The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) continues to move forward in a positive direction. On March 12th we learned that the State Unit on Aging awarded the AAA a $15,000 grant with the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). The grant letter stated, “I have heard good things about the SHIBA program at your agency and I would like to have the SMP represented in your counties.”
The SMP is a volunteer program designed to educate Medicare beneficiaries about the dangers of Medicare fraud and to show them how to protect themselves from becoming victims. In Oregon, the SMP contracts with the office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsmen and Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program to train their volunteers in SMP and talk about Medicare fraud with their consumers. Our Outreach Coordinator, Shirley Ludlow, coordinates the SHIBA program and leads volunteers working in Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties (Region 9, the area AAA serves).
MCCOG thanks Shirley and all the volunteers who are essential to this extraordinary service to the community. The community is very lucky to have such dedicated volunteers.