Seniors Empowered to Age Well During National Senior Center Month
Today’s senior centers are delivering vital connections to help all older adults age well. From financial planning workshops to cooking classes and dances to technology classes, our Active Living Centers represent a community nexus where seniors find friendship, meaning, and purpose.

During the pandemic, local Active Living Centers pivoted to continue providing home-delivered meals while keeping in touch with participants through regular phone calls and virtual offerings. September is National Senior Center Month, and B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging is celebrating these shared experiences that deliver vital connections to aging well for older adults.
Participants of the Blue Ridge Active Living Center enjoy regular chair exercise classes in the mornings.
The Towanda Active Living Center held a spaghetti dinner and donated the proceeds to the Animal Care Sanctuary.
Blue Ridge Center participants enjoyed a visit to the produce garden of the Trehab Co-op Extension office in Montrose.
Medicare Open Enrollment Period: October 15- December 7
Every year beginning October 15 and ending December 7 the Annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (AOEP) takes place. The coverage and costs of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare health plans, known as Advantage Plans, can change from year to year, and this is an opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries to review any changes, and choose the coverage that will best suit their needs.

PA Medicare Education and Decision Insight (PA MEDI), Pennsylvania’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, has counselors available to Medicare beneficiaries for assistance with plan comparisons, helping to ensure individuals’ insurance and prescription drug plan needs will be met in in the coming year.
 
During the AOEP, PA MEDI will be holding open enrollment events. Appointments at these events are free, confidential, unbiased, and open to all Medicare beneficiaries. Appointments are necessary to attend, and can be made by calling 1-800-982-4346.

Classroom Foster Grandparents Getting Back to School
It is the start of a new school year and the Classroom Foster Grandparent volunteers are getting back to service. Many Classroom Foster Grandparents were not able to serve last school year due to COVID-19 safety guidelines. This year the Classroom Foster Grandparent volunteers are eager to serve in their communities. 
PEER Staff Appreciation
Residents of Darway Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center recently showed their appreciation for Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents (PEER) staff with homemade paper flowers, a cake, and a "thank you" poster to hang in their breakroom.
 
To learn more about the Ombudsman Program or the PEER project, call Ombudsman Carol Dieffenbach at 1-800-982-4346.