Back Story - Fall 2017

JoAnn Headshot 2017 webQ&A with JoAnn Bergeron Nenow, Executive Director of Meals On Wheels of Northampton County.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love interacting with my co-workers, volunteers and clients. I take great satisfaction in knowing that we are caring for our elders and helping them to remain living in their homes for as long as is possible. I love how our volunteers come from all different walks of life yet share the same level of giving.

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Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave

spider webWe like to have visitors. Sometimes, the best visitors are unexpected. In all cases, the best visitors are those who stay overnight but need no accommodations, carry no baggage, require no food, and don’t carry on long conversations. They take up no space and leave behind no laundry or trash. They even help around the house.

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Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

privacy webWhether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come. Maybe not in the seniors of today lifetimes but more likely in our children’s.

1. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

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New Medicare Cards - What You Need to Know

medicarecard cardThere are big changes coming to your Medicare card next year. Starting in April of 2018, people with Medicare will begin to receive NEW Medicare cards with one major difference – your Medicare number, which is your Social Security number, will not be on the card. Because of increased concerns about identity theft and other safety reasons, your Social Security number will be replaced by a random, 11-digit number that is unique to you, with no identifying information. This change is being made to protect the security of your information, and your identity.

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Are You Ready for Medicare Open Enrollment?

medicare enrollment webMedicare Open Enrollment for 2018 starts October 15 and remains open until December 7. During this annual enrollment period (AEP) you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage. You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa. You can also switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another.

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Local Vietnam Veterans Interviewed for Documentary

vietvet statue webNoted filmmaker Ken Burns has a 10-episode documentary on the Vietnam war that premiers on September 17 on PBS. Our local PBS station (PBS39) has compiled a series of podcasts with local Vietnam veterans that give you a firsthand narrative of what the veterans experienced during the war.

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