By Mike Reese
The annual Medicare Open Enrollment event is the period of time established by the government for joining, switching, or dropping Medicare Advantage plans, supplemental insurance coverage, or Medicare Part D. Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 is that period this year.
Please be aware that these insurance plans change their coverage and costs each year, so its important to review your plan and compare it to others on the market every fall! The fact that you were pleased with your plan this year does not automatically guarantee that you will be pleased with the coverage in 2016.
If you are currently enrolled in a Part D prescription drug plan, review the information (especially the formularies) and decide whether your current medications will still be covered by that plan. Also compare the 2015 price of your current Part D premium with the price of other similar plans for 2016.
Clinchfield Senior Adult Center is partnering with the Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (TN SHIP) to provide free and objective individual assistance in comparing Part D and Medicare Advantage plans.
Trained Medicare counselors will be on hand at the Senior Center on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon to assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families in comparing their Part D or Medicare Advantage for 2016.
Appointments are preferred for this event and Senior Center membership is not required. For more information and to set up an appointment, please call the Center at 743-5111.
Apple Relish Project – One of our fundraising activities for the past 10 years has been apple relish made right here in our commercial kitchen. We would like to convey our appreciation to gardner Virgil Moore who has been donating ample supplies of peppers to us during the summers for this project.
Please note the upcoming programs and activities in October:
Thursday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. Joan Donavan will entertain us with some Ragtime Piano Music. If you like music, come to the center, sit back, and enjoy some good foot tapping music. A donation basket will be available if you would like to make a donation to help Joan with travel and songwriting expenses.
Friday, Oct. 16 Gospel music will be the entertainment of the day as we travel to Bryson City, N.C. for 2015 Singing in the Smokies. The lineup includes The Chuck Wagon Gang, The Troy Burns Family, and the Inspirations. The Senior Center van will leave at 8 a.m. and arrive back around 4 p.m. Cost for transportation and ticket is $25. Lunch will be on your own.
Senior center members have priority over non-members for day trips. Call the center at 743-5111 for more information or to sign up for the trip.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m. Sandy Halford, MSN, RN Instructor, and a group of four ETSU senior nursing students, will present an Emergency Preparedness Ready Training. The ETSU nursing students who will present the program are Jiajia Huang, Summer Grooms, Eric Akhiwa, and Amanda Schoeppher. Their focus will be on functional needs and disabilities, and they would like for family members to feel free to attend.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. Brian Poston, Erwin State Farm Insurance Agency, will call Bingo. Gift certificates will be given for toenail trimmings, congregate meals and transportation for charter trips in addition to the other regular prizes.
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. Elizabeth Hall, Food City Dietician, will present a program on Eat Better, Eat Together.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Dr. Glynda Ramsey, Radiologist with Mountain Empire Radiology, specializes in women imaging including mammography, breast biopsy and breast MRI. She provides public, student and clinician education through her affiliations with Mountain States Health Alliance, Unicoi Memorial Hospital, Quillen College of Medicine and UT college of Nursing in Knoxville. Dr. Ramseys programs emphasize whole foods nutrition, exercise and yoga, stress management and other mind-body techniques.
For additional information, visit the senior center at 220 Union Street or call 743-5111 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.