We frequently gets calls about a 65th birthday coming and when is the best time to enroll in Medicare. The short answer is, it depends!

If you have taken early Social Security (before age 65) you will automatically receive your Medicare card a couple of months before your 65th birthday. It is your responsibility to enroll in Medicare Part C or a Medicare supplement and Medicare Part D.

If you are not getting Social Security when you turn 65, you will need to reach out to Medicare to start your Medicare benefit the first day of the month you turn 65. You have a seven-month period of time to enroll initially, three months before your 65th birthday, the month of your 65th birthday and the three months after your 65th birthday. The earlier you enroll, the sooner Medicare will begin.

If you still work and have creditable insurance coverage at work (or your spouse does), you do not need to enroll in Medicare yet. We do recommend that you go ahead and get your Medicare Part A even if you have work coverage. Medicare Part A covers hospitalization and, for most people, does not have a premium.

As long as you are working for a company with 20-plus employees and have health insurance that is as good as Medicare, you will not have a penalty for enrolling after your 65th birthday. When you are ready to retire and/or your employer discontinues your health insurance, then you need to pick up the Medicare/supplement/drug plan coverage as soon as possible.

Still confused? Call the senior center at (620) 272-3620 for an appointment for Medicare counseling.

 

Library outreach

A representative from the Finney County Public Library will be at the senior center every other Wednesday at 11 a.m. Seniors will have the opportunity to check out books and various media items.

 

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS, 9 a.m.; art class, 10 a.m.; Ambassador Singers and Skip-Bo, 1 p.m.; strength training, 4 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m.

Friday: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; a nurse from St. Catherine Hospital is here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; bridge, 12:45 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.; monthly covered dish dinner, 6 p.m. (bring your favorite dish and enjoy good music).

Saturday: The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday: Duplicate bridge, 2 p.m.

Monday: Double pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.; strength training, 4 p.m.; Zumba, 6 p.m.; duplicate bridge, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Walking, 9 a.m. at Walmart; pitch, 12:30 p.m.; bridge, 1:15 p.m.; computer class, 2:30 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m.

April 11: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; Completely Unraveled, 9:30 a.m.; Library Outreach, 11 a.m.; pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.; dance featuring “Moonshiners,” 7:30 p.m. (recommended donation is $5).

 

Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, fruit.

Friday: Baked ham with pineapple slice, baked potato with fixin’s, cauliflower with cheese sauce, cookie.

Monday: Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, fruit.

Tuesday: Open-face roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, applesauce.

April 11: Sloppy joe on a bun, scalloped potatoes, green beans, cookie.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.