Other Services Provided by CMAAA

Transportation services are available through contracts with outside agencies to transport seniors for essential errands, medically related visits, or trips to their local senior center. Rides need to be scheduled in advance. Riders will be picked up at their home, receive assistance getting on or off the bus and be taken to a predetermined location. At a later prearranged time, the bus will pick up riders and return them to their homes. Most buses follow a pre-arranged route to shopping areas, senior centers or doctors' offices.

Respite Care provides short-term, temporary relief for caregivers of frail, homebound adults. This program is targeted toward caregivers who are responsible for an elderly person 24 hours a day and who need a break from the stress associated with intensive caregiving. CMAAA contracts with outside agencies that provide trained staff to watch over the homebound individual while the caregiver goes shopping, runs errands, or sees a doctor about his or her own health. Respite care workers provide supervision and companionship. They do not clean house, help with personal care, lift or move the elderly adult, run errands, or administer medications.

Legal assistance regarding such matters as elder abuse, housing disputes, consumer fraud, retirement benefits, guardianships, and government benefits such as Social Security, Medicare and SSI is available through contracts with attorneys or legal aid agencies. Fee-generating cases such as divorces and criminal defenses are not accepted.

CMAAA conducts elections for delegates to Missouriís Silver Haired Legislature (SHL). SHL obtains sponsorship for its priority bills in the Missouri General Assembly. The SHL has been effective in improving Missouri's laws for elderly citizens in areas such as elder abuse, probate codes and property-tax relief.

CMAAA publishes the SILVER ECLECTIC, a monthly newspaper on activities and programs for seniors in Central Missouri, as well as articles on aging issues.