Are you familiar with the following local programs; CODE Red,The Northborough Registry of Emergency Needs and the Northborough Police Department Dementia/ Cognitive Issues
Alert? These programs can provide security and reassurance to older and or vulnerable persons in Northborough.
Code Red is the Town of Northborough’s emergency alert system. In an emergency automated phone messages are delivered to residents enrolled in Code Red. Examples of emergency notices include; evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices and missing person reports. All residents are encouraged to enroll in this important service. Enroll online or obtain a paper copy of the online form at the Senior Center. Return the completed form to the Senior Center front desk and volunteers will enter and submit the information online.
The town of Northborough maintains a voluntary record of residents with special needs. The Northborough Registry of Emergency Needs (forms available at the Senior Center),
informs town personnel of the special needs among residents and reassures residents that their needs are known. Information of this nature is especially important in emergency
situations particularly in the planning and prioritizing of response and recovery efforts.
All residents, including those who have submitted information to The Registry of Emergency Needs, are still required to develop their own contingency plans for emergency situations.
The Dementia/ Cognitive Issues Alert makes it possible for family members, caregivers and friends concerned about a loved one who is
experiencing confusion or disorientation, to share their identifying information, including a photo, with the police department. The form is
available on the Police Department website or in printed form at the Northborough Senior Center. Consider signing up for this program before a
wandering event occurs.
Please contact me at the Northborough Senior Center Outreach Department with questions about these proactive, community oriented programs, requests for help with the forms and more.
Jocelyn Ehrhardt, MSW,
DELAYING MEDICARE ENROLLMENT
Most people first become eligible to enroll in Medicare during the 7 month Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) surrounding their 65th birthday. If you are still working and covered through your employer group health plan, you may delay enrolling in Medicare without penalty. This also applies if you are covered through your spouse’s active employment. However, once employment ends,
other coverage, such as COBRA, will not prevent the penalty.
If you are covered by a plan through the Health Connector, you can drop it and enroll in Medicare during your IEP. Otherwise, you will be subject to a delay in Medicare enrollment and premium penalty. Also, any subsidies or premium tax credits you’ve been getting will end with Medicare enrollment. If you missed enrolling during your IEP, help may be available. You should contact Social
Security before September 30, 2017.
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.
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.