Upcoming Events

What’s “Happening” at Rock River Center?
(All ages are welcome to participate in programming)
NOTICE - New Medicare Cards are Arriving in Illinois Mailboxes
CMS removes Social Security numbers, increasing fraud protection and consumer experience for millions of Americans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing new Medicare cards to protect the safety and security of people with Medicare benefits. The new Medicare cards no longer contain a person’s Social Security number, but rather a unique, randomly-assigned Medicare number that protects the identities of people with Medicare reduces fraud and offers better safeguards of important health and financial information. 

“Removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards is one of the many ways CMS is committed to putting patients first and improving the consumer healthcare experience,” said Jackie Garner, Regional Administrator. “This change not only protects Medicare patients from fraud but also safeguards taxpayer dollars by making it harder for criminals to use Social Security numbers to falsely bill Medicare for care services and benefits that were never performed.”

Work on this important initiative was made possible by the enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

CMS began mailing the new Medicare cards to people who currently have Medicare benefits in Illinois this week. Additionally, people who are new to Medicare in Illinois started to receive their new Medicare cards in April along with others across the country when the mailing first began. As soon as people receive their new Medicare card, they should safely and securely destroy their old Medicare card and keep their new Medicare number confidential. Our current mailing strategy allows us to complete the mailings of new cards to all people with Medicare, both new and current enrollees, over the next year.

The new Medicare card will not change any of the program benefits and services that eligible people enrolled in Medicare receive. People with Medicare and their caregivers can visit medicare.gov/newcard to find out when new Medicare cards will be mailed to their area. They can also sign up for email notifications about the new card mailing and check the status in their state.

Healthcare providers, suppliers and people with Medicare will be able to use secure lookup tools that allow quick access to the new Medicare numbers when needed. There will also be a 21-month transition period for healthcare providers and suppliers to use either the former Social Security-based Medicare number or the new Medicare number to ensure a seamless transition.

As the new Medicare cards are being mailed, people with Medicare should look out for scams and follow these tips:
Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information so you can obtain your new Medicare card.
Don’t pay for your new Medicare card. It’s free. If anyone calls or approaches you and says you need to pay for it, that’s a scam.
Guard your card. When you get your new card, safeguard it like you would health insurance or credit cards.
Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other 
healthcare providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf.


   Brain Health Exercise Continued Success
The Brain Health Exercise Class continues to surprise us by the response.  Extension Educator, Karla Belzer led participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory.
Upcoming class dates for 2018 are August 21, October 16, & November 20.  There will not be a class in September.
All of these classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th Street in Oregon.
Each class is free and open to the public!  Registration is required.  To register call 815-732-3252.
Participants are welcome to join the class series at any time.  For more information, call the University of Illinois Extension at 815-632-3611.  Visit us on the web at www.rockrivercenter.org and like us on Facebook.


National Hot Dog Day Lunch
July 24

Let's have hot dogs with all the fixins for our July 24 Potluck beginning at 11:30 am.

We will provide the hot dogs and buns. Everyone coming to our Hot Dog Day Potluck should bring a topping of their choice, chips or a side dish.

Toppings could include ketchup, mustard, onions, relish, shredded cheese and anything else you like.

Registration is required so we know how much food to purchase.


Midway Village Outing
July 26

We will be taking a group on an outing to Midway Village & Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, for a tour on Thursday, July 26.

As a group, you will be able to tour the Museum Center covering the general history of northern Illinois including early settlement, the Sock Monkey, immigration, the Rockford Peaches and more.

Don't forget to see as much as you can of the 13-acre, 26 building historic village.

Depart RRC for Rockford: 9:15 am
Self-guided Tour of Museum: 10:00 am
Guided Tour of Village: 11:00 am
Depart for Center: 12:30 pm

Cost: $7.00/person; includes the tour and the RT transportation provided by Rock River Center.

July 26 is a state-sponsored day. You must be an Illinois resident to participate in this outing.

Bus seating is limited so much your reservations early. Reservation Deadline: July 23

Lisa Madigan’s Office Discusses Scams at Rock River Center

Skip Gonsoulin, of Lisa Madigan’s Office in Chicago, will be at Rock River Center on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, from
10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Skip is part of the 
largest bureau of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Consumer Fraud Bureau. His goal is to
educate us on:
 Consumer Fraud Bureau, and other Bureaus of the AGO
 Current scams to be aware of
 identity theft, which is a major concern
 how NOT to become a victim of either consumer fraud or identity theft
 the complaint process for both consumer fraud and identity theft.
Don’t miss this very important program. It could save you money and a lot of unnecessary stress. Handouts will be
provided. A question and answer period will follow.
Registration is required by 
August 20th . Please call Rock River Center at 815-732-3252 if you plan on attending so we
can be prepared. Refreshments will be served.

Call for Art!
Rock River Center will be hosting an Art Showing and Sale for surrounding area Artists. The goal is to introduce area artists and their work to the public. At this event, the artist will be able to show and sell their work. The Center's goal is to have a good mix of area art such as wood, glass, paintings, and other artwork. This show will be at:

Place: Rock River Center in Oregon, IL
Date & Time: Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Set up time: Friday, September 21, from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Note: The Show is inside and air-conditioned
The Cost: The eight-foot tables are TEN dollars ($10) each.
There are approximately 36 tables available.
Food will be available for purchase at the Center the day of the event.

For information or to reserve table(s), contact Deb Julian, Rock River Center at 815.732.3252 or 800.541.5479 or by email: activities@rockrivercenter.org.
Please confirm your table(s) by September 14, 2018 deadline.