Auburn, Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 7

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SHINE volunteers at the Auburn Senior Center are offering counseling on health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Senior Center wants residents to know that Medicare open enrollment ends on Friday, so it’s important to make sure that seniors have a new plan for January.

Each year, Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans may change their formularies, premiums, co-pays and deductibles. Some Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans are leaving and some new ones are entering, so if you’re a member of a plan that is leaving, the Senior Center wants you to make sure you have a new plan for 2013.

SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteers are offering counseling on health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Call Shirley Kemp at the Auburn Senior Center at 508-832-7799 for a SHINE appointment or call 1-800-243-4636, then press 3 and leave your name and number for a call back.

For assistance from a Medicare representative 24 hours a day/7 days a week, call 1-800-MEDICARE.

Blood Pressure Clinic

The Auburn Visiting Nurses hold a clinic for seniors to have their blood pressure and weight checked on the first and third Friday of each month at the Auburn Senior Center.

Medical Escort Volunteers Wanted

The Senior Center is looking for people to assist seniors with medical appointments on the van and assist with shopping on any of their shopping trips. For more information, call the Senior Center at 508-832-7799

Christmas Party

At 1 p.m. Dec. 18, the Friends of the Auburn Senior Center Association are presenting its annual Christmas Party at the Auburn Senior Center as Santa drops by to visit with seniors. There will be pastries, treats, drinks and entertainment on the accordion by Maurice Carguilo.

It costs $3 to attend the party. Purchase tickets at the Senior Center’s front desk by Dec. 13.    

Christmas Dinner

Elder Services will have a Christmas Dinner at noon Dec. 20 featuring turkey with gravy, sausage stuffing, honey glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, cornbread and éclairs.

Reservations are needed by calling Patty Hubbard, nutrition site manager, two days in advance at the Auburn Senior Center, 508-832-7798. A $2 donation is appreciated. 

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