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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. As a community center, we also strive to provide programs & activities for all ages in our community. 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.

The Alzheimer's Association is offering

free webinars & support groups

through the end of January.

Please see the link below for the full schedule; login details will be given after you register.

Watch online or listen by phone.


January 2021 Schedule



REGISTER ONLINE 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 Fall/Winter 2020 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, or smartphone!

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 January events:


Monday, January 11- Bingo at 12 p.m.

Join us for an hour of bingo!

We play one line, two lines and blackout! A special prize for the winner of blackout!

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


Thursday, January 21- Sofa Travel 1:30 p.m.

While real-life travel might be difficult in 2020, you can strap in as we transport you all over the globe from the comfort of your sofa. Join these virtual travel discussions with a local from different countries from all over the world. They’ll introduce you to their culture, tell stories about their life and there’ll be time for questions and answers at the end. Destination TBD. 


Wednesday, January 27- Tech Tips & Help 12 p.m. 

Your host, Jenny, the founder of TechHeroes will offer weekly support and guidance regarding technology use, access and tips. This is a general discussion all questions technology are welcome, from here we will have follow up discussions called how-to's. Topics include: how to use my phone, speech to text, shopping online, digital equity, digital literacy, how-tos, troubleshooting and much more.


















 Meals for a Healthy Heart

February 5 & 12, 2021

from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.


Meals for a Health Heart is a two-part series of online classes to help improve overall health, well-being and awareness of cardiovascular risk.


The classes offer Illinois Extension research-based education for preventing and managing heart disease with healthy food choices and exercise tips.


What to expect with the course:

-Receive recipes

-Watch cooking demonstrations

-Learn about heart healthy foods

-Plan for exercise

-Take better care of your health


Presented by U of I Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator, Susan Glassman. Register by February 4 by calling 1(815)224-0889 or online at https://go.illinois.edu/hearthealthymeals