Age Out Loud is the theme for Older Americans Month, May 2017. It is about aging in plain sight, openly and vocally. Aging out loud can encompass learning new skills, sharing expertise, confronting changes in life with others, rather than in isolation. The Northborough Senior Center offers opportunities to Age Out Loud through exercise, learning, art, volunteering, support groups and more. Aging is a uniquely personal experience and the Senior Center strives to provide options and support. The following examples are further and notable evidence in that regard.
The Senior Center is a participant in Come2B Dementia Friendly, a dementia awareness effort. Dementia awareness programs have spread throughout the state, helping people with dementia, and their care partners, Age Out Loud and remain engaged in their communities. Please join us on Tuesday, May 16 when members of the Action Team present on the outcomes of their efforts.
The Northborough Senior Center Outreach Department can assist residents in aging out loud with individualized and confidential support, resource information and referrals. Outreach assists people with access to services and benefits that support safe, community living. The Northborough Senior Center is your resource to Age Out Loud this month and throughout the year.
NEED HELP WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS? PRESCRIPTION ADVANTAGE MAY BE YOUR ANSWER!
Prescription Advantage is a state-run program which helps members pay for their prescription drugs. It may lower your drug co-pays and also allows you to join or change your Medicare drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan. Eligibility is based on income only and there is no asset limit!
Who can join?
If you are a Massachusetts resident, eligible for Medicare, and are:
• 65 years or older with an annual income at or less than $60,300 for a single person or $81,200 for a married couple
• Under 65 years and disabled, with an annual income at or less than $22,673 for a single person or $30,531 for a married couple.
There is no charge for joining Prescription Advantage, if you have an annual income at or less than $36,180 for a single person and $48,720 for a married couple. There is a $200 per person annual enrollment fee for those with higher incomes. Call Prescription Advantage today to enroll on the phone or ask for an application form. You can reach Prescription Advantage at 1-800-AGE-INFO
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 and drug 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.
SHINE (SERVING HEALTH INSURANCE NEEDS OF EVERYONE) APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITH OUR SHINE COUNSELORS
We have both day and evening appointments. Please call the Senior Center at 508-393-5035 to schedule your appointment.
Day: Tuesdays (Day & Evening Appointments)
Counselors: Pauline O’Bray/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.
BLOOD PRESSURE AND WELLNESS CLINICS
The Blood Pressure and Wellness Clinics offered at the Senior Center and the Housing in Northborough are a valuable service. Many of us are asked by our Doctor or health care provider to have our blood pressure checked before returning for our next appointment. Janet Iacovelli, RN from SALMON VNA & Hospice is happy to help you out with that. She’ll document your blood pressures so that you ‘ll have a log for the next time you see your health provider. See the dates and times below that Janet is available.
The nurse also offers a clinic on the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30–2:00 PM at the Senior Center. Janet is available to speak with you regarding general health questions and education, referrals, preventative health care advice, medication consultations, and glucose screening for those individuals who bring their own glucometers. Often times, people feel rushed when seeing their health care provider. This wellness clinic is an opportunity to sit with Janet, the nurse in a confidential setting and review health questions.
Additionally, the Northborough Board of Health has generously partnered with SALMON VNA & Hospice to offer a blood pressure clinic the first Tuesday of every month from 1:00–2:00 PM at the Senior Center and additionally, a blood pressure clinic at the Northborough Housing Authority, 26 Village Drive on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:00-2:00 PM.
These services are free of charge and are made possible by the efforts and funding of the Friends of the Northborough Senior Center, Inc. and the Northborough Board of Health in recognition of the importance of extending public health services to our valuable senior population. See the dates and times below and then plan to visit with Janet soon!
FREE WELLNESS CLINIC
Date: Tuesday, May 16
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 PM at the Senior Center
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS
Tuesday, May 2 at 1:00 PM at the Senior Center
Thursday, May 11 at 1:00 PM at the Northborough Housing Authority
FREE HEARING CLINIC
Date: Friday, May 12
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Peter Lee of Professional Hearing Healthcare Associates of Westborough will be at the Senior Center to provide free hearing screenings. Please call 508-393-5035 to make your appointment.