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JCPRD 50 Plus programs point to resources for aging residents

Posted on September 24, 2019 at 5:06 PM by Becky Burnside

Giving patrons opportunities to learn about resources available to aid them as they age is a key mission of JCPRD’s 50 Plus Department, and three October offerings and events are great examples of these types of programs. 

The October programs include: Coffee Talk - Learning the ABC’s of Medicare Advantage with sessions on Oct. 8 and 22, and Nov. 5; Aging Alone on Oct. 11; and the annual Live Well Age Well event on Oct. 18. Another program called Trading Places – Caring for Aging Parents, was originally planned for Oct. 22, but has been cancelled and may be offered at a later date.

“Educating yourself on the services available to you in your community is important to maintaining a healthy and independent future,” said 50 Plus Manager Michelle Alexander. “Our department is 100 percent dedicated to providing educational opportunities for people to do just that. We care about the patrons we serve and want them to live their best life. If we can help connect them or share some tidbit of information that helps them do that then we can be sure we are serving our purpose. Sign up early because they will fill up fast!”

In Coffee Talk - Learning the ABC’s of Medicare Advantage, participants will learn about Medicare Advantage Plans and the enrollment process, and get their Medicare questions answered. This program is being presented by Cigna Representative Ron Taylor.

“Medicare is an ever-changing expansive program that can be challenging to understand,” Alexander said. “I encourage anyone to participate in multiple Medicare learning opportunities to become more educated on the topic.” 

Coffee Talk - Learning the ABC’s of Medicare Advantage is being presented three times at three different locations, with all three sessions beginning at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday. One session will take place on Oct. 8 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, another on Oct. 22 at the Matt Ross Community Center, and the last on Nov. 5 at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse. The cost for each one-and-one-half-hour session is $3 per person for Johnson County residents or $4 per person for nonresidents.

The new Aging Alone program is based on the premise that as people grow older, their needs change, and it can be difficult for older adults to remain independent without community programs and support.  This program is being presented by Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Denise Dias of the Johnson County K-State Extension Office. Participants will learn the definition of singletons, explore basic needs as people age, and discover a checklist of how they can help. This program is geared towards individuals who are living alone, but caregivers are welcome to attend to learn and gain information on helpful resources.

Aging Alone will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Matt Ross Community Center. The cost for this one-hour session is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 for nonresidents.  

During the Live Well Age Well event, participants can spend the day enjoying vendors, screenings, and sessions on topics relevant to aging well in Johnson County. This free event is now in its ninth year. Participants can experience what JCPRD has to offer through a variety of program demonstrations, and explore the many businesses and services available to themselves or to aging loved ones. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a welcome and presentation by retired FBI Agent Jeff Lanza titled Hoodlums to Hackers: How to Prevent Cybercrime and Identity Theft. 

“This is the first time we’ve had a Keynote Speaker at this event, so that is exciting,” Alexander said. “Jeff Lanza is well known in the community as a former FBI agent and still lives in our community.  He’s an accomplished presenter and an expert on this topic. Scams seem to be everywhere these days, so we’re thrilled to be able to share his knowledge with our attendees and hopefully keep them from being taken advantage of.”

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. vender exhibits and a variety of health screenings will be open, and from noon to 3 p.m., bingo games and educational sessions will take place. This year, 20-minute educational programs and bingo sessions will be offered simultaneously in two different rooms.  This means participants can catch a few games of bingo and still sit in on the education sessions that interest them

Live Well Age Well will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Marriott Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. There is no cost and no registration is required. This event is made possible by JCPRD in partnership with Barry Law, gold sponsors Advent Health, Cigna, Sunflower Health Plan, and the Shawnee Gardens Health Care and Rehab Center, supporting sponsors Westchester Village of Lenexa and Colonial Village of Overland Park, and event sponsor Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Park. 

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-2975 for space availability.

Mill Creek Activity Center is located at 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. The Matt Ross Community Center is located at 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse is located at 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The Marriott Overland Park is located at 10800 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.