Seniors Matter @ Ascension  

Senior Saturday - 2nd Saturday of the month
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
next session - December 14, 2019

Laura Hartley, Hospice Nurse

Laura will provide information on hospice based on her experiences serving as a hospice nurse. This is a great opportunity to understand this important care-giving service at a time OTHER than when a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis.


Future sessions:

  • January 11 - Doris Foley, Who Wants It? (finding the next home for things you can't use anymore)
  • February 8 - Linda Ward, Center for Practical Bioethics, presents Caring Conversations
  • March 14 -¬† Erica Oldham, KCMO Police Department, presents Personal Safety for Seniors



  • Topics vary each month:¬†
    • housing decisions including
      • downsizing
      • knowing when it‚Äôs 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
  • 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  

Ruth Stoan, Healthy Graying, Licensed Professional Counselor (August 2019)

Ruth Stoan has over 35 years’ experience working with individuals and families through changes and transitions.
She spent 18 years working directly with seniors as a social service director at a local skilled rehabilitation center. Ruth is      passionate about helping people retain their independence, decision making and enjoy life as fully as possible. She has
developed Healthy Graying as a resource for seniors and their families.

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.


        The ABCs of Medicare Planning (October 2019)
        Amanda Fisk, Medicare Specialist
        Fisk Insurance Agency
        With Medicare renewal season upon us, Amanda's presentation was timely as she broke down the various components
        that make up Medicare and shared what the different parts mean, supplements vs Advantage plans and more. She's
        a helpful resource! Her one piece of advice is to know that Medicare is not one-size-fits-all; if you're buying Medicare,
        have your coverage reviewed before you renew.       

        Healthy Eating for Seniors - No Kale Required! (June 2019)
        Nancy Oglesby,

       Nancy is a holistic health coach, meaning she believes in a balance. She shared her advice in an entertaining and informative         talk full of ideas on ways to eat the foods you like to fix and avoid falling into the trap of eating out, eating highly-processed           frozen meals, or filling up with empty junk food calories. She says there's room for fun if you try to eat healty 80% of the             time. Her website and blog are chock full of information.  

        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.


        Easy-as-pie-Tech Basics for Seniors (November 2019)
        Vicki Cannon, Cannon Social Media Solutions

        Vicki not only brought pie, she brough eye-opening facts about scams foisted on unsuspecting seniors over
        the phone, over Facebook. She is adept at helping seniors navigate email, online shopping, and how to stay
        connected safely.


        Estate Planning Basics (July 2019)
        Kirsten Schroader Larsen, Attorney at Law

        We had a great down-to-earth discussion with Kirsten on what first steps to take to begin planning our estate 

        Senior Planning Checklist (April 2019)
        Aaron Love, JD
        Love & Blomquist, LLC

Answers to questions about legal concerns like understanding the various types of ‚Äėpowers of attorney‚Äô, telling the family one‚Äôs wishes are regarding one's estate, etc. She is very approachable. She drafts plans for each client based on their
objectives and one that can evolve with life changes. 

         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.

House and Home

         Aging Gracefully in Place (March 2019)

          Lynn Stoner-Whitsett - Functional Home Living

         Lynn shared some startling statistics on falls (accidental injury was the third leading cause of death in the US in 2017)
         then gave us some practical advice on updating our homes  - including no-step entryways, single floor living, extra-wide               halls and doors, lever-style handles, accessible electrical controls and lighting.  'Layered lighting' ensures lighting is
         available where it's needed. She suggested some low-cost solutions that seniors can do on their own, like a plug-in,
         motion sensor night light that gives off much more light. Great for those late night trips to the bathroom!

         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.

        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.