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Medicare Open Enrollment now thru Dec. 7- Free and impartial counseling on Medicare choices

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on November 02, 2016 with No Comments

Medicare participants can change their plans during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period until Wednesday, Dec. 7.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) volunteers are available to provide free and impartial counseling on Medicare choices as well as guidance on money saving programs that help pay for some or all Medicare costs.

“If you have Medicare, you should review your Part D coverage yearly during Open Enrollment. Even if you are happy with your plan, there may be a better fit for your budget and health needs,” said Ginger Brockwehl, SHIP coordinator and volunteer.

Volunteers are available to meet at the SHIP office, which is housed at Porter County Aging and Community Services, 1005 Campbell St., in Valparaiso.

To make an appointment or for more information, call (219) 464-1028 or e-mail SHIP@portercountyacs.org.

RSVP collection drives

United Way Retired and Senior Volunteer program of Northwest Indiana is hosting two collection drives: one for personal care items and the other for handmade winter clothing items for the upcoming holiday season.

The sample-size hygiene product drive collects items such as shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap/body wash, shaving cream, feminine products and lotion to provide to overseas troops and area nonprofit clients. Items are being collected through Jan. 1.

“Locally, many individuals cannot afford to purchase hygiene products, even with government assistance,” said Michael Glorioso, regional director of United Way Retired and Senior Volunteer program, in a press release. “Our program volunteers wanted to help fill this very basic need for their neighbors.”

The second collection drive is Crafting for Love, an annual holiday gift giving project that area residents can participate in. Crafty individuals can donate handmade gloves, hats and scarves to be gifted to the community’s neediest this coming holiday season. Items are being collected until Thanksgiving.

“Everyone, no matter their financial situation, deserves to receive a gift during the holidays,” said Kim Olesker, president and CEO of United Way of Porter County, in a press release. “The Crafting for Love project shows these individuals that their community cares.”

Individuals interested in providing donations can drop off requested items at the following locations: United Way of Porter County (951 Eastport Center Drive, Valparaiso), We Care from the Heart (5272 Hohman Avenue, Hammond), Portage Township Food Pantry (5391 Central Avenue, Portage), Sacred Heart Food Pantry (1001 West 8th Street, Michigan City), Starke County Community Service (311 East Culver Road, Knox), Adam Benjamin VA Clinic (9301 Madison Street, Crown Point), St. Vincent DePaul (406 East Washington Street, Knox), Sojourner Truth House (410 West 13th Avenue, Gary) and Blue Star Mothers (multiple locations).

Items donated will be gifted to the homeless, poor, veterans and overseas troops. For more information about the United Way Retired and Senior Volunteer program, visit UnitedWayPC.org.

Bruce Lindner has worked in the non-profit world for more than 35 years and now serves as the executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services. A native of the region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. For more information, contact him directly at 465-7144 or email at bhlindner@portercountyacs.org.

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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