Education & Training Opportunities for Seniors

Mercy Seniors offers a variety of education and training opportunities to help you maintain your independence and get more out of life.
Computer Classes – Basic computer classes taught by seniors for seniors.  We offer five beginning classes with optional internet training (monthly).
Cooking School – sponsored by Women’s Heart Center

Enjoy monthly cooking classes and learn new tips and techniques for eating healthy in every season.

Diabetes Education Program - Type 2 Diabetes Education (10 hours total) including evening and day classes.  Medicare covers this program for those with physician referral.
Health Education - Learn more on various health topics and meet Mercy medical professionals and other experts at monthly “Dine with the Docs” luncheons.
Income Tax Assistance – Offered annually during tax season in conjunction with The Southwest Missouri Office on Aging.  IRS-certified volunteers provide free, confidential assistance in completing claims.
Legal Assistance – regular education is available on advance directives, living wills and power of attorney.
Making Sense of Medicare
  • Missouri CLAIM - CLAIM is the state health insurance assistance program which is a free, local counseling service for Missourians on Medicare. CLAIM stands for “Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri.” CLAIM has more than 250 volunteer counselors throughout Missouri providing local Medicare counseling in their communities. Volunteers receive extensive training to become a certified Medicare counselor, and continue to receive updates and trainings on a regular basis. Primaris provides the services for the CLAIM program through a contract with the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP). Funding is provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with oversight by DIFP. Contact CLAIM at 1-800-390-3330 or
  • Medicare Insurance Helpline - Mercy helps ensure you have the best healthcare plan to fit your needs and budget. Help is free and unbiased. Call 1-888-752-5174 or online at
Safe Driving Help:
  • AARP Safe Driving Program – Drivers refine skills and develop safe, defensive driving techniques. There will be no test. Fee: AARP members $15.00 Non members $20.00. Call Class Registration, 820-5850 or 1-800-909-8326.
  • Driver Evaluation Assessment – This assessment is helpful in deciding if an individual is capable of driving safely.  The assessment includes vision, cognitive, strength and coordination assessments, including an on-the-road assessment in a Mercy vehicle with various adaptations available.
  • Adaptive Driving – Working with an occupational therapist, specialized therapy or adaptive devices are provided to help persons with physical impairments continue to drive – or return to driving after neurologic injury including paralysis.

To sign up or learn more about these opportunities all 417-841-0333.

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