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Health & Welfare News & Information
To better serve its clients, Neighbor Ride is pleased
to announce the start of Saturday office hours.
Beginning March 6th, Neighbor Ride's office will be open
from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturdays, in addition to weekdays
from 9 am to 2 pm, for requesting and scheduling rides.
Neighbor Ride is a volunteer-based nonprofit committed
to helping Howard County seniors maintain their
independence by providing friendly and reliable
transportation for medical appointments, social outings,
religious services, volunteer activities, shopping and
other personal needs.
Neighbor Ride’s service is easy to use. Howard
County residents, age 60 and over, may register as
passengers by calling the Neighbor Ride office at (410)
884-7433 to request a Registration Package or by
visiting our website,
www.neighborride.org, clicking on the Transportation
tab, and then selecting “New Passenger Registration”
from the left-hand menu. Once registered, passengers may
request up to 12 rides a month by calling Neighbor Ride;
or by using the online Transportation Request form.
At least three days advance notice is required when
requesting rides in order to allow time for matching
rides with Volunteer Drivers.
Contact Colleen Dumais Konstanzer at (410)884-7433 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
|Pathway to Proficiency Courses - AACC
Anne Arundel Community college will be offering a
four course Beginning level sequence in nine languages:
Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese,
Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish starting this fall.
We will be adding a four course Intermediate level
sequence in the same languages starting in Fall, 2010.
The attached link provides more information about the
All of the courses are offered in the evenings from 6:00
– 8:30 p.m. on either Monday – Wednesday or Tuesday –
Thursday. Courses in Arabic,
Chinese, Japanese and Russian are offered in 40 hour
blocks of instruction (5 hours per week for 8 weeks).
Courses in French, Spanish, German, Italian and
Portuguese are offered in 30 hour blocks of instruction
(5 hours per week for six weeks). Students
successfully completing all four courses at Beginning or
Intermediate levels will receive a Continuing Education
and Workforce Development certificate in that language,
as well as Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).
The courses are designed so that students completing all
four courses at Beginning level should be able to
demonstrate proficiency at the A2 level in the Council
of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for
Language (CEFR) – see attached. Students
completing all four courses at Intermediate level should
be able to demonstrate proficiency at the B1 level in
The 30 hour courses are $200 each (including a $5 in
county registration fee). Out of county
students will pay an additional $5 per course for out of
county registration. The 40 hour courses are $275 each
(including a $5 in county registration fee). There
are special rates for Seniors, which are outlined in the
non-Credit Fall 2009 schedule of classes.
|On-Line Help for Selecting Dental and Vision
The following information is believed to be accurate
based on information provided by the agency. However,
all questions regarding these new benefits should be
directed to OPM.
The new Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance
Program (FEDVIP) will be available to eligible Federal
and Postal employees, retirees, and their eligible
family members on an enrollee-pay-all basis. This new
Program allows dental and vision insurance to be
purchased on a group basis which means competitive
premiums and no pre-existing condition limitations.
Premiums for retirees will be withheld from your
annuity. Enrollment will take place during the upcoming
FEHB open season Monday, November 13 through Monday,
December 11, 2006. Coverage will be effective December
To assist you in comparing the different plans, the
following directions for on-line assistance may be
1. Go to
2. In the center column, FED VIP Open Season. Select
Plan Comparison Tool. You will then be asked to select
comparisons for Dental, Vision or Both.
3. Then enter your zip code and select "Search".
You may do a comparison of up to 4 plans. (It may be
simpler if you do dental and vision comparisons
On this screen, you will also have the opportunity to go
to the insurance company website for more information.
4. Select "Compare Selection Plans"
5. On the next screen Select "Monthly" and then
TO ENROLL IN THE DENTAL AND/OR VISION PLANS go back
to the first screen, center column, and select ENROLL IN
BENEFEDS and follow the sign-up instructions.
The Phoenix Staff
|RLTV is America's first television programming and
Internet media company focused exclusively on informing,
involving, and inspiring Americans 55+. For more
information visit the RLTV web site at
The Fall lineup has 6 shows: The Daily Apple, a one hour
show that explores wellness; The Art of Living, a 30
minute show on people living extraordinary lives doing
what they love; The Prudent Advisor, 30 minutes on
financial issues; Healthline, insight and advise on
medical issues; The Informed Citizen, issues that
directly impact the 62-plus crowd; The Voice, an
interview based talk show targeted to the mature adult.
It's on from 1200 to 4:00 daily.
|A secure online service called
My.Medicare.gov is available to all Medicare
beneficiaries. It allows you to look at your
personalized Medicare information.
You need to register the first time you log on and
you will be issued a one-time password. Then you can
change it to a password of your choice.
After you register, you will receive detailed
instructions about how to log in and navigate the Web
You will also receive a technical support telephone
number if you have problems accessing your information.
Features the web site offers:
--You can view the status of your Medicare Part A and
Part B claims
--You can order a duplicate Medicare Summary Notice
if you need one
--You can order a replacement Medicare card
--You can look at Medicare enrollment information,
including some limited details on your prescription drug
plan for Medicare Part D
Living Wills and Administrative Directives
The following websites are offered for
your viewing of administrative directives/living wills. They are not
endorsed by the Phoenix Society, Inc.
This one should be a safe one as it is from the Maryland Attorney
General's Office, however, it may be valid for Marylanders only:
The following has a cost associated with it and comes out of
www.agingwithdignity.org. Also from Florida,
Hospice (no charge for this one). From the
Florida Senate another set of forms.
See if your state's Attorney General has a like or similar
Free Vascular Screening
For those of you in MD, near the
Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), in Annapolis, MD, please visit
the following website:
Dare to Care allows for FREE vascular screening for the following
areas, (if you qualify).
1. Carotid Artery Duplex
2. Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound
3. Renal Artery Ultrasound
4. Extremity Artery Evaluation
To be eligible, you must have no past participation in the screening
portion of the program.
No involvement with a vascular specialist.
Age greater than 60
Age greater than 50 AND one or more of the following risk factors:
High blood pressure
Family history of vascular disease
Male Veterans At
Higher Risk For Lou Gehrig's Disease
ALS Found At All
Time Periods Of Service
New evidence suggests that all men who serve in the military
are at an increased risk of developing Lou Gehrig's disease,
according to a presentation at the American Academy of
Neurology annual meeting.
Pre-Diabetes A Health Warning, Experts Say
Federal Health Officials Begin New Prevention Efforts
Forty-one million Americans have blood sugar levels high enough
to put them at risk of developing diabetes - more than twice the