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12/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Be a Santa to a Senior program helping those in need

GREATER AKRON — Home Instead Senior Care is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor Be a Santa to a Senior, a program that collects and delivers gifts to lonely seniors in need in Summit, Medina and northern Wayne counties. The program — run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with Catholic Charities, Wyant Woods Care Center, Altercare Care & Rehab, Nottingham Court, Magnolia Village, White Pond Villas, area retailers, volunteers and members of the community — runs through Dec. 16. Retailers participating in Be a Santa to a Senior will display Christmas trees that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick an ornament from these trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached. Be a Santa to a Senior trees are located at:

√ Walgreens stores at 805 N. Court St. and 696 Lafayette Road in Medina; and 1303 Copley Road, 1925 W. Market St., 834 W. Market St. in Akron and 3009 W. Market St. in Fairlawn;

√ Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive, and Cool Beans, at 101 High St., both in Wadsworth, and 103 W. Liberty St. in Medina;

√ Serpentini Chevrolet, 140 West Ave. in Tallmadge;

√ Montrose Ford, 3960 Medina Road in Copley; and

√ the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 2244 Front St. in Cuyahoga Falls.

The local Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

For more information, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 330-334-4664, 330-865-6733 or 330-688-8443.


Deadline to select Medicare coverage Dec. 7

COLUMBUS – Ohio Lt. Governor and Department of Insurance (ODI) Director Mary Taylor is reminding Medicare consumers Dec. 7 at midnight is the open enrollment period deadline to select coverage that will begin Jan. 1.

The ODI’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is Medicare’s designated educational program in Ohio, according to ODI officials.

“This is the time of year all Medicare consumers should review their health and prescription drug coverage for 2014,” Taylor said. “There can be numerous changes to benefits and costs in plans from one year to the next, and now is the time to evaluate those changes and how they impact your coverage.”

OSHIIP can be reached at 800-686-1578. Medicare information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov by calling 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or at www.medicare.gov.


Kathleen Collins and Ariel Hakim contributed to these reports.

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