MASON COUNTY — The 2018 Medicare open enrollment continues to be a major topic for Mason County senior citizens as they announce November activities.
The open enrollment period ends Dec. 7, and local seniors have an advocate in Ann Dalton, who can assist in finding information and getting answers to questions regarding Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap plans, and long-term care insurance.
Dalton is headquartered at the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant, where she will speak on Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m. on the topic, “Medicare Appeals for Care that is Ending.” The same presentation will be made at the Mason Senior Center on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. Dalton is available to meet with seniors in person, or by phone at 304-675-2369.
Other speakers scheduled for November at the Point Pleasant location are Frank Bibbee, Jr. of Amedisys on “Diabetes,” Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m.; Sara Gore, community educator with Holzer, Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m.; and Sharon Hill of Pleasant Valley Hospital on “Guidelines for Diabetes Management,” Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. A representative from the Veterans Administration will be at the center on Nov. 15 from noon to 2 p.m.
Regular activities at the Gene Salem center are bingo on Mondays and Fridays, the Senior Center Country Band on Wednesdays, and music and church service on Thursdays. All begin at 10 a.m.
Mason center regular activities are bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.; Healthy Steps Exercise Class on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and music and church service on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
The seniors will be having a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m., at both centers. The menu will include baked turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and pumpkin pie. Seniors are asked to make a donation, although no one is denied a meal due to inability to pay. Anyone under the age of 60 years must pay $5.25 per meal.
Both centers, as well as the Mason County Action Group business office, will be closed Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day, and Nov. 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Director Renae Riffle also reminds seniors that centers are closed when Mason County Schools are closed due to bad weather. Closure announcements are also made on local radio and television stations, as well as on the Facebook page and WSAZ website.