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‘Welcome to Medicare’ programs offered

Blue Moon Benefits Group will hold a free “Welcome to Medicare” session at 11 a.m. Monday at the Broyhill Office Suites, 3540 Clemmons Road, Clemmons.

Blue Moon will also host a free lunch and learn meeting at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at Little Richard’s Little Richard’s Smokehouse Bar N Cue, 129 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem.

Topics will include how to sign up for Medicare and the various options available.

The meetings are open to the public, but seating is limited, so advanced registration is required. To register go to or call 336-778-1070.

Medicare workshop planned for Tuesday

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will have a free Medicare workshop for people turning 65 and others who have Medicare to learn about the insurance options available. Trained counselors will be available to answer questions.

The session will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kernersville Senior Enrichment Center, 130 E. Mountain St., Kernersville.

Registration is required and can be made by calling 336-748-0217.

Multiple myeloma support group to meet

A support group for patients with multiple myeloma, regardless of where they are being treated, and their family and caregivers will be held at noon Wednesday at the Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Conference Room 9-A. Information and interaction with other multiple myeloma patients will be available.

For more information, go to

Program on Medicare changes Thursday

The Shepherd’s Center and Salemtowne Retirement Community are offering What’s New in Medicare 2020 for individuals who are on Medicare.

The session will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Saal at Salemtowne Retirement Community, 190 Moravian Way Drive, Winston-Salem.

There will be discussion about changes made in Medicare for 2020. This includes “Original Medicare,” Medicare prescription drug programs, Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans.

For more information or reservations, call the Shepherd’s Center at 336-748-0217. The reservation deadline is Monday.

Salemtowne fall lecture Thursday

Salemtowne will hold the first of its fall lecture series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Community Center — Smith Saal at Salemtowne, 190 Moravian Way Drive, Winston-Salem.

The speakers will be Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin and Nigel Alston. Their topic will be Living Room Theater — The History and Future of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company. Sprinkle-Hamlin is the president of the board of directors of the company and Alston is its executive director.

For more information, or to register email or call 336-714-2157.

AARP driving class to be held Friday

An AARP Smart Driving Class will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Brookridge Retirement Home, 1199 Hayes Forest Drive, Winston-Salem.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members.

For more information or to register, call Hillary McGee at 336-759-1044 or email

Fall vendor fair to be Saturday

The Kernersville Senior Enrichment Center will have a fall vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the center, 130 E. Mountain St., Kernersville, on the lower level.

Vendors will include Pampered Chef, Color Street, Ruby Ribbon, Stampin’ Up, and Tealightful Tea. There will also be homemade candy, jewelry, quilts and crafts. Raffle tickets for door prizes will be sold.

For more information, call 336-992-0591.

Intergenerational music class offered

Senior Services is looking for caregivers and their children 0-3 years old to take part in an Intergenerational Kindermusik class at 10 a.m. each Thursday at the Williams Adult Day Center, 231 Melrose St., Winston-Salem. The class is 30 minutes. Each child receives a free CD.

For more information call Sylvia Martin at 336-724-2155 or go to

Help with Medicare open enrollment

The annual Medicare open enrollment will take place from Tuesday through Dec. 7, and the Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will hold workshops on Fridays during that period to help people choose drug and the Medicare Advantage plans and in making changes.

Trained counselors from the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program will be available to assist.

Workshops will be held Friday, and Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, and Dec. 6 at the Shepherd’s Center, 1700 Ebert St., Winston-Salem. One-hour appointments are available between noon and 5 p.m.

Space is limited and appointments are required. Call the center at 336-748-0217 to make an appointment.

Senior Services needs volunteers

Senior Services Inc. needs 60 volunteers to deliver Meals-on-Wheels meals to older adults in Forsyth County.

Volunteers are needed for home visits with seniors living at home in eastern Winston-Salem and Kernersville. Visit times are flexible.

For more information or to volunteer, call Holly Beck at 336-721-3411, or go to

Free caregiver class to be held Nov. 14

A free Lunch & Learn for Caregivers will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Senior Enrichment Center, 130 E. Mountain St., Kernersville.

Representatives from PACE will offer a Caregivers Mechanics Class covering techniques for providing care to older adults with physical and/or cognitive limitations.

Lunch will be provided by IORA Primary Care.

Registration is required and can be made by calling 336-721-6918.

The class is sponsored by Senior Services, Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, the Forsyth County Department of Social Services, Trellis Supportive Care, SECU Family House, and Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging.

Volunteer tax preparers needed

The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation does free federal and state tax returns during tax season at two locations in Winston-Salem: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Reynolda Manor Branch Library, 2839 Fairlawn Drive: and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the Southside Branch Library, 3185 Buchanan St.

Volunteers are needed to prepare the returns. They can work one to four days each week, be somewhat computer proficient, have an email address, and have at least done their own tax returns. Volunteers are also needed to welcome clients and review intake sheets. Volunteers can be reimbursed for mileage if they volunteer at least 40 hours during the tax season. Training is in January, and tax preparers must pass a test to be certified.

To complete an application, go to

For more information, call Paul McElroy at 336-922-6645 or Pat Rowe at 336-287-1246. Leave a message with name, number and why you are calling.

Caregiver day out to be held Nov. 12

It’s All About You! A caregiver day out, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Caregivers who need a break can join other caregivers for a tour and activity at Reynolda House and lunch at a restaurant. Transportation will be provided from Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1416 Bolton St., Winston-Salem.

There is no cost, but donations are accepted. Limited respite care is available with advance registration. Space is limited. Deadline for registration is Nov. 1.

For more information, or to register, call Linda Lewis at 336-748-0217.

The day is sponsored by The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, ComForCare Home Care, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Chair yoga classes offered on Tuesdays

Free chair yoga classes are offered at 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Knollwood Baptist Church, 330 Knollwood St., Winston-Salem.

For more information, email

DAV chapter needs volunteer drivers

The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans needs volunteer drivers to transport Forsyth County veterans to the Kernersville and Salisbury Veterans Affairs facilities. The DAV provides the vehicle. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and pass a physical provided by the VA.

For more information or to volunteer, call the 336-515-5000, ext. 21479, and leave contact information.

Senior Services takes vehicle donations

Senior Services Inc. accepts donations of cars and other vehicles.

For more information, call Leigh Anne Groves at 336-721-6908 or go to www.senior

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Compiled by Melissa Hall

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