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The UN designated October 1 as International Day of Older Persons in order to encourage countries and their citizens to pay attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing, and to enable older persons to realize their potential. The 2022 Theme is The Resilience and Contributions of Older WomenLearn more: www.un.org/en/observances/older-persons-day(Image Description: Large group of happy people of all ages from various countries waving various country flags.) ... See MoreSee Less
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Save the DateKlamath Basin Senior CenterChristmas BazaarWhen: Saturday, December 3rdTime: 8:30 am - 3 pmONE DAY ONLY. Doors open for sellers 7am to set up tables. Tables must be cleared by 3:30 pm. $25 per table. Call Kathy for more info. 541-883-7171 ext. 124(Image description: Watercolor Christmas garland with fir branches and red berries, candy cane, iced cookies, and a star. Image by Анна Султанова, found on Adobe Stock.) ... See MoreSee Less
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ABC' s (and D's) of MedicareFor long time readers this is probably old news. However, the great majority of newcomers to Medicare who come in to SHIBA for counseling do not comprehend the basics at all. This is understandable. Once you're eligible for Medicare there are many different paths you can take. So let's dig into a brief Medicare 101 - very brief.Medicare Part A is mostly hospital coverage. I say mostly because it covers other things too, such as home health, skilled nursing care and hospice. It's free and you're eligible if you have the required forty quarters of Social Security participation. You get it automatically when you become eligible for Medicare. Part B is mostly medical care and again I say mostly because it covers other things besides doctor visits, such as lab tests, emergency room, diabetes supplies, medical equipment, therapies - and more. Sometimes it pays 100%; other times less. This is why people purchase a private Medicare supplement plan (or Medigap) to supplement what Medicare Part A and B does not pay for. Part B is required, unless you have other creditable health insurance, and has a premium. Medicare Part D is drug insurance, also required. It too is sold by private insurance companies and can vary widely in price and coverage, depending on your needs.Last, but certainly not least, is Part C, the advantage plan. In this scenario, private insurance companies contract with Medicare to manage your health care. They cover everything that Medicare covers. They have preferred providers but also cover providers outside of their network at a greater cost. They may or may not have a premium. They may or may not include a drug plan, depending on your needs. They will always have co-pays. These co-pays will vary depending on which plan you choose. I like to think of an advantage plan as a package, and like all packages they come with different wrappings and contents. That's it! Yet I certainly acknowledge it's not as simple as A B C (and D) above . The devil is in the details, and there are many many choices and details among these different parts and plans. Yet a basic understanding is absolutely necessary as a starter if you are to make an informed decision about your coverage. Please make an appointment at the senior center (phone 541-883-7171) with a trained and certified SHIBA counselor and we can dig deeper and, hopefully, answer the many questions I know you'll have.Anne Hartnett, SHIBA Coordinator(Image description: Three wooden blocks lined up "A," "B," "C." Photo by Esin Deniz, found on Adobe Stock.) ... See MoreSee Less
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Sept 15 to Oct 15 is #NationalHispanicHeritageMonth where the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. In Klamath County, nearly 15% of the population is Hispanic and Latino. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Art, Music and Community with the help of the AARP! Or from the official Hispanic Heritage Month website at www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/(Image description: Black background with pink and blue text that reads "National Hispanic Heritage Month." Photo credit www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/) ... See MoreSee Less
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