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Healthcare Marketplace Open Enrollment — We Can Help

Help is here. Healthcare Marketplace open enrollment has started and it can be a challenge to navigate. Open enrollment ends DEC 15, 2017.

What do we offer?

A healthcare Navigator is here to assist you. Meet up in our Health Spot located upstairs along the north side of the library.


Schedule through December 15:

  • Mondays | Nov 13, 20, 27 | 3-6 PM
  • Fridays | 3-5 PM

What’s Open Enrollment? Health insurance is renewed each year during a period called “open enrollment.” This is the time to join or change plans, carriers, etc. in your insurance coverage.

What’s a Navigator? It’s a trained expert on all the ins and outs about signing up for or renewing health insurance. They can answer questions, enroll patrons for insurance, and much more. And they’re rare — only about 6 of them in our county — so, we’re lucky to have her join us once a week through February.

Where can you go for information? If you miss the Navigator and/or need additional insurance resources, you’ll find:

  • Brochures located in the Health Spot
  • Cover Kansas (coverks.org) for additional Navigator assistance
  • Health Insurance Marketplace (healthcare.gov) to sign up directly or get more information

Author Visit: Charlotte Hinger

Charlotte Hinger, award winning novelist and Kansas historian, will give a presentation about her Lottie Albright mystery series at 2:30 on Monday, October 23rd at Presbyterian Manor, 1429 Kasold Drive.

Hinger is also the author of the historical novel, Come Spring, which won the Medicine Pipe Bearers award from Western Writers of America and was a Spur finalist. The first book in the Lottie Albright series, Deadly Descent, won the AZ Publisher’s Award for Best Mystery/Suspense. In 2016 University Press of Oklahoma published her non-fiction book Nicodemus: Post-Reconstruction Politics and Racial Justice.

Join Ms.Hinger as she talks about her writing and her Kansas locales.  No registration is required.

Ride the Bus!

LEARN HOW TO RIDE THE LOCAL BUS at an informational meeting at 10:30am on Thursday, October 26 in Meeting Room B at the library. Riding the bus for the first time can be scary but going to needed appointments or getting groceries or other items can be a challenge if you don’t drive. Staff from the Lawrence Transit system will explain how the system can help you travel around town. They will explain how to find the proper route, read a bus schedule and even how you can use your phone, tablet or other device to know when the bus will be coming.  The staff will demonstrate how to plan a trip using the transit system, read route maps and schedules, how to pay the fares and if or when transfers are necessary.

In addition to the general bus routes, the T-Lift paratransit option will also be explained. These services are available for those with special needs.  The Senior Resource Center and Independence, Inc. will also provide information on their transportation options.

Now, riding the bus won’t be scary and you will find that riding the bus may open a new world of opportunities!

This program is presented by the Lawrence Transit System in conjunction with the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County and the Lawrence Public Library. For more information about this program, please contact Serena at the Lawrence Transit System  785-832-3407.

AARP Safe Driving Class

AARP Driving Safety Class will be held in Meeting Room B from 10:00am-3:00pm  on Thursday and Friday, November 16 & 17, 2017.  There will be an hour’s lunch break at Noon.

This is a refresher class that includes driving techniques, information on new laws and techniques for older drivers. Insurance discount certificates will be given to those completing both days of the class. 

Space is limited. Registration is required.  

Cost for the two-day class is $15 for AARP members (membership must be shown), $20 for non-members.  Payment will be made to the instructor at the first class. 

Parking is available in the adjacent parking garage at the cost of $1 for the day or streetside metered parking is available around the library.

To register or for more details about the class, contact Pattie Johnston at the Library—785-843-3833 extension 115.

SKILLBUILDERS Is Back!

The Fall session of Skillbuilders will begin on Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00am with Donna Flory (MSW,retired) leading the discussion. A 10-week series of programs that support, encourage and inform anyone that is going through transitions in their lives due to the death of a loved one, divorce, physical limitations, a move to a new location and other changes. Each presentation addresses daily activities and decisions. Having information that assists in making decisions from these perspectives can help to make the circumstance less challenging.  All presenters are local, which also gives attendees opportunity to be familiar with contacts for future questions.  The programs are informal discussions that encourages questions.

No registration is necessary. Each week is a single program so attendees may attend all or only those topics of interest.

Skillbuilders will meet Tuesday mornings, 10:00-11:30am at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods, 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace, Lawrence, Kansas 66047.  Series will run from September 12 through November 14, 2017. Parking is adjacent to the Smith Center. 

Transportation is available by contacting the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County. Call 785-727-7876 for more details.

Skillbuiders is presented as a partnership of the Lawrence Public Library, Visiting Nurses Association, Senior Resource Center of Douglas County and Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

For more information about Skillbuilders or any particular program, contact Pattie Johnston, Outreach Services at the library, 785-843-3822 extension 115. 

 

Fall Schedule

September 12      Adjusting to Change #1: Introduction to Skillbuilders

Donna Flory, Paul Reed (VNA), Jan Maddox (BW) and Pattie Johnston (LPL)

September 19      Managing Family Relationships Through Change & Loss

Christina Jordan, VNA-MSW  & Brittany Lucas, VNA-MSW

September 26      Car Care

Richard Haig,     Westside 66 & Car Wash

October        3       Managing Your Money & Financial Matters       

Barbara Braa      CTFA, VP Trust Officer   Central Bank of the Midwest

Note: this program will be held in the TOWN HALL room of the main Brandon Woods building    1501 Inverness Drive

October     10       Home Comfort: Maintenance, Efficiency and Assistance

Tony Hoch, City of Lawrence–Jerry Guffey, Senior Resource Center of Douglas County–

Bruce Peterson, ECKAN

October    17        Feeling Fit–Exercise & You

Charlotte Robinson,  PT–Brandon Woods

October   24        How to Have a Successful Medical Visit

Tom Pfeiler,  MSW–Brandon Woods

October  31          Estate & Legal Matters

Webster Golden,  Attorney at Stevens & Brand LLC

November 7        Cooking for One

                                 Susan Johnson, Douglas County Extension Office    

**this session will meet at the Deal Six Auditorium in the Extension Office at the Douglas County Fairgrounds,  2110 Harper Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

November 14       Adjusting to Change #2: Closing

Donna Flory, MSW (retired)–Paul Reed, VNA–Jan Maddox, Brandon Woods & Pattie Johnston, LPL

 

Home Comfort–How to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

 

 

Image result for images home repairWith the temperatures in the 90s, it is difficult to think that it won’t be long before we’ll be confronted with cold weather. To prepare for those winter temperatures, come find out how to keep your house warm and cut your heating bills by learning of methods to make your house more energy efficient and keep the warm inside your house! Also, learn of resources available to assist in ways of weatherizing your house.

On Tuesday, August 15 from  1:30-3:30 in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, listen to representatives from the City of Lawrence, Black Hills utility, the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County and local home construction businesses who will explain methods for energy saving improvements and how to apply for grants to implement these improvements.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.

For more information about this event call Pattie Johnston at the library, 785-843-3833 extension 115.

New to Medicare or Applying for the Service?

New to Medicare? Join the Senior Resource Center’s  Health & Human Services team as they present information on what to expect from the Medicare system at this informative session. The next  session will be held next Wed, October 12 20, from 7:00-8:00pm in meeting room A on the lower level of  the Lawrence Public Library.  Next sessions: Thursdays: November 9 and December 14.  For more information, contact Lori Phillips at the SRC, 785-842-0453.

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Welcome to Medicare!

Are you new to Medicare? Do you have questions?

The Lawrence Public Library and the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County will present a “Welcome to Medicare” seminar on Wednesday, May 17, from noon to 1 p.m., in Meeting Room A, at the Lawrence Public Library.

Whether you’re turning 65, soon to retire, or just looking for more information, this is a great place to start.  Learn about the different parts of Medicare and what your health care coverage will look like.

Bring your lunch and listen as the basics of Medicare is discussed by a certified Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK)  speaker. Questions are encouraged!

This monthly program on Medicare will be presented at the Library and at the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County.  The next presentation will be on June 21st at the SRC, 2920 Haskell Ave, Lawrence.  The library will host again on July  19th.  All programs will be from Noon-1:00pm.

For more information please contact Health Resource Coordinator Lori Phillips at the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, 785-842-0543 or Pattie Johnston at the library, 785-843-3833 extension 115.

 

 

 

AARP Driving Safety Class November 16 & 17, 2017

The next AARP Driving Safety Class will be held in Meeting Room B from 10:00am-3:00pm  on Thursday and Friday, November 16 & 17, 2017.  There will be an hour’s lunch break at Noon.

This is a refresher class that includes driving techniques, information on new laws and techniques for older drivers. Insurance discount certificates will be given to those completing both days of the class. 

Space is limited. Registration is required.  Cost is $15 for AARP members (membership must be shown), $20 for non-members. 

Parking is available in the adjacent parking garage at the cost of $1 for the day or streetside metered parking is available around the library.

To register or for more details about the class, contact Pattie Johnston at the Library—785-843-3833 extension 115.

 

 

Skillbuilders

Skillbuilders

Posted On: Mar 9, 2017 In: Uncategorized

The Spring 2017 Skillbuilders programs will begin on Tuesday, March 14th at 10:00am at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods. The ten-week series for anyone experiencing significant life changes, including the death of a loved one, divorce, change of location, illness or physical limitations. A variety of topics that deal with practical concerns and others that address personal issues are discussed by local speakers. Skillbuilders is intended to provide information, encouragement and support for making decisions and daily activities.
Skillbuilders is presented 10:00-11:30am on Tuesday morning, March 14-May16, 2017. No registration is required. Each program is a separate program. Attend all or only those topics of interest.
For more information, contact Pattie Johnston at the library 843-3833 extension 115.
Skillbuilders is presented by LPL, Visiting Nurses Association and Brandon Woods at Alvamar with sponsorship with the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County.
Spring 2017 Schedule:
March 14 Adjusting to Change #1: introduction to Skillbuilders
March 21 Feeling Fit–Exercise & You Charloote Robertson, PT at BW
March 28 Estate + Legal Planning Webster Golden, attorney at Stevens & Brand LLP
April 4 Car Care 101 Richard Haig, Westside 66 & Car Wash
April 11 Family Dynamics When LIfe Makes Changes Christina Jordan, VNA
April 18 Oh, It”s Nothing: How Transitions Affect Your Health Julie Andrews, VNA
April 25 Cooking for One (or Two) Susan Johnson, Dg.Co.Extension Office
**program will be held at the Deal Six Auditorium, Dg.Co.Fairgrounds
May 2 Financial Planning Barbara Braa, Central Bank of the Midwest
May 9 How Does Your Garden Grow
Ann Peuser, Clinton Pkwy Nursery & Garden Store
May 16 Adjusting to Change #2: Holidays and Other Events
Donna Flory, MSW (retired)