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'
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
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.