AOASCC News & Notes


June 2017

Art of Aging Exhibition
Over 200 works of art are on display. Come by and enjoy 
our office is open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Join Us!
Closing Reception
June 22, 2017, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded to the artists.
Volunteer Spotlight

Some children don't get to see their grandparents often and I feel that I am filling that void daily.
Today, Jose Rivera is energetic, caring and social, but that wasn't always the case. He has had many serious health conditions, including cancer. Five years ago Jose had surgery and afterward he found that he was limited in the things that he enjoyed and wanted to do. Symptoms of loneliness, depression and isolation started to affect his life.
Then he met AOASCC staff Judith Neron at a Health Fair being held at his church. He was immediately interested in the Foster Grandparent Program as he loves working with children.  He was placed at a local Head Start and, five years later, he is still volunteering there and loving it.
Each and every morning the children greet him with "abuelito." "Some children don't get to see their grandparents often and I feel that I am filling that void daily. The children and I both benefit. My doctor says that he has seen a great difference in me and encourages me to keep participating. The teachers say the children feel a sense of security and love when I am in the classroom. Thank you for changing my life."

Durable Medical Goods
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers medically necessary durable medical equipment (DME) that your doctor prescribes for use in your home. Only your doctor can prescribe medical equipment for you. DME is equipment that can withstand repeated use; is used for a medical reason; isn't usually useful to someone who isn't sick or injured; is used in your home; and has an expected lifetime of at least 3 years.
Many items are considered durable medical equipment. Including hospital beds, canes, commode chairs, wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen equipment, suction pumps, nebulizers and patient lifts, to name a few.
If your supplier accepts assignment, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Medicare Part B deductible applies. Medicare pays for different kinds of DME in different ways. Some equipment must be rented, some types must be purchased and some may be rented or purchased.
Medicare will only cover your DME if your doctors and DME suppliers are enrolled in Medicare. Doctors and suppliers have to meet strict standards to enroll and stay enrolled in Medicare. If your doctors or suppliers aren't enrolled, Medicare won't pay the claims submitted by them. If suppliers are enrolled in Medicare but aren't "participating," they may choose not to accept assignment. If suppliers don't accept assignment, there's no limit on the amount they can charge you
CT participates in a competitive bidding program. In most cases, Medicare will only help pay for durable equipment and supplies if they're provided by contract suppliers in the program. The specific amount you'll owe may depend on several things, like: other insurance you may have; how much your vendor charges; and whether your vendor accepts assignment.
Did You Know?

There are a lot of great reason to visit a farmer's market this summer!
  1. Freshly picked, in season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition.
  2. You support your local economy.
  3. You can try something new.
  4. Farmers often have recommendations for preparing their products.
  5. It's a great way to get your grandchildren involved in healthy habits. 
Read the full list at
And did you know that many farmer's markets accept SNAP & even will double SNAP dollars? Find one here.
Caring for Grandkids This Summer & Need to Stretch the Budget?

Many seniors care for grandkids during summer months when school is out but parents are still working. SNAP can help older adults absorb that pressure on their budgets! Tell seniors to update the information on file with the state agency managing SNAP and see if they qualify for higher benefits: 
Visit or visit our website to  find out more.
AOASCC Happenings

Family Caregiver Workshops
If you are caring for a family member with dementia, this opportunity for learning and support is meant for you!  There are still a few spots open at each of the three workshops to be held on June 14, June 28 and July 12.   Click here to find out more .

Interagency Council Annual Meeting
June 15, 12 noon-2 p.m.
Delivering Person-Centered Care in the Community:  Non-members welcome. If you are part of the aging network, this is a great opportunity to find out about the networking and education opportunities offered.  RSVP required.

Mark your calendar!
October 17, 2017
November 8, 2017
AOASCC is Here to Help

Care Network Link
Need help finding support at home? Care Network Link is a wonderful resource to find trusted providers:  Homemaking, Personal Care Assistance, Live-In Caregivers, Wheelchair Ramps, Fall Alert Systems, Hair Stylists that come to your home.  

Give us a call at 203-495-1655 or sign up for membership at  Membership is FREE and will earn you discounts from the providers you hire.  Care Network Link credentials all the providers before allowing them on the network to make sure they are trustworthy businesses to have in your home.  
Social Security Disability Assistance Program
Our goal is to provide the knowledge and dedicated assistance necessary to succeed after you have been denied your claim for disability benefits. By navigating you through the Social Security maze, our goal is to truly be your advocate for independence ®.   Find out more.