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Blair Senior Services, Inc. Extreme Weather Advisory for Older Adults

Blair Senior Services, Inc. Extreme Weather Advisory for Older Adults

Community Service Announcement

DATE: June 29, 2018

FOR RELEASE: Immediately

CONTACT: Mike Smith, Administrative Services Director Blair Senior Services, Inc.
Phone: 814.946-1235


Blair Senior Services, Inc. Extreme Weather Advisory for Older Adults

Altoona, PA: As extremely hot, humid weather is forecasted across the state for the upcoming week, health and aging officials would like to remind all Pennsylvanians to take the necessary precautions to remain healthy and safe.

During the hot weather advisory, Blair Senior Services, Inc. would like to remind the area’s older adults that heat relief is available Monday through Friday at each of their Senior Centers during the following regular business hours:  Central Blair Senior Center (located in downtown Altoona) 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Southern Blair Senior Center (located in East Freedom) 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Northern Blair Senior Center (located in Tyrone) 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Williamsburg Senior Center from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For additional information on each of the Centers, including directions, visit Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s website at

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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