DATES, DATES, AND MORE DATES!
Early Voting: Early voting for the general primary election began Feb. 27th and will continue through March 15th. A polling place is open at Stratford Square Mall on the upper level near Macy’s, or area residents may contact their village hall or township office for other locations.
Super Sale on Books, CDs & DVDs: Bloomingdale Library hosts its spring book sale on March 10th from 9-4 and March 11th from 1-3. Hundreds of items have been pulled from the shelves and hundreds more donated. Proceeds of the sale at 101 Fairfield Way benefit the library.
FREE Programs: Bloomingdale library welcomes seniors from neighboring communities to many of its entertaining and educational programs. During the month of March, the library is hosting seminars on Photo Organization, Couponing 101—Get Saving! and Exploring e-readers; and, on Sunday, March 4, the library presents Phil Passen playing Irish music on the hammered dulcimer. On Saturday, March 24th, the Historical Society co-sponsors with the library the delightfully women’s suffrage based satirical production, “Someone Must Wash the Dishes.” For detailed information or to register, visit www.mybpl.org. or stop by the Reference Desk or call 630-924-2730. While programs are free, registration is required to guarantee seating.
America’s Wartime Sweethearts: If you loved the Andrews Sisters, you’ll be delighted with the “Legacy Girls.” Their wit, charm, three-part harmony, costumes, and genuine love for America bring back to life the great songs that uplifted and united a nation during WWII. They’ll be performing WED., March 21st, at Chandlers Chop House, 401 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $38 and include complete lunch, beverage, dessert, tax, gratuity and the show. Starting March 30th, Legacy Girls offer both lunch and dinner performances once or twice a month at White Fence Farm in Romeoville. For more information or reservations, call 630-851-7609 or visit www.legacygirls.com
Active Senior Expo: Hundreds of products and services, free health screenings, free giveaways and door prices, live entertainment, and seminars are scheduled for Wednesday, March 28th 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale. Even the $2 admission will become “free” if you visit www.activeseniorexpo.net and print out the free admission coupon.
NEWS AND NOTES FOR SENIORS
IMPORTANT CREDIT/ DEBIT CARD ALERT: If you have a card with ”radio frequency identification,” that tiny microchip that allows you to “wave” rather than swipe a debit or credit card, you are at greater risk for identity theft. To understand and minimize the risk, watch this investigative news video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v+lLAFhTjsQHw visit the ID theft center website:http://www.idtheftcenter.org/artman2/publish/m_press/RFID_and_Credit_Cards.shtml
Free Discount Prescription Cards: Residents of Bloomingdale and Schaumburg Townships are eligible for a discount prescription card from Coast 2 Coast Rx that can benefit the entire family. There are no income restrictions; and, in some cases, the card offers a better discount than some health insurance plans. You need only provide your name and phone number to obtain one. More information is available at http://coast2coastrx.com/index.php/print-free-card/township/. According to the website, benefits include the following:
59,000+ participating pharmacies
major chains and most independents
Over 60,000 drugs included in formulary
Save up to 65% on a brand name or generic drug
Overall annual savings range from 30% to 45%
Card is good for an entire family
Cardholder pays no fees for the card
No paperwork to fill out – card is ready to use
There are no health, age or income restrictions; everyone qualifies
Card has no expiration date and can be used as often as needed
Card can be used to fill pet prescriptions at participating pharmacies
Card is primarily for uninsured although insureds can use the card if they
have a high deductible
Insureds can use the card if their drug isn’t covered by their insurance
In some instances the card can be used during the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”
Cardholder information is held confidential and is not used for any other purpose.
The card includes 50%-80% discounts on lab and imaging tests
“KNOW YOUR DOSE”: Acetaminophen is an ingredient in more than 600 prescriptions and over-the-counter medications including pain relievers, sleep aides, cough, cold, and allergy medications. When used as directed, it’s safe and effective, but taking more than directed can lead to liver damage. Pick up an informative brochure at the ARC booth during Trinity’s Health Fair in the Heritage Center, April 21-22. We hope you’ll plan to attend this helpful event!
Smart (and Skeptical!) Consumers: Commercials, advertisements, websites, and sales associates all want to tell us about (and sell us!) their product or service; we try to verify the accuracy of the message using sources like Consumer Reports magazine or website, Angie’s List (I’m a HUGE fan based on half a dozen great services purchased last year!) or the recommendations of family and friends. Yet, last month I almost made a significant purchase that would have been a nightmare. Ads for the item and related service often appear in the AARP magazine and Chicago Tribune and elsewhere; the website promises seniors peace of mind, personal attention, 24-hour emergency assistance, advanced technology etc. etc. Then I typed “Complaints about _________” (naming the product and service, and learned, as Paul Harvey used to intone, “the rest of the story,” and what a horror story it is—cheap equipment, undisclosed charges, excessive fees for services that are free elsewhere, slow (or NO!) response time, overloaded circuits, rude customer service agents and more. Some websites seemed especially helpful because they allow buyers like you and me to voice delight or disgust with products and services. The obvious one to check first is Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org). Others I trust include www.complaintsboard.com, www.consumeraffairs.com, and www.ripoffreport.com (the latter also deals with scams, fraudulent claims etc.)
AMAC: The Association of Mature American Christians bills itself as “the conservative alternative to AARP,” and seeks to promote the message that we still believe in God and Country and the traditional values of faith, family, and freedom. On the practical side, AMAC provides many of the same services and discounts you will find at the AARP website. To learn more about this alternative, visit www.amac.us/about-us
DRIVING: It’s “Senior Safe Driving” month, and the State of Illinois urges seniors to register on its “Emergency Contact Database.” It takes five minutes at www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/ecd/home.html
Have a great month; see you at the ARC Open House, April 14-15!