Lake Oswego Adult Community Center reminds seniors that open enrollment for Medicare begins Nov. 15.

COURTESY PHOTO  - Elizabeth Trautwein, LPC will present information on managing narcissists at the LOACC at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

A bit of interesting history on Medicare: Former President Harry S. Truman and First Lady Bess Truman were the first to enroll in Medicare in 1965.

And Medicare played a role in ending segregation in hospitals; payments to hospitals were made only if the hospital desegregated.

Medicare is a national health insurance program providing service primarily to people over the age of 65.

Starting Nov. 15 open enrollment for Medicare begins — it is an opportunity to analyze your plan and make changes to better fit your needs.

It sounds so simple and easy but it can be very frustrating navigating the Medicare waters, as it can get pretty muddy with all its parts, nuances and exceptions.

That is when SHIBA comes to the rescue! SHIBA stands for "Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance" and is a fabulous program where educated volunteers meet with people to clear the muddy waters.

With help from SHIBA, the ACC is hosting "Medicare & You 2020" from 1-2 p.m. and again from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Stop by if you will be eligible for Medicare soon, are new to Medicare, want to know if , there will be any changes in your coverage in 2020, or want to change your current provider.

Open enrollment ends Dec. 7, and the window to make changes is small, so sign up now for "Medicare & You 2020" to get questions answered and for support in navigating the challenging waters of Medicare. Registration is required.

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Lunch this week is as follows: Friday, Oct. 4: New England clam chowder; Monday, Oct. 7: spinach mushroom frittata; Wednesday, Oct. 9: meatloaf.

Suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website,, using the menu found on the left side of the website. Click on "Activities" and "Services" for more details.

Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes or events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

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