- Written by Janis Merrell, Editor of The Good Life
- Published: September 2, 2021
This past July, seven people celebrated their graduation from the SHINE program while enjoying a luncheon at LifePath’s office in Greenfield. Each graduate received a bouquet along with their certificate of graduation. SHINE is an acronym for “Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone.” As newly certified SHINE counselors, these volunteers will work in their own communities to provide free and unbiased health insurance information, education, and assistance services to Medicare beneficiaries and adults with disabilities.
As newly certified SHINE counselors, these volunteers will work in their own communities to provide free and unbiased health insurance information, education, and assistance services to Medicare beneficiaries and adults with disabilities.
According to SHINE graduate Amanda Joao, “It’s such important work” and “will make such a difference” for her to have this training in her position as Shelburne Senior Center Director.
Graduate Diana Soler, who will be offering SHINE counseling at the Amherst John P. Musante Health Center, says she is looking forward to “helping elders in the Latino community gain access to Medicare by overcoming any language barriers.”
Lorraine York-Edberg, SHINE Regional Program Director, provided the intensive 60-hour training. “This was a great group of dedicated and concerned SHINE trainees,” she said. “They will be very helpful to Medicare beneficiaries in our service area!”