Clay County Public Health Center has renewed its contract to provide WIC (Women, Infants and Children) services during fiscal year 2018. The program is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The Health Center will be able to serve 1,851 eligible participants each month through the program. WIC provides vouchers for milk, cheese, eggs, fruit juice, and other foods to low and middle-income families who meet federal guidelines.
The Clay County WIC office is open weekdays at the Health Center, 800 Haines Drive in Liberty. Two extension clinics are held monthly — on the second Tuesday at Excelsior Springs Baptist Church, 1500 Rosalea Street; and on the third Tuesday at Bethel United Church of Christ, 4900 N.E. Parvin Road in Kansas City, North.
WIC services are by appointment only. Call 816-595-4358 for appointments or more information.
NKC home health lauded
North Kansas City Hospital’s home-health agency has been recognized as a top-performing home health agency by Ability Network and Decision Health.
The NKC Hospital’s program was chosen as a HomeCare Elite Top 500 for 2017 out of 9,064 agencies considered. It was the only selected from the Kansas City area.
“To be acknowledged for achieving some of the best patient outcomes and helping our patients improve to the greatest extent possible makes us very proud,” said Cheryl Foster, director of NKC Hospital’s home-health program.
Parkville upgrades streets
The city of Parkville updated or repaired 40 of 222 municipal streets during 2017, marking the largest annual street maintenance program to date.
Improvements included concrete curb and sidewalk repair, asphalt mill and overlap, pavement marking and crack sealing.
“We spent $1 million on asphalt, micro surfacing, concrete, pavement marking,” Public Works Director Alysen Abel said. “That is about three times the amount we do in any given year. The one key point is, we were able to do this without raising taxes. It was basically done with a loan from the bank. We’ll have to pay back that loan every year. ... We’ll have to make that a part of our capital improvements program every year.”
A total of 5.6 miles of streets and 21 cul-de-sacs were milled and overlaid. Additionally, 9,500 lineal feet of curbs and 45 square yards of sidewalks were repaired or replaced.
Eight Americans with Disabilities Act truncated domes were installed on sidewalks. A mile of road was micro surfaced and 18.94 miles were crack sealed.
Drainage also was improved over Riss Lake Dam along with improvements on Lakeview Drive. Two handicapped parking spaces were designated at Parkville Nature Sanctuary and pavement markings were done in downtown Parkville.
“I feel like this is a way for us to get ahead of the game,” Abel said. “The base point that what we’re starting from is so much higher than where we were even last year.”
Aging Coalition sets meeting
Adult Protective Services Supervisor Tina Swoger will speak on “Elder Abuse and Neglect: How to Recognize the Signs and When to Report Concerns” on Dec. 21 at the next Aging and Mental Health Coalition group meeting.
Older adults, caregivers and professionals are welcome to attend.
The meeting is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Tri-County Mental Health Services, 3100 N.E. 83rd St. in Kansas City, North.
For more information, contact Tonya Rother at 816-877-0481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
King of Kings advent service is Dec. 20
King of Kings Lutheran Church invites the public to attend a dinner and advent service Dec. 20 at 1701 N.E. 96th Street in Kansas City, North.
The advent celebration includes lighting of the advent candles, music and a message by the Rev. Frank Green.
Everyone is welcome to attend the pre-service dinner at 6 p.m. before the advent serive at 7 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken.
For more information, call 816-436-7680.
Combating the holiday blues
Holiday blues, depression, and Season Affective Disorder (SAD) are real, according to Becky Franklin.
“Many experience mood changes with the initial adjustment around daylights saving time,” Franklin, an Older Adult Educator at Tri-County Mental Health, told a group Dec. 7 at Avonlea College of Gladstone. “Although many recover after a while, if it doesn’t improve, it is important to reach out for help.”
The holiday season can bring “unrealistic expectations, stress, and reminders of missing loved ones or lost traditions” that become overwhelming, Franklin said.
To ward off the blues, it’s important to set realistic expectations, avoid stress and help others during the holidays. Getting outside, getting sunlight and taking Vitamin D also can help alleviate both the holiday blues and SAD, though SAD may require attention from a medical professional.
“If you miss old traditions that have been lost, then make new ones,” Franklin said. “Above all, seek sunlight, remain busy and realize it’s okay to feel what you feel. But if it continues, then you may want to talk to someone.”
A friend, pastor or professional counselor may be able to help.
For more information, contact Franklin at 816-678-3036 or email@example.com.
By Norma King, Special to The Star