Ofelia Ross Ott
Ofelia Ross Ott, OAI Administrator, urges older adults to plan for their future

December is a time for celebrations and holidays, and it's the perfect time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the new year. Whether you focus on your health, financial security or overall well-being, the Office on Aging and Independence (OAI) can help you devleop a plan for the new year and years to come.

Take the time to review and update your health insurance coverage; consider long-term care options; and make arrangements for medical needs that may arise. Finding a healthcare plan that suits your needs and your budget can be difficult, but our State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) team can help you navigate through available options. Remember, Medicare open enrollment ends December 7, so if you are still trying to determine which Medicare Part D plan is right for you, contact SHIP at 410-313-7392 today!

Another key component of future planning is financial security. Assess your retirement savings and investments, and consider additional income sources to support a comfortable lifestyle. Create a will or estate plan to protect and distribute your assets according to your wishes. Contact a Maryland Access Point (MAP) information specialist at 410-313-1234 to learn about your options.
A thoughtful plan for the future can provide peace of mind and support a fulfilling lifestyle. Maintaining social connections and staying active in your community can enhance your overall quality of life as you age. Stop by one of OAI's 50+ Centers to find programs and activities to meet your interests.