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Lunch and Learns occur each Wednesday from 12-pm at Heritage Commons. Oaklawn Lunch and
January 16: Learn more about
Please call to reserve a lunch or get information, (269) 558-6150. We are located at 13444 Preston Drive in Marshall, just off 15 Mile Rd, south of Michigan Avenue near I-69.
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Bring a Friend to Heritage Commons in January
By: Kitty Knoll, Senior Center Coordinator, Heritage Commons
January is 'Bring a Friend Month' at Heritage Commons! Members, spread the word about Heritage Commons and all our programs to your friends who are not members yet. Stop by and grab a three-visit pass for your friends to attend members-only events. Grab tickets for you and your friends to be entered in a giveaway! When you attend an event with your friends, the tickets will be collected and
put in a drawing for four free lunch and learns of your choice. Don’t forget to share your visit to Heritage Commons on Facebook!
Kinship Korner
Family Enrichment Center
415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Sharon Dewey, Kinship Coordinator Email:
Ph: (269) 660-0448
Fx: (269) 963-0160
This is a brand-new year. Never have we lived 2019! Yet, for those of us who are raising our grandchil- dren, or even great-grandchildren, this has many echoes from the past. We have been there, done that, and are not over it yet! No matter the circumstances, we have committed for the long haul out of love for family.
Parenting the second or third time around is somewhat different, we are not the same people we were
20, 30, or more years ago. We are slower, our bodies tend to tire eas- ier. We are wiser, we are better at picking our battles and recognizing what we can control and what is out of our control. We are smarter, we try to find creative ways to nurture our children that doesn’t bankrupt us financially or physically.
This is where we at the Family Enrichment center want to help throughout this new year. For those of us on a fixed income, or even still working, raising children in these times can be difficult financially. We have resources to help when money is tight. We have emergency food boxes, diapers, clothing closet, and referrals to community resourc- es. Sometimes this walk is lone- some. Our friends and even, some- times, our family are not always supportive of our efforts. We have
a support group to meet others who know and understand your journey. We also offer family activities and community events free or at reduced prices to make those fun family memories.
Consider these January offerings at
Westlake Presbyterian Church,
415 S. 28th St., Battle Creek:
Jan. 1 – Kinship Support Group
Jan. 8 – Kinship support group
Jan. 10 – Post-Adoption Resources,
Brown Bag Luncheon
Jan. 15 – Kinship Blanket Making Potluck, 10am-2pm
Jan 19 – Saturday Parent Training, 9am- Noon
Jan.19 – Saturday Respite
9am-Noon, 6-9yr old - Art Activity, RSVP -Teresa Thasher (269) 660- 0449
Jan. 19 – Saturday Respite – Day care, RSVP - Teresa Thrasher (269) 660-0449
Learns are free to members, and $5.00 to non-members. All other Lunch and Learn are $3.00 for members only.
Healthy Eating with MSU Extension Dietitian Zelda M. She will present information on how eating plays a significant part in promoting your health, and how to eat healthy.
January 2: Oaklawn Hospital
will present on Vertigo. Vertigo is often associated with dizziness. Amy Doepker will discuss the symptoms and common conditions that cause vertigo.
January 23: The technology “gurus” from the Marshall District Library talk about Savvy Streaming. Learn how streaming is used, why
it is used, and the differences from downloads.
January 9: Investment Fraud with the State Attorney General’s office. Presenter will be Lori Young. Investment Fraud involves illegal sale or purported sale of financial instruments. Learn more about what constitutes investment fraud, how to avoid it, and how to report it.
January 30: The Conservation District will present a program. The topic is yet to be announced.
January Happenings at Forks Senior Center
By: Luann Sommers, Executive Director, Forks Senior Center
families with questions and help with starting or filing a claim for veteran’s benefits. You do not need to be a member of the Senior Center to come in and meet with Dennis. Appointments are not needed, walk- ins are welcome!
Veterans Service Representative now available on Mondays
are excited to host this fun event
in addition to all of our regularly scheduled programs! Coffee and other beverages will be provided, bring a snack to share! If you are
not already a member of the Senior Center, this is a perfect time to come check out the center. Non-members are welcome to three free visits to the center. Come join us and share in the fun! Information and tours of the Center will be available for anyone 60+ who may be interested in joining the Center. For more information call Forks Senior Center at (517) 629- 3842 or email executivedirector@
My Medicare Matters – Medicare Enrollment Periods – January through March By: Karen Courtney, MMAP Regional Coordinator, CareWell Services SW
Thanks to the American Legion Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Office, Forks Senior Center has a new Veterans Service Officer available to meet with Veterans and their families about services and benefits available to them. Dennis Urquhart is a Service Officer with Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA.) VVA is just one of the Veteran service organizations that make up the Michigan Coalition of Veterans’ Services.
Come join the fun for Winter Fest Game Day on January 30
Dennis will be at the Center each Monday from 8:30am-4pm. His goal is to assist Veterans and their
On Wednesday, January 30, Forks Senior Center will be holding a Winter Fest Party and Game Day in hopes of driving away the post- holiday, winter time blues after the holidays. The party will take place from 1-4pm and is open to older adults, aged 60 and above. We
Part A and Part B Annual General Enrollment: January 1 – March 31
Medicaid program to pay their premiums.
Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage).
If you didn’t sign up for Medicare Part A and/or Part B when you were first eligible, you can
sign up at the Social Security office or website for Part A and/or Part
B during the General Enrollment Period between January 1 – March 31. Your coverage will start July 1.
Late Part A and/or Part B enrollees may be assessed a late enrollment penalty, based on how long they went without coverage while eligible for coverage. The penalty amount is added to your monthly premium.
Or, you can disenroll from your Medicare Advantage Plan and return to Original Medicare. If you choose to do so, you’ll be able to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
You will pay a monthly premium for Part B. Some people must pay
a premium for Part A. Low income persons, or those who didn’t earn premium-free Part A through working, may qualify for the State
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period: January 1 – March 31
During this Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period, you CANNOT: switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan, join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan if you're in Original Medicare, or switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
During this time, if you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage) you can switch to another Medicare
to another if you're in Original Medicare.

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