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News & Notes from AAASWFL
March 2020

Stay Clean and Stay Healthy

On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a State of Emergency in Florida because of  the Wuhan Coronavirus. With just two cases reported in Florida, there's no need to be alarmed.  The State of Emergency helps government agencies more flexibility to respond if they need to.  It also helps protect consumers like us from price-gouging on products like hand sanitizer.
To help keep yourself safe from the Coronavirus, the most important thing to do is to keep your hands clean.  Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. And as always, keep your distance from people who appear sick.
Want more prevention tips? Visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

Become Immune to Hoax Emails

Fraud Alert: Coronavirus scams
Scammers follow the headlines-- and that means scammers may be targeting your inbox with hoax emails about the coronavirus.
You can find up-to-date, legitimate information about the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control or World Health Organization.  If you think you've been scammed by an email, call the Federal Trade Commission at 877-FTC-HELP or by visiting their website: www.ftc.gov/complaint.
Want to know more about scams, abuse and exploitation?
Call the helpline to schedule a presentation for your group at 866-41-ELDER (866-413-5337)

Free Volunteer Training in Naples

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
You can help people take control of their chronic conditions!
AAASWFL is offering a free leader training for our Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) in Naples on April 16, 17, 23 & 24.
This four-day training is free for anyone who would like to offer the CDSMP on behalf of the Area Agency on Aging.
To sign up or get more information, call the Elder Helpline at 866-41-ELDER (866-413-5337) and ask to speak with Health & Wellness Coordinator Sherry Young.
Funding for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is provided by a grant from the Administration on Community Living through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

Unhappy with your Medicare Advantage Plan?

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Time is running out!
From now through March 31, you can switch Advantage plans or even go back to Original Medicare as part of Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment.
if you're unhappy with your Medicare Advantage plan, call our Elder Helpline at 866-41-ELDER and ask for an appointment with a SHINE counselor.  Our SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) can help you evaluate plans based on your individual needs, understand benefits like preventive services, apply for cost-saving programs, and even report Medicare fraud and abuse.

Help for Home Energy Emergencies

We've had some chilly nights in the last few weeks-- and if you're facing an electricity shut-off notice, cold weather can be cause for alarm.
AAASWFL may be able to help you through the EHEAP program, which provides assistance for people with a heating or cooling crisis.
Want to learn more? Call the Helpline at 866-41-ELDER and ask to find the EHEAP agency for your county.

Spring Training Senior Day with the Rays

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Join us and the Tampa Bay Rays, for Senior Day at Charlotte Sports Park Today (Wed., March 4).
Fans age 60 and over can buy up to four Field or Baseline Reserved tickets for just $15.00 each.
(purchase tickets online here)
Get there early to check out the Rays senior health fair.  We'll be there with our friends from Senior Friendship Centers, Charlotte County Human Services, and others.
Make sure to stop by our booth and say "Hi!"

AAASWFL Events Coming Soon!

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March 4 -  Tampa Bay Rays Senior Day (Port Charlotte)
March 12 - AARP Smart Driver Course (North Fort Myers)
March 14 - Senior Care Conference (Punta Gorda)
March 17 - Medicare Presentation: What's New in 2020? (North Fort Myers)
March 19 - Free Medicare Counseling (Arcadia Goodwill)
March 19 - Free Medicare Counseling (DeSoto Food & Resource Center)
March 20 - Advisory Council Meeting (North Fort Myers)
March 20 - Medicare 101 Presentation (Englewood)
March 26 - Medicare 101 Presentation (North Fort Myers)
March 28 - Medicare 101 Presentation (Clewiston)

New events are added regularly.  View our full calendar at www.aaaswfl.org/events or like our facebook page to learn about new events.
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