Talk describes senior bullying
The bullying of senior citizens is the topic of “Old Behaviors, New Playgrounds,” a presentation at the Jan. 23 meeting of the Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City North.
“It’s seniors bullying seniors. It’s when older adults return to more communal living situations. People who were bullies in life continue to be bullies. A lot of times it’s just simply wanting to put other people down in order to make them feel better about themselves,” said Deb Babbitt, the speaker, who works for Shepherd’s Center of the Northland.
“We’re seeing more and more of this in older adult living situations. The primary purpose is to increase awareness of the situation so people who work in the field with older adults can at least be aware of it. It’s a very common problem; it’s a little surprising.”
The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. in the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
Tri-County wellness team honored
Staff members at Tri-County Mental health Services have been commended by the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers and the Department of Mental Health for their wellness coaching.
While the whole agency has been recognized, wellness coaches Lori Byl and Lori Wheelhouse were specifically commended for their efforts as wellness coach trainers.
“There’s been a serious shift around here with our consumers and staff as well, a much more positive focus on health and well-being, preventative, holistic. Our job has always been to treat mental illness and we’re now integrating medical issues and overall healthy living into our day-to-day work,” said Wheelhouse.
Other staff members have been active in these efforts, noted Wheelhouse, including Julie Myers, who organized a series of wellness/fitness challenges.
Tri-County Mental Health Services has provided wellness coaching training to its community support teams, Healthcare Home team and other staff members.
Record set for SBA loans
Midwest Small Business Finance set a record in 2013 for small business loans.
“We did about $5.6 million in loans last year,” said Jim Hampton of the Clay County Development Council. “We’ve really had a good year. The loan side is such a good program. I think more people are becoming aware of it and bankers are becoming aware of it. It makes a good deal for the banks, it makes a good deal for us and it makes a good deal for the borrower.”
Midwest Small Business Finance was founded in 1982 as an affiliate of the development council and administers four programs including SBA 504 loans, said Hampton. “It basically gives the small business person the same access to capital as the biggest companies in the world.”
“This is just a great program for small business people,” said Hampton. “If we don’t have a program for you we will try to find something to help that small business grow.”
MSBF is the region’s only recipient of the National Certified Business Development Company of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Wellness class for animal owners
The Northland Animal Welfare Society is offering a wellness class for animal owners interested in balancing energy and keeping animals happy.
“I would not be the person I am today without their unconditional love,” Linda Trent, who will teach the class, said of her pets.
Trent will show techniques to help balance, calm and help animals in pain. Participants should bring a stuffed animal to practice on — no live animals.
The class will be held 1-3 p.m. Jan. 25 at the NAWS Spay/Neuter Clinic, 3400 N.W. Vivion Road, Riverside. Fees are $35, a portion of which go to NAWS.
To register call 816-781-4445.
| By Norma King, special to The Star