SeniorAge has been serving thousands of seniors in southwest Missouri since 1973. We primarily serve seniors age 60+ and their caregivers. You qualify for our services on the basis of need, not income, and you have the opportunity to contribute toward the cost of your services; however, services are not affected by your ability to contribute.
Some programs have special qualifications. For example, to participate in our meal program you must be 60+, or be married to a person 60+.
Board of Directors
SeniorAge’s policy is established by a Board of Directors. Each member is democratically elected from within our six regions. This board allocates all funds, sets all policies, and evaluates performance. Our board members are elected for three-year terms and may serve as many times as they are elected. At least 51% of them must be age 60 or older. Staggered terms assure that no more than six are replaced in the same year. This maintains a core of experienced members.
Peggy Don Yates
Barry, Lawrence, Dade
Dallas, Polk, Webster
Peggy Don Yates
Douglas, Texas, Wright
Ozark, Stone, Taney
Howell, Oregon, Shannon
The SeniorAge Advisory Council is appointed annually by our Board of Directors, in compliance with federal regulations. This council submits recommendations to the Board. A diversity of consumers, service providers, elected officials, and minorities serve on this board.
FY 2023 Advisory Board Members
Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Join forces with other folks in southwest Missouri who give of their time, talent, and energy to improve the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities. Whether you have just a few hours a month or 20 hours a week, you can make a significant difference in our community by volunteering through the Area Agency on Aging. Check out the volunteer opportunities listed below or call (417) 862-0762 to find out how you can get involved.
You can also link to volunteermatch.org to learn of other exciting opportunities within our organization.
As a volunteer, you will develop new skills, expand your social network, and enjoy such benefits as:
- Flexible hours
- Training and ongoing staff support
- Mileage reimbursement
- Liability insurance
Volunteer Opportunities In Our Senior Centers
Our senior centers allow you to find meaningful opportunities to help people in your communities by assisting in areas that make an impact in our daily operations. Each of our 36 senior centers rely on volunteers for day-to-day operations and to provide assistance and expertise in the areas of education, fundraising, fitness, wellness, nutrition, and recreation.
Kitchen and Dining Room
- Setting up and maintaining the beverage station.
- Serving as hosts in the dining room.
- Packaging meals for home delivery.
- Counting daily meal contributions.
- Delivering hot and frozen meals to at-risk seniors in their own homes.
- Washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen.
- Serving lunch.
Home-Delivered Meal Drivers
This volunteer opportunity offers you the chance to make a difference in the lives of the homebound by delivering meals right to their door. The delivery also gives you a chance to check in on seniors to ensure they are well. You may be the only person they see in a day and your smiling face is a reminder that someone cares. We maintain flexible schedules; all you need is commitment to serving others. Mileage reimbursement is also available.
Our wellness coaches can train you to lead exercise programs targeted specifically to seniors, people with limited mobility, or those living with arthritis. You need not be a fitness buff, and leading these courses could give you the motivation and discipline to improve your own fitness. Programs include Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, Falls Prevention, Diabetes Education, Chronic Disease and Self Management, Arthritis education, and much more (some classes are pending funding)..
Program Assistants and Greeters/Front Desk Attendants
If you like to meet and greet people, consider volunteering at the front desk of your local senior center. If you have a particular interest in one of our programs (Medicare counseling, nursing home ombudsman, tax counseling, arts and crafts, or something else) we have a place for you.
There are also volunteer opportunities in our Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program, the Ombudsmen Program, Advisory Council and Senior Center Boards.
Other SeniorAge Opportunities Available
Individuals have the opportunity to serve as the SeniorAge delegation to the Silver-Haired Legislature, a volunteer group of individuals who advocate for seniors while the Missouri Legislature is in session. The delegation meets in August of each year to determine the five most important legislative priorities in this area and then joins the larger Silver-Haired Legislature in Jefferson City in October to determine the five statewide priorities. The Silver-Haired Legislature aims to keep the priorities of older Missourians at the forefront of Missouri’s lawmakers’ decision making.
SeniorAge continues to seek volunteers in the areas of Tax Counseling, administration, and board positions. Call 417-862-0762 for opportunities and information.
Provider Opportunities for SeniorAge
Request for Proposals are currently being accepted for the following services:
SeniorAge offers many giving opportunities to fit your indvidual giving plans and budget. Your donation will help SeniorAge continue to provide in-home and community based services, which enable older adults to remain living independently in their own homes. SeniorAge is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
Make the difference in a senior’s life by making a donation today. You’ll be helping ensure seniors receive the services they need to live independently and remain in their homes. Donations can be made by using a credit or debit card through our secure online donation form.
We appreciate your contributions for our programs and services:
Donations to our Meals Program
Last year SeniorAge served over ONE MILLION meals to seniors and the list continues to grow. Home-delivered meals is one of the most needed programs of an Area Agency on Aging, called Silver Plate Meals.
It is that one daily hot meal that nourishes their bodies and enables many to remain at home. Will you help us keep the meals going out?
- $35 provides 10 meals
- $70 provides 20 meals
- $105 provides 30 meals
Businesses may also sponsor meals for seniors. Your business will receive recognition for meals delivered to individual seniors on the back of meal tickets as well as name recognition in our SeniorAge News publication. Contact us at 417-868-9523 for more information on becoming a corporate meal sponsor.
If you would like to make an individual donation to the SeniorAge meal program, simply send your contributions to:
SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging
1735 S. Fort, Springfield MO 65807.
*Please include “meal donation” in the memo line.
New Patient Companion Program
Filmed and produced by KOLR10
SeniorAge offers you a peak at Who We Are and What We Do.
Buffalo Senior Activity Center – Meals Make a Difference
Greenfield – Dade County Senior Center – A Facelift Brings Them In, the Meals Keep Them Coming Back
Marshfield Senior Center – New Activity Center Serves Entire Community
Mt. Vernon Senior Center – Improvements Make Center More Inviting for Community
Strafford Senior Center – Celebrating 15 Years of Service to the Community
Here’s a glimpse of our past videos (created under our former name of Southwest Missouri Office on Aging)