Silver Discovery reports news, announces next meeting

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New networking group for providers gaining ground

June Meeting

Silver Discovery held its third meeting at Heritage Harmony House in Aurora on June 1, with about 15 attendees present.

Each provider was allotted time to introduce themselves and briefly talk about their services. Everyone was also able to share their business cards and any materials.

Susan Poehling, RN and Senior Life Solutions director, took a moment to discuss what the group hopes to accomplish and brainstormed with providers on strategies to spread the word about the group so more seniors can benefit from it. Poehling also mentioned that officers will eventually be elected to help with different aspects of the group. As soon as a treasurer is elected, the group will start collecting a $25 annual due.

During lunch, Heritage Harmony House Senior Center Administrator Theresa Morgan discussed what services and resources are offered at the center through SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging. She also gave a presentation on one of the modules from the DEEP (Diabetes Empowerment Education Program) classes she teaches. The lesson was on the importance of monitoring blood glucose levels.

Susan shared that a resource book is being produced for the group with a brief description of each providerís information and services. Providers can send information for the book to Poehling at silverdiscovery2017@gmail.com.

Steve Burks, Lacoba Homes administrative services, offered to provide the group with information on the elected government officials to be contacted about this issue for each of the surrounding counties. Burks will share the information at the next meeting.

What is Silver Discovery?

Silver Discovery is a networking group started by Susan Poehling with Senior Life Solutions, which is housed at Mercy Hospital Cassville, 94 Main Street. Poehling joined forces with Kathy Shepard from Oak Point Living and Memory Care out of Monett. This group's purpose is to provide professional networking opportunities within the local communities and is devoted to providing resources to help seniors meet their physical and emotional needs and thereby enhance their lives.

"Our goal is to come together as a group to share ideas, promote our programs and services, and educate seniors on the availability of these services," said Poehling.

The group meets the first Thursday of each month at different locations within the Barry/Lawrence county area. Each meeting is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The group spotlights a participating agency each month, along with featuring an educational component or a tour of the facility with each meeting.

Meetings are open to any service providers in the local communities who provide services or act as advocates for seniors. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend and bring a friend.

July meeting

The group's next meeting will be held at Lacoba Nursing Home in Monett, Highway 60, on July 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burks will be the host. The title of the meeting will be, From the Greatest Generation to the Silver Tsunami, and will include an overview of population and Medicare growth, life expectancy, the increase in senior services and a comparison of Medicare and Medicare replacement. Lunch will be provided. To attend, please RSVP in advance for an accurate head count by calling 417-847-6042, or send an email to silverdiscovery2017@gmail.com.