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                                                                                      200 West Michigan Avenue Suite 102 Battle Creek, MI 49017
Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450
  My Medicare Matters MMAP Volunteers Needed
By: Karen Courtney, Regional MMAP Coordinator, CareWell Services SW
Take Charge of Your Health with CareWell’s Be Well Workshops
By: Mary Peterson, Program Coordinator, CareWell Services SW
  CareWell Services’ Be Well Workshops are evidence-based programs that offer proven ways to enhance health and prevent disease among older adults.
Each program is backed by
solid research. These workshops are based on a study of the effects or outcomes of specific interventions or model programs. They demonstrate reliable and consistent positive changes
   The CareWell Services Southwest Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) needs long-term volunteers for Calhoun and Barry Counties! Our Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program volunteers assist people during one-on-one appointments at community sites like Senior Centers, usually during regular weekday business hours. We seek highly detail-oriented people who like to learn, easily use computers and the internet, and who want to teach others about Medicare.
MMAP volunteers must be comfortable helping people of varied age, race, ethnicity, socio- economic status, and mental or physical capacity. Volunteers work mostly with Medicare-eligible adults.
The MMAP program is highly structured. Volunteers receive extensive ongoing training in Medicare and Medicaid rules and regulations. Potential volunteers must apply, be interviewed and background checked, attend a pre- training orientation, and complete 8-10 hours of online study modules prior to attending three on-site training days. The on-site trainings take place at various locations around the state, MMAP covers mileage and hotel/meals if training is a distance away. Training is not always immediately available. Volunteers must co-counsel and job shadow with experienced MMAP counselors prior to working solo. The commitment is at least five hours per month* (60 hours/year) in order to remain certified. The initial commitment is for one year.
Because MMAP Team Members must provide unbiased services free of charge to Medicare beneficiaries, we cannot accept applications from insurance agents or brokers, financial planners, or employees of health care providers.
If you would like to volunteer to become a certified MMAP benefits counselor, please contact Lynn Moss, the MMAP Regional Coordinator for CareWell Services Southwest, at (269) 441-0931.
*Please note that MMAP volunteering does NOT offer the 80 hours per month required to qualify for Medicaid’s Healthy Michigan Plan insurance.
in important health-related
and functional measures. In simpler terms, if you follow the guidelines of the program, you will see an improvement in your health. This is a big deal! People always wonder if programs work. These programs do work! There is solid research and independent studies behind evidence-based programs like our Be Well Workshops. If you follow the program model, they are likely to produce positive outcomes.
healthy life with the conditions. These classes were developed and tested by Stanford University and are designed to complement your current medical treatment.
increase activity levels. MOB is a free program for people 60 years of age or older. Classes meet one day a week for eight weeks.
 CareWell Services offers a variety of Be Well Workshops for a variety of situations and conditions, including Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Creating Confident Caregivers, Matter of Balance, and Savvy Caregivers.
Creating Confident Caregivers utilizes the Savvy Caregiver Program, a university- tested program for family members caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Two hour sessions are held once a week for six weeks and led by dementia care specialists. This program provides participants with information, skills, and attitudes to manage stress and increase effective caregiving skills.
The Savvy Caregiver program helps caregivers navigate the complex role of caregiving. The in-home training provides information on the course of Alzheimer’s and the progressive impact on the person with the disease. The second part of the training helps the caregiver integrate activities to promote contented involvement with the person they are caring for into their daily life.
Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) Workshops for Chronic Pain or Diabetes are free six-week classes that teach practical skills for living a
Matter of Balance (MOB)
To learn more and to register for upcoming workshops, contact CareWell Services at (269) 441-0930.
 is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and
   Be Well
take charge of your health
Call (269) 441-0930
These Evidence Based Programs have been proven to help people gain greater control over their health, emotions, and behaviors.
 “When I came to this class, I was lost and confused.
At the end of this I am leaving confident and full of knowledge.” –Participant

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