Ken Cozette of Thrivent Financial


Medicare turns 50 this year, with the half-century anniversary occurring at the end of July. So today’s youngest enrollees were enrolled in high school when the national health coverage system for those 65 and older took effect. 

For many, navigating Medicare can feel like going back to class—and on Tuesday, February 10th, Ken Cozette of Thrivent Financial will be leading a free session at River Forest Township, located at the River Forest Community Center, 8020 Madison St.

The program, which is from 10 to 11 a.m., is called “Understanding the Benefits of Medicare & Medicare Supplements.” Cozette’s presentation is part of the Senior Health Series, which are informative and engaging sessions on senior health sponsored by River Forest Township and the River Forest Public Library. 

“Signing up for Medicare can be overwhelming,” said Cozette, an Oak Park resident. “There are many parts to consider and it can feel confusing and stressful just thinking about it.” 

In his session, Cozette will seek to put those worries to rest by helping attendees enter into the process and begin to navigate their way through choices. 

“One of the misconceptions about Medicare is that it totally takes over the health insurance for those over 65,” he said. “Although it does cover most of a person’s healthcare expenses, there are some that we are still responsible to pay. They go by familiar names, like deductible and co-pay. And worse yet, Medicare does not cover the cost of medications.”

One element of Cozette’s presentation will be what someone can expect Medicare to cover—and what it doesn’t—as well as steps that someone can take to be prepared for complete healthcare coverage during this stage of life. 

Prior Senior Health Series programs have included a session led by Dr. Edward Sloan, a UIC emergency physician and specialist in stroke emergencies, and one led by TJ Remec, Doctor of Audiology at Connect Hearing in River Forest. During Remec’s presentation, “The Nature of Hearing & Hearing Loss,” he provided free hearing screenings.

The final talk in the series is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, March 16th at River Forest Township. The speaker is Dr. Victoria Brander, a River Forest resident, whose program is “The Latest in Arthritis Care…What’s Right for Me?” 

She is the Co-Director of the Arthritis Center for the NorthShore University Health System and is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Medical School.

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