The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of the Concho Valley Council of Governments will be visiting Mason to provide information about benefits that may be available for Medicare recipients and/or 60 years of age or older persons. I will be available to assist with the application process for Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Chip and Medicaid and have general information available regarding state benefits. The “Answer Van” will be at the Mason County Senior Citizens Building at the corner of Moody and Bryant on March 15th at 11:30am until 12:30pm. “Answers on Aging” is designed to provide information about services and programs available to older individuals. Intake Specialists will be available to assist you with any questions you may have. Programs that are housed in the Area Agency on Aging include Advocacy (Texas Silver Haired Legislature), Benefits Counseling (Medicare Part D), Care Coordination (Prescription and Utility Assistance & Homemaker Services), Caregiver Support (Respite Care), Foster Grandparent Program (Mentoring Children), Ombudsman Program (Advocates for Long-Term Care Residents), Senior Companion Program (Companions for the Elderly), and 2-1-1 of the Concho Valley (Health & Human Services Information). A wide variety of printed information covering various topics will also be available. And make sure you take advantage of the new benefits for all people with Medicare – like wellness visits, preventive care and lower prescription drug costs. It’s worth it to take the time to review and compare. Medicare has resources to help. For more information, contact Jim Bright, with the Area Agency on Aging of the Concho Valley at (325)223-5704 or toll free 1-877-944-9666. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services funds the services of the Area Agency on Aging of the Concho Valley.