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July 6 - 17, 2020 Virtual Programming

NSC Members, here is your new Virtual Programming Guide for July 6 through July 17, 2020.  To view complete details for programs being held, please click here. As always, if you have any questions or need assistance, please call the NSC at 847-588-8420.

Nicor Gas Scam Awareness

Please be careful when allowing anyone in to your home.  Please click here for more information on the current Nicor Gas Scam.  

Niles Senior Center & Village Facilities Reopening Plans

The Niles Senior Center will remain closed and all in-house programs suspended, through August. Staff will continue to offer virtual programming opportunities during the COVID-19 program closure and a number of programs and services will be available including Meals on Wheels, the Medical Lending closet, the Friendly Visitor Program (via phone), telephone reassurance calls, the Pen Pal program and telephone appointments for Medicare counseling and the Benefit Access program.

Senior Center Director Kelly Mickle explains, “As the Village continues to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic we believe that this decision, although difficult, is in the best interests of the senior community. We truly appreciate the guidance of our members as we all discover new ways to stay connected in these uncertain times, and look forward to the time when it is safe to reopen the building and resume regular programming.”

For more information on all Village Facilities, please click here.

Free Things to Do & See Online

During this time, many of us may be in our homes, but it does not mean that we cannot have fun or see the beautiful things in this world. Click here to go to our page of virtual entertainment. We will continue to add ideas over the coming days  Enjoy!

4/17/20 -Executive Directive - Wear Face Coverings

Everyone is expected to wear a face covering in public settings


Mayor Przybylo has signed Executive Directive 2020-01, which directs the Niles community to follow CDC guidelines and wear a face covering when out in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately. It includes situations such as shopping for groceries and working in or patronizing businesses that are open to the public, as social distancing can be difficult to maintain in these enclosed public spaces. The directive does not apply when people are walking or running outside, provided they are maintaining 6-foot social distancing from others. It also does not apply when driving alone in your car, while eating and drinking, or when doing so creates a greater risk.

The Mayor’s directive also allows businesses to refuse admission or service to individuals who are not wearing a face covering that covers the nose and mouth.

Homemade cloth masks are acceptable for this directive, provided they cover the nose and mouth. The Village understands that many residents may have questions or concerns about this new directive, and appreciates the cooperation of the public.

More information, instructions for making your own cloth face covering, and a notice that businesses may download and post, are available on our website at www.vniles.com/masks.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update- NSC Closed Until Further Notice

In light of the increased spread of COVID-19 and the importance of social distancing, the Niles Senior Center is closed until further notice during Governor Pritzker's issued "Stay-at-Home Order".
   
Please continue to check the Village of Niles website for future updates. For more current information, click here.
  
For current, authoritative information on the Novel Coronavirus, please visit the Center or Disease Control website at http://cdc.gov/, or the Illinois Department of Health website at
http://dph.illinois.gov/.


Coronavirus Scams to Avoid


Scammers are quick to exploit emergencies to exploit money, the Coronavirus pandemic is no exception.  Please exercise caution and do not give out any personal information over the phone or over email.  If you are looking for services, please use online reviews and recommendations from friends to find verifiable and reputable companies.  Following are links with helpful information.
https://www.ncoa.org/blog/4-coronavirus-scams-to-avoid/ 

https://www2.illinois.gov/aging/coronavirus/Pages/How-to-avoid-coronavirus-scams.aspx

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing
   



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.  

Registration Policy 


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.

Village of Niles e-Newsletter


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Online Customer Service Survey 


At the Niles Senior Center, we strive to make your experience a most enjoyable one and we value your thoughts and feedback.  Please take a moment to complete our online Customer Service survey, simply click here.  Thank you.

Online Registration 


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.

     
        

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