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Medicare Changes 2015

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Medicare Enrollment Card

The HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) presentation, Medicare Changes 2015, at the Fremont Main Library on Wednesday, November 5, 2015,@ 10:00 a.m. will include the following topics:

  • Overview of eligibility, costs, benefits & recent changes
  • Options for supplementing Medicare & getting help with costs
  • Prescription drug benefit
  • Medicare Advantage Plan changes
  • Preview of the Coordinated Care Initiative & Cal MediConnect for dual eligibles in Alameda County

Thanks to AARP (www.aarp.org), here is a list of eight things you can do during the Medicare open enrollment, October 15 through December 7, 2015.

  • Switch from Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) to a Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare.
  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage to another Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage.
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage to another Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage.
  • Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
  • Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
  • Drop your Medicare Prescription Drug coverage completely.
  • The best way to find your Medicare plan choices is to visit gov. Or you can call Medicare directly at 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227)

We are deep into fall now, and November is nearly here.   As we near Thanksgiving, we think of the time we will be spending with family and friends.  Thanksgiving is not just a yearly celebration, it is a chance to look back over our year and remember the people and things in our lives that we are thankful for.

We are so stressed out, worried, harried, pushed for time and resources that we forget that there are many things we have to be thankful  for.  I first saw this saying on a plaque in a gift store. My daughter bought it to put up as a reminder to herself that no matter what was going on in her life, she had many good things too.  Hopefully, the good will outweigh the bad, but if all you see is bad, then stop and try to find something that makes you thankful.  It doesn’t have to be big.  Maybe the way a friend smiles at you, or your pet that is always there to greet you is something you can be grateful and thankful about. I’m not being a Pollyanna when I say that if we look for the good we will find something.

With these thoughts in mind, I thought it would be fun to have families come to the library and create something that reminds them of the things they are thankful for. Irvington Library will be having a program on Wednesday,  November 12 at 3:30 P M where will create a “Thankful Journal” which everyone in the family can contribute to. It is a chance for each family member to express themselves, and remember the good things they are thankful for. We will be handing out free tickets for this event 15 minutes prior to its start.

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Make a family thankful journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niles Library is also having a program for families to express the things they are thankful for. There we will be creating a “Thankful Tree” with each leaf expressing someone or something we are thankful for.That program will be held on  Tuesday, November 18 at 3:30 PM.Space is limited, so seating will be available on first-come basis.

I hope you and your family will be able to participate in one or both of these activities. Remember, all events are free, and supplies will be provided.

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Family Thankful Tree

If you are unable to make these events, then maybe you can have a family project over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Go online and put in “Thankful Journal” or  “Thankful Tree” and you will find images and instructions which will help you design your own. Whatever you do, try to take some time to remember the things that you are thankful for!

What is Yoga?

The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout the world. The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.

The whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. The exercises of Yoga are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world, and so a Yoga student treats it with great care and respect. Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body. The Yoga student gently increases breath control to improve the health and function of both body and mind. These two systems of exercise and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation, and the student finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from everyday stress. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body. Read more on American Yoga association

Materials on Yoga @ Library

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By popular demands, there are two parenting classes scheduled on Saturdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, in Oct.

 

  • 10/18 – Behavior Issues for Toddlers and Elementary School Children

This classes will be led by Marvin Bowerman and Shalini Dayal, both MFT in Fremont.  They will cover different behavior problems, such as tantrums, disruptive behaviors, learning difficulties, and ADD & ADHD to name a few.

  • 10/25 – Success vs. Failure

How can parents and community support our children in grades 5th to 12th?  This class is focus on the mental health for students at this critical stage of life, and presented by Dr. Xie, school psychologist at the Fremont Unified School District.

**  Child care is not provided in these two classes.

A Classical Music Concert at the Library

Loren Tayerle, Conductor

Loren Tayerle, Conductor

Enjoy voice, flute and piano performances by students of the Anna Poklewski Academy of Music, 2 p.m.Saturday, October 11, at the Fremont Main Library. The new Anna Poklewski Academy of Music Chamber Music Orchestra will perform conducted by Loren Tayerle, director of Orchestral Studies at De Anza College.

The library is wheelchair accessible.

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Make Memories, Read to Your Children

As a Children’s Librarian, fall is one of my favorite times of year.  The craziness of summer has subsided with the kids back in school.  The library is still quite busy, but not from the minute we open our doors. And there is another reason I like the fall, story times.

I love doing story time with a group of preschoolers. They are usually old enough to sit and listen for a little while, then do some activity.  We limit story time to 30 minutes for this age group, and it seems to work well. I enjoy picking out the books I’m going to read to the kids, as well as finger plays and music.  I always start off with an action song to get everyone moving.  Then I read a book. I often try to pick books that the kids can interact with.  Books where they can repeat a phrase or make animal sounds are really popular. I intersperse 3-4 books with music or fingerplays until the end when I always do the Hokey Pokey. I hope the children find this as much fun as I do.

You don’t need to be a Children’s Librarian or have any credentials to read with your children. Many years ago, way before I ever dreamed I’d be a librarian, I read to my children.  I still think of those times very fondly.  It meant a lot to the kids, and to me, even if I was tired of reading a particular book 5 times in a row! I think if you were to ask my now adult children, they would say that those times when we sat and read together, are some of their best memories, too.  I think that those experiences fostered a love of reading that they both have to this day.

So parents, put down that cell phone, tablet or laptop.  Turn off the TV set.  Is what you are missing really that important?  None of is indispensable to our job or friends, but we are indispensable to our children as they are growing.  Want them to do well as adults?  Then spend some time NOW with them reading.  It’s one of the most important things you can do.  You will be a hero in your children’s eyes and you will be creating memories that last a lifetime: yours and theirs.

Puzzled by your new iPad, smart phone, Windows 8, and more? What about Facebook, Twitter, or Skype? Our local teens, known as digital natives, can help. After all, they grew up with these devices and what they can do.

Our local teens will be back at the Fremont Main Library, starting Saturday, September 27, 2014, to help folks with questions. Drop in any time from 10:30 ‒ 12:30 p.m. Tutoring will continue through November 15, 2014.

If you have specific questions about a device or smart phone, it would be helpful to bring your manual.

Last summer our teens helped folks with questions about viruses, Skype, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, Facebook, and more.

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