Throughout this year we have been sharing the following ‘fun fact’. The end of 2016 will usher in a historic population shift in Massachusetts. More of the population will be over the age of 60 than
under the age of twenty. The changing demographic in Massachusetts, and throughout the world, is challenging us more than ever to anticipate our own aging and to the extent possible, what that might mean. There are several things that all of us can do in that regard. Appoint a Health Care Proxy and Power of Attorney, trusted family or friends, to make medical and other decisions in the event of incapacity. Share your preferences regarding medical and end of life care with the individuals you appoint. Documentation of your appointments should be on file with medical providers and accessible to others acting on your behalf. Know your projected financial picture for retirement. That will help you more clearly identify the appropriate and available housing and care options.
Anticipate and plan ahead. There is statistical support for the prediction that in addition to living longer, the majority of people will be contending with one or more chronic health conditions and 7 out
of 10 older people will need help with activities of daily living for an estimated three years. How and where will you plan to meet those needs? What measures are possible to mitigate these projections. Advance consideration of these weighty matters and familiarity with available service options will help with later life planning and optimizing your choices. Utilize your Senior Center. It is a resource that can help people transition into retirement and with planning for later life. I am available to consider these issues with you. 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. Please call the Senior Center at 508-393-5035 to schedule your appointment.
WITH MEDICARE PLANS, DOES IT MATTER WHICH PHARMACY YOU USE?
For many Medicare plans, the pharmacy you use could make a big difference in the cost of your drugs! All Medicare drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans (HMOs, PPOs)
have network pharmacies. Most pharmacies accept most plans. However, if you go to a pharmacy that is not in your plan’s network, your drugs will not be covered, and you will pay full retail price.
For 2017, there are 21 Medicare drug plans and 18 of them have preferred pharmacies. By using a preferred pharmacy, you can save money! You should check that the pharmacy you currently use is the best one to use with your plan. Most plans have a mail-order program that allows you to get a 90-day supply of your covered prescription drugs sent directly to
your home. Mail order sometimes costs less, but using preferred pharmacies may cost less than mail order. REMINDER: Many plans have made changes to their premiums,
deductibles, co-pays, and the drugs that are covered. Now is the time to review your options and make a change for 2017. MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 7!
IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR MEDICARE PLAN, DON’T WAIT! CALL 1-800-MEDICARE NOW!
BLOOD PRESSURE AND WELLNESS CLINICS
The Northborough Senior Center is pleased to partner with SALMON VNA & Hospice to provide an onsite wellness nurse. The nurse offers a clinic on the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 – 2:00 PM, which will include general health screening 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 physician. This wellness clinic is an opportunity to sit with 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.