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Bernice Newberry

Bernice Newberry

Bernice Newberry has been working for Blair Senior Services for 30 years.  She initially began her employment in Care Management, which she still does, but she also works in Protective Services. 

Bernice’s responsibilities include assessing the needs appropriately for consumers so they are able to stay in their homes. Bernice states, “In Protective Services, I help people who may be at risk for abuse, neglect, or abandonment, those type of scenarios.  Some of the cases are simply self neglect.  Others are more complicated.  It is very exciting because you never know what you may run into and every situation is different.”

When asked what Bernice liked best about working for Blair Senior Services, she stated, “All my life I wanted to be a Social Worker.  I enjoy the variety of people I meet. These people come to Blair Senior Services, Inc. because they don’t know what to do or where to turn for answers or assistance.  Our Agency has ways to help so many people in so many different situations.  For me, I believe it is the best feeling knowing that I was able to help someone achieve their ultimate goal of being able to stay in their home.” 

Bernice said that she would encourage others to volunteer or work for Blair Senior Services, Inc. saying, “Blair Senior Services is always in need of volunteers and is a great place to work.  It takes a special type of person to work for us. It is an Agency where everyone truly wants to help the elderly and to make their lives a little better with one of our many programs.  There is no better place to work and know that you made someone’s life a little bit better by helping them out of a situation or to stay in their home!”  If you are interested in volunteering for one of Blair Senior Services, Inc. programs, please call 814-946-1235.

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05/20/2021

​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today announced that older adults who will soon be turning 65 and are not yet enrolled in Medicare can attend a free virtual event to learn about their healthcare coverage options when enrolling for Medicare.

 

The "Welcome to Medicare" event on June 23, open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will feature national presentations from the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs on Medicare eligibility, enrollment and coverage options. Representatives will be available to answer questions and assist older adults with information to enable them to make choices on Medicare coverage that best meets their needs and lowers their costs.

 

In Pennsylvania, this program is known as APPRISE. Throughout the national presentation, staff from APPRISE will host an exhibit for Pennsylvania and will respond to Medicare questions and provide information about the program. The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) – Pennsylvania's Senior Medicare Patrol – also will join APPRISE to discuss Medicare fraud prevention.

 

"We encourage anyone who is turning 65 soon to join our Virtual Welcome to Medicare Fair. Pennsylvania's Medicare Counseling Program is here to help older adults learn about signing up and navigating the complexities of Medicare, avoiding late enrollment penalties, and preventing fraud," said Susan Neff, APPRISE director. "We also invite those who attend to visit the Pennsylvania-specific virtual exhibit at any time during the event. The APPRISE and CARIE staff look forward to chatting with seniors about their Medicare enrollment concerns."

 

Older adults can register for this event here

 

The APPRISE Program has nearly 800 trained counselors in the commonwealth who provide free, confidential, objective, and easy-to-understand information about original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, and Medicare Supplement plans, and allows Medicare beneficiaries to compare plans and determine what best meets their needs and save them money.

To learn more about the APPRISE Program or becoming a volunteer, click here or call the APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067 .

MEDIA CONTACT: Jack Eilber, agingcomms@pa.gov

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Department Of Aging: June 23 Medicare Event Welcomes Future Beneficiaries With Information On Eligibility, Coverage Options