Senior Center News

Medicare scam alert

Lisa Alhabal, senior medicare patrol coordinator, will give a talk on the prevalence of Medicare scams on Thursday, May 31, at 11, in the senior center lounge

Starting April 1, Medicare beneficiaries will be issued new Medicare cards. The process will continue through April 1, 2019. It is important that you know that scammers are now targeting Medicare beneficiaries by calling and saying they are from the Social Security Administration, Medicare or the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The scammer may say they are calling to inform you that you will be receiving a new Medicare card and that he needs to confirm your current Medicare number and effective dates. If you get a call like this, do not give any of your personal information over the phone. Hang up and call the senior medicare patrol at 1-800-994-9422.  The office of the inspector general wants to know what areas are receiving these phone calls.

The Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging administers the Senior Medicare Patrol Program for Southwestern Connecticut. This program is responsible for helping seniors prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud and informing seniors and their caregivers of scams in their area.

If you have moved and not yet changed your address with the Social Security Administration, it is imperative that you do so. Your new Medicare card will be mailed to the last address that the Social Security Administration has on file.

The patrol program is always looking for volunteers to help spread the word about how Medicare beneficiaries can help protect themselves from being victims of Medicare fraud and abuse and Medicare scams. As a volunteer you can distribute flyers, set up an exhibit, or conduct presentations. If interested, call Lisa Alhabal at 203-814-3618.  

Play smarter tennis

Tennis teaching professional Peter Engstrom will present a classroom program on singles and doubles tennis on Friday, May 25, from 11 to noon. Using three-dimensional visual aids, he will review fundamental tactics and tips aimed at helping players win more points and have more fun.

All participants will be offered a complimentary, one-hour, on-court lesson on the stroke of their choice. This will be scheduled during the last week of May or the first week of June.

No equipment necessary. Fee: $5. Call to register at 203-834-6240.

Coming events

Friday, May 25 , 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 11, Playing Smarter Tennis with Peter Engstrom; 11 to 2, Free Senior Swim at the Y; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Mike Hess.

Monday, May 28, Memorial Day, Senior Center Closed.

Tuesday, May 29, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea Erickkson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas; 1, Studio Knitting.

Wednesday, May 30, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 11:30, Essential Oils Workshop with Denise O’Hearn; 1, American Mah Jongg.

Thursday, May 31, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11, Medicare Scam Alert; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.