The theme for May 2016 Older American’s month is Blaze a Trail. A fitting theme given that older Americans are living longer and in greater numbers than previous generations. At the Senior Center we are privileged to witness trail blazing on a regular basis. It takes many forms; visiting the Senior Center for the first time or returning after the loss of a spouse, trying an exercise or computer class, taking on a leadership role, and much more. Our changing demographics will lend itself to new opportunities and new ways of doing things. The Northborough Senior Center along with Marlborough and Hudson Senior Centers and Bay Path Elder Services are involved in a trail blazing effort that is hoped will be adapted by other communities. Come2B Dementia Friendly is a community grassroots
program, based upon the Act on Alzheimer’s program from Minnesota. It is intended to help ready communities for an increased incidence of dementia and its ripple effects. The Alzheimer’s Association projects that there will be a 40% increase in people with Alzheimer’s Disease between 2015 and 2025. Representatives of the public and the private sectors of the community are involved in this effort. A community survey will help to determine the needs and ultimately the focus of the project. The prospect of a community ‘discussion’ about the difficult and often hidden topic of dementia is in itself trail blazing. Public awareness can help to foster acceptance and support and may lead to more helpful conversations about other difficult matters. It is not too late for you to play a role in this trail blazing effort. Please contact me if you are interested in participating or if you are interested in more information.
Jocelyn Ehrhardt, MSW, Outreach Coordinator
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. Continuing this month, we have added Tuesday evening appointments at 3:45, 5:00, 6:15, 7:30 PM. Please call the Senior Center at 508-393-5035 to schedule your appointment.
NEED HELP WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS? PRESCRIPTION ADVANTAGE MAY BE YOUR ANSWER!
Prescription Advantage is a state-run program which helps many seniors pay for their prescription drugs. 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 $59,400 for a single person or $80,100 for a married couple
• Under 65 years and disabled, with an annual income at or less than $22,334 for a single person or $30,118 for a married couple.
There is no charge for joining Prescription Advantage, if you have an annual income at or less than $35,640 for a single person and $48,060 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
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.