Free Medicare checkup

Free Medicare checkup


Lt. Gov. and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced the department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will conduct a free Medicare check-up event at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Shepherd of the Valley-Niles, 1500 McKinley Ave. A presentation will be followed by counseling appointments.

Call 330-544-0771, ext. 2817, to make an appointment.

The event is intended to help people review Medicare changes and determine coverage for 2014. It coincides with Medicare’s Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 annual enrollment period, Taylor said.

OSHIIP helped nearly 40,000 Ohioans save an OSHIIP-record $5.5 million during last year’s annual enrollment period, and so far in 2013 OSHIIP saved Ohioans with Medicare $8 million, she said.

OSHIIP is Medicare’s designated and impartial educational program in Ohio for beneficiaries, family members and health care professionals. Taylor urges Ohioans to call OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578 with their Medicare questions and for enrollment assistance.

Those with questions and in need of Medicare coverage and financial assistance enrollment can call OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578 or Medicare at 1-800-633-4227. Information is also available at

Paint the Mall Pink


Southern Park Mall is marking October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Paint the Mall Pink, a community-based grass-roots program featuring a Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday and Sunday, with activities to raise money for breast-cancer research.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Southern Park Mall will offer a free Health and Wellness Fair complete with vendors focused on the community’s well being. Flu shots and blood- pressure screenings will be available throughout the event.

Also Saturday, Southern Park Mall will Paint the Mall Pink with live entertainment and sampling of pink lemonade and pink yogurt from mall eateries. Raphael’s School of Beauty will host a Cut-a-Thon at which haircuts will be $5 each, with all proceeds going to benefit breast-cancer research; and Dillard’s will raise money for the cause by donating a percentage of certain lingerie and children’s clothing purchases.

For information, visit or follow the mall on Twitter @SouthernPark.

Dyslexia movie showing


In honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month, The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Youngstown joins cities and towns across the nation to host a theatrical screening of the documentary “Dislecksia: The Movie” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cinemark Tinseltown Movie Theatre, 7401 Market St.

The film will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion led by representatives of The Children’s Dyslexia Center and Youngstown State University Education Department.

Free sinus program


Otolaryngologist Dr. Wayland Wong is offering a free sinus educational program at 6:30 p.m. today at the Das Dutch Village Inn, at 150 East state Route 14 Columbiana.

At 6:30 p.m., participants can view displays and complete a paper sinus screening assessment; and then at 7 p.m., Dr. Wong will present “New Trends in Sinus Treatment.” Light refreshments are provided, and participants can register for door prizes that may be helpful in providing sinus symptom relief.

To register, call Salem Community Hospital at 330-332-7511.

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