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Free Medicare counseling offered to seniors
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Posted: 2012 Aug 10 - 00:24

Guidance now available for Medicare beneficiaries at Martin Anderson and Palm Bay senior centers

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Local elders, their caregivers, and their family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn.

The Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders Program has reopened two of its counseling sites at the Martin Anderson Senior Center in Rockledge and at the Palm Bay Senior Center.

SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs that empowers elders to make informed decisions about their health care coverage.

Specially trained volunteer counselors provide information and assistance at counseling sites across Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, and will now also help elders at the new Rockledge and Palm Bay locations.

The Martin Anderson site in Rockledge will serve seniors each Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. Counseling is also available at the Wuesthoff Central Business Office, 375 Commerce Parkway in Rockledge, daily from 9 a.m. to noon and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Palm Bay, counseling is available at the Palm Bay Senior Center on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Glenbrooke of Palm Bay daily from 9 a.m. to noon.

As part of the many programs offered locally through the Senior Resource Alliance, SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential guidance through educational materials and health insurance counseling.

The new counseling site at Martin Anderson Senior Center will allow the program to reach more community members, and local elders will now be made aware of services and benefit programs available to them.

To make an appointment for counseling at the new SHINE counseling site or at one of Brevard's eight other offices, or to receive other assistance by phone, call the Elder Helpline toll-free at (800) 96-ELDER or (800) 963-5337. More information about SHINE is also available at www.floridashine.org.

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