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Library programs teach seniors about Social Security, Medicare

Older adults play BINGO EolRoad Branch Library Aurora’s far east side.

Older adults play BINGO at the Eola Road Branch Library on Aurora’s far east side.

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Updated: February 19, 2013 1:19PM

Even if we didn’t count on it, plan for it, or want it, every one of us is a lifelong learner.

Long after we hang up the graduation tassel and sell off the textbooks, the need to learn continues.

This is probably even more true for older adults. There is much to know about government programs such as Social Security and Medicare, especially since these topics are continually changing.

The Aurora Public Library is an excellent place to look for answers to life’s evolving questions. And during January and February, several programs aimed at seniors are planned, including:

“Social Security: More than Meets the Eye” is set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the multipurpose room of the Main Library. Jim Flanagan of Bentron Financial will give information to those who are ready to retire or considering retirement options. Topics Flanagan will tackle include: how benefits are calculated, full retirement age, how to receive benefits while working, and provisional income and tax implications. Register by calling 630-264-4100.

“Save Money on your Utility Bills” is set for 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the West Branch Library. Ivonne Hernandez of the Citizen’s Utility Board will lead the program. Ways to reduce gas, electric and phone bills will be examined. Bring copies of your utility bills. The city of Aurora’s electric aggregation will be explained. Register by calling 630-264-3600.

“Turning 65: Understanding Medicare Parts A&B Supplemental Plans” is set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the meeting room of the West Branch Library. This program is for people becoming eligible for Medicare, those who already are on Medicare or those serving as caregivers. Presented by Diane Adduci, Blue Cross & Blue Shield community relations specialist, the program will cover eligibility, enrollment and benefits of Medicare Parts A and B and the standardized Medicare Supplemental Plans available in Illinois. Register by calling 630-264-3600.

“The Price is Right: Then and Now” is a fun program from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, that is part of the “Just for Seniors” lineup at the Eola Road Branch. In this version of the popular game show, participants will have to guess the price an item sells for now and what it sold for in years past. Sign up by calling 630-264-3400.

While the following two programs are not aimed exclusively at older adults, they may be of interest to crafters, in the first instance, and movie buffs, in the second.

Craft Supply Swap is set for 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at the West Branch Library. This new program is aimed at people who are ready to clean out their bins, baskets, barrels and basements of craft supply items they never got around to using. Craft items (fabric, buttons, stamps, scrapbooking items, craft instruction books, etc.) may be dropped off at the West Branch on one of these dates: 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 18 and 25; 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24; or 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.

The day of the swap, everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item as the entry “fee.” (The food will be donated to the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry.) Everyone is welcome at Swap Day whether they donate items or not. Participants will be able to choose items to take home. Call Rebecca Clark at 630-264-3600.

The classic film discussion group meets from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. select Sundays at the Eola Road Branch. On Feb. 3, the movie will be “Forbidden Planet” (1956) directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen. After the 98-minute film, there will be a discussion.

According to Wikipedia, the setting and characters in “Forbidden Planet” have been compared to those in William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” It was the first science fiction film that was set entirely on another planet in deep space, away from the planet Earth, and it is considered one of the great science fiction films of the 1950s. “Forbidden Planet” features special effects for which A. Arnold Gillespie, Irving G. Ries and Wesley C. Miller were nominated for an Academy Award.

The Aurora Public Library offers many events of interest to library users, including knitting groups, a writer’s group and book clubs. To see them all, go to

Amy Roth is the public information manager for the Aurora Public Library.

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