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Senior Class

Medicare Enrollment Opens Unusually Early  

Due to a month-earlier shift of the annual enrollment period for Medicare, The Freeman Insurance Agency, will host open enrollment meetings every Monday from through Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with additional days and times as necessary at 625 Oak St.

Open enrollment shifted to Oct. 15-Dec. 7, compared to previous years, Nov. 15-Dec. 31.

The enrollment period allows a Medicare beneficiary with both parts A and B to make changes to their Medicare prescription drug plan part D for the following year. After Dec. 7 Medicare will not accept new plan selections.

There are over 20 different insurance plans that contract with Medicare to provide Medicare Advantage Plans in Orange County and many of these companies offer multiple plans including HMO and PPO.
Patrick and Joann Freeman can help sort out the different programs. Contact them at 949-497-7473.

Seizing Opportunities

“C”sing LIFE:  Life Information, Facts and Enlightenment,” about accepting change, is a two-hour program Thursday, September 22 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Susi Q Senior Community Center.

The presenters are Judy Hoyt Pettigrew and Shiffy Crane. Pettigrew, a 10-year, long-term care financial planning advisor, was her mother’s caregiver for 18 years.

Pettigrew will lead attendees through steps on how to catalogue the important paperwork and hold conversations about your desires and your directives.

Crane, a geriatric care manager and owner of Advocates for Senior Choices, will lead guests through choosing the right care for their particular needs. She will share resources available.
RSVP as space is limited at 949-497-2441.

Activities at the Susi Q Center

Intermediate and Beginning Bridge Lessons:
The class will include discussion of hands and scoring.  Beginning bridge is designed for the beginner or rusty player. Registration and pre-payment are required.
Floral Design Classes:
Come and learn simple and creative techniques in all styles of flower arranging. Classes begin on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. This is a four week series, but you do not have to attend each class.

Social Services Support
Are you a spouse caring for your loved one, an individual caring for your significant other, a son or daughter trying to coordinate services for a parent? Judy Denton and Martha Hernandez, are available Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 5 p.m. to recommend resources and techniques to alleviate the stressors in your care giving life.

Battling the Blues Counseling Assistance
Participants meet one-on-one with a skilled therapist at the Susi Q or in-home if necessary.
Counseling appointments are free for a limited time.

Call for registration information (949) 497-2441.

Stimulating Appetites With Family Favorites

The local Home Instead Senior Care office is encouraging family caregivers to dig into the family recipe box to find a favorite recipe to prepare and share a meal with their senior loved one.

Research by the company discovered that seniors’ biggest mealtime challenge is lack of companionship.

Enter the recipe and a story about what makes the dish special in a contest by Sept. 15. The contest at www.mealsandcompanionship.com is part of an effort to help seniors stay connected socially and eat more nutritiously by offering caregivers tips to encourage companionship and healthy meals.

About 40 percent of those 75 and older, 6.7 million people, live alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

For contest guidelines and prizes, visit www.mealsandcompanionship.com.

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