Please note that reservations are requested for most programs offered at Mashpee Senior Center unless indicated otherwise at the end of each description. More information is available by contacting Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3512.

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Mashpee Senior Center will be closed on Monday, October 14.

Don’t Delay: Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15!

Now is the time to review your Medicare plan options. A quick review could save you money in 2020. Medicare’s Part C (Medicare Advantage Plan) and Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) Annual Open Enrollment begins October 15 and ends December 7. Make sure you review your 2020 Medicare options during this time period so that you have the most cost-effective plan for 2020.

During Open Enrollment, you will have a chance to change your plan. This change will take effect January 1, 2020. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone…on Medicare) counselors can help you understand your plan’s changes, screen you for assistance programs, and discuss other options you may have. If you do not change your plan during this period, you may have to stay with your existing plan for another whole year. Note: the open enrollment may not affect those with retiree coverage.

Do not wait until it is too late; appointments fill up fast. Call the senior center and make an appointment with a SHINE counselor for this year’s open enrollment. If possible, create a account before your appointment. This will expedite the process. Be sure to bring a list or the bottles of your current medications to the appointment and, if you are a couple, please ask for two appointments. Call the senior center to schedule a SHINE appointment at 508-539-1440. If we are unable to accommodate you during this short period, call the regional SHINE office in Barnstable Village at 508-375-6762. SHINE is here to help.

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. There are different symptoms of breast cancer and some people have no symptoms at all. If you have any signs that worry you, see your doctor right away. Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families. There are things you can do to help lower your breast cancer risk. Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you and when you should have them. Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AARP Safe Driving Course

The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers ages 50 and older. You’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You may be eligible to receive a multi-year auto insurance discount upon completing the course. Consult your insurance agent for details. AARP membership is not required to take the course and there are no tests to pass. The class fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The classroom course will run from 9:45 AM to 3 PM on Friday, October 18, with a 30-minute break. Bring your own lunch or a snack. Please try to arrive before 9:45 AM to fill out paperwork. Space is limited, so register now by calling 508-539-1440.

A Public Health & Wellness Message From VNA Of Cape Cod: Coffee For Health Talks

On Monday, October 21, join us at 9:30 AM for coffee, a healthy snack and casual conversation about managing your healthcare. In addition, we invite you to get your blood pressure checked along with a one-on-one consultation with registered nurse Jane Bollin. Coffee For Health Talks are offered on the third Monday of each month and requests for specific health-related topics are welcome. Stop by and see what it’s all about! Bring a friend. Walk-ins are always welcome.

‘Just Google It’ Workshop

“Just Google it”: These are familiar words when we want to find out information, but do you know some of the other capabilities of Google? Join us on Tuesday, October 15, at 10 AM with volunteer Paul Gentile for this hands-on workshop as we introduce other capabilities of Google, such as Google Keep, Google Browser, Google Doc and Google Photo. This is an introductory overview. Prior Internet use is suggested.

Karen’s Krafts

Come join us as Karen Thurber leads workshops for making beautiful crafts. She will provide the needed supplies. Come on in and create! There is a fee. If you choose to supply your own decorations, be aware that the fee will still be required for instruction.

Beach Décor Jewelry Holder—Thursday, October 17, at 2 PM. This is a beautiful way to display and hold your jewelry. You will paint the sea clams and then resin the crystal candlestick. And finally, you can decorate with pearls, shells, sea glass or even glitter.

Glass Resin Block With Lights—Thursday, October 24, at 2 PM. This unique glass block can be a decorative piece for a fireplace mantel or windowsill, or can be used as a doorstop or nightlight. It can be designed with many different decor ideas and decals. The fairy light is supplied to light up your creations.

Talk On Hospice Eligibility

A staff member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod will be at the senior center Wednesday, October 16, to talk about Medicare and Massachusetts regulations regarding hospice care, and to explain how hospice benefits the patient. The presentation will begin at 1 o’clock.

The Brown Bag

The Mashpee Council on Aging in partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank is pleased to be offering a program called The Brown Bag. This program is offered to Mashpee residents who may need a little extra help making it from month to month. Participants will receive a bag of groceries on the first Friday of each month. The pickup site for participants is the Mashpee Senior Center, 26 Frank E. Hicks Drive. If you are interested in signing up or if you have questions, call our outreach coordinator at 508-539-1440, extension 3502.

The ‘Gadget Guy’

Volunteer Greg McKelvey is back on the first and third Thursdays of the month beginning October 17 from noon to 2 PM, by appointment. He will answer questions about your gadgets, cellphones, GPS, e-mail, Facebook, et cetera. Bring your devices fully charged, because power sources are limited. There is no charge for this appointment.

‘Gen Silent’ Documentary & Discussion

On Tuesday, October 22, from 2 to 4 PM Cape Cod PRIDE presents “Gen Silent.” Join us at the senior center for a viewing and discussion of “Gen Silent,” a film about the generations of aging LGBT people who remain in or return to the closet out of concern for their safety or quality of life. This documentary follows the lives of six LGBT seniors living in the Boston area who must choose if they will hide their sexuality in order to survive in the long-term care system. The film will be followed by a discussion. All are welcome! Popcorn provided!

NASA’S Great Observatories Presentation

NASA’s Great Observatories is a series of four space-borne observatories designed to help us grasp the wonders of the cosmos. From the Hubble Space Telescope to the Spitzer Space Telescope, these observatories take us on a journey into outer space. Join us on Thursday, October 24, at 2 PM as we welcome Randy Moore, a retired engineer with an extensive knowledge of NASA, for this presentation.

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