Get Medicare Answers Aug. 11 at Florence Sylvester Center

By Riley McDavid   Riley McDavid

The year my late dad turned sixty-five, he went to an office in downtown Bangor, Maine, and enrolled in Medicare, which, at the time, was only three years old. I don’t recall that he had much of a hassle with Medicare in the ensuing years, even when he had a series of operations.   Maybe he was just good at navigating the treacherous waters between the Scylla of health care billing offices and the Charybdis of government bureaucrats.  Or maybe — probably — it was because Medicare was just simpler then.


Some questions about Medicare have always been easy to answer — such as who were the first two people to enroll. (Harry and Bess Truman, but of course you knew that.) But since my dad’s time, the program has become a lot more complicated, which is why the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and UnitedHealthcare are hosting a community meeting to educate Medicare beneficiaries and their loved ones about their health-care choices. The meeting is designed for any of the following — and more:

• People who are confused by Medicare

• Seniors who are not sure how to find the coverage that best meets their health and financial needs

• Anyone who is curious about how health reform could impact his or her Medicare coverage

• Family members and friends who are trying to help a loved one with health-care decisions but are not sure where to start

You can get simple answers to hard questions like these at Making Sense of Medicare: What You Need To Know About Your Health Care Choices. The event will be held August 11 at 1 p.m. at the Florence Sylvester Memorial Senior Center, 23721 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills.

The meeting is designed to help beneficiaries and their caregivers understand the basics of Medicare as well as some of the complex details,” says an NCOA spokesperson. “It’s all designed to help people better navigate Medicare successfully.” Following the presentation, the presenters will respond to questions from the audience.

There is no charge for this event, but registration is required. Please RSVP by contacting the Sylvester Center at (949) 380-0155. This event is only for educational purposes and no plan-specific benefits or details will be shared. Refreshments will be served.

Making Sense of Medicare: What You Need To Know About Your Health Care Choices is part of a series of education programs that NCOA and UnitedHealthcare are hosting across the country this summer and fall to simplify the complexities of Medicare and help beneficiaries make informed, personalized health-care decisions. For more information, visit and

Coming up on the Age Well Calendar

August 11.  Making Sense of the Complex Details of Medicare.  An important presentation by National Council on Aging, Washington, D.C. 1 p.m. at the Florence Sylvester Senior Center, 23721 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Call (949) 380-0155 to reserve a space.

August 11.  The Annual Founders’ Tea Dance at the Ritz Carlton, Dana Point.  The event will be in the Pacific Promenade featuring the Ritz-Carlton High Tea. Cocktail Reception 4:00-5:00 p.m. Tea & Recognitions 5:00 p.m. Dancing 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. to the Sam Conti Band. $45.00 per Person/Limited Seating No-host Bar.

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