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Click here for June

Spring has really blossomed into a beautiful thing. Flowers grace our lawns and the flowering trees are beautiful. I love the fresh colors of spring.

Now is the time for a fresh start, time to get rid of the depressive winter blues. Some of you will be able to start planting flowers and vegetables. Be careful not to overdo, start gradually. SilverSneakers classes can do a lot to loosen your joints and prepare for spring and summer activities. You might even want to try Zumba Classes or Gentle Stretching!! Any activity does much to improve mental and physical well being. GET INVOLVED!! I understand some of these classes are available on-line. (see page 14)

TAX/RENT Rebates have been extended with a Dec. 31st. deadline. Call for an appointment to get these filed.

Chester County Food Bank in Exton, is supplying us with Senior Food Boxes. They are delivered to the Oxford Senior Center on the first Monday of each month. If you are at least 60, live in Chester County and fall within the income guidelines, you may qualify for the monthly box. Income is based on household income, not individual. Husband & wife may each receive a box if their combined income qualifies. Boxes contain vegetables, canned meat, pasta, milk, cereal, fruit, and non-fat protein. Great way to nutritionally supplement your food supply. See page 15 for more food information.

We are always open to talk with those ready to begin Medicare. If you, or someone you know is turning 65 or getting ready to retire, be sure to make an appointment to talk about all the choices necessary to be made. Missing the timetable for making these decisions can be costly! Call to register for my in person Medicare 101 on Monday, May 15th at 7:00pm. Also available the PAMedi county number, (610) 344-5004 to sign up for the Medicare 101 classes available through Zoom. For info go to: Chester County Library Events Calendar at ccls.org then click on Events. Search for “Medicare”.

I recently returned from a Pace plus training event. Some things have changed but, for the most part, Pace/Pacenet is the best kept secret in PA. Recent increases in income apply. If you are single, with yearly 2022 income below $33,500 you qualify for one of the programs. Married combined income must be below $41,500, even if only one is applying. If you’ve never applied, you can apply on-line or by calling them at (717) 651-3600 or (800) 225-7223. This plan is restricted to PA residents and for use in PA pharmacies only. (Can’t use while snow birding in Florida!!) Get the word out—Pace plus is credible coverage for Medicare Part D. Call if you have any questions.

Enjoy the month of May with all it’s beauty. Summer is coming and with it comes the Farmers Market Food Vouchers. As soon as we have the information on the program we will announce this years procedure.

Have a great May!!



Spring! It’s that time of year. Be sure to use sunscreen when outside for long periods of time, as well as drinking plenty of water. Just learned that one of the causes of depression is dehydration. Preventive action is far better than treating sunburn and dehydration after the fact!! If you are outside for short periods of time, do let the sun reach your skin without sunscreen so it can absorb plenty of vitamin D!! We live in an area where it’s difficult to get enough vitamin D naturally.

People are asking a lot of questions regarding the Health Reform Law. The new law addresses Medicare in a number of ways. Many effective dates of parts of the bill are still yet to be determined. Dates that are definite are: Sept. 30, 2023 you’ll receive your Annual Notice of Change & Evidence of Coverage documents from your Part D Plan. Beginning Oct. 15. 2023 until Dec. 7, 2023 you’ll be able to add, drop or switch Part D Plans. After Dec. 7th you’re locked in to your plan for all of 2024. The plan becomes effective Jan. 1, 2024. Even with all the warnings last year, some didn’t check their plans and are stuck with bad plans this year. Don’t delay this year!! A great plan one year can be the worst plan the next year!! Plan ahead!

If you or someone you know is turning 65 in the next several months, now is the time to start planning your Medicare coverage. Even if you plan to work for a while, some company plans will not cover you if you’re eligible for Medicare. Medicare eligibility is age 65, no matter when you begin drawing Social Security. You will automatically receive your Medicare card before your 65th birthday only if you are currently receiving Social Security benefits, you just need to decide how you need to be covered. Clarification of your coverage with you or your spouse’s employer is the first step in the process. I’ll be glad to answer any of your questions concerning this - just don’t wait too long, there are periods of guaranteed coverage and eligibility. Don’t miss yours!

We are always open to talk with those ready to begin Medicare. If you, or someone you know is turning 65 or getting ready to retire, be sure to make an appointment to talk about all the choices necessary to be made. Missing the timetable for making these decisions can be costly! In person Medicare 101 classes are scheduled here on Monday June 12th at 12:45pm and Wednesday July 12th at 7:00pm. Medicare 101 classes will also continue to be available through Zoom. For info go to: Chester County Library Events Calendar at ccls.org then click on Events. Search for “Medicare”. They will have dates and locations listed there.

Farmer’s Market vouchers are available this year Click here for information on the program and here for the application. We will not have them here at the Center.

Have a great June. Get out and enjoy the sunshine!



Chester County Food 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.




Commodity Supplemental Food Program

What do you need to know to be eligible?

  • If you are 60 years of age or older.
  • If your total household income is below 130%.
    • Household 1 person: Monthly income $1,580
    • Household 2 people: Monthly income $2,187

What will you receive in the food box

  • FRUITS & JUICES: 1 juice & 3 fruits or 1 juice, 2 fruits, 1 raisin
  • VEGETABLES: 6-8 vegetables & dehydrated potatoes
  • CHEESE: 2-pound block
  • MILK: 2 UHT milk –32 oz each
  • MEAT, POULTRY & FISH: 1 beef or 1 chili & 1 poultry or fish
  • PLANT-BASED PROTEIN: 3 peanut butter, canned beans, dry beans, or lentils
  • CEREALS: 2 dry, farina, rolled oats or grits
  • PASTA & RICE: 2 pasta or white/brown rice

For more information and qualifications for either/both programs


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

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