The following information comes to us from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Over the past several months, CMS has added five new preventive benefits to its roster of free services for Medicare beneficiaries. The new preventive services include:

* Annual depression screening for all Medicare beneficiaries.

* Intensive obesity screening and behavioral counseling to help Medicare beneficiaries who are obese lose weight and sustain weight loss through proper diet and exercise.

* Annual cardiovascular screening, which gives primary care providers the opportunity to screen for high blood pressure, provide counseling and maintaining a healthy diet, and when appropriate, recommend taking aspirin.

* Annual alcohol misuse screening for all Medicare beneficiaries, as well as counseling sessions for individuals found to be misusing alcohol.

* STD/STI screen for Medicare beneficiaries who have certain risk factors.

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, if you have Original Medicare, you will not pay a coinsurance or deductible for these preventive services, as long as you see a doctor who takes assignment. If you receive your Medicare benefits through a Medicare private health plan, also known as Medicare Advantage plan, you will also pay no out-of-pocket costs. Your private plan may, however, require that you use an in-network provider. Cost-sharing may apply if your doctor makes a diagnosis during a service or performs additional tests or procedures.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the First United Methodist Church volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Join us June 2, for the Beef Empire Days Meals on Wheels Poker Run benefiting Meals on Wheels.

Free luncheon

Lunch tickets are still available for our Memorial Day free luncheon on May 24. On the menu is turkey with gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, wheat roll and gelatin.

Stop by the senior center and pick up your free lunch ticket. Quantities are limited. Act soon.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The board of directors of the Finney County Senior Citizens Association meets at 3:15 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. Nutrition Council meets at 1 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday, the Walking Club meets at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. RSVP Council meets at 1 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge plays at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Bingo is played at 1:30 p.m.

May 23 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing is at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature the Calhouns. The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Roast pork with potatoes and gravy, oriental vegetables, wheat roll, frosted lime gelatin.

Friday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, corn, French bread, pudding.

Monday: Meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, broccoli salad, wheat roll, rosy applesauce.

Tuesday: Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, broccoli, wheat roll, brownie.

May 23: Pepper steak, rice, carrots, wheat bread, strawberries and pears.

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