The Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers to be trained in preventing health care fraud, with an emphasis on the rollout of new Medicare cards.

A training class is scheduled for Jan. 11. Anyone interested should call volunteer coordinator Janice Mancherian at 292-1871 by Jan. 4.

From April 2018 through April 2019, Medicare will be rolling out new Medicare Cards, which no longer use the beneficiary’s Social Security number. This will help prevent future Medicare fraud and identity theft, but fraud may still occur before and during the distribution of the new card. The Area Agency on Aging is already receiving calls concerning fraud regarding the new Medicare Cards.

Scammers are asking for bank account or credit card numbers to pay for shipping and handling of the new cards. The agency reminds Medicare recipients that no one will call before sending new cards.

Medicare help

The Area Agency on Aging of the Heart of Texas is offering to send people to organizations to present a program on the new Medicare Card change for 2018. To request a presentation, call Janice Mancherian at 292-1871.

Fit 4 A Cause

Fit 4 A Cause, an organization with the purpose of bringing families together through fitness activities and to help nonprofit organizations in the Waco community, will host a New Year, New “Fit” You Bash from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodway Family Center.

The free family fitness event, appropriate for all fitness levels, will feature zumba with Lizette Luna, Raychel Mynarcik, and Ben Rosas; tabata with Van Davis; and yoga with Michelle Williams. Participants are asked to bring their yoga mats, water to drink, and jars of peanut butter to be donated to Caritas.

For more information, email Van or call 716-8605.

Spirit Bells perform

Spirit Bells, the 2017 winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Handbell Award, will perform a short recital Jan. 6 as part of the Waco Euterpean Club’s celebration of 124 years of continuous involvement in promoting music.

The free event is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Waco Federation of Women’s Club, 2900 Bosque Blvd. For more information, call 723-1139.

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