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The Putnam County Community Center is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides a variety of services to the aging & disabled. Located off of Route 71 in Standard, the PCCC has been serving residents of Putnam and surrounding counties since 1975. The PCCC is partially funded by the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging.





The Putnam County Community Center is state, federal and locally funded by business and civic organizations, township and county governments and individuals in our community. We must raise $36,087 this fiscal year in order to meet our obligations for matching federal funds. PCCC is a not-for-profit organization; all donations are tax-deductible so please request a receipt if you would like to have one for your records. Online donations can be made below through the "Donate" button or you can help PCCC when you shop online with Amazon Smile or Goodsearch. Click on the Goodsearch or Amazon links below to start shopping!

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Medicare Assistance


As a certified SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) site, the PCCC has counselors ready to answer your questions and assist with enrollment in Medicare and money-saving programs related to Medicare. Medicare help is by appointment only. Please call (815) 339-2711 or (800) 757-4579 to speak with a Medicare counselor.


The Medicare Advantage open enrollment
period runs from January 1 to March 31, and
allows Medicare Advantage enrollees to
either switch to Original Medicare (plus a
Part D plan if they want one) or switch to a
different Medicare Advantage plan.


Between January 1–March 31 each year
you can sign up for Part A and/or Part B
during the General Enrollment Period each
year if both of these apply:
- You didn't sign up when you were first
eligible.
- You aren’t eligible for a Special
Enrollment Period.












Upcoming Enrollment Events for Medicare D, Medicare Part A & B Prevention & Wellness Benefits, Extra Help/LIS, Medicare Savings Program &

Benefit Access (license plate sticker discount)


The PCCC will be holding enrollment events via telephone to discuss available benefits and programs for those 60+ and provide enrollment assistance with Medicare D, Medicare Part A & B Prevention & Wellness Benefits, Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy, Medicare Savings Programs and Benefit Access. No appointment necessary. Call 1-815-339-2711 or 1-800-757-4579 during the following times if you have questions or would like enrollment assistance.


Monday, January 25 from 9-10 a.m.

Monday, February 22 from 9-10 a.m.

Monday, March 15 from 9-10 a.m.

Monday, April 19 from 9-10 a.m.

Monday, May 17 from 9-10 a.m.





















Are you a caregiver of a family member? Whether you take care of a parent or older family member or are a grandparent taking care of grandchildren, the PCCC can provide information, assistance and referrals.


In 2020, the University of Illinois Extension offered a free webinar series "Discover Caregiving" which focuses on different topics related to care giving. View the complete webinar series HERE.


ACL COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness Guide for Kinship Families and Grandfamilies






Attention those 65 and older and people with disabilities:
Benefit Access (formerly Circuit Breaker) income limits
have increased. You may now qualify for a discount
on your license plate sticker!


Income limits for:
One person in household- $33,562
Two people in household- $44, 533


Please call for more information and assistance with your application.

Spring into Healthy Living with the Alzheimer's Association!


"Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research"

& Family Fun Ways to Beat Stress

(PROGRAMS BY PHONE OR WATCH ONLINE)


Thursday, March 18, 2021

2-3:30 p.m.

Registration Link:

https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/ResourceView/Index?id=2061717&profileDefinitionId=93


Thursday, March 18, 2021

6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Link:

https://action.alz.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=1357&productid=72644711



REGISTER ONLINE THROUGH THE LINKS ABOVE

OR BY CALLING 800.272.3900
















DUE TO COVID-19, THE PUTNAM COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTER HAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED OUR CONGREGATE MEAL SITE ALONG WITH ACTIVITIES & IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING. STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE BY TELEPHONE & E-MAIL. PLEASE CALL 1 (815) 339-2711 OR 1 (800) 757-4579 OR E-MAIL STAFF@PCASERVICES.ORG. PLEASE NOTE: OLDER ADULTS DO NOT NEED TO MEET THE USUAL CRITERIA FOR HOME DELIVERED MEALS (ISOLATED, FRAIL, HOME BOUND, ETC.) ANYONE 60+ IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE HDM DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW COULD BENEFIT FROM HOME DELIVERED MEALS AT THIS TIME, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE.


AARP Smart Driver In-Person Courses have been temporarily canceled. You can access the course online here.



MORE VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ISOLATED INDIVIDUALS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


Illinois Department on Aging Calendar of Events


Your Y at Home for Active Older Adults


Well Connected Winter 2021 Catalog


University of Illinois Extension Upcoming Webinars


If you have any questions about these links or programs, please call the PCCC. More virtual opportunities are available for those who are isolated

during this time, call the PCCC for more information.

The PCCC is now offering virtual programming for older adults!

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Highway61 to offer you real time, conversation groups including Aging Alone Support Group, Trivia, French Culture, Entrepreneurs Circle, Opera, Classic Movies and so much more! Seniors from all over the United States are on Highway61 and it is a great way to stay connected. Recently, Highway61 was featured in an article in the New York Times!


All you need is a computer, tablet, smartphone OR you can now dial in on your telephone! 

For more information on how Highway61 works

or if you'd like to participate, please call the PCCC at1-815-339-2711 or 1-800-757-4579.



Selected March events:


Wednesday, March 10- Tech Tips & Help with Jenny from TechHeroes at 11 a.m.

Join Jenny from TechHeroes as we talk tech and solve problems through sharing solutions.

You can e-mail questions to techheroeshelp@gmail.com.


Tuesday, March 16- Bingo at 1 p.m.

Join us for an hour of bingo!

Regular bingo, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, four corners and blackout.

Link for virtual bingo card: https://bingobaker.com/play/1228516

























"Health at Home: Healthy Eats for

a Healthy Beat"


University of Illinois Extension is continuing their webinar series through March 11:


"Focus on Fiber" March 4 @ 11 a.m.


"Life is Sweet: Eat Smart for Your Heartbeat"

March 11 @ 11 a.m.


To read more about the series and register, visit the registration page here.





National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) Equity, Diversity

and Inclusion Transportation Survey


As part of continuing efforts to identify transportation access, usage and disparities that impact diverse groups, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) has launched a national equity, diversity and inclusion transportation survey. The survey will gauge opinions and obtain information from a representative sample of racially, ethnically and culturally diverse older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers about their experiences accessing and using local transportation options in the United States. NADTC has partnered with V&L Research and Consulting, Inc., a minority and woman-owned Atlanta Georgia marketing research firm with extensive transportation and multicultural research experience, to conduct the national survey. The survey is linked below.


ACCESS THE SURVEY