Many food items are not edible if stored in a storm damaged or flooded building. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out, and never try to determine safety by tasting foods. Tasting and smelling are not reliable methods of detecting bacteria.
Residents should throw out any food that may have come in contact with debris or flood waters. This includes any food not in a waterproof container such as cardboard boxes, bottles and jars with screw caps, home-canned items and containers with pull tops.
Commercially canned items in metal cans and food in retort pouches like those commonly used to package tuna may be sanitized and saved.
If the home lost power: Refrigerated items generally remain unspoiled if the power was out for less than four hours and the door remained closed. Frozen items may be safely refrozen if ice crystals remain visible in the food.
Handling cooking utensils: Discard wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and pacifiers. You can sanitize and save all other cooking and eating utensils.
DHSS urges residents to be extremely cautious with food and cooking utensils stored in storm damaged or flooded buildings. Stored food and cooking utensils can become home to growing bacteria like salmonella and listeria, which can cause potentially serious food-borne illnesses. The bottom line is: when in doubt, throw it out.
More information regarding flood safety and recovery
About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The department seeks to be the leader in protecting health and keeping people safe. More information about DHSS can be found at http://health.mo.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyLivingMo."x
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Free Exercise Classes for Senior Adults Begin January 8, 2019, at the Bethany MO Community Gym, at 10:00 AM. An informational class will be held Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 10:00 AM at that location.
Details at nwmoaaa.info/AFEP-Classes-Bethany.pdf
A reminder to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers!
DO NOT SHRED YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD!
Missouri SMP advises everyone to SAVE your original blue Social Security card. Keep it in a safe place as always. Seniors are advised to shred your old red, white and blue MEDICARE card that has your social security number on it, after you receive your NEW Medicare card.
Medicare beneficiaries in Missouri should be getting their new Medicare cards through the mail soon, with unique numbers and letters on them . The new Medicare cards replace the old ones that contain a Social Security number.
As always, if you suspect Medicare fraud, call the SMP at 1-888-515-6565.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Clapham and her staff at the PC Cafe and Resource Center in Unionville, Missouri. Through their innovative ideas and tireless efforts, last November they were awarded a 2018 Subaru through the Meals on Wheels program and Subaru of America. This is the second vehicle Mary has secured to benefit the seniors of Putnam County!
Pictures of the vehicle and more information are available at www.nwmoaaa.info/Unionville-2018-Subaru.pdf
Care Connection --Loneliness Affects People of All Ages
Human beings are social creatures.
Feeling like we’re part of a community helps us thrive. But we sometimes have a hard time making and keeping the relationships that sustain us. Many Americans report feeling lonely for long periods of time. Connections with others are important for your health. Social isolation and loneliness can both cause problems. “Isolation is about whether other people are physically there or not
Being lonely is about not feeling connected to others. You can feel lonely in a room full of people,” explains Dr. Steve Cole, an NIH-funded researcher at
the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies loneliness.
Loneliness not only feels bad, it may also be harmful to your health. People who feel lonely are at higher risk of many diseases. These include heart disease, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s disease. Loneliness may also increase the
risk of death for older adults. Some of the increased risk of disease may come from changes in behavior. People who feel isolated may not have friends or family encouraging them to eat right, exercise, or see a doctor. New research suggests that loneliness can also directly harm our health. “Lonely people have differences in their biology that make them more vulnerable to disease,” Cole
explains. He and colleagues have studied how loneliness affects the immune system, your body’s disease fighting system. They found that loneliness may alter the tendency of cells in the immune system to promote inflammation.
Inflammation is necessary to help our bodies heal from injury. But when it goes on too long, it may raise the risk of chronic diseases. People who feel lonely may also have weakened immune cells that have trouble fighting off viruses.
“So that leaves lonely people more vulnerable to a variety of infectious diseases,” Cole adds.
People often associate loneliness with getting older. But you can feel lonely at any age. A recent survey found that young Americans are more likely to feel lonely than older adults. Some research suggests that social media tools and resources are preventing younger people from connecting in real life, Cole says.
However, more studies are needed to know whether this is true. It can be hard for people to talk about loneliness, Cole explains. They may feel like something is wrong with them, even though feeling lonely happens to almost everyone at some point.
NIH-funded researchers are looking into ways to help people break the cycle of loneliness. Studies have shown that feelings of loneliness can be reduced by helping others, Cole says. Caregiving and volunteering to help others may therefore help people to feel less lonely. Having a sense of purpose in life
may be another way to fight the effects of loneliness. Research has found that having a strong sense of mission in life is linked to healthier immune cells. “And when you start to pursue a goal that’s important to you, you almost always have to cooperate with others to do that,” Cole says. “That helps bring people together.”
Wise Choices--Get Involved With
Being active in your community and helping others can reduce feelings
of loneliness. You can get more involved with others by:
● Serving meals or organizing clothing donations for people in
● Helping an organization send care packages to soldiers
● Caring for dogs and cats at an animal shelter
● Volunteering to run errands for people with disabilities
● Helping with gardening at a community garden or park
● Volunteering at a school, library, museum, or hospital
Connections with others can help protect your health.
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