Extra Help available to Medicare recipients

6/26/2013

A recent issue of the New York Times had an article asking why senior citizens of limited means are not taking advantage of the prescription drug benefit known as Extra Help. The article discussed all kinds of theories such as cognitive ability to understand the application process.

A recent issue of the New York Times had an article asking why senior citizens of limited means are not taking advantage of the prescription drug benefit known as Extra Help. The article discussed all kinds of theories such as cognitive ability to understand the application process.

Whatever the reason, seniors should understand that if they are struggling with the cost of their prescriptions, help is out there. The federally funded program known as Extra Help is available to persons with Medicare. If you (or your parent or older relative) has income below $17,235 this year ($23,365 for a married couple) and less than $13,300 ($26,580 for a couple) in other resources, not including a house or car, be sure they've applied. A broad swath of the elderly population meets these thresholds and could receive a partial or full Extra Help subsidy.

You can apply for Extra Help by going to www.medicare.gov and applying online. Or you can call Social Security at (800) 772-1213 and request a paper application or you can call the senior center at 272-3620 and request an appointment. We can help you complete the application. It usually takes six weeks to get an answer so don't wait. Call now for an appointment.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers from Cornerstone Church, RSVP volunteers, Jamie Hitchcock and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. A Snooker Tournament begins at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fiddlers, Pickers Singers meet from 5 to 9 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

July 3 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:40 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. No dance is scheduled for July 3.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Porcupine meatballs, scalloped potatoes, broccoli, blueberry dessert, wheat roll.

Friday: Baked fish or chicken strips, tator tots, five-way vegetables, mandarin oranges, wheat roll.

Monday: Smothered steak, scalloped potatoes, cauliflower and peas, cinnamon apple slice, wheat roll.

Tuesday: Roast turkey with potatoes and gravy, beets with orange sauce, fruit gelatin salad, wheat roll.

July 3: Chicken pot pie, Capri vegetables, mandarin oranges, wheat bread.

Celebrating 35 years at the Senior Center of Finney County. Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.

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