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1st Quarter 2018 Class Registration
From The Benson Center, November 17, 2017

Benson Center Class Registration

1st Quarter Class Schedule (Winter and Spring 2018) is out and registration starts on Monday November 27, 2017. View or download a copy here.

Class Registration
“Current Participants" must register for all classes offered during the Winter/Spring 2018 Session on computers set up in the Benson Computer Lab. 

Registration Dates: 
Monday, November 27– December 15, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm,
Lunch Break: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Registration Restart Time:  1:30pm - 3:30pm

Representatives will be available to answer questions, and provide assistance. 


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10 New Benson Center Videos
From the Benson Center Media Team, November 11, 2017

Mary Pickford

We just added 10 videos to our Benson Videos page.
To go there press here.


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Busting the Top Five Medicare Myths
Society of Certified Senior Advisors, September 4, 2017

Medicare

Avoid becoming a victim of what you think you know about Medicare.

Nearly everyone over the age of 65 depends on it, but myths and misconceptions around Medicare persist. The government-funded health insurance program for seniors will provide more cumulative lifetime benefits to average earners than Social Security by 2055, according to a study by the Urban Institute, but its complexities inspire a host of misconceptions.

Whether you will be new to Medicare or have gone through the process many times before, here’s how to navigate around unnecessary penalties, bad timing and costly stays you only thought were covered.

To see and read the whole article, go to the CSA website:
http://blog.csa.us/2017/09/busting-top-five-medicare-myths.html 


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Older Adults Rally for State Funding to Help Them Live Independently
ARC News Center February 2, 2017

Older Adults Rally

More than 100 older adults and their supporters recently gathered under sunny skies at the Georgia Capitol on Be There 4 Seniors day to thank Governor Nathan Deal for including $4.2 million in new funding for seniors in his proposed 2017 budget.

The funding would be dedicated to home and community based services, such as home-delivered meals and adult day care, that help older adults live independently at home. Governor Deal also included an additional $750,000 in the budget for meals to fight senior hunger.

More than 9,000 Georgians are on waiting lists for in-home services. 

Source: http://news.atlantaregional.com/seniors-rally-for-state-funding-to-help-them-live-independently/


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Welcome Hellenne Vermillion -  new Benson Center Art Instructor
From Benson Center, August 5, 2017

Welcome Hellenne Vermillion - new Benson Center Art Instructor. Hellenne will start her tenure with several Workshops including silk painting, polymer clay, wire wrapping, etc. 

Hellenne Vermillion is a mixed media artist who creates carved clay mask bases to which she applies hand dye painted silk, wool roving, and other fibers. Her love of forming with clay and her love of working with fiber, and dye color on silk brought her to combine all these materials in her work. Her interest in archaeology and past cultures and imagining how the people lived their daily lives, along with a high school class where her group created a civilization and it's artifacts were the impetus for the masks she creates today.

The masks are from an imaginary civilization and are called spirit masks. The masks show the human and animal spirits of that imaginary world, and are decorated with texture, color, knots, felted wools and beads. They are called tattoo, bird, feline masks along with blue sky and dawn spirit masks. One element that is commonly seen in the works is using threads wrapped around fibers and knots.

Hellenne Vermillion is half Japanese and bicultural. The tying of knots in Japanese culture has been taken to an art form and are seen in ceremonial and spiritual work. Although the true meaning of these knots are not fully understood, they are a vital part of her upbringing - meaning they were everywhere, in temples, in shrines, in packaging, and in clothing - and somewhere in the subconscious mind it plays an important role in her work even if its significance isn't understood.

Through the mask's eyes, the spirit sees our world, and if we were to see through the eyes of the mask, what would we see?


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Benson Center presented with a Blue World Globe
From Benson Center, July 26, 2017

Benson Center presented Blue World Globe Award

Tuesday, July 25th, at The Council on Aging 38th Annual Senior Luncheon, the Benson Center was presented with a Blue World Globe for its contributions to the Council - engraved: “You Make a World of Difference” from the Council on Aging 2017. This is the first time this World Globe was presented! 


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3rd Quarter (July-September) Class Registration
From Benson Center, June 16, 2017

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See our new Third Quarter 2017 (July-September 2017) Program on the 3rd Quarter 2017 Program Page.

Get your “Lottery Ticket” from the Administrative Office between 8:30 am - 2:15 pm, each day of the registration process.

Summer 2017:
     6/19, Monday, Aquatics
     6/20, Tuesday, Land Fitness
     6/22, Thursday, Other Classes
     6/23, Friday, 2nd Chance

The Lottery will begin “promptly at 2:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall across from the receptionist.”

Did you know that your membership application has to be updated once a year?
If you don’t know when your application expires, please check with the administrative office for this information.

Remember a current form of information is identification confirming your identification and residency will be required to register for classes.


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New Medicare Cards are on the way!
By Andrew Johnson, May 18, 2017
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Sample Card 

Changes are coming to your Medicare card. By April 2019, your card will be replaced with one that no longer shows your Social Security number. Instead, your card will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claim status.

And it will all happen automatically – you won’t have to pay anyone or give anyone information, no matter what someone might tell you.

Read more at: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/new-medicare-cards-are-way?utm_source=govdelivery 


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2017 Most Beautiful of Sandy Springs Finalists
From 2017-U Sandy Springs Magazine, May 5, 2017

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U Sandy Springs Magazine, in conjunction with U Media and the Health and Well-Being Council of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, would like to announce the 2017 Most Beautiful of Sandy Springs Finalists. These 25 distinguished individuals represent the mission and values of U Sandy Springs and work tirelessly to make Sandy Springs a great place to live, work and play. They were nominated by family, friends, colleagues and more.

Click and vote each day for Dorothy Benson:
http://umediagroups.com/mostbeautifulissue/

Online voting begins on May 5th, voting will end on July 1st at 11:59 pm.


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Dr. Pamela Roshell Named as
Fulton County Director of Aging & Youth Services 

Source: Fulton Couny Government, April 14, 2017

Dr. Pamela Roshell

Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson has named Dr. Pamela Roshell as the new Director of the Department of Aging & Youth Services. 

Dr. Roshell brings over 20 years of experience in public administration, health policy and gerontology. She will begin with Fulton County on March 22, reporting directly to Chief Operating Officer Todd Long. 

Read more about her on the Fulton County Government website


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Disclaimer

Operating hours:
Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Adult Day Program Hours:
Business hours Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 6:00pm.