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Published on December 9th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Links Day of Health Resources and Information for Seniors in the Midlands

The Columbia (SC) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated partners with SC Thrive, St. John Baptist Church, AARP and Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Pictured along with DeAndrea G. Benjamin, President, Columbia (SC) Chapter, The Links., Inc. are members of the Columbia Links and Rev. Jamey O. Graham, Senior Pastor, St. John Baptist Church.

The Columbia (SC)Chapter, The Links, Inc., St John Baptist Church, SC THRIVE, AARP and Blue Cross/Blue Shield partnered to host over 300 participants during the Columbia Links Day of Health Resources and Information for Seniors in the Midlands. The event was held recently at Saint John Baptist Church. The forum centered on community needs and access to care for adults ages 50 and older and focused on the following topics:

Medicare
Mental Health
SNAP
Healthy Connections Prime
Healthy Connections Medicaid
Many other topics relating to general health
Wills and Probate
Mental Health
SNAP

DeAndrea G. Benjamin, President, the Columbia Links Chapter said that “knowledge is power” and that she was especially pleased that seniors received information on how to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid to obtain physical exams, prescription drugs, medical, transportation, and laboratory services. She emphasized that the forum helped seniors gain the access needed to obtain health care and resources, particularly how to navigate the complex application procedures when applying for various services and programs. Additionally, as part of the National Links Transforming Our Communities through Our Voice, Our Vote, Our Power theme, the opportunity to register to vote was provided.

Featured luncheon speaker, Chief Richland County Probate Judge, Amy McCulloch discussed how to protect assets — including home and life savings — while still getting the level of care needed and maintaining a high quality of life. She also said that estate planning and asset protection should be done while you have the capacity to make those plans now, rather than in an emergency situation.

Rev. Jamey O. Graham, Senior Pastor of St. John Baptist Church stated that this program is very important because it will help seniors to become more independent in developing a comprehensive health care plan that fits their specific needs.

The primary goal of this program was to make it easier for seniors to get all of their Medicare and health services from a health plan that they choose and a care team and a care manager that works directly with them and their doctors for a better life.

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The Links Incorporated is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The Links established the Health and Human Services initiative in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in black communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans and other people of African ancestry.

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