The Northborough Senior Center is dependent upon our volunteer workforce. Without them our phones would not be
answered, the Bistro @ 119 would not be staffed, the fundraising that supports the betterment of the Center would not occur
and much more. The commitment that so many of our volunteers make to the Senior Center, in addition to their work and school
schedules, family responsibilities and personal appointments, is commendable. Many go above and beyond to perform a
special act of kindness for someone they know from the Center, help out by working extra shifts, sometimes at short notice, and
so on. The volunteers at the Senior Center are participants, community members, and students. Some bring long time skills
and special talents to their volunteer position; others work at jobs that they just recently learned. We will be celebrating Volunteer Recognition
this month. It is an opportunity to convey our appreciation to our many volunteers and at the same time bring awareness to the greater
Senior Center community of the invaluable role played by volunteers at the Senior Center. Please join us in celebrating our
volunteers this month.
STAYING HEALTHY WITH MEDICARE
An important goal for Medicare is to help people stay healthy by encouraging prevention. Medicare provides a number of
preventive services. These services are free whether you have traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, like an HMO.
Some of these services include:
• Colorectal cancer screening (including colonoscopies)
• Pap tests and pelvic exams
• Prostate cancer screening
• Bone mass measurements
• Cardiovascular screening
• Flu and pneumonia shots
• Alcohol misuse screening and counseling
• Depression screening
• Obesity screening and counseling
There are very specific rules which state when and how often Medicare will pay for the above services. For a complete list of free
preventive services, go to www.medicare.gov or see a SHINE counselor. For further assistance with any Medicare
issue, contact the SHINE Program. Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and
related health insurance programs. To schedule a SHINE appointment, call your local Senior Center. For other SHINE related
matters, call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name
and number. A volunteer will call you back,as soon as possible.
Counselors: Pauline O’Bray/Linda Warren/Wayne Wirtanen
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) appointments are available with our SHINE Counselors. Please call the Senior
Center at 508-393-5035 to schedule your appointment.