Masks encouraged, but not required, when participating in indoor programs at ARC
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 & 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Fridays, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturdays, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Institute for Financial Education: IRA, TSP, 401K Rollovers - Wednesday, August 10th, 11:00 AM
In this class learn how to consolidate assets, access your retirement account for current needs, and avoid taxes. Discuss Stretch IRAs, Leaving IRAs behind, and IRS section 525. Also Discover how to capitalize during a market correction. Registration required. Register at ARC, on the Member Portal or by calling 309-888-9099.
U of I Extension: Medical Identity Theft
Thursday, August 25th, 10:30 AM
Medical Identity Theft is a growing financial problem with severe consequences for individuals and families. Understanding the effects of Medical Identity Theft can help you take additional measures to protect personal information. Financial professionals and consumer protection agencies are still learning more about this aspect of identity theft. In this workshop, learn about warning signs, consequences, and strategies to safeguard your medical identity with Camaya Callace Bachard, Consumer Economic Educator with U of I Extension. Registration required
Friday, August 19th, 10:00 AM
Teri Ryburn, retired Illinois State University administrator and owner of Ryburn Place at Sprague's Super Service in Normal, will be speaking on "Normal-Bloomington Route66." Her talk will provide a history of Route 66 and it's importance to the local community. Registration required. Register at ARC, on the Member Portal or by calling 309-888-9099.
Caregiver Support: CCSI & The Alzheimer's Association - August 3rd, 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, possiblefunding 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 - August 2nd, 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 August.
Women's Grief Support: W, August 10th & 24th , 12 - 1:30 PM Closed to new members
Men's Grief Support: W, August 10th & 24th,
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.
Co-Ed Grief Support: W, August 17th, 12 - 1:30 PM Open to men and women who are grieving the death of a spouse or other significant person/other. To join a group that is currently open to new members, call ARC at 309-888-9099 and request an intake form to be filled out and sent to Lisa.
Parkinson's Support Group
Tuesday, August 16th, 1:00 PM
The Parkinson’s Support Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month. This month's speakers are Ned & Dee Dee Neuhaus. Ned was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease, is a coach at the Rock Steady Boxing facility in Peoria and will have completed the first stage of deep brain stimulation therapy. The meeting will be an open discussion and Q & A session.
Wednesdays, August 17th, 24th, 31st, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Practically everyone needs an email account these days, and this 3-week course is an introduction to all the things you need to know about creating and using one. Based on the Gmail system, the skill set is transferable to any email provider. This class is taught by an Oasis-trained instructor; space is limited. Registration required.
Thursday, August 18th, 5 - 7 PM
Join us at ARC for a fun evening with fellow singles spent playing your choice of board game! Some of the games available to choose from include Scattergories, Yahtzee!, and Trivial Pursuit. Refreshments will be served. For the event to take place as scheduled, a minimum of 8 participants will be required. Register to attend by August 11th. Register at ARC, on the Member Portal or by calling 309-888-9099.
Monday, August 22nd, 12:30 - 1:00 PM
Help ARC and Synergy HomeCare raise money for the Alzheimer's Association by building your own ice cream for $2,00 a dish, complete with your favorite toppings! Sponsored by ARC, Synergy HomeCare and Carl's Ice Cream.
Stamping Card Class: Tuesday, August 9th OR 23rd, 10:00 AM
You will take home 2 homemade cards. Personalize your cards with stamps, cutouts, glitter, etc. Bring a pair of scissors, clear glue or a snail (crafter’s tape), colored pencils or pens and your imagination. Cost: $8.00; includes all supplies/materials Registration required. Registration closes one day in advance of each class.
Intermediate Crochet: Thursday, August 11th, 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Familiarity with the basic crochet stitches (single and double crochet). You will select a project equal to your current skill level and be challenged to try new skills. Registration required.
Beginner Crochet: Thursday, August 25th, 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Learn the basic crochet stitches. You will select a project: a potholder, coaster, or dishcloth. You will learn how to read a pattern and use it in the application of crochet skills. The instructor will contact each participant to determine current level of competence and to share information about the materials needed. If you have questions, contact Pam at 309-826-1612. Registration required
Nov 30 — Dec 07, 2022 • 8 Days • 10 Meals
Highlights: Innsbruck, Choice on Tour, Seefeld, Carriage Ride, Salzburg, St. Peter's Restaurant, Oberammergau, Munich, Christmas Markets
Click HERE to learn more.
Feb 11 — Feb1 9, 2023 • 9 Days • 14 Meals
Highlights: San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Guanacaste, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Choice on Tour, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal Cruise, Cano Negro Refuge, Zarcero
Click HERE to learn more.
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
Click HERE to learn more.
Noontime meals are served Monday-Friday and are available to persons 60+. There is a suggested donation of $3.50 for each meal. Those under 60 may participate at a cost of $9.60. 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 https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/d9d5010d-868a-4868-80b2-255c834001cb/blob-0004.png/:/cr=t:13.68%25,l:0%25,w:100%25,h:37.46%25/rs=w:1240,h:620,cg:trueinsurance 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.
The ARC SHIP counselors are planning two presentations in September – one on Medicare Advantage plans, and the second on Part D prescription drug plans. Specifics on the dates/times and sign-up instructions will be included in the ARC September newsletter.
These meetings are a follow-up to the recent New to Medicare presentation, but focusing in more detail on these two important Medicare programs. The information will be useful to anyone new to Medicare and also to current beneficiaries, preceding the fall open enrollment period.
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.