Generations is now taking appointments for SHIP (State Health Insurance Plan) counseling to assist you in choosing your best option for your Medicare supplement. The best supplemental plan for you could change from year to year depending on your health, medications, etc. Do not assume that the plan that you have always had is the best for you. Let us help you take a look at all of your options, and then YOU decide which plan that you want to go with. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with one of our SHIP counselors, please call us at 1-800-742-9002.
• When’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period?
Every year, Medicare’s open enrollment period is October 15 - December 7.
• What’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period?
Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.
• How do people know if they need to change plans?
People in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should always review the materials their plans send them, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC). If their plans are changing, they should make sure their plans will still meet their needs for the following year. If they’re satisfied that their current plans will meet their needs for next year and it’s still being offered, they don’t need to do anything.
• When can people get information about next year’s Medicare plans?
Information for next year’s plans is available in October.
• Where can people find Medicare plan information or compare plans?
1-800-MEDICARE or Medicare.gov.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN GREENE COUNTY
Looking for a way to give back to your community? Do you enjoy helping others? Would you like to meet new people? The new RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) grant is underway and Generations is looking for volunteers. Volunteer stations are available throughout Greene County and Generations would love to connect you with a volunteer activity that you would enjoy! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Sara Vaughn at 812-384-6957, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Sara through the Volunteer Center of Greene County page (www.facebook.com/volunteercenterofgreenecounty).
CAREGIVER EVENT SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER
In celebration of National Family Caregiver Month, Generations is sponsoring a FREE program for family caregivers. The Caregiver Connection event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 1st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vincennes University’s Beckes Student Union - Fort Sackville Room, 1101 N. 2nd St, Vincennes. A FREE lunch will be provided, as well as FREE blood pressure checks and pulse ox readings and exercise demonstrations from our Matter of Balance classes! Topics will include:
• Caregiver services and supports offered through the Veterans Administration
• Geriatric Nutrition Concerns
• Advance Care Planning
• Caregiver Advocacy and Resources
• Medicare Fraud and Responsibilities of POA
PLUS, several area businesses and agencies will be on hand to speak to you about your specific caregiving needs.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP by calling Linda Yochum at 812-888-5880 or at 1-800-742-9002 by October 25, 2017.
*VENDORS WELCOME! If your business/agency is interested in renting a display table at this event, the cost is $25. Interested vendors may contact Cindi Holloway at 812-888-4267 or by e-mail at email@example.com
The latest issue of Generations magazine will be here any day! Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.