Tuesday, October 25, 2016

News You Can Use - Oct-Nov 2016

From the Amador Commission on Aging
Committed to informing the seniors of Amador County and advocating for their well-being.

  Highlighted items are new or most important on-going info:
·        Common Ground Senior Services is still in need of $8000 for a new walk-in freezer to serve the senior meals program, particularly the home-delivered meals program. The cost is $16000. The Amador Senior Foundation donated $8000 but there is still a need for the rest. Contact Anne Boyce at 223.3015 if  you have ideas or wish to make a donation.

·        April is still recruiting volunteers for the Amador Rides program which provides free transportation to medical appointments. They now have a wheelchair accessible van that the volunteers can use instead of using their own cars.  
·        There are handouts on Emergency Preparedness that were prepared by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing masters’ students. They are available from the Senior Center.  If you need multiple copies, ask Eileen. The materials focus on plan, prepare and practice.

·        The Annual Holiday See’s Candy sale to benefit the Amador Senior Center is taking orders for candy and gift certificates. These can be ordered for a discounted price. Forms available by mail, email or at the Senior Center. Orders must be in and paid for by November 29th. Candy will arrive the first week of December.

·        There will be an Unmet Needs (Transportation) Hearing on December 15th to give public input to the Amador County Transportation Commission about what people need in the way of transportation. There is  form online that people can use if they do not wish to go to the hearing or cannot get there. Money that is not designated as needed for transportation options is used for road and street repair.  It is important to give the ACTC input about the need for increased public transportation.

·        Michelle Clark, Amador Operations Manager for the American Legion Ambulance Company, said that the flu season has already started and encouraged people to get their flu shots asap.

·        The 2016 edition of the Senior Resource Guide is at the Amador Senior Center and is  being distributed by many service providers.  There will also be copies at the Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Realtors office.

·        Debbie Shugg, HICAP Manager for Area 12 Agency on Aging, gave a presentation of the 2017 Update for Medicare Part D.  This is the mandatory medication insurance that everyone on Medicare must have.  From October 17 to December 7, HICAP will be making appointments to review your current drug plan.  It is VERY important to do this each year because all the plans change: the cost of your drugs may change dramatically and you will not find out until January when you get your first bill. She also explained how Medicare Part D premiums are structured and talked about the “donut hole” that people with very expensive or a great many medications can fall into. For specific questions or to make an appointment, call 1.800.434.0222. There are plenty of appointments available for the next six weeks but do NOT delay and be sure that you understand how your drug plan may change.  You can change plans right now if HICAP can help you identify a better, less costly plan for 2017.

·        Interim Health Care has a new owner, Brenden Pichette.  Brenden is going to continue to hold the Parkinson’s Support Group on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 to 12 at the Interim office near AAA and Perko’s

Ongoing programs to share with people:
·        Sheriff’s Hidden Key Program – free program. Information and registration forms available at the Sheriff’s office, Amador Senior Center and from Common Ground front office.
·        Code Red: People need to register their cell phones in order to receive a call or text in the case of an emergency or natural disaster. Everyone in the county received a postcard with information about this program. You can register on the Sheriff’s website http://www.amadorsheriff.org/administration/code_red
People who need assistance can call Eileen (223-0452) at the Senior Center and she will talk them through the process over the phone. Next month there will be a computer available at the Center and Eileen will assist people in registering using that computer.

·        Evening support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s/Dementia patients. It meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Gold Quartz from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call Susan Tomasich for more information.(223-3273 or stomasich@amadorassistcare.com
·        Amador Senior Center Family Caregiver Support Group will meet on October 26th at 10:30 and meets meet the 4th Wednesday of each month. Any family member/friend who is caring for a loved one is welcome. Call Laurie at 223-0442 for further information. (The November meeting will be on November 29th due to Thanksgiving.)

Services and programs funded by the Commission include the following:
·        Vial of Life (co-sponsored by the American Legion Ambulance) - $3 donation.
·        Visible Address signs (with funding from the American Legion Ambulance) $20 for a senior (60 and older) or $25 for Amador residents younger than 60. Installation assistance is available through the Amador Senior Center’s Home Repair and Safety Modification program. Applications are available at the Senior Center
·        Guide to Volunteer Opportunities in Amador – sponsored by the Commission on Aging. Free to individuals. Donations accepted from organizations or businesses.
·        See’s Candy is always available at the Senior Center – 8:30 to 4 on weekdays all year. Fresh candy picked up monthly and special order (at a slightly higher cost) available by contacting Eileen @ 223-0452. Very low prices but proceeds help fund programs for the Center.

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