Medicare 101

Edgewood Communities will host its next seminar in the Best of Times Series entitled Preparing for the Big “M” Medicare 101.

The community is invited to Warner Place, Aldren Avenue, on the Lutheran Campus, Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Janell Sluga, Certified Geriatric Care Manager for the Senior Life Matters program, will be the presenter. Reservations are appreciated by calling 720-9122.

Sluga will begin with the very basics of what Medicare is and how it works and then cover how to wade through all the information to determine what applies and what doesn’t. Handouts will be available.

“We’re coming up on Open Enrollment for Medicare and people are barraged with information from Medicare and other sources,” Sluga said. “Some of it is legitimate and some of it isn’t. The vocabulary can be very overwhelming. We’ll cover these topics in the seminar.”

She suggests that people begin learning about Medicare as early as the age of 60. The seminar will also be helpful for caregivers who are responsible for making Medicare decisions and who need guidance.

“Insurance can be intimidating and scary,” Sluga added. “There are so many options to choose from that if people don’t know the best choice for their situation, it can have a huge financial impact.”

Edgewood Communities is part of Lutheran Senior Housing and is located on the Lutheran Campus off Falconer Street in Jamestown. Units include one and two bedroom apartments, duplex homes and the new Smartment Building.

For more information about the seminar or Lutheran Housing, call Patty Eckwahl at 720-9122 or log onto