Council on Aging Update

News and Notes, Wednesday September 1st, 2021

Remember, September is mostly a summer month with some great weather!

Turning 65 Soon? If so you might want to check out a couple Medicare Virtual Seminars that Elder Services is sponsoring very soon. The dates for both of these sessions are;

September 8, 2021 at 12pm and September 21, 2021 at 5:30pm

The seminar will provide the necessary information for those turning 65 to prepare for Medicare and select the appropriate coverage for their individual situation.This particular presentation will include, in part; 

 Basics of Medicare

Deadlines, who is covered

Original Medicare

Medicare Supplements (Medigap)

Prescription Drug Coverage

Medicare Advantage website and drug plans

Overview of insurance related public benefits and maybe more. If you’re interested, are in this particular  age group or know someone who is, you can find the sign up link on the Elder Services website,  then go to the “Events and Important Information” link to sign up for one of these virtual Zoom presentations.

 Feel free to share with folks you know who may need this information!

Last month we had a really interesting seminar with Elliott Greenblott and some folks from the Berkshire District Attorney’s office on scams. Well, they are still out there. Today a neighbor told us that she had received a robo call from someone representing themselves as a Social Security staff member who told our neighbor that she was being investigated. She hung up. Good for her. Anyway, the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol is another organization who looks out for fraud and scammers. They’re another great defense against these creeps. Here’s a note they recently posted about phone scams;

“Warning on Internet Equipment Swap Out Scam

 If you receive a call from an individual who says they are representing a telephone, cable or internet service provider informing you that you need to update or replace and because you are a senior you are eligible for a discount HANG-UP!

The MA SMP Program has received reports of consumers being called with offers of deep discounts on equipment if they pay immediately over the phone. Don’t fall for this scam!  If you receive such a call or if you believe you are eligible for new equipment, call your provider using a trusted phone number.

 Never give out sensitive bank information, your credit card number, or your Medicare number to anyone you don’t know and trust”

Report suspicious calls to the MA SMP Program’s Report-A-Scam phone line, 978-946-1243 or at 

Here at the Harper Center “things” are cooking. We’re adding a Stamp Collectors group to our Thursday programming so if you collect stamps or are interested in stamp collecting, contact us here at the COA, 413-458-8250 and we’ll arrange a contact with the group.

The walking group is returning to life on Thursday mornings at 9:00 with Sarah filling Marion’s sneakers and leading the group about the neighborhood for a bit of exercise. Don’t know yet whether picking up trash will be in the mix. Anyway, 9:00 leaving from the parking lot in front of Harper.

Rick is hosting three bus trips to local spots. On Thursday, September 9th he’ll be bringing folks to Boston Seafood for lunch, leaving here at 11:00.  We have the menu if you want to take a look first. On Thursday, September 16th he’ll be bringing folks to the Apple Barn in Bennington, always a great spot to visit. He’ll be leaving from here at 10:00, Then, on Thursday September 23rd, he’ll be taking people to the Moonlight Diner for breakfast at 9:00. All of these trips require reservation as capacity on the van is limited.

At 9:00 on Fridays the 10th, 17th and 24th we’ll be hosting a “Coffee and Conversation” hour, coffee and appropriate nibbles like maybe donuts will be offered as well. If it’s nice, this might be on the back patio. Oh, National Coffee Day is the 29th, a Wednesday, but we’ll have coffee and donuts on this day too. Right. It’s not a Friday.

Finally, if you haven’t registered for Aging Mastery yet, you have until the 7th when it kicks off. Don’t know what this is? Ask us. 413-458–8250

See ya later!


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