Medicare Q&A and more

Posted 3/4/20

Health and wellness briefs March 5 to 11

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Medicare Q&A and more


Medicare Q&A

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — On Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m., James Farnham, MS, MBA will discuss the insurance options available to those currently enrolled in Medicare or those who will be turning 65 soon.

In this question-and-answer session, participants will have a chance to review and compare Medicare Parts A, B, C and D; explore and evaluate Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans; and explore possible beneficial changes to be made to existing plans.

This program will simplify the choices you need to make, help you become well-informed and explain what Medicare means for you.

This program will take place at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. Registration is required. 

For more information and to register, visit or call 845/482-4350.

Living Well: chronic disease self-management program

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Beginning March 19, the Pike County Area Agency on Aging’s Health & Wellness Program will offer the Living Well, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program every Thursday until April 22 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Blooming Grove Senior Center.

A light snack will be provided. There is no cost for Pike County senior citizens to participate.

Stanford University developed this course to give older adults with chronic diseases―such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart conditions―tips to help them make their daily lives more enjoyable. The program teaches skills to manage their conditions and build their self-confidence so they can successfully adopt healthy behavior, improve communications with their physician and enhance their quality of life.

Topics include managing symptoms, fitness/exercise, nutrition, communication, medications, working with health care professionals and systems, and more.

RSVP as soon as possible by calling 570/775-5550. Space is limited so register as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Lana K. Romeo, Health & Wellness Coordinator, Pike County Area Agency on Aging at 570/775-5550 ext. 1317.

Family life with hospice

Hospice allows patients to receive the care that is needed in a comfortable, familiar setting. Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties understands that the decision to seek hospice care comes with many questions. Its teams educate patients and families on all services and care that will be provided, helping answer questions and allowing for peaceful discussions and decision making.

When 24-hour hospice care is needed, Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties can assist in providing end of life palliative care at home, in the hospital, nursing home (skilled nursing facility), group home, adult care facility or the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence.

Offering the possibility for patients to retain a home setting defines the hospice mission.

The Kaplan Family Hospice Residence is the only facility in Orange and Sullivan counties designed and built to provide 24-hour hospice care. Located in Newburgh, it features a common area for residents and visitors, including a meditation room, sunroom, parlor, dining room and gardens. Residents’ families and friends have access to a nourishment center with cooking facilities, meaning family recipes can be prepared and special meals shared.

Whether at home, in nursing facilities, a group home or the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, hospice care normalizes family relationships and provides opportunities to make lasting memories. A trained hospice team takes the burden of responsibility off the primary caregiver and family, allowing families to engage and share more quality time together.

If you or a loved one could benefit from hospice care, call today, because life doesn’t end with a prognosis.

Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties is the leading community resource in providing hospice care. Call 845/561-6111 or go to  


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