ARC will be closed 12/23-26 for Christmas & Sat. December 31 for New Year's Eve
ARC is one of the largest senior services centers in the state of Illinois, offering daily exercise programs and over 50 free activities per month, including art classes, lectures, music enrichment, cards and games, Peace Meal and so much more. ARC is dedicated to providing programs that promote healthy aging. Read on to learn more about a few highlighted programs or check out our monthly newsletter below for full activity and exercise calendars and descriptions of programs and classes scheduled for the month of June!
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Mondays, 7:00 - 11:00 AM & 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuesdays, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Beginners) & 3:00 - 7:00 PM (Experienced)
Wednesdays, 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 - 7:00 PM (Experienced)
Wednesdays, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Beginners)
Thursdays, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM & 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Fridays, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturdays, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
NO PICKLEBALL December 8th from 3 - 7 PM or December 12th from 7 - 11 AM
Internet TV: Tuesday, December 6th, 1:00 - 2:45 PM
Tired of paying that high Cable TV bill? Instructor, Nancy Komlanc, The Tech Tutor, will show you step-by-step how many of us are saving $50 - $100/month by gradually moving from watching Cable TV channels to Internet Streaming TV channels. Using the same internet connection, you can still watch your favorite shows, movies, sports, local news, Netflix, Amazon Prime, & more! In this class Nancy will compare costs of local Internet Service Providers and streaming subscription services, Plus show you how to set-up an inexpensive device to a TV so you can save $$$! Fee: $20
Free Educational Seminar: Which Smartphone to Buy - Android or iPhone?
T, December 6th, 11:00 AM
If you are a flip-phone User or looking to upgrade to a NEW Smartphone this
seminar is for you! Nancy will compare the features and advantages of the Android and iPhone to help you make an educated and intelligent decision when shopping for your new Smartphone. We will compare features, costs, Carriers, Trac-phones, ways to save money using a Family Plan, &
extra accessories. Instructor: Nancy Komlanc, Ed. M.; The Tech Tutor Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Genealogy Help: T, 9:30 - 10:30 AM & TH, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Rex King will be available in the ARC computer lab to help you get started on researching your family history on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you have questions you can also e-mail Rex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Assistance: F, 10 AM - 1 PM
Computer assistance will be led by ARC's own tech expert, George Wilson. George can assist with Windows laptops, Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks, Amazon Firesticks and more. Some areas of assistance include set up and configuration, use of Office products, email, password creation tips, photo saving and sharing, backing up data, etc. Registration for a 1-hour time slot is required. Bring your device with you to your appointment.
Caregiver Support: CCSI & The Alzheimer's Association - November 7th, 2 - 3 PM Are you a current or past family caregiver? Are you feeling stressed, tired, alone, overwhelmed, and/or burnt out? Caregiver support group meetings may be able to help! Caregiver support groups offer not only peer support, but resources in our communities, referrals to additional support, possible funding opportunities, and problem solving. If you feel you need a listening ear to validate what you’re going through as a caregiver, this support group may be for you! Caregiving is not easy and we’re here to help!
Caregiver Support: CCSI & Sugar Creek Alzheimer's Special Care Center - November 6th, 9:30 AM Are you a current or past family caregiver? Are you feeling stressed, tired, alone, overwhelmed, and/or burnt out? Caregiver support groups offer not only peer support, but resources in our communities, referrals to additional support, possible funding opportunities, and problem solving. If you feel you need a listening ear to validate what you’re going through as a caregiver, this support group may be for you! Join this group on the first Tuesday of each month at ARC! Coordinated by CCSI and Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center.
Grief Support Groups
Led by Lisa Flanagan, Carle Hospice Bereavement Coordinator. These programs will meet in person at ARC for the month of December.
Women's Grief Support: W, December 14th & 28th , 12 - 1:30 PM Closed to new members
Men's Grief Support: W, December 14th & 28th, 2 - 3:30 PM Open to members/non-members of ARC, men who are grieving the death of a spouse or other significant person/other.
Parkinson's Support Group
Tuesday, December 20th, 1:00 PM
The Parkinson’s Support Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month. This month the group will have a special guest speaker and refreshments.
Annual ARC Holiday Party
TH, December 8th, 5:30 PM
Join us at ARC for our annual holiday party in the Rec Room beginning at 5:30 PM on December 8th. From 5:30 - 6:00 PM, you'll have time to catch up with friends over a
cup of coffee and a few holiday puzzles and activities that will be available at each table.
Musical entertainment will begin at 6:00 PM and will be provided by The Clef Hangers, a mixed vocal a cappella group from ISU.
There will be dessert trays available at each table for you to enjoy a treat during the performance. Register to attend at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal. The holiday party is a FREE event.
Lucky Dice Gift Exchange: M, December 12th, 10 AM
In order to participate, you will need to bring a NEW, $10.00 WRAPPED gift. THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: Gifts are displayed and everyone chooses a gift. The gifts are opened for everyone to see. The gift exchange starts by rolling three dice, similar to BUNCO. The object of the game is to roll three of a kind. If you roll three of a kind, you can steal someone else’s gift. Each player can roll twice. If you do not roll three of a kind, you pass the dice. The game will continue for 30 minutes. The gift you have at the end
of the time limit is yours to take home! Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the Member Portal.
Holiday Cookie Exchange: F, December 16th, 11:30 AM
For those of you that like to bake Christmas cookies, join us on Friday, December 16th at 11:30 AM for a Christmas Cookie Exchange. You will need to bring a Christmas platter along with 2 dozen of your favorite homemade cookies. Registration required at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Winter Solstice Traditions: W, December 21st, 4:00 PM
Join presenter Rita Meland to learn more about Winter Solstice traditions.
Share the warmth of the season with a simple celebration.
• Stories of Lore and Ancient Traditions
• Readings and Quiet Piano Music
• Bring a Fragrant Candle to light if you wish
• Hot cider will be provided to enjoy
Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099 or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
S, December 10th, 10:30 AM
The New Day Ringers of the Bloomington-Normal Community Bells formed as a performing organization in 2015. The members are a dedicated and faithful "family" of handbell ringers who love to ring to bring the JOY of handbell music to our community. They are looking forward to performing at the ARC on Dec. 10 at 10:30 AM. Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099, or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
F, December 16th, 10 AM
The Bloomington-Normal community, capital of corn country, was also once known (worldwide!) as the hometown of the day’s biggest stars: trapeze performers!
In the era before television, movies, and the internet the circus was the top form of entertainment. Mark Schmitt and Maureen Brunsdale will highlight this rich history while also sharing some of the treasures found at Illinois State University’s Special Collections. Maureen is the Special Collections librarian at Milner Library, ISU. Mark, a Bloomington native, is the Special Collections Specialist and with Maureen co-authored The Bloomington-Normal Trapeze Legacy: the Golden Age of Aerialists. Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099, or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Ecology Action Center: Reducing Energy Costs at Home
W, December 14th, 10 AM
Concerned about rising energy prices? Join Larissa Armstrong from the Ecology Action Center to learn about how you can lower your home's energy costs with energy efficiency improvements, solar, community solar, and get details on some income-qualifying energy saving programs as well! Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099, or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
Institute for Financial Education: Estate Planning Part 2
W, December 14th, 11 AM
Join us as we dive into Estate Planning Part 2, with an in-depth discussion on death and estate taxes, Wills and trusts, Probate, and tax planning strategies. Also learn how to choose an executor and what Lifetime giving exclusions and Unlimited marital deductions can mean for you. Also explore how to pass on a Tax-free inheritance to your loved ones. Registration required. Register at ARC, by calling 309-888-9099, or on the GymMaster Member Portal.
May 11 — May 24, 2023 • 14 Days • 18 Meals
Highlights: London, Eurostar Train, Paris, Seine River Cruise and Dinner, TGV High-Speed Train, Lucerne, Venice, Italian Vineyard Experience, Florence, Michelangelo’s David, Rome, The Colosseum
Click HERE to learn more
Sept 15 — Sept 22, 2023 • 8 Days • 10 Meals
Highlights: Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Deadwood, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park
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December 04 — December 08, 2023 • 5 Days • 5 Meals
Highlights: Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, 9/11 Museum, Broadway Show
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March 14 — March 21, 2024 • 8 Days • 9 Meals
Highlights: Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Farm Visit, Cliffs of Moher, Whiskey Distillery, Castle Stay
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Noontime meals are served Monday-Friday and are available to persons 60+. There is a suggested donation of $3.50 for each meal. Participants are served a well-balanced meal containing at least 1/3 of the daily adult nutritional requirements. To make your reservation, call ARC at 888-9099, press 1 and leave a message with your name and reservation date at least one day in advance of the reservation date by Noon.
SHIP counselors are trained, certified, and experienced in offering one-on-one information for all aspects of Medicare, health insurance and drug plans. A program of ARC, SHIP provides assistance, explanations, and plan comparisons. There is never a cost, sales, or any insurance affiliations. SHIP is especially helpful for those new to Medicare who are trying to navigate the system and meet deadlines or to anyone wanting to lower current costs and understand options. Help is available by individual appointment at various times each month. Call ARC at 309-888-9099, and a counselor will return your call to set an appointment. Walk-in hours are available on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Monday of each month ONLY. Walk-ins start at 1 PM with no appointment needed and operate on a first come, first served basis. Help is available by individual appointment various times each month as well. Call ARC at 309-888-9099 and press 3 to leave a message for the SHIP team. A counselor will return your call to set an appointment. SHIP is a program of the Illinois Department on Aging.
Click HERE to visit the official Medicare site.
Click HERE to learn more about SHIP & the Illinois Department on Aging.
Medicare Scam Caution
An ARC member recently received genetic testing materials they had not requested. Further investigation determined it was a scam and the result could have been very expensive for Medicare and for the individual. While Medicare may approve certain narrow, medically necessary genetic testing, this must be done through your doctor. Unsolicited genetic testing offers are most likely not legitimate. Be very careful in giving out your Medicare number as that can result in charges to Medicare without your knowledge. Suspicious genetic testing services (or any other illegitimate charges showing on your Medicare Summary Notices) should be reported to the SHIP team at ARC, or directly to the Senior Medicare Patrol (800) 699-9043.
SHIP remains available through ARC and will follow any COVID protocols currently in place for the ARC facility. In addition to in-person sessions and dependent on your circumstances, the counseling sessions may involve a computer (ZOOM) meeting or a phone conversation. Please call ARC and leave a message on the SHIP line.
Medicare and the Coronavirus
Here is a summary of the coverage provided by Medicare:
· Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no out-of-pocket costs.
· Medicare covers all medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you're diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay, but instead you need to stay in the hospital under quarantine.
· Vaccine distribution is underway across the United States. Specifics regarding local access are available from the Mclean County Health Department. Medicare insurance plans will cover vaccine costs, if any.
· If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have access to these same benefits. Medicare allows these plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 lab tests. Many plans offer additional telehealth benefits beyond the ones described below. Check with your plan about your coverage and costs.
· Scammers may use the coronavirus national emergency to take advantage of people while they’re distracted. As always, guard your Medicare card like a credit card, check Medicare claims summary forms for errors, and if someone calls asking for your Medicare Number, hang up! More information is available from the official website https://www.medicare.gov
More about Medicare’s Part D prescription drug plans
Question: I currently have a Part D drug plan and would like to know when I can change to another plan. Do I have that option at any time?
Answer: In general, someone who has Part D plan can only choose another plan during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) October 15-December 7. Selections made during the AEP go into effect January 1 the following year. Appointments are available each fall with ARC SHIP counselors to help those with Part D select the best plan for the following year. This annual option to change is also available to anyone who has a Medicare Advantage plan that includes Pt D. However, there are a number of special circumstances when someone could qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and could switch plans outside the outside the annual period. A few examples included moving outside a plan’s service area, qualifying for Social Security “Extra Help”, or residing in a long-term care facility. A SEP may also be available for someone who believes they were provided incorrect or misleading information when they enrolled in their current plan. Please contact SHIP if you would like to change plans and feel a special circumstance may apply.
Disclaimer: The questions and answers in this column are intended to provide additional understanding on relevant Medicare topics. For additional explanations specific to your situation, please call ARC and request that a SHIP counselor contact you. You may also utilize SHIP walk-in hours on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Monday at 1:00.
Can you switch to a less costly drug plan for 2023? Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Consultations for Part D Drug Plans Are Available During Annual Enrollment
· Oct. 15th – Dec 7th is the Annual Enrollment Period to switch Part D drug plans for 2023.· If you would like assistance, call ARC at 309- 888-9099. At the Medicare prompt, leave a detailed message for SHIP to return your call. Please call after September 25th.· Appointments will be set between Oct 15- Dec 7th· You do not have to be an ARC member to contact SHIP.
SHIP will provide a Review and Compare (R&C) looking at your current plan compared to other plans that are available for 2023. Based on SHIP’s history with clients over the last several years, approximately ½ of the R&C’s result in a plan switch to a less expensive plan.
A SHIP counselor will return your call to make the appropriate scheduling arrangements.Consultations will primarily be in person at ARC and will follow any health precautions currently in place. Zoom sessions are also an option.
Note: Medicare Advantage Drug Plans- comparison appointments will be available only until November 21. Any decisions with this type of insurance involve considerable evaluation of the medical aspects, networks, and co-pays along with the drug options.
SHIP counseling on Medicare A and B and secondary insurance remains available during this time period for those with enrollment deadlines.
Work is underway on ARC's new green space & we're just $2,900 away from our total fundraising goal for Phase 1. Support the green space project, fitness programming and more with your gift this month!