September/October 2018 Program Guide
The new September/October Program Guide is now available! Registration begins on August 14 for members and non-members may begin registering on Tuesday, August 21.
To view the newest Program Guide, click here.
NEW CLASS - NO COST - Walk with Ease - White Crane Wellness Center
This class will help:
Motivate you to get in great shape
Walk safely and comfortably
Improve your flexibility, strength and stamina
Reduce pain and help you feel great
There is no cost for this class, but voluntary donations toward the cost of service are accepted.
Thursdays - Sep 27 - Jan 31, 2019 - 1:00-2:00pm (18 sessions - No class on Thursday, Nov 22)
Please call the Niles Senior Center to register.
The Senior Center wouldn't be what it is today without the ongoing dedication of our many volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering and assisting staff in programs, including but not limited to checking in, setting up and/or serving, please join us for an informational meeting on Monday, September 10 at 10:00am. We will discuss new procedures for signing up to volunteer for future programs.
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Open Enrollment Begins October 15
Are you considering enrolling in or changing your Medicare Part D plan? The Annual Coordinated Election Period (AEP) for Medicare Part D is October 15 – December 7. During this period beneficiaries who are not enrolled in Medicare prescription drug coverage can enroll. Also, current enrollees in the program can switch plans. If you currently have prescription drug coverage, you should review your coverage during this period. You might want to enroll in a Medicare drug plan that better meets your needs. For more information, or assistance with reviewing your current plan, please contact the Senior Center at 847-588-8420.
Medicare Medicaid Alignment Initiative
The Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) is one of Illinois’ managed care programs. The program is for seniors and persons with disabilities who have full Medicaid and Medicare benefits. It operates in the Greater Chicago and Central Illinois Regions.
MMAI allows eligible beneficiaries in Illinois to receive their Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid benefits from a single Medicare-Medicaid Plan. Plans must provide all necessary Medicare and Medicaid covered services, including Medicaid waiver services.
For more information, please contact the Senior Center.
Tax Volunteers Needed
AARP Tax-Aide is administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. It is the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service offered to taxpayers with middle and low income, with a focus on individuals over the age of 50.
Good with the fine print? Be a volunteer tax preparer.
You’ll work with taxpayers directly; filling out tax forms and helping them seek a refund. Free training is provided in January, experience isn’t necessary.
To volunteer for the program, please go to www.vniles.com to fill out a Senior Center Volunteer Application. If you are interested in learning more about these volunteer opportunities, please call Jaymi at 847-588-8420.
New 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.
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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.
Are you considering enrolling in or changing your Medicare Part D plan? The Annual Coordinated Election Period (AEP) for Medicare Part D is October 15 – December 7. Read on...
The Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) is one of Illinois’ managed care programs. The program is for seniors and persons with disabilities who have full Medicaid and Medicare benefits. Read on...
AARP Tax-Aide is administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. Read on...
Fri Sep. 28Super Senior - Secretary of State Super Senior - Secretary of State A Secretary of State Mobile Driver Services Unit will be available for participants to renew their driver's licenses. An identification card can be obtained for $20.00; however, if you are age 65 and older you may obtain a free, non-expiring State of Illinois photo ID card. Super Seniors is a convenient and voluntary program for driver's license renewal, which includes Rules of the Road classroom instruction, and a vision-screening exam. The Rules of the Ro...
Tue Oct. 2Sanfilippo Estate 3-hour Docent Tour & Chessie's Restaurant Pre-registration is required Sanfilippo Estate 3-hour Docent Tour & Chessie's Restaurant (Anticipate heavy walking) - Location - Barrington, IL The Sanfilippo "Place de la Musique" is known worldwide for its magnificent collections of beautifully restored antique music machines, phonographs, arcade and gambling machines, chandeliers, art glass, the world's largest restored theatre pipe organ, the most spectacular European salon carousel in existence, street and tower clocks, ste...
Wed Oct. 3Utility bills out of control? CUB Clinic Utility bills out of control? CUB CLINIC Representatives from The Citizens Utility Board, Illinois’ premiere utility watchdog group, are coming to the Niles Senior Center to assist you on natural gas, electric, and telephone issues, plus ways to combat high bills and resolve disputes with your utility company. Bring your bills to learn how to spot billing errors and other ways to save. Registration required to ensure enough staffing to assist with billing questions. Wednesday, Oct 3 ? 10:...