Seniors Matter @ Ascension  

Senior Saturday - 2nd Saturday of the month
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
next session - January 12, 2019

We're experiencing a warmer and drier January than we usually have but, being in Missouri, the weather can change in a day.  Join us for our next event and bring friends!  The food and fellowship are terrific, the information is timely and useful.  What more can you ask for a Saturday in January!?!

January 12 - "Safe at Home" products and tools to make it easier to stay in your home

Jeff Fisher, long-term member of Ascension, will share practical ideas to "age in your own place" and be safe in your own home. Jeff has 45 years' experience in the construction industry and has sold plumbing and related products all over the globe. He presently leads a small company, selling plumbing products in Illinois, Missouri, and kansas. He will share products and solutions to help independently manage daily living and will also discuss the American Disabilities Act of 1990 and its relevance today.


  • February 9, 2019 – “Healthy eating ideas – no kale required”  A no-nonsense approach to nutrition for senior appetites
  • March 9, 2019 – “Making your home ‘senior’ ready” Planning ahead to accommodate senior living needs
  • April 13, 2019 - "Legal considerations"
  • May 11, 2019 - "Supporting a loved one with dementia"


  • Topics vary each month: 
    • housing decisions including
      • downsizing
      • knowing when it’s time to move
      • assisted living and nursing home considerations
    • healthcare and insurance concerns
    • legal considerations including end of life planning
    • financial changes
    • caregiver resources
    • hospice information
  • Informational presentation only; NOT a sales pitch
  • Space is limited; watch for sign-up
  • No cost
  • Invite your friends and family


11:00 Gather and visit in the Fellowship Hall
11:15 Light lunch served
12:00 Speaker presentation
12:30 Q&A with speaker
  1:00 Wrap up

Previous Sessions

Caregiver Resources (August, 2018)

Lauren Bond, RN, BSN, MS, Director of Client Services, Care is There Geriatric Care Management

Lauren spoke on caregiver support and practical resources for caregivers:  the value of a Care Manager - a useful resource even when the senior feels they are still able to live independently, and having an advocate and remaining independent.

Downsizing - practical advice to get you started  (December, 2018)

Peggy Schults, ResettleMe LLC

A practical look at what it takes to get started sorting and divesting oneself of household goods that we've collected over the years. While some think that tackling downsizing is too big a problem to start, holding onto these items (aka 'ignoring it') can actually cause depression and create feelings of guilt. Peggy shared some great tips to identify what space you have (whether you're moving to a new place or just re-organizing where you are now to be more accessible), then figure out what will fit in that space. She laid out a scheme for sorting and some ideas on getting started (give yourself 15 minutes to focus on this each day and do it slowly and steadily). One big aha! was giving ourselves permission to let go of things we've inherited or we're keeping but may not have value to us today or we may not have the room to display or store them with honor and respect. (Are grandma's quilts really doing the best good stored in boxes in the attic? Could they be put to better use elsewhere?)

Contact Peggy for information on her rates and services. This is one area where an objective person with expert advice is worth making the investment. 

Hearing Concerns Concerns about hearing as we age ( November 2018)

Lainey Lake, Au.D., owner and audiologist, Hearing and Balance Specialists of Kansas City

Hearing & Balance Specialists of Kansas City is a clinician-owned private practice specializing in tinnitus and soujnd sensitivity, dizziness and imbalance, auditory processing, hearing loss, and hearing aids.  Dr. Lake specializes in diagnosing hearing loss and tinnitus, offering her patients the most advanced hearing aid technology available.  She also performs specialized diagnostic procedures to help identify auditory processing disorders. 

Dr. Lake gave us an overview of how hearing works and some insight into the various issues seniors encounter with hearing loss such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear), dizziness and vertigo and the impact on our balance, as well as Auditory Processing Disorder which can affect all ages and causes the person's brain to have difficulty processing what they're hearing. She shared ways they test for these various conditions and updated us on the types, cost and insurance coverage eligibility of today's hearing aids.

Long Term Care Insurance Update Is long-term care insurance necessary? (September, 2018)

Dawn Crouch, LUTCF (Life, Disability & Long-Term Care Insurance), Oliver Insurance

Dawn addressed questions and debunked myths about long-term care insurance. For instance,

  • long-term care is NOT medical care; it's assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, drinking, etc.
  • It's estimated that 7 out of 10 people turning 65 will use some sort of long-term care but fewer than 2 out of 10 have insurance to cover this need.
  • What are the costs of this care today? 
  • Do you have the means to pay for it if/when you need it? 
  • How can you plan ahead to pay for this type of care? 
  • Is it ever too late - meaning, so expensive you can't afford to buy coverage?

Senior Living Options (October, 2018)

Troy Bandy, MHA, RN., Cherished Traditions

Troy shared an explanation of the various types of senior communities based on the amount of care needed from independent living communities to ones where round-the-clock care is provided. He gave ideas on the costs of each of the different types and provided us with a worksheet to help seniors and their loved ones compare what they're paying today in their own place to see how much they already paying for daily care. Troy's services are covered by the communities; there is no charge to the senior for his company's help. If you need one-on-one help making these decisions, reach out to Troy directly.