October 2, 2019
AFCI - DID YOU KNOW THAT ...
The Handy Neighbor Program is gearing up for the fall. Raking leaves, installing storm windows, stowing lawn furniture, clearing gutters, lugging mulch.... If just the thought of it makes you ponder ways to procrastinate, help is on the way!
Telstar High School is holding a Day of Service on October 10. AFCI is partnering with students who want to help you get ready for winter. Helping you helps students reach the community service hours they need to graduate. It’s a win-win combination, so let us know now if you could use a couple of helping hands Call the AFCI phone number (824-4444) or send us an email (email@example.com). Requests for help on October 10 need to be received by AFCI by October 5. However, Handy Neighbor is an ongoing program, and students in Telstar’s Interact service club will be partnering with AFCI on an ongoing basis, so if you miss this deadline, we'll try to get help for you after October 10. Think creatively about projects that will help the students help you, and call AFCI now!
The AFCI phone service is expanding. You know the Neighbor to Neighbor ride request phone number; now you can use the same number to request help with outdoor chores from AFCI’s new Handy Neighbor program. Call 824-4444 and ask to be directed to “ride” or “chore.” Then leave your name, phone number, best time to reach you and the nature of your request: either details on your ride (date, time, destination) or help with yard work. An AFCI coordinator will call you back.
The AFCI Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Driver Program has expanded its service area to include rides from Albany, Mason and all SAD 44 towns? We need additional drivers, especially from West Bethel and Gilead.
The AFCI Morning Greeting Program is still happy to meet the needs of people who would benefit from a check-in call every morning? If you know someone who might use this program, call (this is a change) 824-3333.
COMMUNITY - DID YOU KNOW ABOUT ...
The fabulous annual Aging Well Living Well Expo at Sunday River. See the poster above, and if you plan to attend, register NOW.
The Gem Theater’s social hour and film featuring Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame. Wednesday, October 2, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.
Telstar’s Day of Service on October 10. As mentioned above, Telstar students will be performing a great variety of service projects as part of their community service requirement. Other organizations besides AFCI will offer projects. The Bethel Library will have students at the library to help older adults find their way around a computer or other device. Simply visit the library from 10:00-noon on Thursday, October 10.
Poet Martin Espada at Gould Academy on Thursday, October 10, 7:00-9:00 pm. FMI: http://wmscollege.blogspot.com.
The Senior College’s To Your Health program on The New 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s. Thursday, October 10, 4:30-6:00 at the West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel. FMI: http://wmscollege.blogspot.com/
The discussion of the Pollinator Garden at the Valentine Farm. A Brown Bag Lunch program of WMSC, Tuesday, October 15, 12:15 – 1:30 pm, Valentine Farm Conservation Center. FMI: http://wmscollege.blogspot.com.
Bethel's Winter Farmer's Market. Methodist Church (79 Main Street, Bethel), Saturdays, 10:00 am- noon, October 26th-November 23.
The Annex of the Bethel United Methodist Church is being revived. Community Open House at the church, Saturday, October 26, 10 am-noon. With its newly installed floor, the space will accommodate yoga classes, Qi Gong and Line Dancing classes.
“The Changing Face of Conservation in the Mahoosuc Region.” October 24, 7:00 pm at Gould Academy's McLaughlin Auditorium, presented by Kirk Siegel and Gabe Perkins. FMI: http://wmscollege.blogspot.com/
Sandhill Crane Viewing Field Trip. Saturday, October 26, 8:00 am. FMI: http://wmscollege.blogspot.com/
Community Supper at the Bethel Allliance Church. Wednesday, October 30, 4:30-6:00 pm
HEALTH AND SAFETY - DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS?
Continue to Guard Your Card!
As Medicare Open Enrollment approaches, the Trump Administration through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is protecting Medicare beneficiaries by reminding them to be vigilant and take precautions to avoid falling victim to healthcare fraud. Scammers are after medical insurance and financial account information and passwords for their monetary gain and may use the increased public outreach activities during Open Enrollment as an opportunity to strike.
Last year, CMS removed Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards. Ahead of schedule, the agency completed a successful mailing brand new cards with a more secure Medicare number to
protect Medicare beneficiaries. Even with this change, CMS is reminding people with Medicare to guard your Medicare card like a credit card, check Medicare claims summary forms for errors, and be wary of unsolicited requests for your Medicare number. Medicare will never call beneficiaries to ask for or check Medicare numbers. To bring heightened public awareness to potential fraud and keeping your private healthcare and financial information safe, CMS is airing a national advertising campaign through October 14, the day before Open Enrollment begins. The ads will run on television and on digital platforms.
“Health care scammers will go to great lengths to steal from Medicare beneficiaries. That’s why guarding your Medicare card and personal information is essential,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “You can protect yourself by knowing what to look for. Remember, if a caller says they’re from Medicare and asks for your Medicare number or other personal information – hang up. It’s probably a scam. Only give your Medicare number to participating Medicare pharmacists, primary and specialty care doctors or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.”
CMS officials also caution that healthcare fraud is a concern year round and ongoing scams involve fraudulent health care screenings, genetic testing, lab work, and the sale of durable medical equipment (DME) like wheelchairs, walkers, canes and diabetic supplies. Health care fraud occurs when someone steals or uses your Medicare number to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare without your authorization. It can disrupt your medical care and wastes taxpayer dollars. Remember to take your Medicare card with you for medical appointments and other covered Medicare health care services to ensure your information is filed with correct dates of services rendered and other required claim information.
To protect yourself from fraudsters, CMS offers the following security tips: