Preparing for future health-care needs is of particular importance to older adults, as well as those still in the workforce and planning for their future health care, housing, transportation, and related retirement expenses.

If you or a loved one is about to turn 65 and need to learn how Medicare works, you also need to learn how and when to enroll in order to avoid late enrollment penalties.

To expand access to Medicare workshops, the Pima Council on Aging has started a new partnership with the Pima County Public Library to offer the two-hour Medicare workshops at library branch locations throughout Tucson and Green Valley.

PCOA’s Medicare information specialists can help individuals and families sign up for workshops or schedule one-to-one consultations between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Did you know?

The Pima Council on Aging is celebrating five decades of providing services, advocacy and answers on aging to generations of Pima County’s older people and family caregivers.

Established in 1967, the nonprofit human-services organization is the designated Area Agency on Aging for Pima County residents and is the local office of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program for Medicare information.

The series of PCOA Medicare presentations, workshops and individual consultations are provided at no charge. PCOA does not sell any Medicare plans.

The PCOA and Pima County Public Library Medicare workshops are supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services.

Adina Wingate is director of marketing and public relations at PCOA.