Nutrition Program

There are various options available for participation in the nutrition program:

  • Center dining
  • Home delivered meals
  • Distance dining
  • Click for more information about the Nutrition Program

Information & Assistance

  • "Want to Pay Less for Medicare?" Video
  • Toll-Free Help line (1-800-392-8771) provides seniors and those that care for seniors with access to information, assistance and/or referral to appropriate agency for services
  • Age Spots articles
  • Free bi-monthly newsletter
  • Medical Escort Transportation Services
  • Medicare boot camps
  • Assistance with Med D enrollment - Print the Enrollment Form
  • View video regarding the change of Medicare numbers - Video

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In-Home Services

  • Most seniors want to remain living at home for as long as possible, but sometimes need help with various tasks and activities
  • Whether you live alone, with family or friends, or in a retirement community, in-home services can help
  • Needs vary from person to person and change with age
  • To be eligible for services you must be age 60 or older
  • Homemaker Chores is available to assist with basic household chores you are physically unable to do
  • Personal Care is available to help with bathing and medically related tasks
  • Provides outreach to individuals unable to receive services

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

  • The Ombudsman Program was established by the Older American’s Act to be a ‘voice’ for residents in long term care facilities, assuring that resident rights are upheld
  • Advocates for individual residents, educates and informs the public regarding resident rights and long term care facility issues
  • Provides information on options to nursing home placement
  • Click here for more information about becoming an Ombudsman volunteer

Family Caregiver Program

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference scheduled for September 12, 2017 in Poplar Bluff
  • The National Family Caregiver Support Program was established by the Administration on Aging in November 2000 and opened in Southeast Missouri in August of 2001 with the mission of empowering and supporting unpaid family caregivers
  • Simply put, family caregiving is the act of assisting someone you care about who is 60 or older and is chronically ill or disabled and no longer able to care for themselves
  • We support caregivers in Southeast Missouri by:
    • Providing educational programs, support groups and individual information and assistance.
    • Providing limited respite
    • Providing limited supplies assistance
  • Monthly Caregiver newsletters
  • Visit our Caregivers Balance Facebook page. Click here Facebook
  • Click for more information about the Family Caregiver Program

Transportation Program

  • Aging Matters has seven contracted transportation providers, providing services to handicapped individuals aged 18-59 and seniors 60 and older for medical appointments, shopping and other basic needs
  • For help in determining which provider serves your area, call Aging Matters toll-free at 1-800-392-8771
  • Click for the list of providers and their information

RSVP/VIC Programs

The RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) program provides a variety of opportunities for retired persons 60 and older to participate more fully in the life of their community through significant volunteer service.

Aging Matters operates two RSVP Programs:

  • Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties RSVP.
    • For information, call:
      • Cape Girardeau, 573-335-7555
      • Chaffee, 573-887-3664 or
      • Sikeston, 573-471-8584 or
      • visit their website at
    • Christy McClain, Director
  • Pemiscot and New Madrid Counties RSVP.
    • For information, call 573-333-1380
    • Shirley Lacey, Director

The VIC (Volunteer Intergenerational Center) program recruits volunteers of all ages in order to help expand services in not-for-profit agencies.

Aging Matters operates one VIC:

  • Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties VIC.
  • For more information, call:
    • Cape Girardeau, 573-335-7555
    • Chaffee, 573-887-3664 or
    • Sikeston, 573-471-8584 or
    • visit their website at
  • Christy McClain, Director

Silver Haired Legislature

  • The Silver Haired Legislature (SHL) is a formally elected body of volunteer citizens 60+ of age that promote conscientious legislature advocacy for Missouri’s older adults
  • Each year in the Fall, the delegates participate in a mock legislative session in Jefferson City to debate SHL proposals and vote to determine the 5 priority bills for which they advocate with the Missouri General Assembly
  • Click for a list of the current SHL