Seniors Need Your Assistance: The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy program (HICAP) needs volunteers who are willing to become state registered HICAP counselors. Once the initial training period is completed, candidates must do an internship and be willing to commit to at least six hours per month within their communities.HICAP is a non-profit, volunteer supported program that provides assistance to individuals with Medicare issues including claim denials, prescription drug plans, Appeals and Grievances, supplemental insurance plans and Long Term Care insurance. Looking for active retired seniors who are interested in giving back to their community. The next training begins in Truckee on Oct. 1. Interested? Call for an application 550-7600.Savvy Seniors: To find out what seniors in Nevada County need most, Area 4 Agency on Aging (A4AA) is working with the Adult and Family Services Commission and interested community members to survey people 60 and older.It is easy to read and has questions about your health, your activities and things that may concern you, such as having transportation, accessing health services, and getting in-home help. It is very important that people take the survey, because the results will help determine how state and federal funds for local senior programs are spent. This includes vital services like meals on wheels, senior legal assistance, caregiver support, and others. The results can also help with grant-writing efforts to try to bring additional money and services to Nevada County seniors.A group of local people will be distributing the survey throughout the County. This opportunity comes around just once every four years, so please take a few moments to fill it out. The deadline to return completed surveys is Oct. 27, 2008. Surveys can be picked up at the following locations: Truckee Library andamp; Sierra Senior Services. To take the survey online, go to http://www.a4aa.com. For additional information call Helpline at 273-2273 or call Sierra Senior Services at 550-7600.Senior Candidate Forum: Voters will also have a chance to meet candidates, who will be the guests at the Senior Center on the following dates: Tuesday, Sept. 30; Thursday, Oct. 2; Monday, Oct. 6; Friday, Oct. 10; and Monday, Oct. 13. Those interested in attending can meet the candidates from 1 to 2 p.m., but are also welcome for lunch and socializing starting at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 550-7600.Sierra Senior Services Desperately Needs New Stove! The current stove is 40 years old and has been diagnosed as terminal. The Meals-On-Wheels program supplied over 22,000 hot meals in the Truckee/Lake Tahoe area. We are seeking donations to buy a new stove so our seniors do not have to live with cold meals. Any and all donations are appreciated. Please send to Sierra Senior Services, P.O. Box 4152, Truckee, CA 96160 or call Sarah Hall Deardorff at 550-7600.Bingo: Join the fun at 4 p.m. Sept. 26, 2008. Presented by Sierra Bible Youth Group, free, five prizes for the winners.Free Blood Pressure Check: Last Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Truckee Donner Senior Dining Room. Stay for lunch! Make a reservation at 550-7600. Lunch $3 to $7.Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Seniors: 8 to 11:30 a.m., Truckee Donner Senior Apartments (TDSA), 10040 Estates Dr. The next monthly pancake breakfast fund raiser to benefit the Senior Meals program and the Meals on Wheels is Oct. 5. This months sponsor is the Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary. Adults $7, children $3. Come early.Legal Services: Through a grant from the Area 4 Agency on Aging, Legal Services on Northern California is providing free legal assistance to Placer, Nevada and Sierra County residents age 60 or older. Services provided include legal information, advice, assistance with legal forms and documents, and certain limited types of legal representation. Call (800) 660-6107 or (530) 823-7560 and speak to a client advocate.Lunch: New menus and special event lunches at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments. Seniors $3 and guests $7. Everyone is welcome great meal at a great price! Call ahead for reservations at 587-4611.Pet Therapy: Eddie a sweet little dog, every Monday, Lisa Furr is the human companion.Monthly Roundtable: On the first Tuesday of every month. Discussion on the latest trips, programs, and special events during lunch at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartment’s dining commons, $3 to $7 donation. Next meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 2 to 1 p.m. Make a reservation for lunch at 550-7600 and join us for whats up with the Active Adults scheduled through TDRPD and/or Sierra Senior Services. We want to know what you want to do! Questions? Agenda items? Call Susan Duffey Smith at 582-7766. See you there! Weekly Bridge: Thursday games at the Truckee Community Center. Call 587-6980 for more information, but call ahead because it takes a few days to find a partner. $3 drop-in, bring your own lunch.Ki Gong: A gently, non-impact series of movements, breathing and meditation developed over many centuries to enhance well-being, strengthen the immune system, improve balance, expand breath and energize. Sitting position if necessary. Tuesdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Truckee Regional Park, as weather permits. Thereafter at the Community Center. Evening class beginning in Sept. Thursdays from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Call Rolf at 587-2557 for info.
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