News and Events

Find out about the latest news and events including national, state and local information.  Stay up to date on the latest research, programming and local news concerning seniors and caregivers.  To review Upcoming Events click on the link to the left.

Friday
Dec272013

Medicare covers many preventative services to help you stay healthy

Medicare covers many preventative services to help you stay healthy including a welcome to Medicare preventative visit and a yearly wellness visit. Each month we’ll highlight preventative services that may be right for you or your loved one. Look for the blue apple in your Medicare and You book for more information.

January Mini Beni Update

Alcohol Use - Medicare covers one alcohol misuse screening per year for adults with Medicare who use alcohol, but don’t meet the medical criteria for alcohol dependency. If your primary care doctor or other primary care practitioner determines you’re misusing alcohol, you can get up to 4 brief face-to-face sessions per year. A qualified primary care doctor or other primary care practitioner must provide the counseling in a primary care setting (like a doctor’s office).

Cost to you? You pay nothing for these sessions.

Tobacco Use - The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that quitting smoking and stopping tobacco use leads to significant risk reduction for certain diseases and other health benefits, even in older adults who have smoked for years. Any person who uses tobacco can get counseling from a qualified doctor or other Medicare-recognized practitioner who can help them stop using tobacco.  Medicare will cover up to 8 face-to-face visits during a 12-month period. These visits must be provided by a qualified doctor or other Medicare-recognized practitioner.

Cost To You? You pay nothing for the counseling visits.

For more information call 1- 855-200-2372.

Brought to you by Central Plains Area Agency on Aging and Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.


Tuesday
Nov052013

14th Annual Survivors of Suicide Event Provides Support and Healing

In the United States the latest statistics show that 38,364 people have died by suicide. The devastated family, friends, neighbors, and work colleagues they leave behind are known as "survivors." There are millions of survivors who try to cope with this loss every day.

Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsors National Survivors of Suicide Day providing an opportunity for those who have lost someone to suicide to come together for support, healing, information and empowerment. This year’s 14th annual event links simultaneous survivor conferences throughout the country and internationally.  It is a day of remembrance that provides survivors with a unique avenue to connect with others who have survived this tragedy of suicide loss. 

14th Annual Survivors of Suicide Event Provides Support and Healing

Tuesday
Oct152013

Caregiving and the Healthcare System: Strategies to Empower Caregivers

Caregiving has been around for centuries, many generations of daughters, children, spouses, and friends have provided countless hours of care for loved ones. More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population or three in ten households, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or older family members or friends. Regardless of what type of care a caregiver provides for someone, they are a caregiver and need and deserve support, assistance and access to current information to make decisions about their loved one's care. Many supports are available which often are overlooked including local resources healthcare services and caregiver supports that can make the caregiving duties less stressful and more fulfilling. The first step for caregivers is learning how to seek out information and advocate for their loved one and themselves.  Read more in the November 2013 issue of Active Aging.

Caregiving and the Healthcare System: Strategies to Empower Caregivers

Wednesday
Nov212012

Visit Active Aging's online E Edition to view an excellent story on Changing Lives One Pet at a Time.

 

 

Wednesday
Nov212012

Central Plains Area Agency on Aging Joins Nationwide Campaign to Help Prevent Financial Exploitation of Older Adults

As financial exploitation targeting older adults continues to become more prevalent in the United States, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA) joined a nationwide campaign to encourage older adults and their families to address the issue and to get informed about the warning signs and resources available to help prevent abuse.  Research shows that as many as 5 million older adults are victims of elder abuse each year and financial exploitation costs seniors an estimated $3 billion annually. 

Help Prevent Financial Exploitation of Older Adults