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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.”

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