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Aging Matters: Trellis to offer online planning sessions
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Aging Matters: Trellis to offer online planning sessions

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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. Oct. 27, Nov. 10, and 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 KLawler@TrellisSupport.org or call Karen Lawler at 336-331-1323. You can learn more about advance care planning by visiting www.Gotplans123.org.

Medicare information

webinar Wednesday

The Blue Moon Benefits Group agency will have a free online "Welcome to Medicare" educational webinar at 6 p.m. Wednesday 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 www.mymedicareclass.com or call 336-778-1070.

Online ‘Medicare 101’

seminars scheduled

McCall Insurance Services will hold two free online “Medicare 101” seminars at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 5. 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 amy@mccallins.com for details on how to securely connect to the meeting, or go to www.mccallins.com.

Help with Medicare

open enrollment

The annual Medicare open enrollment will take 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 means during the Annual Enrollment period.

Annual enrollment assistance will be provided by volunteer and staff of the Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, 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.

Medicare information

webinar Oct. 21

The Blue Moon Benefits Group agency will have a free online "Welcome to Medicare" educational webinar at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 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 www.mymedicareclass.com or call 336-778-1070.

Intro to Medicare

webinar planned

Compass Financial Services will offer free "Intro to Medicare" live webinars at 11 a.m. Thursday Oct. 22.

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 more 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 samaritan-forsyth.org.

Shepherd's Center

October activities

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem is offering the following activities during October:

• Tai Chi for Body, Mind and Spirit, Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Miller Park amphitheater. Sandy Seeber is the instructor. Park in the Queen Street parking lot across from Moore School. The cost is $4 for Shepherd’s Center members and $5 for non-members. Social distancing and masks are required. For more information, contact Sandy Seeber at sandyseeber2014@gmail.com or 336-409-8591.

• Way Back Wednesday, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 via Zoom. Paul McCraw, a local historian and retired history teacher will discuss local and world history and relate it to today's events. Free. Contact Kristin Larson at klarson@shepherdscenter.org for topic and Zoom meeting information.

• Scattergories on Zoom, 1 p.m. Thursdays. Free. Contact Kristin Larson at klarson@shepherdscenter.org to register and for Zoom meeting information.

• Thinking Out of the Box Discussion Group on Zoom, 3 p.m. Thursdays. Free, Friendly discussions online, by phone or by computer. Contact Kristin Larson at klar-son@shepherdscenter.org to register and for Zoom meeting information.

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. Oct. 26 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 info@shepherdscenter.org.

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