Senior Notes

December 27, 2006

Center to advise on Medicare Part D

Anne Arundel County's Medicare Part D assistance center, which is helping local seniors figure out the best Medicare coverage options for their health care needs, will close Friday.

The center inside the Annapolis Senior Center is staffed by professionals from the Department of Aging and Disabilities who answer questions of seniors and people with disabilities. The service is free.

Last year, the center on Riva Road served more than 1,250 people in three months.

This year, seniors have a choice of 56 plans.

The assistance center at the senior center, 119 S. Villa Ave., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Seniors must make an appointment by calling 410-222-4464. Transportation is available by calling the same number.

Seniors to rally in Annapolis

The United Seniors of Maryland will hold a state legislative rally from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at St. John's College in Annapolis. The theme is "Shaping the Future of Maryland's Seniors."

Participants will have a chance to meet their state legislators, many of whom are new to the job.

The cost of the event is $11 in advance and $13 at the door. For a registration form, call Marjorie Crain at the Anne Arundel Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4464.

Tax-help program in need of preparers

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging is recruiting for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, which provides free tax preparation at county senior centers.

New volunteers will receive a week of training next month, followed by instruction on electronic filing.

People with an aptitude for numbers who would like to learn more about being tax preparers should call the county's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program office at 410-222-4464 or contact a county senior center.

Volunteers sought to teach life skills

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging is seeking volunteer grandparents to work with children for 15 to 20 hours a week.

Activities include mentoring, tutoring and giving advice on life skills, with attention to children in Head Start, special education or those who live in shelters or family-support centers.

Participants must be income-eligible and at least 60 years old. Benefits include a tax-free stipend, paid training, free transportation, sick leave, lunches and medical exams. 410-222-4464.

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