The SouthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging has a new name. Today if you call SWKAAA they will answer as the “Aging and Disability Resource Center.” They continue as advocates for senior citizens and are committed to older Kansans and caregivers. Their role has been enhanced to provide younger people with disabilities and their caregivers with helpful information, assistance and referrals to questions and access service. ADRCs are charged with assessing the need for in-home services for the frail elderly and disabled and to help them navigate changes in the state’s Medicaid system. (More on that topic next week.) They are also responsible for assessing whether present and potential enrollees need in-home services to help avoid expensive moves to nursing homes. 

The statewide toll-free call number is 1-855-200-ADRC (2372) or in Dodge City 1-800-742-9531.

SS payments

If you still receive a paper check for your Social Security or other federal benefit payments, you are required by law to switch to an electronic payment method by March 1. You can choose to get your payments by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express Debit MasterCard card account. Act now to get your money safely and quickly — on time, every time.

Thanks for help

Special thanks go out to some special people this week. Many thanks to the volunteers from RSVP, Jamie Hitchcock and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Special thanks to Dillons for providing Valentine flowers for all our Meals on Wheels patrons. They brought joy into many lives.

Thank you to Golden Plains Credit Union and Kearny County Bank for sponsoring our Mardi Gras celebration. Thank you to Johnnie and Wanda Holmes for donating drawing items, to the Deerfield Brotherhood for donating sausage and to Webb’s Food Crew and BBQ for the King’s Cakes. We couldn’t do it without your support. 

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Zumba starts at 5:30 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 pm.  

Saturday has Prairie Land Food pick-up at noon. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers meet from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdingers Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Zumba classes begin at 5:30 p.m. Join Kathy White for exercise to a Latin beat. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m. 

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Bingo starts at 1:30 p.m. 

Feb. 27 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Library outreach is at 11 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:40 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance featuring the Moonshiners begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5. 

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, corn, French bread, strawberries.                  

Friday: Baked fish, peas and carrots, winter mixed vegetables, wheat roll, cookie.

Monday: Creamy noodles and ham, tomato slices, wheat bread, citrus fruit.

Tuesday: Meat loaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, winter mixed vegetables, wheat roll, gelatin salad.

Feb. 27: Turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrot salad, wheat roll, strawberries.

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