As you consider whether or what to resolve for 2017, remember that the Senior Center can help make your resolutions a success. The Senior Center offers an array of programs to support a more active and healthier lifestyle. Affordable exercise classes, for all abilities, and the Health and Wellness Clinic where you can meet face to face with a nurse, help you prioritize healthier practices. New skills are taught and learned here. Computer skills are taught in a relatable and practical format. Volunteers learn a range of skills that enable them to work alongside our kitchen manager or at the reception area. Without exception, people that come to the Senior Center or ride the Senior Van meet new people. Utilizing SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) and the Outreach program can help
you with advance planning, to include; Medicare, housing, making ends meet and Advance Directives. The Senior Center involvement in Come2Be Dementia Friendly, a statewide initiative to increase awareness and support for people dealing with dementia is an opportunity to take part in a large scale effort. If you are hoping to increase your fun quotient,
you can also do that at the Senior Center by eating at the Bistro, joining in a card game, coloring and art classes, weekly Dull Men meetings, the Harmonica Club, and more. I look forward to welcoming the new year with you and to many successful resolutions. 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.
2017 MEDICARE PART B PREMIUM
The standard Medicare Part B premium in 2017 is $134. However, most people who get Social Security benefits are paying less than that and are getting the same benefit check this year. This is due
to a law that prevents the check amount from going down. For those who were not getting Social Security benefits last year and those who newly enroll in Part B this year, most will pay $134
There are exceptions based on income. All people with incomes higher than $85,000 per year ($170,000 for a couple) have higher premiums. They will pay between $187.50 and $428.60
per month for Part B, based on their income level. People with limited income and assets may qualify for a program that will pay their premium.
Trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone...on Medicare) volunteers can help you! They offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. 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 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.
FREE WELLNESS CLINIC
Date: Tuesday, January 17
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 PM at the Senior Center
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS
Tuesday, January 3 at 1:00 PM at the Senior Center
Thursday, January 12 at 1:00 PM at the Northborough Housing Authority.