Press Release             

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mitchell Clark
Senior Communications Associate
212-204-6286

March 16, 2012

Volunteers Needed to Help Seniors with Medicare Information and Assistance


New York, NY –Westchester Library System and Medicare Rights Center are seeking additional volunteers to help seniors and their caregivers be proactive in making decisions about Medicare health and prescription plans, as well as seeking appropriate medical care.
Volunteers can participate in two unique projects:

  1. Senior Benefits Information Centers (SBICs) offer older adults information and counseling covering a broad range of topics including Medicare health and prescription plans, food stamps, HEAP, EPIC, weatherization, minor home repair, and tax relief programs. These services are offered free of charge. There are SBIC locations in eight libraries throughout Westchester County.
  1. Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (WSOS) informs older adults about Medicare and relevant health issues in two ways. First, WSOS volunteers present “Medicare Minutes,” short informational lectures at senior centers, clubs, social organizations, and other local venues. Second, volunteers participate in interactive workshops on health management issues such as “How to Be Safe in the Hospital,” and “Talking with Your Doctor.”

New volunteers will participate in training sessions scheduled from April 23 – 26, 2012 from 10 am – 3 pm at WLS Headquarters in Tarrytown. Volunteers will be trained by Medicare Rights staff and will include a basic understanding of the Medicare system, as well as presentation and counseling skills.
Potential volunteers should have good interpersonal skills, be computer literate, and be able to commit to a minimum of 12 hours per month. Some knowledge of the health care system and fluency in Spanish is a plus.

For more information about these programs or to volunteer please contact Robin Osborne at the Westchester Library System at 914-231-3237 or rosborne@wlsmail.org or Pat Esposito at 646-770-7410 or pesposito@medicarerights.org.

Both the SBICs and WSOS programs are made possible with support from the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

About the Westchester Library System
The Westchester Library System (WLS) includes 38 member public libraries located throughout the County and is one of New York State's 23 public library systems. The mission of the Westchester Library System is to ensure that all residents have access to excellent library service throughout Westchester County. WLS provides model programs, affordable and easy-to-use information technology, and support services that enable libraries to continuously improve service to their communities. For more information, please visit www.westchesterlibraries.org.

About the Medicare Rights Center
Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. Medicare Rights is dedicated to helping people with Medicare get the health care and medications they need and make the most of their Medicare rights and options.

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