BY AMANDA MOSES
On February 20th, New York State Senator Roxanne Persaud and the nonprofit organization, AARP, hosted a “Senior Medicare Talk” at the Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC) from 4pm to 6pm.
The lower level of the BSC was prepared for the community meeting, where older adults sat and listened to the presentation from two AARP representatives. Many of the attendees were curious about what options they will have after retirement, how they can apply for Medicare, when are they allowed to change their healthcare provider, and a variety of other concerns.
For some, especially those with health issues, prescription costs are their biggest financial problem. Coupled with living on a fixed income, many seniors are having trouble creating a sustainable balance between daily finances and their healthcare needs.
The speakers assured the guests that there are options out there for them. They also informed the seniors about SilverSneakers, a fitness program designed for adults to have gym memberships, and different choices regarding dental coverage (including cleaning, annual checkup, dentures, crowns, and root canals).
As Chair of the Committee on Social Services, Persaud makes it her priority to facilitate community meetings and discussions accessible for everyone. During last month’s event, she was pleasantly pleased with the turnout and was happy that she could help provide assistance for her constituents.
If you are interested in learning more about future events with New York State Senator Roxanne Persaud, visit her website https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/roxanne-j-persaud or call 718-649-7653.
Photos by Amanda Moses