Q: A few months ago I learned a lot about

Medicare through a program called MedChat. It was a wonderful experience. Will it will be repeated?
A: MedChat is a powerful opportunity to learn not only about Medicare’s benefits but also that you have something to offer to the program.
MedChat is sponsored by a collaborative that consists of 20 organizations in California that care what the public thinks about Medicare’s future. The collaborative is led by two nonprofits, the Center for Healthcare Decisions and LeadingAge California.
In the past five months, almost 400 Californians have taken part in MedChat sessions. Participants have a chance to learn more about Medicare, think about what is important to them and hear what others think.
This opportunity will be repeated here in Ventura County. A MedChat session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 22 at the Scan Health Education Center, 6633 Telephone Road, Suite 100 in Ventura.
To participate, you must be able to attend the three-hour group session, read small type on a laptop computer and know how to use a computer and mouse.
Enrollment is limited to 12 participants per session. To take part, call Steve Lehman at 658-0365.
Participants will benefit by having their views contribute to the debate about Medicare and learning about ideas for change.
For more information on the Center for Healthcare Decisions, visit http://www.chcd.org .
Wednesday: “Medicare 2014 and Covered California” seminar. 1:30-3 p.m.; Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village.
Saturday: Memory screening. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For reservations, call 497-0189.
Sunday: History Comes Alive Series: Ed Lawrence’s Photographic History of the Conejo Valley. 2 p.m.; Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. $5. For more information, call 381-2744.
Representatives from the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program will be available to help with questions about health care coverage in 2014, including Medicare changes, Part D prescription drug plan changes, Senior Advantage Plans, new Medicare enrollees, supplemental insurance and Covered California. For information, call 477-7310.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon, Santa Paula Senior Center, Santa Paula
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Area Agency on Aging, Ventura
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, Ventura
Friday: 9-11 a.m., Fillmore Senior Center, Fillmore
Nov. 19: 1-3 p.m., Moorpark Active Adult Center, Moorpark
Nov. 20: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Simi Valley Senior Center, Simi Valley
Nov. 21: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Area Agency on Aging, Ventura
Nov. 22: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Goebel Adult Community Center, Thousand Oaks
Betty Berry is a senior advocate for Senior Concerns. The advocates are at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, or call 495-6250 or email betty@seniorconcerns.org . Please include your telephone number
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