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Thank you New London Seniors!    

…For all that you have done for our community this year:

Fundraising & Donations: Holiday Boot Drive, Adopt-A-Senior, School Supplies, Care Packages for Armed Service Members, Holiday Cards to Veterans, Fundraiser for Soup Kitchen, Tommy Maynard Fund Raiser, N. L. High School Scholarship, N. L. Police Department Brochure, etc.

Volunteerism: Food Pantry, Nursing Home Visits, TVCCA Kitchen, Local Beach Clean-Up, TVCA RSVP Program, Sliver Threads Boutique Thrift Shop, Jason’s Tag Sale, Books Sales and Sawing Shop Sales at the Senior Center, Trips, Bingo, Volunteer Luncheon, Pen Pals Program, Scrapbooking Project for Nursing Home Residents, etc.

Collaboration with Community Organizations: Big Event and Kids Camp (w/ N. L. Recreation Department), “Carousal “ and Senior Prom (w/ Conn. College), Lightbulb Exchange (w/ Eversource), Summer Fiesta (w/ Centro de la Comunidad).

Special Events at the Senior Center: Health Education Series, Intergenerational Programing, Holiday Gathering, Butterfly Memorial, Talent Show, Gong Show, Mother’s Day Tea, Father’s Day Breakfast…

 

 

 

 

 

    Yearly Healthcare Coverage Checkup – Content by Judy

    Every year – usually in the fall it is time for all of us to do our annual check to see if our insurance will be meeting our needs for the next year. We all need to look at our Medicare, what we have for a supplemental and what our prescription policy covers.

    So, for Medicare – do you have Part A and Part B? A covers the hospital and B covers about 80% of all of the other approved services. Part A is covered when you apply for Social Security and if you select to have Part B it is taken monthly out of your Social Security.

    To cover the other 20% of Part B, you can choose a supplemental insurance and there are a lot of plans to pick from. Or you can choose to self-pay that 20%.

    If you choose to have a supplemental plan, then you should review that the plan you have is the best one for you for the next year.  Then pick the company that offers your plan at the lowest monthly rate. All plans at each level offer exactly the same coverage. They just charge different fees.

    For example, Plan G might be offered by 14 insurance companies. The prices can range from say $200.00 a month up to say $500.00 a month. The coverage is identical in all of the Plan Gs, so buy the $200.00 a month plan and you will save a lot of money.

    It’s very similar when you check for your prescription plan which is Part D. Buy the best deal for you. Deciding is a little more complicated as you want to check that the medicine you are taking is covered by the plan you buy. Visit Medicare.gov and select “find health and drug plans” and plan on spending a half hour or more checking what you have, and which plan will be best for you next year. Be sure you are comparing drug coverage, deductibles and copays.

    Then there are Medicare Advantage Plans. These are very similar to an HMO or a PPO where you pick providers from the in-network list. Generally, there is no monthly premium for health coverage. You might need to change doctors but maybe not. And these savings sound very attractive but be sure you are prepared as you will have copays for visits to the doctor, fees if you go to PT and for other services. These out of pocket costs can be as high as say $5,000 up to $6,700 for in-network before your plan kicks in again. And remember this is per person.

    So if you are picking a Medicare Advantage Plan you might want to set up a separate bank account with $5,000+ in it so if you or your spouse falls ill you have the money to pay those out of pocket costs. No one needs to be worrying about money when dealing with an illness or accident.

    With all of this said, set aside at least an afternoon to review your coverage, your insurance plans, changes in your health and your prescriptions for the last year, then look into what coverage you want for next year.

    If this is overwhelming, reach out and ask an expert for help. Visit SeniorCenterCt.org and call your Senior Center or Senior Resources. All of the phone numbers are there for you. And the sooner you do this the better. Open enrollment starts Oct 15 and ends December 7th. If you do nothing your coverage will stay the same as what you have now. So, start today looking at your coverage and deciding if you need help. Those professionals are waiting for you to call and best yet their help is FREE!

    As we await the guidance on the safe reopening of senior centers from the State of Connecticut, we wanted to provide you with several updates.

    In order to continue to support you we are offering the following services:

    1. Assistance with grocery shopping for seniors.
    2. Food Pantry delivery to residents (60+) who meet income guidelines.
    3. TVCCA’s Meals-On-Wheels deliveries and “Grab-n’-Go” curbside meal distributions are deemed to be safest at this time, and will remain in force until social gathering recommendations are relaxed.
    4. Over-the-phone wellbeing checks.
    5. Over-the-phone resource counseling. For assistance, please call Marina: (860) 437-6339.
    6. Renters’ Rebate Program: For program requirements and if you have questions, please call (860) 437 – 6339.
    7. For all senior center members , are you missing the Thrift Boutique? News flash, indoor Flea Market at 133 Bank St.,  the Senior Affairs Commission is staffing a booth on the weekends (Fri & Sat 10-5 and Sun 12-5). All proceeds from the senior center booth come back to the center for activities, when we reopen. Drop in and check us out. Also SAC is helping to deliver meals in New London from N.L. Schools Chef Tomm and the Whalers Helping me Whalers program.  For further information or to share ideas, concerns or ask a “senior” question text; karenannepaul@gmail.com or call 860-857-3682.  See ya all soon!

    The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World [Art, History, Science, and Technology]

    The spread of COVID-19 has placed a halt on so many things in our lives,
    especially our ability to travel, causing many to cancel the vacations they had
    planned. But while we may be stuck inside, that doesn’t mean we can’t have
    some new experiences in the meantime. So we’ve put together an ultimate list
    of 75 world-class museums that offer virtual tours that you can visit from the
    comfort of your couch!

    Many of the virtual tours include exhibit walk-throughs and the ability to examine some of the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal. These virtual tours are jam-packed with enough details to make you feel like you’re really visiting the museum. The experiences are sure to entertain the whole family, an art or history buff, or even those of us who want to imagine the joys of travel again!

    We’ve broken our list down into 4 easy to review sections, including art, natural
    history, science and technology, and history museums. So whether you prefer to
    take in a painting at the Van Gogh museum, check out an SR-71 Blackbird at the
    Museum of Flight, or gaze upon the Rosetta Stone, this list has it all!

    https://upgradedpoints.com/best-virtual-museum-tours/

    NASA Is Offering Free Virtual Tours of Space

    At some point or another you’ll find yourself desperate to escape the confines
    of your quarantine lifestyle. The good news? You can do so without risking
    your health or that of others. Virtually tour the world’s most iconic

    museums, historic landmarks, or somewhere that was off-limits before the
    stay-at-home orders were even instituted: outer space.

    https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/nasa-virtual-tours-of-space