Seniors and Caregivers Don't Have to 'Go it Alone' when Evaluating Medicare: SHINE counseling events

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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Nov. 6, 2017 - PRLog -- The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is underway through December 7, and the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida reminds Medicare beneficiaries that now is a good time to review their Medicare coverage. For those considering making changes to coverage, SHINE is available to help.

The Agency's SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program volunteers are specially trained Medicare counselors who are available to provide free, impartial information and personalized assistance throughout Southwest Florida. During the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), SHINE counselors will offer information and assistance weekly at the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida.

Counselors will be on hand every Tuesday through Nov. 28 and on Thursday, Nov. 30.  The Area Agency on Aging is located at the Merchant's Crossing shopping center in North Fort Myers (15201 N. Cleveland Ave, Ste. 1100).  SHINE counseling hours run from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Appointments are not necessary. Visit the AAASWFL website at http://www.aaaswfl.org.

A full list of additional Southwest Florida SHINE counseling locations is at the end of this news release.

To receive optimal assistance, individuals interested in SHINE Medicare counseling should go prepared with a list of current prescriptions including dosages, and their current Medicare plan information.  A review of projected next-year prescription costs can sometimes yield a savings of several hundred dollars or more for Medicare beneficiaries.

Medicare Open Enrollment ends on December 7.

Medicare beneficiaries who are unable to attend one of the sessions above may call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-866-41-ELDER (1-866-413-5337) and ask for a referral to speak with a SHINE counselor from one of our local counseling sites.

SHINE is a free service of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, operated locally through the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida in North Fort Myers.  SHINE provides free and unbiased Medicare information and counseling.  For more information or to learn how you can help, please call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) or visit http://www.FloridaSHINE.org.

LIST OF SHINE COUNSELING EVENTS (ALL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC):

SHINE Counseling: Charlotte County

First Presbyterian Church


2230 Harriet St., Port Charlotte FL 33952

Nov. 9 - 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Mid-County Regional Library

2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Nov. 29 - 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

SHINE Counseling: Collier County

Emmanuel Lutheran Church


777 Mooring Line Dr., Naples FL 34102

Nov. 6 - 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

St. William Catholic Church

601 Seagate Dr., Naples FL 34108

Nov. 14 - 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Avow Hospice Lyon Center

1223 Whippoorwill Ln., Naples FL 34105

Nov. 30 - 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

SHINE Counseling: DeSoto County

DeSoto Memorial Hospital


900 N. Roberts Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266

Mondays through Dec. 4 - 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Goodwill

1701 E. Oak St., Arcadia FL 34266

Saturdays through Dec. 2 - 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

SHINE Counseling: Lee County

Peace Lutheran Church


15840 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers FL 33908

Nov. 8 - 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

East County Regional Library

881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres FL 33971

Nov. 9 - 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Chapel by the Sea

100 Chapel St., Fort Myers Beach FL 33932

Nov. 14 - 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

F.I.S.H. of SANCAP

2430-B Periwinkle Way, Sanibel FL 33957

Nov. 16 - 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

SHINE Counseling: Sarasota County

North Sarasota Library


2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234

Nov. 8 - 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Senior Friendship Center- Venice

2350 Scenic Dr., Venice FL 34293

Nov. 20 - 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Senior Friendship Center- Sarasota

1888 Brother Geenan Way, Sarasota FL 34236

Nov. 29 - 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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