“Share the Love” at SeniorsPlus Meals on Wheels food drive Dec. 16

It is not unusual for someone to walk through the doors of any one of our three offices in the state, say they have no food, ask us to please help them. That takes a lot of courage. We are glad they summoned the courage and even gladder when we can give them the food they need.

During the month of December, SeniorsPlus will collaborate with Evergreen Subaru as part of the “Share the Love” fundraising campaign of Meals on Wheels America, the national Meals on Wheels organization.

On Friday, December 16 from 9 am to 3 pm in the Evergreen Subaru lot at 774 Center Street in Auburn, we will hold a “Share the Love Food Drive.” Foods gathered at the food drive will be used by SeniorsPlus to create emergency food packs of non-perishable foods for distribution to people in need suffering from hunger. These Emergency Food Packs enable us to divert a crisis hunger situation while longer-term solutions are found.

For the December 16 food drive, SeniorsPlus and Evergreen Subaru will be collecting non-perishable foods (dry goods, canned foods, etc.) suitable for snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. These may include meals in a can (soup, stew, chili), canned tuna or chicken, peanut butter, low-sodium canned vegetables, low-sugar whole grain cereals, and healthy snacks. Soda, candy, items packaged in glass, and bulk quantities of rice, flour, or sugar are discouraged

SeniorsPlus serves through its Meals on Wheels program more than 96,000 meals annually to almost 800 homebound individuals. This winter, we anticipate the demand for Meals on Wheels will exceed our budget and force the reinstatement of a waitlist for Meals on Wheels. More than 200,000 Mainers struggle against hunger.

In addition, Evergreen Subaru is partnering with Meals on Wheels America on the national Subaru philanthropic campaign Share the Love. Through the 2016 Share the Love Event, now through January 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of the four national charities, including Meals on Wheels America, with a minimum guarantee of $250,000. In addition to these partners, Subaru retailers have selected more than 660 hometown charities for their customers to support as well. By the end of this year’s event, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $90 million donated since the creation of Share the Love.

So, on Friday, December 16 between 9 am and 3 pm, we encourage you to stop by Evergreen Subaru to donate some non-perishable goods, and take a Subaru for a test drive. Thank you for your support!

Are You Too Old for Marketplace Insurance?


Hello from Holly…

Are You Too Old for Marketplace Insurance?
Believe it or not, you might be! If you’re currently on a Marketplace (Obamacare) insurance plan and you’re 65 years old or older, you’ve outgrown your policy.

When the Marketplace came into being, it was designed for people UNDER 65 who might be without insurance. It was not designed for those 65 or older, because Medicare was already in place for you.

When you turn 65, since you are eligible for Medicare, you will lose any Marketplace subsidies or tax credits you receive. It’s your responsibility to make the switch from your Marketplace plan to Medicare – this does not happen automatically. Although Medicare may cost more than your Marketplace plan, Medicare gives you better coverage at a time you’ll need it more.

If you wait to enroll in Medicare, you will pay a 10% penalty for life on your Part B Medicare premium for every year you delay enrollment. On average, people who wait to enroll in Medicare are paying 30% more in premiums than those who enrolled at age 65. But here’s the good news: Although the switch can be a bit confusing, there is free help out there for you. You can call your Area Agency on Aging, for one-on-one help getting you dis-enrolled from the Marketplace policy and enrolled in Medicare. Call us today at 1-800-427-1241.

If you want to do it on your own, please remember there are two steps.
Step One: Enroll in Medicare. You can sign up online at www.ssa.gov or call 1-800-772-1213. If you need more information about the Medicare choices that work best for you, before you enroll, call your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-877-353-3771 for free, unbiased assistance.
Step Two: Dis-enroll from the Marketplace. You can dis-enroll online at www.healthcare.gov or call Consumers for Affordable Healthcare at 1-800-965-7476 for assistance in dis-enrolling from your Marketplace plan.

Holly Zielinski is the Director of Community Services for SeniorsPlus