The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) will conduct its second annual seminar for seniors, caregivers, and those with disabilities on March 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Lester Memorial Methodist Church in Oneonta. It’s called the Blooming Benefits Day event, and will provide information on the benefit categories listed below.
The purpose of the session is to identify what services each individual attending needs, and then to give them the necessary applications and contact information for the services that may be requested.
Reservations to attend are required. To schedule an appointment, those interested should call M4A at 1-866-570- 2998 and request a reservation at the Blooming Benefits Day event.
Information on the following services will be available: legal assistance (wills, power of attorney, etc.), veteran’s assistance, Medicare savings, food stamps/ food application assistance, Social Security extra help, medication assistance, disability advocacy, farmers market vouchers, Yellow Dot program, resources for durable medical equipment, blood pressure screenings, blood sugar checks, hearing screenings, hearing aid application assistance, and adult daycare services.
Each person needing assistance will be paired with a community representative who will help identify their needs. The person will then be given applications or contact information for the various services to be requested. Since some programs are income-based, each person should bring proof of income to the appointment.
M4A is one of 13 such regional agencies around the state. Funded through the Alabama Department of Senior Services, federal grants, and local funds, it provides services to – and advocates for– seniors, their caregivers, and those with disabilities. The Aging and Disability Resource Center is a program of M4A funded in part by a grant from the Administration on Aging.