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Upcoming Events, Volunteering, Legacy Celebration
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Perspectives on Aging  August  2014

Older Adults can make a difference in their communities by volunteering.  Four opportunities to volunteer are listed below.
 
RSVP-Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the nation, RSVP engages more than 296,000 people age 55 and older in a diverse range of volunteer activities. Volunteers tutor children, renovate homes, teach English to immigrants, assist victims of natural disasters, provide independent living services, recruit and manage other volunteers, and serve their communities in many other ways. RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and
how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week.
 
Eligibility: RSVP is open to all people  age 55 and over. Volunteers do not receive monetary incentives, but sponsoring organizations may reimburse them for some costs incurred during service, including meals and transportation.
 
The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), which began in 1965, provides loving and experienced  tutors and mentors to children and youth with special needs. Working one-on-one and serving between 15 and 40 hours a week, Foster Grandparents provide support in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correctional institutions, and child care centers. Among other activities, they review schoolwork, reinforce values, teach parenting skills to young par- ents, and care for premature infants and children with disabilities. Foster Grandparents often maintain an ongoing, intensive relationship with the children and youth served for a year or longer.
 
Eligibility: Volunteers must be 55 years of age or over. Those who meet certain income guidelines receive a small stipend. All FGP volunteers receive accident and liability insurance and meals while on duty, reimbursement for transportation, and monthly training.
 
The Senior Companion Program (SCP), which began in 1974, helps frail seniors and other adults maintain independence primarily in the clients’ own homes. Senior Companions serve between 15 and 40 hours a week and typically serve between two and four clients. Among other activities, they assist with daily living tasks, such as grocery shopping and bill paying; provide friendship and companionship; alert doctors and family members to potential problems, and pro- vide respite to family caregivers.
 
Eligibility: Volunteers must be 55 years of age or over. Those who meet certain income guidelines receive a small stipend. All SCP volunteers receive accident and liability insurance and meals while on duty, reimbursement for transportation, and monthly training.
 
Volunteers with the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program are working to ensure fewer people become victims of health care fraud. SMP is a national initiative, funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, that recruits and trains volunteers to help people recognize and report health care billing errors and potential fraud. Area Agency on Aging of Southwestern Illinois (AAASWIL) is a partner in the Illinois SMP Program at AgeOptions. Area Agency on Aging of Southwestern Illinois hosts volunteers to provide outreach and education in our community, including presenting to groups, hosting exhibits at community events, and providing one-on-one counseling.
With the help of its dedicated volunteers, the Illinois SMP program was able to reach over 38,000 people in Illinois in 2010. SMP volunteers teach Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to PROTECT -DETECT-REPORT.
 
For more information on these programs please contact the Area Agency on Aging  of Southwestern Illinois at 1-800-326-3221  or 618-222-2561

 

Bond County Senior Center
Greenville, IL


Bond County Senior Center provides the opportunity for every resident of Bond County to enjoy wellness, vitality, longevity, and
quality of life choices within a strong,healthy community.

We support positive aging for Bond County residents (of all ages!).

We are moving to a new building on a new site to better provide our services.

Here are just some of the services we offer!

Nutrition Programs:
Congregate meals served in the dining room at the center Monday - Friday at 11:30 am.
Home delivered meals delivered to homebound seniors or disabled Monday - Friday for residents of Bond County.
Food Pantry located at 1445 S. State Highway 127 (on the corner of Rt. 127 and Bowman Industrial Drive) right behind Greenville Flower Shoppe. Open Mondays & Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
White Crane Catering box lunches on Wednesdays from October - May. Contact center for more information / ordering.

Insurance Counseling:
Senior Health Insurance Program
Medicare Supplement enrollment
Medicare Savings Program
Medicare claims & appeals
Beneficiary Rights

Pharmaceutical Assistance:
Social Security Low Income Subsidy (Extra Help)
Medicare Part D

Energy Assistance: Warm Neighbors / Cool Friends energy assistance program. Call the center to schedule an appointment.

VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance February - April each year. Tax assistance is available to all households regardless of age with combined incomes of $52,000 or less, in 2013. Appointments needed.

Veteran's Administration: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance: 3rd Tuesday of each month. Call the center to schedule an appointment.

August 29- 9am-11am- Rep. Charles Meier & Sen. Kyle McCarter's Annual Senior Fair, Okwaville Community Club, 511 S. Hanover Street, Okwaville, IL.  For more information 217-785-8412.

September 10- 12:00pm-1:00pm- Snacks and Facts, 'Emergency Preparedness and Older Adults',  Fairview Heights Public Library

September 25- 8am-3:15pm-Southern Illinois Volunteer Conference, The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

September 18- 6:00pm- Legacy Celebration, Celebrating the Arts, Wildey Theater, Edwardsville, IL.  For more information 618-222-2561.


Lights! Camera! Action!
It’s Time for the Legacy Celebration
Join us in celebrating the Arts
September 18, 2014
6:00 p.m.
The Wildey Theater
252 N. Main Street Edwardsville, IL  62025
 
RSVP at www.answersonaging.com
or call 618-222-2561
 
 
October 22- Older Adults Health Council Health Fair-  More information will be available at a later date
If you would like to help us provide home and community based services, click on the donate now button.
 
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INTERESTED IN ADVOCACY?  
Join the members of the Advocacy Committee and help represent the interests of older persons to local level and executive branch officials, public and private agencies and organizations as well as monitor, evaluate, and where appropriate, comment on all policies, programs, hearings, levies, and community actions which affect older persons. 
If you are interested in participating in the Agency's Advocacy Meetings please email ask@answersonaging.com or call 618-222-2561,to receive regular meeting notices. 



Fraud In The News
The following are current news articles about health care and fraud issues.


 Health Care Fraud:
1.“CMS Extends Moratoria for Newly Enrolling Ground Ambulance Suppliers & Home Health Agencies” (CMS): http://cms.hhs.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2014-Press-releases-items/2014-07-29.html 

Consumer Fraud:
2.“Another AARP Spoofing Scam Surfaces” (AARP): http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/25/another-aarp-spoofing-scam-surfaces/ 

3.“Fraud Alert: New Fraud Scheme Targeting Families of Unaccompanied Children” (HHS OIG): http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/consumer-alerts/alerts/targeted-children.asp

4.“How to Say Scram to Crammed Charges on Your Mobile Bill” (FTC): http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/how-say-scram-crammed-charges-your-mobile-bill 

To read more about SMP and fraud click on the following link for the Illinois SMP Fraud Alert:  http://www.ageoptions.org/documents/FraudAlert-August12014.doc
 

Silent Auction Donations Needed


We are excited to announce the Legacy Celebration to take place September 18, 2014.  This year the Legacy Celebration will recognize those who have had an impact on the Arts. We are seeking silent auction items for the event.  At this great event you can enjoy great entertainment, meet with friends and at the same time help older adults live well as they age.  Every contribution will help us continue to provide home and community based services.  Attached is a contribution form. 
 
Click on link below for Silent Auction Donation Form:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/17af8393250a6f18a317a1f4f/files/Silent_auction_Donation_for_newsletter.docx


 
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