Medstar Medicare Choice program ending
In 2015, Medstar Choice, a Medicare Advantage plan, began offering coverage to St. Mary’s County Medicare beneficiaries as an alternate to receiving benefits from traditional Medicare. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, these policies will no longer be offered in St. Mary’s and those who are currently enrolled will be automatically enrolled back into the traditional Medicare Part A & B program. It is important that individuals affected by this loss of coverage seek out enrollment into a Medicare Part D prescription plan and possibly a Medicare Medigap policy as well. Anyone who needs assistance reviewing their options can call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050, to schedule an appointment.
Health fair planned
The 2017 Health Fair, sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California. The fair is free to the public.
Flu shots will be available for $20. Anyone billing the cost to Medicare should bring their card. In addition to the flu vaccines, the fair will offer a variety of free screenings including, skin cancer, hearing, vision, oral health and blood pressure. A shredder truck will be available to shred documents, and the sheriff’s office will be on site to collect expired or unwanted medications.
For more information, contact Sarah Miller at 301-475-4200, ext. *1073, or sarah.miller@ stmarysmd.com, or visit www. stmarysmd.com/aging/healthfair.asp.
Day of pink planned at Northern
In honor of loved ones that have battled breast cancer, the Northern Senior Activity Center is asking that members wear pink on Friday, Oct. 13, to show their support. In addition, staff will collect names and copies of photographs of loved ones that have fought breast cancer and will use them to decorate our Pink Strong table.
Cycle on the trail
On Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. the Northern Senior Activity Center will have a cycling event on the Three Notch Trail sponsored by the YES Cycling Program. Each ride is customized to the needs of the group and is led by Dan Donahue. The Northern center has three bicycles and one trike available to borrow. The center does require that all participants wear a helmet and carry a cellphone on the ride. To sign up for the ride or to reserve a cycle, call 301-475-4200, ext. *3103.
Make art with wine corks
Personalize a wall hanging letter using different wine corks at this class held at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 1:30 p.m. The center will provide the wine corks, all you need to bring is the letter (suggested size is 12 inches). There will be sparkling cider and cheese served. The cost for this program is $2. Class size is limited so register by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1050.
Safe driving class offered
The next AARP Safe-Driving course will be held at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with an hour lunch break). This program includes emphasis on roundabouts, pavement markings, stop-sign compliance, red-light running, and safety issues such as speeding, seat belt and turn signal use. The cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members, payable on the day of class. Preregistration is required and can be accomplished by calling 301475-4200, ext. *1658, or stop by the registration desk at Loffler.
Breast cancer presentation planned
October is the month dedicated to breast cancer health. There are things you can do to help reduce risk for certain types of cancer. Find out about healthy habits, characteristics that increase the risk of cancer and other information when the breast health navigator from Health Connections comes to the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1658, or stop by the reception desk to secure your place at this free session.
Surviving cancer workshop slated
A workshop for those who are dealing with or who have had cancer will take place at the Loffler Senior Activity Center for six consecutive Thursdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 26 and continuing through Dec. 7. This Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is being offered for free. Topics include healthy eating, creating a physical activity program, managing stress, working with health care providers, better communication with family, friends, coworkers and providers, managing emotions and relationships, managing fatigue, and effects of treatment. Preregistration is required. Sign up by calling 301-475-6019.
Heather Heling is the first-place winner in this year’s Leonardtown Art Walk, which was held Sept. 1, with her remarkable collage, “So Thankful For You.” The second-place winner was Susan Carney and Monica Richards took third place. “I create to honor life, the healing journey we are all on, and the special milestones along the way. My work celebrates family, faith, love, and change,” Heling said in a release from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council. “My art is filled with positive, life-affirming messages for a reason: I’ve used it to save my life. Art therapy has helped me heal wounds from childhood, and has been instrumental in helping me maintain a life free from anorexia. Through my fight and recovery, I have discovered how necessary it is for me to encourage.”