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… 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…
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
HOLIDAY Depression: Strategies for Overcoming Holiday Blues
Sometimes as we age, we don’t feel like having lots of parties anymore, and the holidays are no longer very jolly. What used to be a time of joy can change, as life throws us some curve balls.
We think we’re supposed to be especially happy at this time of year. That expectation itself can cause people of all ages to become sad or depressed, but older adults are especially susceptible.
While the holidays may not be the same as they were in the past, there can still be plenty of reasons to celebrate. One of the most important things to remember is that it’s okay to enjoy the holidays as they are now. Memories hold a special place in your heart, but the heart has enough room to add new memories. Knowing what may trigger gloomy feelings during the holidays, and how you can cope, may help you feel better. Here are some additional tips for beating the holiday blues:
1. Get out and about. Ask family and friends to help with traveling to parties and events. Invite family and friends over. Taking a brisk walk in the morning before you begin the day, or in the evening to wind down your day, is a great way to beat the blues.
2. Volunteer. Helping others is a great mood lifter.
3. Drink responsibly. It is easy to overindulge around the holiday, but excessive drinking will only make you feel more depressed.
4. Accept your feelings. There is nothing “wrong” with feeling jolly; many people experience sadness and feelings of loss during the holidays. Be kind to yourself, seek support, and even laugh at yourself every now and then.
5. Talk to someone. Don’t underestimate the power of friend, family, mentors, and neighbors. Talk about your feelings; it can help you understand why you feel the way you do. Something as simple as a phone call, a chat over coffee, or a nice e-mail or letter can brighten your mood.
Written by: Betty Blackham, RN, Public Health and Wellness Nurse, VNA of Cape Cod