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Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteers Donate to Hollidaysburg Area Public Library

Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteers Donate to Hollidaysburg Area Public Library

Blair Senior Services, Inc. held its monthly in-service for Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion volunteers on July 17, 2019. The in-service was hosted at the Hollidaysburg American Legion Post 516 Social Hall, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch and light refreshments were served as volunteers listened to multiple speakers and were given program updates. Volunteers were also encouraged to bring their donations for the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library.

Melanie Ramsey, Director of Youth and Children Services at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, conducted a presentation on Dr. Seuss on his life, legacy and the impact he had on children’s literature. Ramsey stressed the importance of reading to children; making it fun and having the adults enjoy it as well.

“My main goal today is to show that it is easy to come to the library and use our resources,” Ramsey shared. “They can use us as a resource and enjoy it. What Dr. Seuss said is true, it is meant to be for both children and adults. If we are not enjoying it, we are not learning about it.”

Ramsey also received donations of supplies for the Hollidaysburg Library, including pens, notebooks, pencils, craft paper, markers and more. “I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the donations from all of the volunteers and Blair Senior Services, Inc.,” Ramsey said. “Donations of any kind are always welcome at the library. Anyone can drop them off and we will surely use any donations received in a creative way.”

Volunteers at the in-service also had the opportunity to hear Andrea Cohen, President of Lakemont Park, speak on the history of Lakemont Park and its new installments.

“We’re very excited to see people coming into the park again,” Cohen said. “Today I wanted to walk through the history and really focus on how the park was about 50 years ago. It was a great community gathering place and we’re trying to go back to what it was then. It’s a perfect place for the volunteers to take their companions or their foster grandchildren this summer.”

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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