Our annual Volunteer Recognition event will take place this month. We sincerely hope that it conveys to our many volunteers our deep appreciation for the work
they do on behalf of the Senior Center. The scope and depth of services at the Northborough Senior Center would not be possible without them.
Our volunteers ensure that our phones are answered by a person rather than an automated system, they plan and conduct programs that have become beloved by
many; the Harmonica Group, the Walking Club and the Dull Men’s Group to name a few. The Bistro@119, our in house restaurant, would not be possible without the
volunteers that come in week after week to take orders, cashier, prepare, serve and clean up. Volunteers fundraise for the Senior Center, and in many other ways enhance
the Senior Center experience. Our youngest volunteers are in middle school and our oldest is ninety years old. They all contribute in significant ways, many going above
and beyond. In some instances volunteering at the Senior Center is an opportunity to learn something new and for others it is an opportunity to share one’s long
honed skills. I am rewarded routinely by my experiences with our volunteers. Their interest and enthusiasm to be a part of this community is welcomed and contributes
significantly to our open and caring atmosphere. Thank you volunteers! Jocelyn Ehrhardt, MSW, Outreach Coordinator
WHAT IS A MOON?
For people with Medicare, MOON has a new meaning: “Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice”. This newly required notice must be given to some patients who have been admitted to a hospital for “observation”. Hospitals are increasingly admitting patients under observation status. You may be surprised to know that even if you are admitted to a hospital room overnight, you might not be an “inpatient”. If you are under observation, you are considered an outpatient even though you may stay in a hospital bed for many days. This changes how your Medicare coverage works. The MOON will explain the reason for observation status and how it affects your Medicare coverage. For example, if you have Original Medicare, with or without a Medigap plan, an inpatient hospital
stay of at least three days is needed to get any coverage for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care. If you are under observation, you would not get any follow up SNF coverage paid for, even if it is medically necessary. However, if you are in a Medicare Advantage plan or your doctor is in an Accountable Care Organization, the rules are different and the three-day requirement
may be waived. For further assistance about this or 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.
BLOOD PRESSURE & 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 at right and then plan to visit with Janet soon!
FREE WELLNESS CLINIC
Date: Tuesday, June 20
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 PM at the Senior Center
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS
Tuesday, June 6 at 1:00 PM at the Senior Center
Thursday, June 8 at 1:00 PM at the Northborough Housing Authority
FREE HEARING CLINIC
Date: Friday, June 9
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.