Local seniors who turn 65 this year are invited to attend a birthday celebration on July 17 at the Union County Museum and receive the gift of information about the Medicare and Medicaid services they may qualify for.
Museum Director Ola Jean Kelly announced Monday that the museum’s downstairs meeting room has been reserved for July 17 from noon-2 p.m. by the Catawba Area Agency on Aging (Catawba AAA). Kelly said the official who contacted her to reserve the room described the event as a “Happy 65th Birthday celebration for individuals born in 1947.”
The event is being organized by Diane McCree, program director Catawba AAA, who said the birthday celebration is designed to let those who are turning 65 this year know what services they now qualify for and how to enroll in the programs that provide them.
“Once they turn 65, they are immediately enrolled in Medicare,” McCree said. “Some, however, don’t know this and so we want to provide them with that information and assist them as needed.”
McCree said Catawaba AAA assists “low-income subsidy seniors ages 60 and older who are receiving Medicare but may also qualify for Medicaid if they meet the income standards. Our agency helps those that meet the low-subsidy income guidelines, we assist them in filling out the Medicaid application.
The information presented during the birthday celebration will deal with Medicare and with related issues such as Medicare fraud.
“We will provide them with packets that contain information on Medicare, low-income subsidy, Medicare fraud, and how to protect your information from fraud,” McCree said. “We will also provide them with information on the different types of scams.”
In addition to the free information, those who attend the celebration will receive free gifts and there will be door prizes for the first 10 people to arrive. McCree said participants in the celebration don’t need to bring any information with them, just any questions and concerns they might have about Medicare and Medicaid.
“Just come and get the information, get the packets which have all the information and if you have any questions feel free to ask,” McCree said.
Persons interested in particiapting in the birthday celebration are asked RSVP to 1-800-662-8330 to reserve your information packet.
About Catawba AAA
Catawba AAA is the designated Area Agency on Aging for the Chester, Lancaster, Union and York counties of South Carolina. It is a freestanding, private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that devotes 100 percent of its time to aging issues.
The Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, and the recent reauthorized Older Americans Act of 2006, charges the Area Agency on Aging to plan, fund and coordinate community care and advocacy programs for the older adults who live in the Catawba region.
Catawba AAA is supported by funds from the federal and state governments through the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Service, Office of Senior and Long Term Care Services. It also depends on other grants.
The agency directly provides or contracts with local agencies for vital services needed by older adults in our communities. It monitors all programs, assuring that resources are used properly and effectively.
Catawba AAA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing Chester, Lancaster, Union and York counties. The Board determines policy and assures that all functions required by law are performed properly. The Board is assisted by an Advisory Council, with members from the four counties.
The Advisory Council is the principal advocate for our area’s older residents and advises the Board of Directors.