Medicare Open Enrollment Help

The Cass County COA is taking appointments for anyone with questions for the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Drug Plan open enrollment period, which runs October 15 through December 7. This is the time for those in the plan to change or cancel drug coverage for 2020.   If you’re in a Medicare... (read more)



Physical Exercise and Mental Health

In countries across the globe, including the United States, anxiety and depression have reached peak heights that previously have not been seen. There are a variety of contributing factors that go along with “modern life,” such as social isolation, poor diets, and a focus on money and image. One... (read more)



Are You Ready for Flu Season?

Flu shots are recommended by healthcare professionals for anyone over age 50, younger than age five, and anyone who cares for or is in close contact with people of those ages.   The Van Buren/Cass Health Department is offering adult flu shots at three convenient locations throughout the area.... (read more)



Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month and the biggest thing we need to think about is smoke detectors.   Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.   SAFETY TIPS Install... (read more)



Welcome Lori Hardy

We have a new face on the Care Services Team. Lori Hardy BSN, R.N., is the new Care Services Team Leader.   Lori was born in Utah. She attended Chamberlain College of Nursing where she was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as her Registered Nursing degree.   Much of Lori’s... (read more)



Smoke Detector Checks

October is the time for Fire Prevention. The COA is working with local volunteers to offer smoke detector checks during the month of October. If you would like to have your name added to the list to have your smoke detector checked, please call (269) 445-8110 and ask for Bobbie or Danielle.



National TV Dinner Day

How many of us enjoy tossing a TV dinner into the microwave for a quick meal? I know it sure comes in handy when I don’t feel like cooking. Well, if you are like me, then you are in luck since September 10 is National TV Dinner Day and how else would we celebrate other than eating a TV dinner?   As... (read more)



Prepare for Emergencies

When emergencies strike, are you ready? The first step in preparing is to consider how an emergency might affect your individual needs. Plan to make it on your own, for at least three days. It’s possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore. It is crucial that you... (read more)



Stair Safety Tips for Seniors

Once you start having trouble using stairs, it seems like you encounter them everywhere you go. They’re fairly easy to sidestep in public buildings where elevators are an option, but they’re a lot harder to avoid in your own home. Unfortunately falls are the top cause of injury for seniors, so... (read more)



Getting Calls from Social Security Administration

Getting Calls from Social Security Administration? Probably not. At least, not from the real SSA. But how many of you have gotten calls from someone who said they were the Social Security Administration? And maybe showed the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) or a number close to it on your... (read more)