Did you know September is National Senior Center Month? There is much to celebrate and learn about Senior Centers and the Northborough Senior Center in particular. Participants and volunteers are actively engaged, sharing their talents and learning new things, meeting new and old friends, embracing exercise and other avenues to positive aging. The Northborough Senior Center boasts an in house restaurant, Bistro @119, open to the public for lunch Monday through Thursday and dinner Tuesday evenings. Community is created and celebrated as people share meals together. The Senior Center provides handicapped accessible transportation in town and to surrounding towns. This service is available to eligible community members, (age 60+ as well as younger individuals with a physician’s
statement of disability). Outreach actively assists people to remain safely in the community with information and resources that help to support and facilitate that goal. Any resident dealing with aging related concerns may access Outreach Services. September will usher in new programming and speakers as well as the return of old favorite programs. Open enrollment for Medicare will be upon us as well as the application period for other seasonal benefit programs. Information and assistance with open enrollment, the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and property tax exemptions will be available through SHINE and the Outreach Department. If you haven’t already, National Senior Center Month is the perfect opportunity to visit the Northborough Senior Center. We look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to the Northborough Senior Center. Jocelyn Ehrhardt, MSW - Outreach Coordinator
DON’T IGNORE YOUR MEDICARE MAIL!
It’s that time of year again! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a
Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should be receiving information from your
plan by the end of September. It is important to understand and save this information
because it explains the changes in your plan for 2016. During the annual Medicare
Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7), you will have a chance to CHANGE your plan
for next year. SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other
options you may have. Call early to get a SHINE appointment during Open Enrollment!
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE!
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.