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December is full of activities, gatherings, and celebrations. There is Pearl Harbor Day on the 7th; Winter Solstice on the 21st; Hanukkah begins on the 22nd and goes through the 30th; Christmas on the 25th; Kwanzaa on the 26th; and rounding out the month is New Year's Eve! I hope you find something to celebrate this month.


Advent is four weeks before Christmas when we recognize the presence of Hope, Faith, Joy and Peace as we prepare for celebrating Christmas.  Deborah, our Chaplain will be celebrating these themes each week in the weekly Tuesday morning study and prayer time.


All Pines Residents are invited to attend the Yankee Swap which will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the Baggs Room. Refreshments will be served.  Watch your common areas for more information on this event.


Ever thought of joining a book club?  This month the book club will be meeting on Thursday, December 19th @ 10:30am in the Baggs Room.


The Pines office will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25  in observance of Christmas.  If you have a maintenance emergency over the long weekend, please call the office number at 934-2157 and dial 9 to reach the maintenance person on duty.


If you have procrastinated making changes to your Medicare coverage now is the time to act! 

Medicare Open Enrollment takes place each year between October 15 and December 7. During this time period Medicare recipients are encouraged to review their Medicare Drug and/or Medicare Advantage plans to be sure it's the best plan for their needs. You may still be able to get assistance from SMAAA if you act quickly.  Call 396-6500 or 800-427-7411


Call Marcie if you need assistance with: Recertification forms from The Pines, MECare, LIHEAP/SNAP, or any other paperwork that makes you feel
 nervous or unsure. Call 934-2157 x4 to set up a time to get together.


Have you completed an advance directive yet? Having an advance directive on file is important for every adult, regardless of how healthy or youthful you are. An advance directive specifies the kind of medical care you would or would not want if you are unable to make a decision due to a sudden illness or injury. There are resources available for help; you just need to set your mind to getting it done.  Two easy resources where you can get a form and assistance are from Marcie or by calling the ME Health Learning Resource Center (ME Med Scarborough campus) at 1-866-609-5183. Do it, not only for yourself, but for your loved ones.

Snow Is Coming   Yes it is!  Please ensure you have removed your outside door mat and any other items from around your front door.  We will be using snow blowers to clear this area and they will eat floor mats causing potential damage to the machine.


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