Updated 9/1/20

will be closed

Weekly Cold and Frozen Meal Program
thru The Chester County Department of Aging
as of August 1, 2020
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Chester County is now in the Green Phase as of June 26, 2020
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At this time we do not know when we will reopen

Due to the COVID 19 Coronavirus concerns,
federal, state and county declarations,
and concerns for our senior residents,
ALL congregate lunches, programs, AARP tax appointments,
exercise classes, and evening community group meetings
have been cancelled until further notice.

For updates visit our website at
Facebook page
or call (610) 932-5244

Please Be Safe!!

Please visit our COVID-19 Update page for more information

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Fall has finally fallen! The corn in the fields is totally brown–dried and ready to harvest. Extended summer weather is very pleasant with warm days and cool evenings. Get out and enjoy the sunny days.

If you haven’t used all your Farmer’s Market Vouchers, now is a great time to purchase pumpkins or apples for pies. They must be used by November 30th. If you try a new recipe and need a taste tester, I’m sure we can find someone here to help you!!

How has your year gone regarding Medicare Part D? There doesn’t seem to be many problems in our area. October 19th we began enrolling those who needed a new plan. Please read below for details regarding appointments or click here to print. We continue to do lookups on the computer for specific prescription card companies, their plans & costs. When you come in for that service be sure to bring a complete list of all your current medications, strengths and dosage as they may have changed since last year. Even if your meds haven’t changed, the Drug companies have changed costs, formularies and deductibles. The deadline for open enrollment is December 7th, no exceptions. It doesn’t take long to do your comparison and the time taken can be well worth it. Procrastination can be very costly - you’ll be stuck for the entire 2021 year. Make your appointment now!! PACE will place you in an appropriate Plan D.

Individual meetings sponsored by the various insurance companies in our area - Keystone 65, Humana and Aetna will be available. Make yourself available to all these informational meetings if you are looking to change. If you are satisfied with your provider, I will be glad to assist you in filling out your renewal forms. Turning 65 or know someone who is? Be sure to become informed of all your options.

If you receive a “Termination” letter from your current provider, be sure to call for an appointment so we can look at all your options. Time is of the essence when leaving one plan and going to a new one. There are certain “Guaranteed Issue” options and we want to help you find the plan that best suits your needs. The various plans include Original Medicare with a Medi-Gap supplement, or Medicare Advantage Plans such as HMO’s, PPO’s, Private Fee for Service, SNP’s, and MSA’s. The Apprise program is available here to help you.

Getting or know someone who is ready to collect Social Security? Plan now to watch the Medicare 101 classes being offered on the Chester County Library website ( (https://www.ccls.org/ then click on Events Calendar, you can search for “Medicare” or search by library). They will have information and resources available to help you transition to the world of Social Security. Many of the programs available are governed by dates and you don’t want to fall into lapses of time that cost you penalties and/or no coverage. Ignorance may be bliss, but is also expensive!! A Medicare Update class for those already on Medicare will also be held. Check that web-site for more information on the Update Classes. Learn all the new things for 2021. We currently are not holding any classes here in our building. Be sure to take advantage of the Library’s offerings.

As we begin the busy holiday season, be sure to take one day at a time - enjoy the company of friends and family. Make memories for the younger generations as you relive past holidays and happenings. Cherish the moments, take time for fun.

Have a Happy and Fulfilling (pun intended) Thanksgiving!



Procedures and Guidelines for Open Enrollment Appointments
for seniors who require assistance with
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Enrollment
Call Sally for an appointment

The senior center will be open on a very limited basis for
Open Enrollment Medicare Part D Prescription Drug appointments.
All Information, restrictions and protocols regarding these sessions
are listed below and must be strictly followed.

Click Here to print the Guidelines

  1. The time frame for limited opening will be weekdays from Monday, October 19, 2020 through Friday, December 4, 2020.
  2. One-hour appointments, for a maximum of 2 (two) consumers, will be scheduled on-the- hour beginning at 9am and ending with the last appointment scheduled for 2pm.
  3. Each appointment will be scheduled for a maximum time of 45 minutes, allowing the I & A Specialist 15 minutes for cleaning and sanitation immediately after the session.
  4. Face masks must be worn and social distancing requirements will be strictly enforced by the Receptionist at all times. All consumers will be encouraged to bring their own paper for notes and writing utensils.
  5. No consumers will be allowed to enter the facility until the previous consumers have exited the building and a staff member invites them to enter.
  6. A pathway, beginning at the building entrance guiding all consumers to the I & A Specialist’s meeting area, will keep all individuals a minimum distance of six (6) feet from any staff person.
  7. The Receptionist will confirm all appointments, time of entry, and contact information in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.
  8. All consumers will be required to use hand sanitizer as they enter and exit the building.
  9. The I & A Specialist will observe all social distancing requirements during the meeting process.
  10. All consumers will exit the building immediately after finishing their session and the next appointment will be invited to enter.
  11. Consumers will not be allowed to use the restrooms. If an emergency situation occurs and they must use it, the room will be completely sanitized upon their exit.
  12. A Hostess will contact all appointments no more than two (2) days prior to the session to explain all of the requirements for the session and restrictions on building usage, and complete a COVID-19 Participant Health Screening Form.

APPRISE is still available to help with Medicare Questions

Even though the Oxford Area Senior Center is closed to activities due to the current pandemic, APPRISE Medicare counseling is still available to you for your Medicare questions or issues. You can reach us through the senior center’s main number 610-932-5244 or through our APPRISE Helpline at 610-344-5004 option 2. The APPRISE counselor will then contact you by phone within 24-48 business hours.

APPRISE Counselors can help you to understand your health care coverage options so you can make sound choices - both when new to Medicare and on an ongoing basis – choices that contribute to both your physical and financial health.

Our services are confidential, unbiased, informative and free. To assist us in this process, we use the online resources provided at Medicare.gov. In addition, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides access to a database listing, for each Medigap plan available in our county, the premium charged, financial ratings, premium increase history, and expected premium increases. We can save you hours of legwork.

APPRISE counselors also screen Medicare beneficiaries for low-income assistance programs that can assist in paying for Medicare Part B and Part D premiums, as well as PACE/PACENET, and can facilitate an application for these programs.

Finally, we help people who need to file an appeal or submit a complaint about medical or prescription drug coverage.

In Chester County APPRISE operates under the Chester County Department of Aging Services. We are funded through the Administration for Community Living under the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Chester County Fook Bank
Chester County Senior Food Box Program (CCSFBP)

Is a county funded program that helps seniors gain access to nutritious foods so they can better improve their health.

If you or someone you know is at least 60 yrs. old and has low income, please register for the CCSFBP box that is available to qualifying seniors each month.

Each box may contain packaged fruit, non-perishable proteins, vegetables, carbyhydraes & dairy!!

Proof of age is required at sign up. There is no charge for this food. If you qualify then CCSFBP Box can be picked up the 1st Monday of every month between 1:00-3:00pm.

For more information contact

Sally Arter

(610) 932-5244
12 East Locust Street
Oxford, PA 19363




From time to time we all know we need information but have no idea how to find answers.



The Chester County Department of Human Services is pleased to introduce Refer Web, an Information and Referral web-based application. Simply visit their website at www.chesco.org/human. Once on the site, locate the Refer Web icon, click on it and start searching.



Sally is the Center's very own Information & Assistance Specialist. Her responsibilities included helping you find the answers to your questions.



The Oxford Senior Center is a member agency of the

United Way


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