Help support Bristol Elder Services on Black Friday (November 27th) and Cyber Monday (November 30th) by using the link below when you shop at Amazon.com.
Bristol will receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases through the AmazonSmile Foundation.
Older adults and people with chronic diseases face a high risk of flu complications. Since seasonal flu viruses change each year, older adults need to get a new flu shot each fall.
The flu season can begin as early as September and last until as late as May. It is recommended that people get a flu shot in October or November so that the body has a chance to build up immunity to the flu virus. It takes two weeks for the vaccination to take effect.
According to the National Institute on Aging, a flu shot can reduce hospitalization by 70% and death by about 85% among older adults who do not live in nursing homes.
Flu shots are safe, effective, and the best way to protect against the flu. Talk to your health care provider about the dangers of the flu, the benefits of the flu shot, and the best options to meet your needs.
Medicare beneficiaries are able to change their Medicare health plan and/or their prescription drug coverage during the period of October 15th through December 7th. Information on plans will be available beginning in October. If you have Medicare, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov for plan information.
You should receive a notice from your plan by the end of September. That notice outlines changes to be made to your plan for 2016. It is important to review, understand, and save this information. If you are satisfied that your current plan will meet your needs, you do not have to do anything.
If you would like assistance comparing plans in order to find which is right for you, there are SHINE counselors who are trained to help you. SHINE counselors provide impartial and unbiased information, counseling, and assistance on Medicare and related health care coverage, including original Medicare A & B, Prevention Services, Part D Prescription Drug Benefit, Medicare Advantage HMOs and PPOs, Supplemental Insurance (Medigap), and Medicare Savings Programs and Long Term Care.
SHINE Counselors may be contacted at Councils on Aging, hospitals, and other community based agencies. They are available to meet with you in person or respond by telephone or e-mail.
To schedule an appointment with a SHINE counselor, call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) and then press 3. You may also contact the local SHINE office at the Attleboro Council on Aging or by calling 1-800-987-2510.
Support Bristol Elder Services through AmazonSmile
If you plan to shop on Amazon.com this holiday season, please consider enrolling in the AmazonSmile program. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Bristol every time you shop, at no cost to you.
Bristol will receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases through the AmazonSmile Foundation. So whether you are shopping for yourself or for a gift for someone, each purchase you make will be a gift to Bristol, too!
To learn more, visit https://smile.amazon.com.