Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging
M4A Agency Newsletter
|Inside this issue: "M4A Scaling Up Partnerships", Heart Disease and Seniors, Promoting Healthy Living, Farmers' Market for Seniors, Protecting the Rights of Older Persons, 2013 Medicare changes, Nutrition As We Age|
|Inside this issue: "Keep your cool in Hot Weather", M4A Fighting Senior Hunger, M4A Employee Snapshot, Older Americans Month Celebrations, Medicare Cost Help Available, 21st Century Nursing Homes, Anti-Cancer Diet, Caregiver Story|
M4A Community Events Calendar
For the latest listing of senior events on Shelby County website Senior Calendar
Just for Seniors (center of page) - Click
View all Events (on right hand side of page)- Click
For notifications of events by text or email-click on "Notify Me" on the left hand side of page and select the phone icon or mail icon to receive senior event notifications.
Benefits are blooming for the seniors and disabled populations in M4A's five county region throughout the month of April. On these days, seniors and disabled persons can gain access to information and receive application assistance to access benefit programs that can help pay for medications, healthcare, utilities, food, and much more all under one roof. All services are free of charge. Our community partners include Disability Rights & Resources, Alabama Institute for the Deaf & Blind, Veteran's Administration, Social Security Administration, Alabama Department of Public Health, and other community organizations.
Older Americans Month
May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for older adults in our five-county region. Since, 1963, communities across the nation have joined in the annual commemoration of Older Americans Month-a proud tradition that shows our nation's committment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older Americans. The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) joins in the national celebration with activities and events throughout the month of May to promote intergenerational engagement and recreation.
Be A Senior Fan
The "Be a Senior Fan" initiative seeks to reduce or eliminate heat related health and mortality risks to senior citizens by helping low-income seniors in our five-county region stay cool during the hot summer months. Churches, clubs, organizations, and individuals are asked to donate new box fans that are distributed to those seniors who do not have air conditioning or cannot afford to run it often.
Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Voucher Program
M4A in partnership with the Farmer's Market Authority, CAWACO, Alabama Department of Senior Services, and the County Extension Office work to provide a direct tie between production agriculture and nutrition by providing seniors age 60 or older the opportunity to buy fresh local produce directly from farmers. Seniors are given coupons to redeem for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. M4A's staff members assist seniors with applying for the coupon vouchers which are mailed directly to the senior. Financial eligibility requirements apply. The Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Voucher Program has ended for 2013, please call back in January for next year's vouchers.
Every year, people with Medicare get to explore new options and choose the health and drug plans and coverage options that work best for them. Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment is from October 15-December 7. This gives people with medicare a full seven weeks to compare plans and options. During this time of year, M4A's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is highly active in the community hosting Open Enrollment Events. SHIP counselors provide one-on-one confidential, unbiased information regarding the health and drug plans available and provides a personalized comparison of options. Let the SHIP Counselors help you understand your Medicare benefits and assist you with findng the best insurance plan that fits YOUR needs.
Christmas in July
The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) celebrates Christmas in July by soliciting help from the community in collecting Adult Diapers ( Brief Style) (Sizes M-XL), Disposable Bed Pads, Glucerna and Ensure Nutritional drinks for seniors and disabled persons in our five-county region. Items are collected throughout the month of July and are distributed according to the amount of items received.