Every day saints throughout the community | Columns | gettysburgtimes.com

“To me, there are saints every day. They stand up and help others and live for others and do things for others.” – Theodore Melfi

Full disclosure, I had to Google Theodore Melfi to find out who he was, but I like what he had to say about saints in our community. I believe Adams County has many and our agency succeeds in great part because of their willingness to stand up and help others.

In this season, and as the end of the year approaches, we are especially grateful for the support the Adams County Office for Aging Inc. (ACOFA) receives from our community. Many of the townships and boroughs in Adams County make donations from their budgets in support of our agency and toward the cost of services provided to residents of their municipalities. We also appreciate everyone who came to visit our table or donated during the recent Giving Spree. Contributions to our agency are put toward the cost of providing services which will help older adults stay in their homes for as long as possible.

Thank you as well to all those donating presents, gift boxes, food certificates and other items during the holiday season including Cross Keys Village, Family Holiday Outreach, Upper Adams Jaycees, Home Instead Senior Care (Be A Santa To A Senior) and Wolf’s Bus Lines (2nd annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign.) In addition, there are many individuals and groups who have made quilts and lap robes or knitted scarves, caps and afghans which will help keep our consumers cozy and warm this winter.

Speaking of saints in our community, on Friday, we completed the 2018 Medicare Open Enrollment Period. We are extremely grateful for our devoted APPRISE volunteers who spent many, many hours helping several hundred people sort through their coverage options to choose a plan for next year. These counselors helped people review their coverage and sometimes make a change that will provide better care or save money. As important, if not more so, their counsel helps to alleviate anxiety and bring clarity during a confusing time.

Today an APPRISE counselor is back in our office talking with people who need help. If you have an end of the year deadline to meet; or if you are getting ready to enroll in Medicare; or if you believe you may be eligible for a program that helps people with limited income, please give us a call at 717-334-9296 and make an APPRISE appointment.

As the cold wind blows and it’s not as pleasant to be outside, remember there are seven senior centers around the county ready to welcome anyone age 60-plus to join in. Each place has its own schedule and hours of operation. All have fun holiday events and outings on their calendars this month. For a calendar or a list of centers, call ACOFA or visit our website at acofa.org.

By the way and thanks for reading to the end – Theodore Melfi is a film writer, director and producer, known most recently for his work on the film, Hidden Figures.

From all of us at the Adams County Office for Aging, best wishes for safe, happy holidays and a healthy next year.

Linda Thompson is the community services director at the Adams County Office for Aging Inc.