Senior Friends

Networking With Exceptional Benefits

The needs and expectations of seniors have changed drastically in recent years, and Mercy Medical Center is dedicated to meet those needs. Mercy Senior Friends offers adults – age 50 and better – a strong network, which provides exceptional benefits and services to all its members.

  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Free screenings & educational programs
  • Medicare counselor
  • Service and social activities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Free fax and copies of important papers
  • Free notary service
  • Free coffee in Senior Friends office
  • Physician referrals
  • Flu vaccine

Join Senior Friends!

Senior Friends membership is free! To join Mercy Senior Friends, fill out our online application or call 330-489-1215 or 1-800-223-8662.

Screenings & Educational Programs

Mercy Senior Friends offers free health screenings and educational programs. Mercy physicians discuss health-related topics such as heart disease, robotic surgery, cancer care, diabetes, stroke and more to keep members informed and up-to-date on the latest healthcare news.

Free screenings are also offered. Check the “Events/News” page for more information about upcoming screenings and programs.

Medicare

As Mercy’s Medicare counselor, Senior Friends coordinator and Stark County Coordinator for Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), Terri Gursky reviews Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans. She says determining what’s right for an individual (not a couple) is a mathematical equation based on health, current prescriptions and personal needs, and it may change from year to year.

Gursky recommends that eligible Medicare enrollees visit Medicare.gov to compare available health plans using the site’s search tools. Enrollees can also attend a Mercy Medicare Options event, which includes representatives from several different advantage plans.

Sites to visit for more information include:
Medicare.gov
Insurance.ohio.gov
Ncoa.org (National Council on Aging)
Straight Talk for Seniors on Health Reform

Service & Social Activities

Service Project – Members meet once a month at Mercy Medical Center to make tray favors and walker bags for patients.

Book Club – members meet once a month at the hospital to discuss a book previously selected as the ‘book of the month.”

Food and Friends – Members meet at an area restaurant to enjoy dining together. Members order off the menu at their own expense.

Lunch & Learn – Physician and healthcare guest speakers talk with members about a variety of health topics.

Special Events – Throughout the year, Mercy Senior Friends offers members social events.

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