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Welcome to the Seniors Blue Book local home page for the Kansas City Metro Area.  My name is  Kirsten Brewer, your local Publisher and Partner at the Seniors Blue Book. Please let me know how  we can help you!  Whether you are looking for resources, looking to promote your business or just want to be aware of Senior Activities in the Kansas City Area, the Seniors Blue Book website is your go-to site for everything related to aging well and caring for your older loved ones. As industry professionals, your clients come from many different sources:  the seniors themselves, their caregivers and other healthcare professionals. The Seniors Blue Book’s wide and  diverse reach offers your business opportunities that other marketing mediums are simply unable  to provide. Contact me to discuss a package that will maximize your return for your marketing  dollars at 913.980.4082 or Kirsten@seniorsbluebook.com.

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Oct 05, 2024 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Walk to End Alzheimer's - Kansas City

At the Alzheimers Association Walk to End Alzheimers, were fighting for a different future. For families facing the disease today. For more time. For treatments.Were closer than ever to stopping Alzheimers. But to get there, we need YOU. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight. There is no fee to register, we encourage all participants to fundraise. Join us by registering and starting your team, raising awareness and funds and join us on Walk Day - Saturday, October 5, 2024! Register today at alzwalkkc.org.8:00 a.m. Site Opens9:00 a.m. Ceremony9:15 a.m. Walking BeginsFor more information contact Laura Blatter at 913.948.8654 or lcblatter@alz.org or Madison Ross at 913.246.4174 or mross@alz.org.

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Sep 11, 2024 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Cocktails for a Cure 2024

 We are excited to announce the 11th Annual Cocktails For a Cure fundraiser! Benefitting the Alzheimer's Association Heart of America Chapter! Presenting sponsors include Seniors BlueBook, Right at Home, Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, Assisted Moving, MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital, Maggie's Place, St. Joseph Medical Center, Jaye Homes, and Colonial Village.We will have both a live and silent auction with all proceeds going to the Alz Association here in Kansas City! As always, we appreciate any and all donations for the event!Baskets, Gift Cards, sports tickets and vacations! Nothing is too big or too small! Please contact a presenting sponsors if you would like to make a donation.Visit our Event Page HEREhttp://act.alz.org/goto/cocktailsforacure 

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Jun 25, 2024 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Meet and Greet at Colonial Village

Help us in welcoming our new Social Services/Admissions Director!Oline Jenkins LPN Social Services/ AdmissionsHEAVY APPETIZERS AND DRINKS WILL BE SERVED.KINDLY RSVP TO JILL AT 913.754.6364

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Jun 22, 2024 12:00 PM - 09:30 AM

Family Shepherd presents the Lee's Summit Jazz Orchestra, honoring The Longest Day

Bring your friends or family and come enjoy art vendors, food trucks, and 10 hours of live jazz music played by the Lees Summit Jazz Orchestra. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association. Come out and support Alzheimers awareness and research efforts while enjoying 10 hours of live music, local food trucks, and various art vendors. This is a fun event where you and your family can support individuals and their families touched by Alzheimers disease while enjoying great music, inspiring art, and delicious food.

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SYNERGY HomeCare

Transportation 9240 Glenwood Street, Suite B, Overland Park, Kansas, 66212

SYNERGY HomeCare would like the opportunity to provide you or your loved one with the Kansas City metro area home care that you've been searching for. Our caregivers are compassionate and courteous. We often participate in continuing education programs. We will work with you to develop a custom care plan that provides exactly the amount of care you or your loved one needs. All of our caregivers must pass a national background check before working for us. The services we offer include:24-hour careFlexible hourly careCare managementRecovery assistance (illness, surgical, orthopedic)Personal assistance (hygiene and dressing)Errands and transportationMeal planning and preparationLight housekeepingCompanionshipRespite for family caregivers

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Medicare Medicaid Advisors, Inc.

Medicare/Medicaid/Insurance 8215 Melrose Drive, Lenexa, Kansas, 66214

Medicare Medicaid Advisors was created with one goal in mind; to find and provide the best quality insurance plans for our clients. We are uniquely qualified to offer some of the best insurance products on the market and we are constantly searching for ways to improve the services we offer. From Health Insurance to Life Insurance, Hospital Indemnity Plans to Medicare Supplements and Medicare Advantage Plans, we work with our clients to identify and find the plans best suited to fit their needs. Our philosophy is simple: Treat every client as if he or she is a member of our family. If it's not a good plan for a member of our family, then it's not a good plan for our client.Medicare and Medicaid Advisors are experts who specialize in helping individuals navigate the complex healthcare systems of Medicare and Medicaid. These advisors have extensive knowledge of the programs, their eligibility requirements, benefits, and coverage options. They provide personalized assistance to clients, ensuring they understand their options and make informed decisions about their healthcare coverage.Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). It consists of four parts: Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Medical Insurance), Part C (Medicare Advantage), and Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage). Medicaid, on the other hand, is a state and federal program that provides health coverage to low-income individuals, families, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities.Medicare and Medicaid Advisors assist clients in understanding the eligibility requirements for both programs. They help individuals determine if they qualify for Medicare based on age, disability, or ESRD. For Medicaid, advisors assist clients in determining eligibility based on income, household size, and other factors. They also help clients understand the differences between Medicare and Medicaid, including benefits, coverage options, and costs.In addition to eligibility requirements, advisors help clients understand the benefits and coverage options available through Medicare and Medicaid. They explain the services covered by each program, including hospital stays, doctor visits, preventive care, and prescription drugs. Advisors also help clients understand their out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.Medicare and Medicaid Advisors provide personalized assistance to clients, helping them choose the right coverage options for their needs. They help clients compare Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policies, and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. They also help clients understand their options for long-term care coverage through Medicaid.In addition to helping clients understand their coverage options, advisors also help clients navigate the enrollment process for Medicare and Medicaid. They help clients complete the necessary paperwork, submit applications, and understand the deadlines for enrollment. Advisors also help clients understand their rights and protections under Medicare and Medicaid, including the appeals process for denied claims.Overall, Medicare and Medicaid Advisors play a crucial role in helping individuals understand their healthcare coverage options and make informed decisions about their healthcare. They provide personalized assistance to clients, ensuring they understand the eligibility requirements, benefits, coverage options, and costs of both Medicare and Medicaid. By providing this assistance, advisors help clients access the healthcare they need and deserve. 

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Family Shepherd

Real Estate 210 SW Market Street, Lee's Summit, Missouri, 64063

If you are preparing to transition a loved one from their home to a care community, Family Shepherd is here to help. Our dedicated team of experts focuses on providing assistance and guidance to seniors and their families in the Kansas City area, with the aim to alleviate stress. We know that the house is often the familys largest asset, and we are here to help free up that equity in the house quickly. We work with families to buy the house and share all our trusted local senior living resources to make the transition easier. Know that we are here to guide, protect, and serve your family. Best of all, we dont charge any fees for our services.Transitioning a loved one to a care community is an overwhelming journey. Its a path many families tread with uncertainty, unsure of where to begin. Questions like How can we afford the care Mom deserves? often weigh heavily.  With each passing day, the health and well-being of Mom grows more concerning.  The sooner you can afford to get her transferred, the safer she will be.This is where Family Shepherd comes in. For us, foundationally, it starts with the house. The house is generally the largest asset and resource for affording long-term care. We assist seniors, and their families, by buying the homes, freeing up immediate funding for the next stage of care. But it doesnt stop there. Ben Rao, Founder and Lead ShepherdBen Rao is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, Paying for Long-Term Care, a life-long entrepreneur, philanthropist and senior care advocate with over 20 years of experience in real estate.Ben was raised in Louisville, Kentucky by his stepfather Tom and his mother Peela, who devoted 40 years to not-for-profit senior services. Ben experienced first-hand the emotional and financial struggle that families face when he was unexpectedly confronted with the reality of transitioning Tom into senior care. He was challenged by the lack of direction and resources available for a process that nearly all of us will eventually need to go through. That experience inspired Ben to use his personal and professional experience in the long-term care industry to help families transition their loved ones into senior care. His entrepreneurial background has helped him become an excellent problem solver which has been a skill he enjoys using to help seniors and their families. After selling a nationally recognized business in Senior Living industry in June 2023, Ben has turned his energy and senior living expertise to help families in Kansas City. Ben enjoys helping other people.Ben lives with his wife, Rhonda, and their two children, Maddy and Charlie, in a renovated historic building that was once the Lees Summit Hospital and the Dayton Hotel in Downtown Lees Summit. He developed Lees Summits first entrepreneurial incubator and office space in a formerly vacant post office. He works there alongside his trusty sidekick, Charlie dog, a border collie who has gone to the office with him every day for the last 13 years.

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SYNERGY HomeCare

Respite Care 9240 Glenwood Street, Suite B, Overland Park, Kansas, 66212

SYNERGY HomeCare would like the opportunity to provide you or your loved one with the Kansas City metro area home care that you've been searching for. Our caregivers are compassionate and courteous. We often participate in continuing education programs. We will work with you to develop a custom care plan that provides exactly the amount of care you or your loved one needs. All of our caregivers must pass a national background check before working for us. The services we offer include:24-hour careFlexible hourly careCare managementRecovery assistance (illness, surgical, orthopedic)Personal assistance (hygiene and dressing)Errands and transportationMeal planning and preparationLight housekeepingCompanionshipRespite for family caregivers

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HELPING YOUR PARENTS PLAN FOR ASSISTED LIVING

Whenever you think of lifes big moments, its hard to find one without Mom and Dad. Theyve been an unwavering source of comfort, inspiration and strength. So when its time to talk to your parents about assisted living, you might find yourself overwhelmed with emotions.Youre not alone. Many adult children face the arduous task of finding a safe place for their parents to age. However, you can make the transition a lot less stressful for everyone by following these 4 steps in planning for assisted living with your parents.1. Hold a family meeting.The choice to transition into assisted living is life-changing, which is why its essential for your parents and supportive family members to be involved in the process as much as possible. The best way to get the conversation about assisted living started is by holding a family meeting.Here are some tips on how to hold a family meeting about transitioning your parents to assisted living:Include everyone who will be part of the caregiving team for your parents. This could include family members, close friends, neighbors, their minister, or a paid caregiver.Prepare an agenda to keep communication successful and the group focused on supporting your parents. Be sure to stick to a clear timetable, so you dont overwhelm those attending the meeting.Choose a comfortable setting to keep tension low and positivity high. Find a location that has adequate seating and few distractions.Make sure everyone is heard. Moving your parents into assisted living can stir up emotions for everyone involved. People are more willing to talk about the situation if they feel they have a safe place to speak.2. Evaluate their needs.An in-person visit with their primary care physician is the ideal way to accurately evaluate the needs of your aging parents. Not only will you get a comprehensive evaluation of their functional abilities, youll get an assessment of their physical health, too.In order to provide the right level of care, their doctor will evaluate how well your mom or dad perform Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs . These are activities in which your parents engage on a day-to-day basis, such as:BathingEatingDressingGroomingOral hygieneClimbing stairsWalkingUsing the toiletYou also need to evaluate how well your parents perform Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, or IADLS. Adults need to perform these activities in order to live a successful, independent life. Evaluating IADLS is also a way to measure what level of care your parents might need when they enter assisted living. Examples include:CookingDriving or using public transportationDoing houseworkKeeping track of financesDoing laundryUsing the phone and looking up numbersManaging medications3. Create a sound financial plan for assisted living.After youve determined the level of care your mom or dad might need, its time to take a deep look at what your family can afford on a monthly basis. Most families use private funds to pay for assisted living. Your parents may be able to pay for this by combining their  personal savings, Social Security payments, pension payments and retirement accounts; they may also be willing to sell their home. In some cases, adult children may contribute some of their own funds to supplement their parents resources.You may be surprised to find out the average cost of assisted living is about the same as the cost of at-home care, which is when you choose to spend retirement in your home. However, aging in place comes with a big caveat: major home renovations.To live safely at home, your parents will probably need rooms in their home, like the bathroom and kitchen, completely reworked. This could end up costing more money and stress than originally planned.Talk to your parents about their finances and discuss the difference between aging-in-place and choosing a community that offers assisted living. That way, you can be sure youre choosing the right path for your parents retirement.4. Delight in exploring the possibilities.Assisted living communities are not the dreary and sleepy halls you may remember at your grandparents nursing home. Upscale assisted living offers unsurpassed care, services, and amenities that help your mom and dad thrive through every stage of their retirement.Housekeeping and laundry services eliminate many daily concerns,  scheduled activities help your parents stay social, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities keep them active. Theyll also have convenient access to lifes little luxuries like a hair salon, restaurant-style dining, and scheduled transportation for fun-filled shopping trips.While your parents are spending their retirement in style at a luxury community offering assisted living, you can rest easy knowing their health is always in caring hands.LIVE LIFE THE SANTA MARTA WAY WITH LUXURY ASSISTED LIVING IN OLATHE, KSDiscover Tuscan-inspired views, top-of-the-line amenities, and world-class cuisine at Santa Marta. Not only will your parents  be able to enjoy the fabulous amenities and services we offer, but theyll be able to receive  uniquely tailored care as their health needs change.To schedule a tour or learn more about our assisted living neighborhood and other senior living options, contact us online, and a senior living counselor will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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We Buy Houses in Kansas City - Before & After's on NE 51st in Kansas City

We talk to a lot of families who are helping Mom or Dad transition from their forever home to some sort of living situation where they can get the care they need.  Perhaps assisted living, perhaps with another family member.  They have a lot of questions about selling the forever home and one of the big ones is what kind of house do you buy?You see many families are super busy helping Mom or Dad, often after their parent has had a health scare.  So they are dealing with everything that goes with that - doctor visits, sorting out medication, finding them a new place to live, figuring out finances and more.  Then there is the house sitting there that they know they need to sell.  But everything they've been told over the past 20 years or so is that you can't sell a house until you get it ready.  And they just don't have the time or energy and sometimes the money to deal with the whole getting the house ready thing.So many will call us before at the beginning of the process and ask "What kind of houses do you buy"  trying to find out if Mom or Dad's house is what we are looking for.  So today we want to share a few before and afters of a house we purchased on NE 51st Street in Kansas City Missouri in the video below.This house was a typical split-entry home.  You walked in the front door and had a few steps up to the main floor with the Kitchen, Dining, Living Room, 3 Bedrooms and a Bathroom.  Then a few steps down to a Family Room (or Main 4th Bedroom), 2nd Bath, and Bonus Space.The hardwoods were in rough shape, and there were peel-and-stick tiles over the hardwood floors in the kitchen.  The carpet was old and worn out with lots of ripples, The kitchen had no storage or counter space, so a whole new kitchen was in order.  We had a lot of other little updates including a good cleaning and fresh paint.  And since it was springtime we spend a bit of time cleaning up the front flower bed so it was ready to bloom for the new owners.So what kind of houses do we buy - just about any house in the Kansas City Metro is a candidate.  We have bought houses built all the way back in the 1920s,.  We buy a lot built in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s.  But we buy newer homes too.  Generally, most are at least 10 to 15 years old as a totally brand new house usually does not need a lot of repairs and our services are not needed.If you have questions about your Mom or Dad's house in the KC metro that you want to sell sooner rather than later and you don't want to waste your very valuable time on cleaning it out, fixing it up and "getting it ready" give us a call.  We would love to take a look at your home and make you a cash offer closing in about 30 days or on your time line.Phone:  816-408-3600Website:  www.kcmoHomeBuyer.com

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Helping Seniors Thrive in Senior Living: Tips for Adapting to a New Routine

Transitioning into senior living can be a significant life change for seniors, and adjusting to a new routine in this environment is crucial for their overall well-being and happiness. This blog article will provide valuable tips and guidance on helping seniors adapt to their new routine in senior living, emphasizing the importance of participation in activities, socialization, and staying engaged.Promote a Familiar Daily Schedule:Encourage seniors to maintain some elements of their familiar daily routine. This might include keeping a regular wake-up time, mealtimes, and bedtime, which can provide a sense of stability and comfort in a new environment.Explore Available Activities:Senior living communities offer a wide range of activities and programs. Help seniors explore the options available, such as fitness classes, arts and crafts, book clubs, or gardening. Encourage them to participate in activities that align with their interests and hobbies.Participate Together:Offer to accompany your loved one to activities, especially during the initial adjustment period. This can make the transition less intimidating and help build a sense of community.Connect with Peers:Encourage socialization by fostering connections with fellow residents. Suggest attending group activities, such as bingo nights, game afternoons, or communal meals, where seniors can meet and interact with their peers.Stay Informed:Keep up-to-date with the senior living communitys event calendar and programs. Share this information with your loved one and help them plan which activities theyd like to attend.Create a Personal Calendar:Assist in creating a personalized calendar that outlines daily and weekly activities. This can help seniors feel more organized and in control of their time.Embrace Technology:If your loved one is tech-savvy, introduce them to virtual events, online communities, and video calls with family and friends. Technology can be a valuable tool for staying connected and engaged.Encourage Hobbies and Interests:Support seniors in pursuing their hobbies and interests within the senior living community. Whether its playing a musical instrument, painting, or gardening, these activities can provide a sense of purpose.Stay Active and Healthy:Promote physical activity and wellness. Encouraging regular activity promotes mental health and physical health. Physical activity is also important in pain management, maintaining strength and balance. Senior living communities often offer a range of exercise options, from low-impact classes to more vigorous activities, catering to a variety of fitness levels and preferences.Helping seniors adapt to their new routine in senior living is a collaborative effort that involves family members, caregivers, and the senior living community itself. By emphasizing the importance of participation in activities, socialization, and staying engaged, we can ensure that our senior loved ones have a fulfilling and enriching experience in their new environment. Remember that patience and understanding play a crucial role in making this transition a positive and successful one.

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The Fear of Home Downsizing

The Fear of Home Downsizing Home Downsizing.  Just the words tend to conjure up images and feelings of overwhelm to the point that a home owner freezes and does nothing. After more than 25 years of working with home owners (or their family members) that want or need to sell and move to a smaller home, apartment, or other senior living arrangement, I have witnessed numerous specific and personal needs a person has with the transition to senior living. Some of the items that need to be considered are timing, locating the right new home, apartment, or other senior facility, a move manager and/or moving company, selling the house youre currently in, including what to do with all the stuff in the house, and making this all happen with minimal stress. One of the first primary issues is timing.  If a person is just looking to sell a house and move to a smaller house or independent living community, this may be a one to three (or more) year process. Many home owners think about repairs and updates a house needs or should have done to get the house ready to put on the market, as well as taking care of all the stuff that may have accumulated in the house.   Finding the right new home, apartment, or apartment community may also take some time, especially if a person wants a ground level apartment, or one that takes pets, and in a particular part of town. If someone has a health emergency, then this timeline to find the right place to move to is pushed rapidly forward. Finding the right apartment or senior living community is also very important.  Sometimes the best communities or facilities are not always the closest or most convenient to family members, doctors, or other services that a person would like. It may be much more important to find a community or facility that provides the best care and services for your needs, instead of focusing solely on how close it is to family or friends. One issue I hear from sellers moving to senior living probably more than anything else, is what do I do with all this stuff.  If a person has lived in a house for 20, 30, 40 years or more, its understandable that a lot of stuff has accumulated. It most likely took a lot of years to accumulate the stuff you have, so dont feel you need to complete a project like this all at one time.   Taking small steps like starting with one room and labeling items that you know you want to keep or know you can part with is a start. Moving from where you are now to a smaller home or apartment is a big change, but if youve done some pre-move planning, it doesnt have to be stressful. Creating a floor plan of where you are moving to, so that you know what can be moved and where it will go, can help.  Knowing what you can and want to take with you can then help with parting with items that you know you dont want or cant take with you. Moving resources available range from those that just pick up and move furniture and items already boxed up, to companies that will do everything to move you, so that the only thing you need to do is literally get yourself to your new dwelling. Lastly, what to do with your house?  There are options.  Do you keep the house as an investment property?  Do you sell the house and use the proceeds to buy a smaller home or buy into a community?  Do you use the sale proceeds to invest as part of a retirement plan?  Do you sell the house and turn your equity into a monthly income stream? What you do with your house and how you sell will be determined by your specific situation and how best your house can help you achieve your goals. For all of the above items, the key to getting repairs and updates completed, getting the stuff taken care of, finding the right new home, apartment, or other senior living arrangement, and getting moved from point A to point B, is having the right team to assist you. Just know that there are local resources for each step of the process to help make the transition to a smaller home or apartment as stress free as possible. If youd like additional information about downsizing or downsizing resources, just call my office at (402) 450-0199. **************Ben Souchek is an author of the book Home Downsizing Secrets as well as the owner and founder of Home Downsizing Solutions by The Sierra Group, LLC, a company that specializes in helping seniors and their families transition to senior living by buying houses direct from sellers.  

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Invite to Virtual Event: How kcmoHomeBuyer eliminates the hard parts of selling a house

The team at kcmoHomeBuyer is hosting a short virtual presentation to explain how we help eliminate the hard parts of selling a house for your, your loved ones, or clients. If you or anyone you know has a house they need to sell, but the task of cleaning it out and getting it ready is just too large. The thought of multiple strangers walking through the house is scary. And after getting the contract, it's just too much to sweat out the inspections, requested repairs, appraisal, and the buyer's loan approval. There is a better way, join us to find out more about how we buy houses across the Kansas City Metro: Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 at 10:30 am - on Zoom Register at www.kcmoHomeBuyer.com/VirtualEvent Everyone who registers attends will receive a free digital copy of our book Paying for Long Term Care: The Essential Guide to Understanding and Funding Senior Care

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