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(;oJ turessional Delaware's congressional dele- gation announced last week that Delaware's only Medicare service office will remain open for at least an additional year, offering one- on-one assistance to the nearly 11,000 Delaware seniors enrolled in the Medicare program. "The reason it is so important to have a walk-in Delaware Medicare of- fice, and the reason that we fight for fund- ing every year, is that thou- sands of older Delawareans rely on this of- fice to help them navigate BIDEN through'the maze of confusing mrdical bills," said Sen. Joe Biden. "Senior citizens deserve a real, live human being to talk to them and answer their questions - not CAPE G,Friday, November 6.. November 12, 19- 37 delegation announces continued Medicare services for seniors some automated, out-of-state ser- vice that takes too long and often comes up short." "Medicare is among the most important gov- ernment pro- grams serving the elderly," added Sen. Bill Roth. "Unfor- tunately, it Can also be among the most con- fusing. Those seniors who ROTH encounter a problem deserve a convenient location where they can resolve their problem face to face." Rep. Mike Castle agreed "Hav- ing personalized services avail- able through a walk-in office for the thousands of Delaware seniors enrolled in Medicare is critical to ensuring that important questions are answered in a convenient and informative way," he said. "I am pleased that we have worked together and utilized our re- sources in an innovative way to keep the Medicare Ser- vice office open." CASTLE As part of the plan negotiated by the delegation, the Medicare office will move in December from its current site on Orange Street in Wilmington to the Newark Senior Center on White Chapel Road. A representa- tive will continue to be available in Wilmington one day each month. The new site is expected to be more convenient for many se- niors. In the past, the Wilmington office averaged just three visits per day. As part of this year's pilot program, the Newark Senior Cen- ter averaged 21 visits on the one day each month Medicare repre- sentatives visited the senior cen- ter. In addition, the move will dras- tically lower the rent, relieving some of the funding pressures that first threatened to close the site in January. The Medicare office staff will continue to travel to senior centers statewide on a regular basis to en- sure that Medicare recipients in each county will have their ques- tions addressed face to face in a location convenient for them. Diabetes awareness seminar slated for Saturday, Nov. 21 A Diabetes Awareness Seminar, sponsored by the Lower Delawe District Office of the American Diabetes Association, Fenwick Is- land Lions Club and Lord Balti- more Lions Club, will be held from 10 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, at Mariner's Bethel Methodist Church, Ocean View. The seminar will provide free blood screening, eye exams, foot .screening and nutritional informa- tion. Education on the manage4 ment of diabetes greatly reduces the possibility of future complica- tions. To date, close to 16 million Americans - including 60,000 Delawareans - have diabetes. Each year, 798,000 Americans are diag- nosed with the disease. It is the seventh-leading cause of death by disease in America, killing more people than AIDS or breast can- cer. Diabetes contributes to two deaths a day in Delaware. For more information on the seminar, call the American Dia- betes Association at 684-8404. The American Diabetes Associ- ation is the nation's leading volun- tary health organization support- ing diabetes research, information and advocacy. We N eed A Home! Holidays Are Coming! Get ready with your own personal trainer. CRAIG HUBBARD, DAVE KERGAARD, MARK THOMPSON & VICTOR HALL (NOT SHOWN) Midway FITNESS CENTER Then Most Complete Health Club at the Beach Rehoboth Beach, DE 645"0407 Rt. 1 Midway Shopping Center Please Sponsor i this page soon! Call Sharon 645-7700 , I Only if you are able to , love him... ].' feed him...  play with him... THEN ADOPT/ Dog & cat food, dog biscuib & treats, dog & cat toy=, old tomlb, newspallem, etc. Homer Symbob Irom Advarced Nutrition Cyae, dog food bags, c= & biscuita They mean cash to us! S00tSANDSFLORN featuring Fall Arrangements in fresh or silk flowers Dozen long stem colored roses wrapped with greens & bow $20 CASH & CARRY 1007 Kings Highway Lewes, DE .., 645-9891 ;Mon. - Fri. 9-3 Sat. www.d @@@ Professional, all breed dog grooming All natural products Discount programs (302) 645-0879 Call Sandy 302-856-7380 Mon.-Fri. 10 A.M. RM. dLP= Delaware or come tO PCA 326 S. DuPont Hwy. Georgetown, Delaware 19947