University of South Carolina

‘Seniors Community Health Forum’ in Orangeburg

By Megan Sexton, msexton@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-1421

Senior citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding health care coverage during the “Seniors Community Health Forum” on Friday, Sept. 28, in Orangeburg.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Edisto Fork United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, 156 Lariot Road in Orangeburg. The program, which is free and open to the public, is organized by the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.

Free transportation for the forum is available by calling 803-240-3732. The deadline for transportation reservations is Friday, Sept. 21.

Among the topics to be addressed are the Affordable Care Act, the impact of Medicaid and Medicare on South Carolina’s senior citizens, advance directives and wills and mortgage assistance. A pharmacist also will be available to answer questions regarding medications and prescription coverage.

Guest speakers and their topics of discussion will include Michelle Lorio of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments, “Affordable Care Act and Medicare”; Sue Berkowitz, executive director of the S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center, “Medicaid and Its Impact on South Carolina Seniors”; Marcia Shew, lawyer for S.C Legal Systems, “Advance Directives and Wills,” and Sheila Thomas, managing lawyer for S.C. Legal Systems, “SCHELP Mortgage Assistance.”

In addition to IPEHD, sponsors include AARP South Carolina, Edisto Fork United Methodist Church, Region 5 Public Health, Benefit Bank-S.C. Office of Rural Health, OCAB Senior Companion, Orangeburg Council on Aging, Interfaith Ministerial Alliance, the Regional Medical Center, DHHS-Community Long Term Care, S.C. Long Term Care, S.C. Legal Services, Lower Savannah Council of Governments and the Appleseed Legal Justice Center.

For information call Karen Clinton at USC, 803-240-3732, or Wallace Cunningham, AARP South Carolina, 803-765-7376.

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Posted: 09/24/12 @ 1:00 PM | Updated: 09/24/12 @ 1:11 PM | Permalink