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Aging Matters: Online, telephone Medicare workshop
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Aging Matters: Online, telephone Medicare workshop

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Online, telephone
Medicare workshop

The Shepherd's Center of Greater Winston-Salem will have an online workshop for individuals turning 65 and those who already have Medicare to learn about the different insurance options available, including "Original Medicare," Medicare prescription drug programs, Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans.

The session will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through computer and telephone access.

The session is designed to explain and clarify the Medicare sign-up process and educate attendees on how to make smart choices.

The session is free. Space is limited and reservations are required.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 336-748-0217 or email

VFW honor guard
needs volunteers

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Honor Guard needs volunteers to help render military honors for deceased veterans from all branches of the military.

The honor guard is also active with color guard missions at schools, churches, retirement centers and other civic events.

Members must be honorably discharged from military service.

Uniforms and transportation are provided.

For more information or to volunteer, call Cliff Harris, quartermaster, at 336-403-8756, or email

SECU Family House
needs volunteers

The SECU Family House needs groups and volunteers to provide meals to families staying at the house while receiving medical treatment.

The meals can be dropped off at the house, no volunteers are allowed inside. Having the meals at the house allows the families to avoid going to restaurants or grocery stores.

To see a list of available dates and get specific information, go to or call Emily Kaartunen at 336-793-2822 or

Medicare information
webinar Thursday

The Blue Moon Benefits Group agency will have a free online "Welcome to Medicare" educational webinar at 6 p.m. Thursday to answer questions for people getting ready for Medicare.

It is for information only and no solicitations will be made. Topics include when and how to enroll in Medicare, the difference between Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D.

To register, go to or call 336-778-1070.

RSVP seeks online,
in-person volunteers

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is looking for volunteers, in-person and virtual.

You can set your own hours and benefits include “free” supplemental insurance, ongoing recognition and an annual volunteer appreciation event.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Virtual Reading Buddy — Must have a computer, internet access and strong computer skills. Online Reading A-Z software and training will be provided.
  • Phone Pal — Make a weekly social telephone call to an older adult.
  • Card Connections — Send encouraging notes/cards to 5-10 older adults about twice a month, supplies are provided.
  • Food Pantry Assistant — Assist with packing food boxes for clients volunteers are needed 1 to 2 days a week, and you can serve more days if desired
  • Food Pantry Clerical Assistant — Must have strong computer skills, input client data. Volunteers are needed for 3½ hours on Mondays and Fridays and/or fourth Saturdays.

If interested or for more information, contact Patricia Gilliam at 336-269-2762 or email

Get help with annual
Medicare enrollment

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will provide free assistance during the annual Medicare open enrollment period which is taking place through Dec. 7.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, Medicare beneficiaries in Forsyth County will be assisted locally as much as possible through telephone or other virtual platforms.

The center’s assistance will be provided by volunteers and staff. It is the Forsyth County coordinating site for the N.C. Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). One hour appointments will be offered during the period subject to the availability of counselors. Some referrals may be made to the SHIIP state office in Raleigh.

The open enrollment sessions will assist Medicare beneficiaries review their drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans and make changes if necessary for the coming year.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Shepherd’s Center at 336-748-0217 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Online ‘Medicare 101’
seminars scheduled

McCall Insurance Services will hold two free online “Medicare 101” seminars at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday. The Medicare annual enrollment period runs through Dec. 7 and the information provided may be beneficial.

In order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it is temporarily suspending its in-person seminars. McCall Insurance Services will continue to offer telephone, online and virtual-meeting options with one of its licensed agents conducting the meeting.

The seminars explain Medicare’s programs and are for anyone turning 65 or on Medicare. Topics include the basics of Medicare, such as signing up for Medicare Parts A and Part B. The sessions will also explain Part C and Part D.

The seminar is for information only, and no solicitations will be made.

Registration is required and can be made by calling 336-766-1885 or emailing for details on how to securely connect to the meeting, or go to

Trellis to offer online
planning sessions

Trellis Supportive Care is offering free online advance care planning sessions via the ZOOM platform at 1 p.m. each Tuesday. There will be workshops specifically for veterans and their families at 10 a.m. Dec. 8.

Attendees will be able to complete their living will and health-care power of attorney. Completing these documents will allow someone to be your voice if you can’t speak for yourself about your health care.

For more information or to register, email or call Karen Lawler at 336-331-1323. You can learn more about advance care planning by visiting

Intro to Medicare
webinar planned

Compass Financial Services will offer free "Intro to Medicare" live webinars at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Topics included in the one-hour online class will be Medicare Part A and B benefits and enrollment rules, Medicare Advantage Plans vs. Medicare Supplement Plans, how Part D and the "donut hole" work and more. It is recommended for those who will be turning 65 in the next few months.

The webinar is for educational purposes only and no solicitations will be made. Space is limited and registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 336-768-5111.

Samaritan Ministries
seeks volunteers

Samaritan Ministries needs volunteers for several areas, including the kitchen area to package and serve meals for lunch and dinner.

Under guidance of local and state health officials related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all lunches at Samaritan Ministries are being served to-go. Shelter guests, who undergo careful daily screening, continue to eat meals in the dining room.

The weekday lunch shift for volunteers is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the dinner shift is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Sunday lunch shift is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the dinner shift on Saturdays and Sundays is 4 to 7 p.m.

Volunteers must be 13 or older, agree to a liability waiver, and adhere to strict sanitation guidelines that include wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, and appropriate distancing as recommended by health officials. Samaritan asks that people who are at higher-risk talk with their medical provider about volunteering.

Samaritan Ministries is located at 414 E. Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, go to

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