Aging & In-Home Services News

National Caregiver Year

Serving as a caregiver for a loved one is both challenging and rewarding. All too often, the efforts of family caregivers go unnoticed.  To honor this dedication and commitment, the U.S. Administration on Aging is excited to announce the Year of the Family Caregiver.

Family caregivers are the primary source of support for individuals of all ages with physical, mental, and chronic health conditions. For ten years the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) has provided information to family caregivers and helped them access support services, offered individual counseling and caregiver training, and provided respite care services. Through these efforts, the NFCSP has created communities of care throughout the nation.

AIHS Hosts Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Program

Fort Wayne, IN – Medicare’s open enrollment period for Medicare Part D runs from November 15 to December 31, 2010. During open enrollment, Medicare beneficiaries can opt into or change their prescription drug plan. On December 1, 2010, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors from Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc. (AIHS) will offer individual counseling on Medicare Part D programs. This free event will help people learn more about which Medicare drug plan is right for them by providing a drug plan comparison. People attending should bring their list of medications, including doses. Information will also be provided on the Extra Help and Medicare Savings Programs, which can help pay Medicare premiums and reduce insurance costs.

This free Medicare open enrollment event will take place December 1, 2010 at the Fort Wayne Urban League, 2135 S. Hanna Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.