Massachusetts Registers with AEDA
At Governor Deval Patrick’s direction, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to register with the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance (AEDA), thereby providing all those who work for the Commonwealth with access to information, care and support resources for a loved one with dementia and for family caregivers. At the same time, the Commonwealth became the 100th state employer to join the Alliance. In 2010, recognizing the increasing incidence and impact of Alzheimer’s Disease, Governor Patrick convened a task force to develop a state plan with recommendations, goals and strategies for improving the lives of patients and their families. Among the recommendations, the task force included state participation in the Alliance.
State workers will find the information at www.mass.gov/hrd. The Alzheimer’s Association provides information and resources to everyone at its website: www.alz.org/manh, or call the Executive Office of Elder Affairs at 1-800-Age-Info (1-800-236-4636).
Medicare Open Enrollment: October 15 - December 7
Are you receiving Medicare benefits, and have health and drug plans, but your needs have changed? Do you want to consider other health and drug plan options? Do you want to know what the Affordable Care Act provides for people with Medicare?
SHINE — Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone — has trained volunteers standing by to answer your questions and give you the information you need to choose plans that best suit your health needs. SHINE counselors provide free objective health benefits counseling to Medicare beneficiaries of any age.
SHINE counselors are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and can explain your Medicare options including Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), Medigap, Prescription Advantage, MassHealth and other programs to assist people with limited resources.
You’ll also find out about the Medicare Part B preventive benefits available at no cost to consumers under the Affordable Care Act, including an annual wellness visit, depression screening, cardiovascular screening, diabetes screening, flu and pneumonia shots, bone mass measurements, mammograms, colonoscopies, HIV screening and obesity screening and counseling. For Medicare information, click on to: www.Medicare.gov
To find a SHINE counselor near you, please call 1-800-243-4636 and press 3, or call your local council on aging and set up an appointment with a SHINE counselor. Remember, if you are already a Medicare beneficiary, you only have until December 7th to make changes to your coverage. Don’t delay; do it today!