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Craig Russell

Craig Russell

Craig Russell has been working for Blair Senior Services for nineteen years. He initially began his employment as a part-time Van Driver for the Transportation Department in Hollidaysburg. Craig added to his responsibilities with becoming a part-time Mechanic for Transportation as well. Over the years, his duties have increased and he is now the Operations Supervisor in the Transportation Department.

Craig’s responsibilities include helping with vehicle maintenance in the garage when needed, software implementation and computer technology, and even helps with answering the phones and scheduling transportation for consumers. Craig says, “I am responsible basically for anything that needs to be done on a day-to-day basis that helps to keep our daily operations running as smooth as possible with the exception of driving the vans.”

When asked what he liked best about working for Blair Senior Services, Craig stated, “My favorite part of working for this agency is knowing that we are providing such a valuable service. For many of our consumers this is their only means of getting out of the home. To doctors, medical treatments or just to socialize or go shopping. I am very proud to be part of all of it!”

Although Craig said there are many great memories, he shared one special memory he had with Blair Senior Services while being a driver, “When I was driving, at times we would have to take disabled or behavioral challenged students to school. They weren’t able to ride a regular school bus. I did this for two years with the kids and I really liked knowing that I was able to help them. By our Agency providing this service, they were able to go to school. This is just one example of what makes this job so rewarding and helps you to realize what an important service the Transportation Department at Blair Senior Services provides for the community.”

In addition, Craig encouraged others to consider either volunteering or possibly working for the Transportation Department saying, “Blair Senior Services is providing such an important service to many people in our community that this is their only means of transportation. It is a very rewarding experience as a person to know that every day you are making a difference in someone’s life.” If you are interested in volunteering or working for one of the many Blair Senior Services, Inc. programs, please call 814-946-1235.

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​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 .



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