Seniors Matter @ Ascension  

Senior Saturday - 2nd Saturday of the month
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
next session - December 8, 2018

It may be chilly outdoors but on Senior Saturday, things are hot around the church! Be sure to join us for all these events that provide useful information on topics affecting today’s seniors. Plus, the food is fantastic! It’s ok to come just for the food and fellowship but you’ll be surprised how much fun you’ll have. Here’s our upcoming schedule – mark your calendar and bring your friends!

December 8 – “What do I do with all this stuff?” Preparing to downsize

Peggy Schultz, ResettleMe LLC

Downsizing seems to be a job that many of us are facing these days.  After a lifetime of accumulating things, the job of letting go and finding new homes for "stuff" can feel overwhelming.  Come learn some practical strategies for boosting your progress in lightening your load!


  • January 12, 2019 – “Safe at Home” Products and tools that make it safer to stay in your home
  • 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


  • 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
11:30 Light lunch served
12:00 Speaker presentation
12:30 Q&A with speaker
  1:00 Social time, fun & games

Previous Sessions

Saturday, August 11 – Caregiver Resources

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.

About Lauren Bond:
Lauren holds degrees in Nursing (BSN) and Computer Science (BS, MS). She is a second-career nurse. Additionally, she worked for almost 9 years in the acute hospital setting. Her experience includes heart patient care, inpatient medical/surgical care, and hospital-based outpatient clinics.

“When an older loved one starts to struggle with every day activities, it is difficult for a family to know how to help. It’s even harder when the family is not nearby,” Lauren says. “I felt so helpless in maintaining my father’s quality of life from far away. Care is There made all the difference for Dad. Now, I want to use my experience and expertise to help families in the Kansas City area in the same way.”


September 8 – Is long-term care insurance necessary?

Dawn Crouch, LUTCF (Life, Disability & Long-Term Care 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?

About Dawn:

Originally from Canada, nothing short of true love persuaded Dawn to come to the States.  She and her husband, Michael will celebrate their 20th anniversary in April. She enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, and getting lost in a good book. Her philosophy is that, sooner or later, we all find our way to help others, and she discovered hers is to come alongside families and help them protect their futures. 

She states, “Over the last 13 years, I’ve seen a lot of change in the Long Term Care Insurance world.  I’ll go over the options that are currently available and we’ll talk about the pros and cons of each.  The good news is that there are some great solutions available that can be customized to fit your needs and budget.  Having money available to pay for care really eases the burden on the family and I think that is just as big of a factor as protecting your finances.  As an independent agent, I am not tied to any one company and since I don’t work on commission I am able to have an absolutely “zero-pressure” approach that my clients appreciate tremendously.” 

October 13 – House & Home

Troy Bandy, MHA, RN.

  • Senior Living Specialist – discuss options for senior living

Troy Bandy MHA, RN

Troy is a Registered Nurse (RN), licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Rockhurst University and Research College of Nursing. After completing his clinical training at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, he began working at The University of Kansas Hospital. His tenure at KU included working on the Neurology, ENT and Progressive Care Unit, and then advancing to a Nurse Case Manager.

His strong commitment to lifelong learning took him back to obtain his Master of Health Administration (MHA). He continues to strive, stay on top of, and develop his clinical background and case management experience by taking continuing education courses, and is an active member of Case Management Society of America (CMSA).

November 10 – “Did you hear that?” Concerns about hearing as we age

  • 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 specialized 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.  Her presentation will explain how the ear functions.  She will discuss hearing, tinnitus (ringing in your ears), vertigo, and possible causes for all of these conditions.