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What is best for you? Attend a program aimed at clarifying the ins and outs of Medicare coverage at the LOACC.

COURTESY PHOTO - Medicare can be confusing. The LOACC will host a presentation Jan. 23 to help clarify what Medicare part A covers. The presentation is free, but registration is requested.

Urggg! Have you been frustrated by Medicare? Many people who frequent the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center have experienced frustration understanding the program.

Medicare is a government program intended to be helpful but sometimes is gets complicated and convoluted. It was introduced in 1965 to help people age 65 and older with healthcare insurance options post retirement. Medicare was designed during a time when prescription medications were not as prevalent as they are now, which adds to the complication.

Having possibly mastered the private insurance system provided by your employer and then moving onto to Medicare can be overwhelming — you may feel like you are starting from square one in understanding the coverage.

To help clear up confusion over what Medicare part A covers the LOACC will host a presentation from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at the center. Participants will learn about hospital inpatient stays, skilled nursing rehabilitation, home health care and hospice, and leave the program feeling knowledgeable and prepared to advocate for yourself and loved ones. The program is free, but registration is requested. Call or go online to register for the program.

The lunch menu this week features bacon quiche on Friday, Jan. 10; tuna casserole on Monday, Jan. 13 and shepherd's pie on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego. Learn more on the website, ci.oswego.or.us/acc. Use the menu found on the left side of the website, click on "Activities" to view a list of activities and support groups. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community

Center.


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