PUBLIC SERVICE ANNNOUNCEMENT
Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens
 
Medicare Open Enrollment

October 15- December 7

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The Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens benefits assistance program serves Medicare beneficiaries all year long and will continue providing assistance during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period which begins October 15 and continues through December 7.  We are providing new tools and support to Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers safely.  

The way in which we interact with people and deliver resources and services has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we remain available.

The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counselors provide objective, unbiased information and answer general Medicare questions, help people understand available insurance options for 2021 and screen for the Medicare Savings Programs to help with out-of-pocket costs.

SHIP Counselors will be available by phone and on a limited case-by-case basis in person with safety measures in place on site.
 
To find a local SHIP Counselor near you, call:
Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens  
836-2758 or 800-293-9393
Arizona’s SHIP Hotline:  800-432-4040

 



Virtual webinars aim to help area senior citizens

Casa Grande - The Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens has scheduled some virtual webinars using the Zoom application.

The webinars are:

•  Friday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - "How Grandparenting Has Changed."  National Grandparents Day was proclaimed to be the first Sunday after Labor Day in 1978.  This year it is celebrated on Sept. 13.  This webinar will explore the role of grandparents today and how that role has changed since 1978.  Contact Marla:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 520-836-2758 or 800-293-9393 for more information and details on how to connect to the webinar.
•  Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to noon - "Portion Distortion."  Portion sizes have grown so much over the past 20 years.  Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as a "normal" portion.  In this presentation, you will learn the difference between a portion and serving, and how to identify portion distortion.  You will also learn about the amount of physical activity required to burn off the extra calories provided by today's portions.  Contact Mary:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 520-536-2758 or 800-293-9393 for more information and details on how to connect to the webinar.
•  Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon - "Senior Spotlight."  CHAMMP Prevention Coalition is presenting its first Senior Spotlight Conference.  Join in for a free, virtual conference.  Who should attend?  Older adults, family members and caregivers of older adults, service providers and community members interested in these topics.  There will be information presented on:  Substance Use among Older Adults in Pinal County, Estate Planning, Current and ongoing Scams, as well as a relaxing Chair Yoga session.  Contact Marla:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 520-836-2758 or 800-293-9393 for more information and details on how to connect to the webinar.

[Appeared in the Valley Life section of the Casa Grande Dispatch on Saturday, September 5, 2020]