Yarmouth Senior Solutions
Call 508-394-7606 for your appointment today! https:/www.benefitscheckup.org/ Benefits Checkup is a free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Benefits Checkup asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses. Here are the types of expenses you may get help with: Medications, Food, Utilities, Legal Costs, Health Care, Housing, In-Services, Taxes, Transportation, Employment Training.
You can service yourself using this tool and/or review with us in Outreach at Yarmouth Senior Services by making an appointment.
Please call Outreach or additional information.
The Benefits Checkup is a free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Benefits Checkup asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses. Here are the types of expenses you may get help with: Medications, Food, Utilities, Legal Costs, Health Care, Housing, In-Services, Taxes, Transportation, Employment Training. You can service yourself using this tool and/or review with us in Outreach at Yarmouth Senior Services by making an appointment. Please call Outreach or additional information.
Tax Assistance Programs (Personal Exemptions)
SHINE NEWS… March 2017
Medicare Part D and Pharmacies For many Medicare drug plans, the pharmacy you use could make a big difference in the cost of your medications! 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 medications will not be covered, and you will pay full retail price. For 2017, 85% of the Medicare drug plans have preferred pharmacies. By using a preferred pharmacy, you can save money! Some plans have changed their preferred pharmacies for 2017, so please check to make sure the pharmacy you currently use will still be the best come January 1st . 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 could end up costing you less than mail order.
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 7! IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR MEDICARE PLAN, DON’T WAIT!
CALL 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) now…
SHINE NEWS…April 2017
Are you or someone you know turning 65 soon?
Every day there are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 who
are now eligible for Medicare. Those new to Medicare can
make costly mistakes, resulting in higher health care costs,
gaps in coverage and possibly a lifetime late-enrollment
penalty. If you are collecting Social Security, you will
automatically receive your Medicare card 2-3 months
before turning 65. If you are not collecting, you are
responsible for signing up for Medicare Part A (hospital
insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) either online at
www.socialsecurity.gov or at your local Social Security
office. There are federal rules as to when you can enroll into
Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans
-HMOs, PPOs) and D (prescription coverage). If you miss
these enrollment periods, you may have to pay a lateenrollment
penalty and could have a gap in health care
coverage. If you are covered by a group health plan through
the company you or spouse is still actively working at (not
Cobra), you may delay taking Medicare Part B at 65 without
a penalty. However, if the employer has less than 20
employees, then Medicare is primary, and the employer
coverage is secondary. In this case, you may need to have
Medicare Parts A and B for complete coverage. This is only
one example - each situation is unique, and more questions
need to be asked, options to look over and costs to
compare. That is why it is very important to sit down with a
SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone)
counselor and go over your particular situation. SHINE
volunteer counselors are trained and certified by the
Executive Office of Elder Affairs and are re-certified each
year to help those on, or eligible for, Medicare navigate the
complex health insurance system. If you or someone you
know will be turning 65 soon, please call the senior center
at ext. 1330 to make an appointment with a SHINE counselor
or call the Regional SHINE Office, Barnstable County-
Dept. of Human Services, at 508-375-6762.
Barnstable Veterans Services Did you know that 955 case files exist for Yarmouth veterans or widows at the Barnstable office? Are you a Veteran or Widow in need of help? Please contact our Veterans Services Agent, Edward F. Merigan at the main office located on 66 Falmouth Road in Hyannis, MA. Telephone: 508-778-8740 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Call for an office appointment or a home visit if you are a homebound Veteran or Widow.
A new service linking elders, caregivers & individuals w/ disabilities to services they need. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-844-422-6277 OR MassOptions.org
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands (ESCCI) is a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to serving older adults in the twenty-two towns of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties (not Gosnold). We are the federally designated Area on Aging (AOA) and statedesignated Aging Services Access Point (ASAP). ESCCI, in partnership with Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD,) has the designation of the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC) of Cape Cod and the Islands, which provides information, advocacy and access to services for the elderly and people with disabilities residing in our tri-county service area.
Life support Equipment for EVERSOURCE customers. - If you, or a household member, depends on life support equipment it is important for our household to have a plan in place in the event you lose power. With appropriate documentation from your physician EVERSOURCE can indicate on your account that you or a household member relies on life support equipment. In the event of power loss EVERSOURCE will take steps to help prevent or minimize the loss of electricity due to routine maintenance and repairs. Customers are required to renew documentation annually. A letter from a physician, on the physician’s letterhead certifying: • That the equipment is being used for life support purposes • The type of equipment being used • The patient’s name, contact number, alternative contact number (if patient can’t be reached via primary number) The letter should be mailed to: EVERSOURCE, 247 Station Drive SW200, Westwood, MA 02090
Cape Cod Child Development Volunteer Opportunity
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Presentation location: Yarmouth Senior Center
Please join us for an Informational presentation to learn about many volunteer opportunities.
Call: 508-394-7606, Ext: 1330 to RSVP Volunteers Wanted!
Do you love to read? Spending time over the pages of books with preschoolers helps them learn to recognize letters, understand that print represents the spoken word, how to hold a book, turn the pages and start at
the beginning: simple accomplishments, yet emergent literacy skills, necessary for later success in reading. The essence of Read To Me! is one adult reading aloud to one child. A group of volunteers, men and women, visit a school twice a month from October through May. Each volunteer meets with the same child on each visit and reads with them for 30 minutes,
giving that child their undivided attention and establishing
BURIED IN TREASURES
Wednesdays from 2:00 PM—4:00 PM
Join us for a wonderful support/educational group for help with compulsive acquiring, difficulty throwing items away, or keeping possessions organized; this may be the group for you!
Program has fifteen sessions, pre-registration is required, limited to 10 people, and the “Buried in Treasures” book will be provided for you.
Group limited to first ten people who are first-time participants in such a group. Please call the Yarmouth Senior Center to register for the group at
508-394-7606, X 1337.
Monday, April 10th at 1:00 PM
A wonderful free program, sponsored by Mass Audiology. Make your appointment to meet Susanne Capra, Hearing Instrument Specialist. Services provided will include a visual inspection of both ears, a hearing screening, and a cleaning with check-up of existing hearing instruments. Call
ext. 1330 to schedule your appointment.