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M4A wants to remind consumers of all ages at all stages to START WITH M4A!  We are the first place to contact to get help, information, and resources. Our Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Specialists are always here to help!
Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) is hosting 2 educational events next week:
 
ACA’s 5th Tuesday Luncheon, is January 29, 11:30 – 1.   Our guest speaker will be elder law attorney, Lynn Campisi.  Her passion is grounded in serving the legal needs of the elderly and the disabled. She helped create a network of attorneys sharing this passion when she served as founding chair of the Alabama Elder Law Section. A Certified Elder Law Attorney through the National Elder Law Foundation, she is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Academy of Special Needs Planners, Estate Planning Council of Birmingham, and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama.  The luncheon will be at ACA’s office, 300 Office Park Drive, Suite 225.  Please rsvp to mpiggott@alzca.org.  
 
Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Jr. Board will host their 3rd annual Queso & Questions, Thursday, January 31st, 5:30 – 7:30, at Avondale Brewery, with a free taco bar.  Our speaker is Kristine Lokken, PhD, with the Brain Health Institute.  She is a functional neuropsychologist with a passion for helping people restore brain health.  Her extensive background in clinical research, medical neuropsychology, and holistic wellness merged together when she founded the Brain Health Institute in Birmingham.  She will present simple steps to prevent, stabilize and restore cognitive decline.
 
This event is free and is a great opportunity for those ages 23 – 40 to get involved with ACA.  See the attached flyer.  Reservations are required aca@alzca.org
Registration Open for State Advocacy Day

Be our special guest at the Alabama State Advocacy Day on March 13, 2019 a unique state advocacy experience where you will meet with state legislators, tell your story and explain why it is important for them to make Alzheimer’s issues a top priority! With nearly 400,000 Alabamians affected, your voice is critical to raising Alzheimer’s awareness and urgency. Contact Sharon Wheeler at 205-379-8065 x1425 or sewheeler@alz.org &

REGISTER TODAY!

 

What’s the new Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period?


In 2019, a new Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period will run from January 1 – March 31 every year. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll have a one-time opportunity to:

  • Switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan
  • Drop your Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare, Part A and Part B
  • Sign up for a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan (if you return to Original Medicare). Most Medicare Advantage plans include prescription drug coverage already. Usually you can’t enroll in a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug plan if you already have a Medicare Advantage plan, but there are some situations where you can. 
Contact M4A's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for assistance.
M4A has received a new shipment of our Project Life Connect Emergency Pouches which connects your information to First Responders in case of an emergency.  We want to send a special SHOUT OUT to AARP and our Living Well Alabama program for their financial support!  

If you are interested in receiving some of these to distribute across your local community, please contact our office at 205-670-5770 or email Robyn James at rjames@m4a.org.  
Dear friend of the Community Foundation,
 
I would like to invite you to be part of an important conversation in our region. The Community Foundation has begun a strategic planning process to chart the next chapter of our work and investment in the community, and we would love to hear from you. Your input and vision for our community is invaluable as the Community Foundation considers the ways we can fulfill our mission to be a vehicle to ignite passion for transformational change in our region. There are five  upcoming opportunities to be a part of the conversation:
 
Community Voices: Make Your Voice Count
South and Central Jefferson County
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Vestavia Hills City Council Chamber, Vestavia Hills

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West Jefferson County
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
City of Bessemer Recreation Center, Bessemer, AL

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East Jefferson County
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
St. Vincent's East, Birmingham, AL

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St. Clair County
Monday, May 14, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
St. Clair Tornado Shelter, Near CEPA

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Blount County
Monday, May 21, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cleveland Civic Center, Cleveland AL

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or you can RSVP to:
kdean@cfbham.org
Phone: 205-327-3803
Refreshments will be served
There is no cost to attend, but we do need a head count for seating
 
Please share this invitation with your co-workers, board members, friends and neighbors. We need to hear from representatives across the region. For more information about these events, please visit
cfbham.org/community-voices/ .
 
We appreciate your help in spreading this message.  Every voice counts!  Thank you for all that you do in the community.
 
Gus Heard-Hughes
Vice President, Programs
 
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
P: 205.327.3817|F: 205.328.6576|
gheard-hughes@cfbham.org
 
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