January & February 2020 Program Guide
To view the Program Guide, please click here.
AARP Tax Program
The Niles Senior Center will not be hosting the AARP Tax Assistance Program in 2020. If you need tax assistance, please call one of the following locations. Each location is by appointment only:
Mather’s More than a Café
7134 W. Higgins, Chicago
888-600-2560 beginning 2/3/20
Mather’s More than a Café
3235 N Center, Chicago
888-600-2560 beginning 2/3/20
Thursdays & Fridays—9am-12pm
Maine Park Leisure Center
2701 W. Sibley, Park Ridge
847-692-3597 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays—9am-3pm
Morton Grove Civic Center
6140 W Dempster, Morton Grove
847-663-3070 Mondays & Fridays—9am-3pm
Village of Skokie
5127 Oakton, Skokie
Rummage Sale Reservations
If you are interested in reserving a table to sell the many treasures in your home that you no longer use, please call Jaymi at 847-588-8420 starting January 2, 2020. A $5.00 donation per table is required at time of reservation. All donations will go to the Niles Food Pantry. Space is limited! Table reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 9:00am-1:00pm.
Medicare Resource Center - NEW
Do you need to investigate your health insurance options and gather accurate information concerning Medicare so you can make decisions that can prevent serious, costly problems? In our new Medicare Resource Center we have several publications to assist you in making informed health insurance decisions. The information will be available to provide consumers with general information and guidance about insurance coverages and laws.
The Niles Senior Center also has three certified Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselors onsite to assist with health insurance counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers
SHIP counselors are trained to:
- Educate consumers and answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement, long term care insurance, Medicare HMOs, private fee-for-service and other health insurance;
- Organize and assist in filing Medicare and Medicare Supplement claims; and
- Analyze Medicare Supplement and long term care policies.
Please call (847)588-8420 to set up an appointment.
Register Early: A lot of planning goes into creating quality programs for our
members and guests. If you are interested in a program, please sign up early to ensure that your class is not cancelled. Registration may be made by cash, check, Visa, Mastercard or Discover. Credit card payments can also be made online. Registration by phone can only be made when an account credit is available to cover the entire cost.
Effective May 1, 2018, all program fees must be paid in full at time of registration. We are no longer able to hold a seat without payment. Individuals on a waitlist will be called if there is an opening and given 48 hours to provide payment. Waitlist payments must be made in person. If payment is not received, the next individual on the list will be contacted.
Fight Fraud: Guard Your Medicare Card
If you have Medicare, you can protect your identity and help prevent health care fraud by guarding your Medicare card like you would a credit card.
Identity theft from stolen Medicare Numbers is becoming more common. Medicare’s here to help by removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards and replacing them with a new, unique number for each person with Medicare. Medicare will mail new Medicare cards with the new numbers between April 2018 and April 2019.
Here are some important steps you can take to protect yourself from the identity theft that can lead to health care fraud:
• Don’t share your Medicare Number with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will NEVER contact you (unless you ask us to) for your
Medicare number or other personal information.
• Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare Number.
• Review your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you and Medicare are only being charged for actual items and services received.
If you’re looking to enroll in a Medicare plan:
• Remember there are no “early bird discounts” or “limited time offers.”
• Don’t let anyone rush you to enroll by claiming you need to “act now for the best deal.”
• Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds “too good to be true.”
If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare Number or other personal information, hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). To learn more about protecting yourself from identity theft and health care fraud, visit www.Medicare.gov/fraud or contact your local Senior Medicare Patrol (www.smpresource.org).
This message is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Online Customer Service Survey
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If you have an account and an email address on file at the Niles Senior Center you may now register online for programs and events. Simply click on the "Online Registration" link to the left side of the page for further instructions and to register for events. If you do not have an account or email address on file at the NSC, please call us for assistance.
Wed Feb. 19Paint & Party Let's join the new paint-in-party craze. You don't have to be an experienced artist to create a work of art. We will learn how to create a work of art. We will learn how to paint a simple painting with step-by-step instructions while enjoying a meal prior to our painting. This is the perfect time to get together with family and friends. Everyone is welcome.
Thu Feb. 20Memory Cafe The Niles Senior Center is partnering with The Center of Concern to bring Memory Café to the NSC. Memory Café is a monthly gathering of individuals with memory loss along with their caregivers, friends or family in a safe, supportive and engaging environment. Join us for a morning of song, followed by a complimentary lunch. We will meet every third Thursday of the month. This program is supported by AgeOptions.
Fri Mar. 20Evening with the Stars Starring: the Velma Hudgins Trio This mother/daughters jazz trio (including returning NSC favorite Tracy Holmes) will be back to add their spin on classics by the jazz greats of old such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nancy Wilson. Fee includes: light dinner, two (2) glasses of wine, and performance.
Tuesday, September 20 was Local Heroes Day at Embark. The Niles Senior Center was extremely honored to present awards to our Local Heroes not only in the Niles Senior Center, but also in the Niles Community. John Pistorius and Alla Glogowski were recognized as volunteers that have gone above and beyond for seniors in the Niles community. Thank you for your time and service.
Membership for Non-Residents is Now Available!Come Join the Fun!(Click the box above for a Membership Registration Form!)