An informational program on “Medicare 101: What You Need to Know”  for seniors and their families will take place on Tuesday, April 5 , 11:30 a.m. at  The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House, 748 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ.  The presentation by Elyse Drucker, Union County SHIP Coordinator, is part of a series of programs that are free and open to the entire community at The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House. A light lunch will be served. Registration is recommended if you plan to attend. Contact Naomi Kreutzer, LCSW, 90-352-8375,

SHIP stands for State Health Insurance Assistance Program. It is a statewide program, provided throughout Union County by Sage Eldercare. The goal of the program is to provide, free, objective, confidential help for Medicare beneficiaries who need assistance with or have questions about their health insurance. Volunteer Counselors provide help to people dealing with claims and/or evaluating health insurance needs.  SHIP is sponsored by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services Division on Aging and Community Services with funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House is a joint venture between The Westfield United Fund and Temple Emanu-El of Westfield.  Through a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, Jewish Family Service of Central NJ provides programming and the services of Social Worker Naomi Kreutzer, LCSW, each Tuesday.  Programs are free of charge and open to the entire community. The Lavy House is open Tuesday, 9 to 5,Monday,Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the community are welcome to drop in during those hours, or call the center at 908-389-1263 to speak with a volunteer.