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Kirsten Brewer

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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.

Sincerely, Kirsten Brewer

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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 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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Jun 08, 2024 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Berger Estate & Elder Law, P.A.

Elder Law 11233 Nall Ste 140, Leawood, Kansas, 66211

Based in Leawood, Kansas, Berger Estate & Elder Law P.A. has been providing exceptional legal representation since 1987. Our attorneys are dedicated to developing long-term relationships with our clients and are committed to providing you with sensible solutions for complex legal problems.

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Synergy HomeCare

Non-Medical 9240 Glenwood Street, Overland Park, Kansas, 66212

SYNERGY HomeCare would like the opportunity to provide you or your loved one with the home care that you've been searching for. Our caregivers are compassionate and courteous. We will work with you to develop a custom care plan that provides exactly the amount of care you or your loved one needs. The services we offer include:24-hour care, Flexible hourly care, Care management, Recovery assistance (illness, surgical, orthopedic)Personal assistance (hygiene, bathing and dressing) Errands and Transportation, Meal planning and preparation, Light housekeeping, Companionship, Respite for family caregivers.

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SYNERGY HomeCare of Lee’s Summit

Non-Medical 200 Northeast Missouri Road, Lee's Summit, Missouri, 64086

Synergy HomeCare of Lee's Summit: Providing Exceptional In-Home Care ServicesIn the heart of Lee's Summit, Missouri, lies a beacon of compassion, support, and professionalism: Synergy HomeCare of Lee's Summit. Established with the mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals in need of assistance, Synergy HomeCare stands as a pillar of excellence in the realm of in-home care services. With a commitment to personalized care, reliability, and dignity, this esteemed establishment has garnered widespread acclaim for its unwavering dedication to its clients.At Synergy HomeCare of Lee's Summit, the essence of caregiving transcends mere duty; it embodies a profound sense of empathy and companionship. Every member of the Synergy team is meticulously selected not only for their expertise but also for their genuine compassion and commitment to uplifting others. From highly skilled caregivers to administrative staff, each individual plays an integral role in fostering an environment of trust, respect, and understanding.One of the hallmarks of Synergy HomeCare of Lee's Summit is its comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the diverse needs of its clients. Whether it's assistance with activities of daily living, specialized care for individuals with chronic conditions, or companionship for seniors seeking social engagement, Synergy HomeCare offers a spectrum of solutions designed to promote independence and well-being.For seniors looking to age gracefully in the comfort of their own homes, Synergy HomeCare provides personalized care plans that cater to their unique preferences and requirements. From medication reminders to meal preparation, mobility assistance to light housekeeping, caregivers at Synergy are adept at providing compassionate support while empowering clients to maintain their autonomy and dignity.Moreover, Synergy HomeCare of Lee's Summit recognizes that caregiving extends beyond physical assistance; it encompasses emotional support and companionship. With a steadfast commitment to fostering meaningful connections, caregivers at Synergy strive to cultivate genuine relationships with their clients, serving not only as caregivers but also as trusted confidants and companions.In addition to serving seniors, Synergy HomeCare of Lee's Summit extends its services to individuals of all ages who may require assistance due to illness, injury, or disability. Whether it's post-operative care, respite care for family caregivers, or support for individuals with developmental disabilities, Synergy HomeCare stands ready to provide compassionate and professional assistance tailored to each client's unique needs.Behind every exceptional home care agency lies a team of dedicated professionals committed to excellence. At Synergy HomeCare of Lee's Summit, the administrative staff works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure seamless coordination of care, meticulous attention to detail, and unwavering commitment to client satisfaction. From initial consultations to ongoing support, the administrative team at Synergy serves as a reliable resource for clients and their families, providing guidance, reassurance, and advocacy every step of the way.Furthermore, Synergy HomeCare of Lee's Summit distinguishes itself through its unwavering commitment to transparency, integrity, and accountability. From clear communication to ethical practices, every interaction with Synergy is characterized by honesty, professionalism, and respect for the dignity and privacy of its clients.Community engagement and outreach are also integral components of Synergy HomeCare's mission. Through partnerships with local organizations, participation in community events, and educational initiatives, Synergy seeks to raise awareness about the importance of home care services and support initiatives aimed at enhancing the well-being of individuals and families in Lee's Summit and beyond.Synergy HomeCare of Lee's Summit stands as a beacon of compassion, professionalism, and excellence in the realm of in-home care services. From its highly skilled caregivers to its dedicated administrative staff, every member of the Synergy team embodies the organization's core values of compassion, integrity, and respect. With a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the diverse needs of its clients, Synergy HomeCare remains steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for individuals in Lee's Summit and beyond.

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Westchester Village of Lenexa

Skilled Nursing 8505 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa, Kansas, 66215

Welcome to Westchester Village of LenexaWe are a senior living community in Lenexa, Kansas (just southwest of Kansas City), and we offer four levels of living: independent living, assisted living, short-term rehab, and long-term care. We dont like to think of ourselves as a typical senior living community or a nursing home were a family. Every resident is treated with care and served with a smile every day.DeliciousDiningWe understand how important dining is, and we aim to provide our residents delicious food as well as an inviting environment that residents can spend time with their friends sipping coffee or enjoying dessert.ExcitingActivitiesOur residents enjoy participating in cards games, bingo, chair exercise, church services, movie nights, book clubs, or arts/crafts. We offer activities off-site to the grocery store, dinner outings, concerts/plays, museums, botanical gardens and other fun seasonal outings!SpaciousApartmentsOur spacious apartments were built with seniors in mind! The apartment features may differ on your level of living choice, but they are all built to maximize your independence. 

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Mobile Dental Services Help the Senior Community

Enable Dental is the nations leading provider of portable at-home dental services. Our dental teams are dedicated and trained to work specifically with unique populations including those individuals with geriatric populations, those with mobility and transportation challenges or restrictions and intellectual or developmental disabilities. Our focus in working individuals and groups at well over 1,100 communities and senior support organizations across the country is what sets us apart.  Our licensed and skilled dental professionals are highly qualified and are committed to providing the best care to our patients regardless of setting including in the comfort of the patients home, senior home, assisted living facility, or community center.To provide the level of service with the accuracy needed to adhere to the unique needs and requirements of each patient, we developed and own a proprietary technology stack which allows us to meet internal quality metrics and communicate throughout our company. To solve important dental issues and reduce stress for patients and their loved ones, we rely on innovation, technology, and solid training to gain efficiency with every step in our proprietary process.Our success with our program includes the utilization of military grade portable dental equipment and our ability to harness technology to provide both synchronous and asynchronous dentistry. We are equipped with portable technology and advanced systems which allow us to provide at-home or on-site dentistry. We use handheld digital x-ray units, bring our own custom dental chairs, and wheeled dental units making it possible to thoroughly diagnose and perform dental treatment in different living environments. We can also harness EMR data and provide valuable data back to through data integrations if necessary.Editor's Notes please contact Matt Schreiber, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at 866-988-4504 for more information.

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Life After Stroke

Life After StrokeNearly 800,000 individuals in the United States have a stroke each year, and there are nearly 8 million survivors of stroke in the United States alone.  With increased awareness of stroke symptoms, fast response in calling 911, and new medications, more and more individuals are surviving a stroke each year.  Following a stroke, a person will typically recover in the hospital and then progress to other rehabilitation options, with the optimal goal to return home.  Once home, there may be more therapy and/or assistance required.  Eventually the therapy may stop as progress slows down, but recovery does not have an expiration date and will continue for the individual.  As such, there is the continued need for support and services.   Explore options with the hospital and rehabilitation staff regarding the types of programs and services offered in your community post stroke.  Ask the following:1.    Are there support groups in the community for the survivor of stroke?  For family members, caregivers/care partners?  2.    Are there community based wellness programs to help continue the improvement and independence being regained by the survivor of stroke?  Look for programs that address physical and cognitive wellness, along with social and emotional well-being.  Stroke can happen to anyone at any time.  So BE FAST in identifying a stroke and call 911.  Time is brain.  The acronym BE FAST relates to the following indicators of a stroke.  Balance = Sudden onset of dizziness or balance issues.Eyesight = Sudden changes, blurred vision or trouble with eyesight in one or both eyes. Face = Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, with one side appearing droopy.Arm = Sudden weakness or numbness of one arm.Speech = Sudden inability to speak or slurred/garbled/strange speech. Time = Call 911 immediately if you observe any of these signs.   This article submitted by Jeanette Boucher, OTR/L.  Jeanette is a Program Coordinator at the American Stroke Foundation and may be reached at 913.649.1776 or by email at jeanette@americanstroke.org  

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REMARRYING SENIORS HAVE BIG ESTATE PLANNING DECISIONS TO MAKE

REMARRYING SENIORS HAVE BIG ESTATE PLANNING DECISIONS TO MAKE9/5/2022 Second marriages are more common in the lives of seniors these days. Many seniors who remarry have enjoyed a life of love with a previous spouse whom passes away, and later discover love with someone new. Although they often feel like theyve lost the love of their life, remarrying as a senior can be exhilarating for these later years.Caught up among the excitement newfound love can bring are some of lifes most serious decisions, and evermore so for remarrying seniors. Many seniors choose not to plan when remarrying, causing unforeseen challenges for their loved ones. This also has the potential to break close relationships with others and cause infighting among other family members.Longer lifespans are accredited for the increasing numbers in remarrying seniors. And, as the years go on, this will probably have many marrying for the first time later in life, in increasingly blended ways. Questions about what to do with a lifetime of accumulated and still accumulating assets are ones that couples dont have to consider when they're young. However, these are decisions almost all seniors must make when remarrying. With 50% of seniors remarrying, these are questions elder law attorneys are starting to hear more and more, from existing and new clients. Meeting with an elder law attorney, can let you and your new spouse know what your options are.Prenuptial AgreementsThe biggest consideration for seniors remarrying is the prenuptial agreement. Whereas fictional stories in print and Hollywood often outline prenuptial worst-case scenarios and intentions, prenuptial agreements are the norm for seniors remarrying, and they often deliver the best protection for both spouses. Open communication is the most important factor when agreeing to a prenuptial agreement. Typically, each spouse has children or family whom they desire to maintain as beneficiaries on bank accounts, stocks and other assets. This may be important, so the first to pass away doesnt unknowingly and completely disinherit their children.For those with investments and real estate, trusts are important vehicles to keep finances where they are desired to be for seniors and their beneficiaries. If remarrying seniors pool their finances together, they can be even more vital to keeping everyones desires satisfied. Whether it comes down to a prenuptial agreement, a trust, or a combination of the two, it is most important both partners understand the full picture of their plans for one another and those they love.A Lifetime of AssetsPooling assets together and putting another name on a title can seem like intuitive decisions when remarrying. But these decisions often have better alternatives that can prevent the likelihood of disinheriting loved ones and hoping blended families can work it out after you pass away. Assets often have limitations with who and how many beneficiaries can be designated, and titling often has predetermined legalities that differ from state to state. Newlyweds should prepare for protecting their children and their spouse at the same time and, there is really no way of doing so without creating a trust.Taxes, Medicaid & Pension ConsiderationsConsequences of dying intestate or even with a will that assures going through probate and adds to the complexity of decisions to make when remarrying as a senior. Well, you can add taxes, Medicaid  and pension considerations to the list, because higher earnings levels may bump a couple up to a higher tax bracket, change Social Security benefits and even disqualify you from a pension and Medicaid. Elder law attorneys with financial planning experience are vital in understanding your full range of options surrounding these scenarios. This will ensure you are best prepared when the IRS wants to collect or another institution is ready to change their terms of service.TrustsTrusts give trustors (thats you and your spouse) the most flexibility and planning options. Amending wills, life insurance, investments and property can be cumbersome and evenly separating them out among beneficiaries is nearly impossible. Creating a trust allows benefactors the ability to distribute exactly how and when they desire. This is important to ensure a new spouse is well cared for even after the other passes.ConclusionThe sum of these relationships is different for everyone. Falling in love with someone new always impacts the others we love. These relationships may grow positively, or they may not. Remaining loyal to a new spouse might mean it is too difficult to maintain all the relationships we once had and enjoyed. While this is not necessarily estate planning legalese, its often a new reality after remarrying later in life. It is important to plan for these changes, and not to let them keep you from making the important estate planning decisions necessary when remarrying as a senior. Planning ahead can also keep you from making knee jerk decisions with your planning during emotional times. The benefits of finding love as a senior can bring an exuberance of excitement and joy into or lives. Dont let this decision result in unintended consequences for yourself and others. Make sure your most heartfelt desires are carried out for you and those you love for the rest of their lives.  If you want to ensure that you make the right decisions for your own family when considering life and estate planning decisions, feel free to sit down and talk with us for a free consultation by calling (913) 491-6332, visit our website berger-lawfirm.com or stop by our conveniently located office at 11233 Nall, Suite 140 Leawood, KS 66211 for more information. Berger Estate & Elder Law P.A. has been providing our clients with Trusted Counsel and Proactive Solutions for over 30 years, and we look forward to many more! 

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RETIREES: DEDUCT YOUR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PREMIUM

Even if you have a long-term care insurance policy, you may likely be hoping that you won't ever have reason to use it. Regardless of what the future holds, there's one silver lining of which you may not be aware. That is, premiums on many long-term care insurance policies are in fact tax-deductible.  What Is Long-Term Care Insurance? Long-term care insurance, or LTCI, can help you prepare for covering the cost of care in a nursing home facility or other setting when and if you need it. Unfortunately, the likelihood that youll need long-term care services at some point is high. In fact, about 70 percent of older adults find themselves having to rely on at least some long-term care in their later years.  When individuals require long-term care, it means that they need assistance when completing activities of daily living (ADLs). These basic daily tasks include dressing oneself, showering, or moving safely from one place to another in one's household, such as from the bed to the bathroom, or in and out of one's chair. In most cases, your LTCI policy will begin covering long-term care services if you cannot perform at least two ADLs on your own.  The cost of LTCI policy premiums can be out of reach for many people, and some insurers have been raising premiums over the course of time. According to one 2022 survey by HCG Secure, a mere one in 10 of Americans older than 65 have a long-term care insurance policy. However, if you have purchased a tax-qualified plan, you may be able to deduct the insurance premium as a medical expense.  Is My Long-Term Care Insurance Policy Tax-Deductible? You can deduct numerous types of medical and dental expenses from your taxes. In addition to qualified long-term care insurance premiums, other deductible health expenses include the following: prescription medications and insulin substance use disorder inpatient treatment or smoking-cessation programs prescription or reading eyeglasses contact lenses hearing aids X-rays artificial teeth acupuncture treatments the cost of caring for a guide dog for a person with a vision or hearing disability  When filing your 2023 federal income taxes, check with your insurance broker or state insurance commission to determine whether your LTCI policy qualifies.  Only certain long-term care insurance policies meet the criteria for a tax deduction. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners sets these rules. Typically, many hybrid long-term care policies do not qualify for a premium deduction. (For more information on what defines a qualified LTCI contract, consult the IRS Publication 502 for the current tax year.)  If your policy does qualify, you can deduct your LTCI policy premium up to a specified limit. Keep in mind that you will only be eligible for a tax deduction if all of your eligible medical expenses totaled more than 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income for the year.  Select states also offer LTCI tax incentives, so be sure to check with your tax advisor. Note, too, that if you are self-employed, the rules regarding these deductions can differ.  How Much Can I Deduct in 2024? If your annual LTCI policy premium is higher than the limit provided in the table below, it will count as a medical expense. The older you are, the higher your deductible limit. For example, if you are a 75-year-old individual at the end of 2023, you may be able to deduct up to $5,880 in LTCI premiums as qualified medical expenses.  There are lower deduction limits this year than in previous years. The Internal Revenue Service adjusts these limits each year.  The cost of long-term care services can in large part depend on where you live. Check out this online tool to get an estimate based on your ZIP code.  The ins and outs of LTCI products can prove to be complicated. Consult with an experienced tax or elder law attorney in your area. An elder law attorney can provide guidance on purchasing an LTCI policy and also assist you in planning for the possibility that you will need long-term care in the future.

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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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