Volunteers learn about dangers of Lyme disease

Blair Senior Services, Inc. held its monthly in-service for Foster Grand-parent and Senior Com-panion volunteers Oct. 16 at the Hollidaysburg American Legion Post 516 Social Hall.

Carla Smith, a member of the Cambria County Human Trafficking Response Team, gave volunteers a presentation on human trafficking and how it has become prevalent in our area and the United States. Smith provided informational flyers including a fact sheet on trafficking and slavery, resources on sex trafficking and where victims can receive assistance and support.

Jessica Lippert, APPRISE Program regional coordinator from Blair Senior Services Inc., spoke about Medicare coverage in regard to the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, which began Oct. 15. Volunteers were able to ask questions and learn about other resources they can use, such as Medicare

.gov or attending a counseling session through APPRISE.

The APPRISE Program is currently seeking volunteers to assist with making accounts on Medicare.gov for consumers wanting counseling through the APPRISE Program, since all consumers must have a profile before attending a counseling session. If you are interested in becoming an APPRISE volunteer, contact Melissa Hey, APPRISE coordinator, at 946-1235, ext. 1016.

The volunteers also learned about the prevalence and danger of Lyme disease in our area from Dr. Vadim Drobin, a public health educator from the Department of Health, Bureau of Community Health Systems.

“Pennsylvania is ranked number one for cases of Lyme disease in the nation,” said Dr. Drobin. “It’s important for everyone to know the dangers of ticks, Lyme disease and the other diseases they can carry.” Those in attendance learned preventative tips to keep themselves and others protected against ticks, like wearing insect repellant, wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts when outdoors, and even using essential oils and plants to naturally repel ticks from themselves and their homes.

For more information, call 946-1235 or visit www.blairsenior.org.