SHIINE to offer free seminars

SHIINE to offer free seminars Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) is offering free seminars in many South Dakota communities now through October 2008. Presentations by SHIINE Director Toy Hoy include: Medicare 101 and Retirement Enrichment. Medicare 101 is aimed at helping people nearing Medicare eligibility age (65), those currently on Medicare, or caregivers of Medicare Beneficiaries to better understand what services are covered and how services are paid. The seminar also includes information about Medicare��?s Preventive Benefits and about Extra Help, a program that further lowers the cost of Part D (drug) insurance and medications for eligible beneficiaries. The Retirement Enrichment seminar is geared for people of many ages. Persons in their 30s and 40s who have not yet started to think about planning for retirement and people in their 50s, 60s and better who have perhaps begun thinking about retirement but are not sure about how to plan for it, may find the information helpful. Those enjoying retirement may find ways to make it more enjoyable and meaningful. Topics covered include: Work Reorientation, Attitudes & Change, Health Issues, Financial Security, Leisure Interests, Family & Relationships, and Life Satisfaction. The seminar further discusses why retirement planning is a smart choice for focusing one��?s time and talents, financial security, choices, health, meaning, and fulfillment. Presentations will be made on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Vermillion Senior Center, 320 West Main Street. Medicare 101 will begin at 2 p.m. and Retirement Enrichment will follow at 3:30 p.m. There will be time allowed for questions following each seminar. You don��?t want to miss this opportunity to visit locally with a trained Medicare specialist. For more information, call SHIINE at 1-800-536-8197 or log on to www.shiine.net. The main SHIINE office is located at: The Center For Active Generations, 2300 West 46th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. SHIINE is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is administered by the S.D. Department of Social Services, Pierre. SHIINE does not sell nor represent any product or service. All of its services are free, including a variety of printed information. A network of trained local volunteers is also available to help people answer many Medicare questions.

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