Coffee & Conversation: Seniors Encouraged To Check On Friends, Neighbors After Storm

Jerry Chasen, left, of SAGE USA, proposes to Bruce Williams, center, at Tuesday morning's Coffee & Conversation at Pride Center. Williams accepted SAGE USA's "pioneer" award.

Pulling together as a community was the theme of Tuesday morning’s coffee and conversation program at Pride Center as speaker after speaker encouraged teamwork in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

“This is a time to reach out to your neighbor to make sure they are ok,” said Pride Center CEO Robert Boo. “Many people in this room live alone and you may not have someone checking up on you.”

Boo encouraged the senior group to contact friends they have not seen or heard from since Hurricane Irma ravaged South Florida. He also said the center’s front desk has useful information for resources and the United Way is staffing a warehouse inside Equality Park to receive donations of hygiene products, water and non-perishable food. A delivery of 35,000 MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) is expected soon, Boo said.

Gary Kempler, a senior agent with Creative Financial Network, sponsored this week’s program. Kempler went over the structure of Medicare, defining the basics of parts A, B, C, and D of the government’s health programs.

“Medicare will never initiate a phone call to you,” Kempler warned. The government, he said, will be issuing new Medicare cards next April which do not display social security numbers.

Elsewhere, Jerry Chasen, director of Legacy Planning for SAGE USA, announced Pride Center Senior Services Director Bruce Williams, would receive the organization’s “pioneer award.”

Representatives with AARP, Broward Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Health also addressed the group.

Next week’s sponsor is Shine (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders). For more information, contact Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.

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