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Jerry and Cheryl Strittmatter

Jerry and Cheryl Strittmatter

Cheryl and Jerry Strittmatter have been Meals on Wheels delivery volunteers for the past 3 years. The couple saw an ad in their church bulletin regarding the need for Meals on Wheels volunteers. They felt it was something they needed to do and have been doing it ever since.

The Strittmatters deliver meals to homebound seniors. Their route is in the Duncansville area of Blair County every Wednesday. Cheryl said, “We get to know the consumers we deliver to. We get used to their routine. If we notice something out of sort with them, we can call Blair Senior Services to help. We truly are an extra pair of eyes to help check their welfare!”

Cheryl stated “We really get to know the people. Some really look forward to seeing and talking with us. They almost become family.” Jerry said, “The whole experience is very rewarding. Plus it is a great thing that we can do together.” Cheryl stated, “Yes we do great team work!”

When asked what they liked the most about volunteering for Blair Senior Services, “It is just the people we have met! I think each of them has taken a little piece of our heart”, Cheryl said. Jerry stated, “One woman we deliver to is so excited to see us. She told us that we are the only people she really gets to talk to each week.” “It touches you,” said Cheryl.

Cheryl and Jerry would encourage everyone to give delivering meals a try. Jerry said, “It is only a couple hours a week and it is so satisfying and a great learning experience.” Cheryl said, “It is a great way to give back to your community. A rewarding experience that helps people to be able to stay in their home!”

If you or your group is interested in volunteering for this program or any of the programs offered, please call Blair Senior Services, Inc. at 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