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HEARING FOR THE HOLIDAYS MISSION: Hearing Missions Foundation, an affiliate of Centers for Hearing Care, is seeking local hearing-impaired candidates who are in financial crisis for its 10th annual Hearing for the Holidays mission. Potential candidates must contact the Hearing Mission Foundation at 330-779-8090 by Monday.

Once selected, candidates receive audiological counseling, their own custom-made and fitted hearing aids, a limited supply of batteries, along with education and instruction on proper operation and care of their new hearing devices.

Candidates for the Hearing for the Holidays mission can be of any age but must be a resident of Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties and be available on Nov. 27 to receive their new aids. Candidates are carefully selected, and eligibility is based primarily on financial need. They also are thoroughly screened to ensure they have a hearing impairment that can be improved with a hearing device.

If you know someone who is hearing- impaired and in financial crisis who may be a candidate for free hearing aids, contact the local mission team at 330-779-8090.

SELF HELP GROUP TO MEET: Recovery International, a community-based, self-help mental health group will meet at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Michael Kusalaba Public Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, in Study Room 2.

For more information, phone 330-747-1176.

MEDICARE CHECKUP DAY: The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program is conducting free Medicare Checkup Day webinars around the 2022 Medicare open enrollment period, through Dec. 7, to educate participants about Medicare basics, coverage options and financial assistance programs.

OSHIIP, a division of the Ohio Department of Insurance, helps Ohioans understand Medicare and determine the best coverage options for their health care needs and budget. Coverage and cost evaluation is imperative because Medicare plans can change from year to year.

The webinars are 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 1, 15 and 29, and 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 8 and 22. Register at www.insurance.ohio.gov.

During Medicare open enrollment, Ohioans can:

• Determine if their existing coverage will continue to meet their health insurance needs;

• Stay on Original Medicare and shop for a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan;

• Select a Medicare Advantage plan, which provides comprehensive health benefits, typically including prescription drug coverage;

• Utilize certain financial assistance programs.

Medicare 2022 plan information is available at www.medicare.gov.

In addition to webinars, OSHIIP is holding on-site events across the state, which are subject to change. For a full outreach schedule, visit www.insurance.ohio.gov. OSHIIP staff is available 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-800-686-1578 and OSHIIPmail@insurance.ohio.gov to provide assistance.

Ohioans on Medicare can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours per day, seven days per week for Medicare help.

SPECIAL NEEDS ADDRESSED: The Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, in collaboration with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and the Board of Mahoning County Commissioners, is creating the Mahoning County Special Needs Registry.

The registry is a voluntary service designed to help police officers and other first responders better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency by providing those responders with vital information regarding a registrant’s special needs, emergency contact information, physical description and current photograph.

Individuals can participate through an online application process accessible through a secure portal within the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s website at prosecutor.mahoning countyoh.gov. Written applications also may be requested from the Prosecutor’s Office by emailing a request to prosecutor@mahoningcountyoh.gov or calling 330-740-2330.

DUAL-DIAGNOSIS CONNECTIONS: NAMI Mahoning Valley announces a new weekly Connections support group for adults dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. Lead by a NAMI-trained individual who is living in mental health and substance abuse recovery, the group meets 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

For more information, email staff@namimv.org or call 330-727-9268.

MVI HOSPICE CARE: Bereavement support groups are free to anyone who has lost a loved one, including a pet. Contact 330-759-9487 for information. The next session is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Boardman Park Georgeanna Parker Administration Building, 375 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship for all who struggle with compulsive food behavior including bulimics, anorexics and overeaters, will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at Good Hope Lutheran Church, 12030 Market St., North Lima. For more information, contact Kristen at 412-389-6019.


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