This page provides some information
not specific to the Wayne Adult Community Center,
but of importance or possible interest to seniors.

All information was verified when posted, but some might
have become obsolete since that time.
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Other important phone numbers
Medicare Part D Examples
Other Web sites that may interest you

Keep Windows XP Going Like the Battery-Ad Bunny





Phone Numbers of Some State-Wide Seniors-Oriented Organizations

NJ 2-1-1
211
Connects you to resource specialists who can guide you to agencies where you can get help in dealing with urgent needs or everyday concerns.   They can direct you to state and local health and human services agencies, food banks, and more.  It is free and confidential.

NJ EASE

1-877-222-3737

One-stop information line connects seniors
to services in your community.

Office of Support Services for the Aged

1-800-792-9745

Information on benefit programs including
PAAD and Lifeline Utility Assistance.

Division of Aging and Community Services

1-800-792-8820

Connect to a State Health Insurance Program counselor
to learn about Medicare benefits and other programs

Healthcare Advocate Volunteer Effort

1-800-792-8820

Report suspected Medicare or Medicaid abuse.

Office of Long Term Care Options

1-877-856-0877

Explore community-based alternatives to
nursing home placement.

Adult Protective Services

1-800-792-8820

Report abuse, neglect, or exploitation
of anyone 18 years of age or older.

Nursing Home Hotline

1-877-792-9770

For complaints regarding long-term care facilities.


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Other Important Phone Numbers and Addresses

NJ POISON CONTROL CENTER
EMERGENCY NUMBER
1-800-962-1253 In case of poisoning or suspected poisoning
PERSONAL CRISIS HOTLINE (National) 1-800-SUICIDE If you're in suicidal, emotional or family crisis.

There are also local centers in
Morristown (973-540-0100)  and
Montclair (973-744-6522)

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
Reni Erdos, Director
124 Halsey Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Telephone: 973-504-6200
General Complaint Line:
        800-242-5846
Fax: 973-648-3538
TDD: 973-504-6588
E-Mail:
  askconsumeraffairs@lps.state.nj.us

Report fraud or other consumer difficulties, and get help.

Consumer Affairs' motto, "Take advantage of us so no one takes advantage of you".

Crime Victims services
State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
NJ Division of Criminal Justice
P.O. Box 085
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
(609) 588-7900
Support and information

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Bradley Campbell, Commissioner
401 E. State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625

609-292-2885
Fax: 609-292-7695


To report environmental incidents, abuses, and complaints in New Jersey or in any location from which it could have an impacting on New Jersey:
[Toll free]  1-877-WARNDEP

Information and news about the environment in the state.
Help for victims of Identity Theft
           Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center
           600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580
           877-idtheft or 877-382-4357
           Credit bureaus
           Trans Union, Fraud Victim Assistance Dept.
           P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834
           800-680-7289
           Equifax, P.O. box 740241, Atlanta, Ga. 30374-0241
           800-525-6285
           Experian, P.O. Box 1017, Allen, Texas 75013
           800-301-7195
Report identity theft IMMEDIATELY,
to reduce your liability.
National Do Not Call  Registry for telemarketers 888-382-1222
List takes effect in October, 2003
Register to forbid most telemarketing calls

New Jersey Transit

(800) 772-2222 in NJ
(973) 762-5100 out-of-state
(800) 772-2287 hearing impaired with Teleprinter - NJ only.
Web site: www.njtransit.com

Bus and train information - fares, schedules, services, etc.

 Disposal of -
  Electronics
  Hazardous Waste

http://www.passaiccountynj.org/departments/naturalresources/hhw.htm




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                                                              Medicare Part D Examples
Monthly premium: Depends on
the plan

Monthly premium
 in the  examples:
$37



Price of the drugs
You pay Medicare pays
First
$250 100% $250 0% $0
Next
$2,000 25% $500 75% $1,500
Next
$2,850 100% $2,850 0% $0
After that:
(No limit) 5%
95%
Example 1 -:If the monthly price of your medications is:
$100
Month Drug price You pay Medicare pays Your
out-of-pocket
cost for drugs
Your cost
including premiums
You save
January $100 $100 $0 $100 $137 -$37
February $100 $100 $0 $200 $274 -$74
March $100 $63 $38 $263 $374 -$74
April $100 $25 $75 $288 $436 -$36
May $100 $25 $75 $313 $498 $3
June $100 $25 $75 $338 $560 $41
July $100 $25 $75 $363 $622 $79
August $100 $25 $75 $388 $684 $117
September $100 $25 $75 $413 $746 $155
October $100 $25 $75 $438 $808 $193
November $100 $25 $75 $463 $870 $231
December $100 $25 $75 $488 $932 $269
Example 2 -:If the monthly price of your medications is:
$500
Month Drug Price
You pay Medicare pays Your
out-of-pocket
cost for drugs
Your cost
including premiums
You save
January First
$250 $250 $0 $250 $287 -$37

Next
$250 $62.50 $188 $313 $313 $188
February $500
$125 $375 $438 $512 $489
March $500
$125 $375 $563 $674 $827
April $500
$125 $375 $688 $836 $1,165
May First
$250 $62.50 $188 $750 $935 $1,315

Next
$250 $250 $0 $1,000

June $500
$500 $0 $1,500 $1,722 $1,278
July $500
$500 $0 $2,000 $2,259 $1,241
August $500
$500 $0 $2,500 $2,796 $1,204
September $500
$500 $0 $3,000 $3,333 $1,167
October $500
$500 $0 $3,500 $3,870 $1,130
November First
$100 $100 $0 $3,600 $4,007 $1,093

Next
$400 $20 $380 $3,620

December $500
$25 $475 $3,645 $4,089 $1,911

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Other Valuable Web Sites

Below are links to some Web sites that contain valuable information
Click on any address to be taken to that site*.


AARP (American Association of Retired People):  www.aarp.org

Area code locater:  www.LincMad.com/locator.html

Biographies:  www.biography.com

Computer technical terms defined: www.whatis.com

Computer time - how to make yours more productive and fun:
 www.aarp.com/comptech/learning/qtips

Consumer information federal center:   www.pueblo.gsa.gov

Credit Report Request (for your free annual credit report):
Copy this Web site address and paste it into your Web browsers' address bar:
https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/order?mail

Crime victims, national center for:  www.ncvc.org

Dictionary (uses 300 online dictionaries):  www.onelook.com

Donate rice to the hungry, at no cost to you:  www.thehungersite.com

Eldercare information: - Nursing home ratings, sources of help, cost information, etc.  www.carescout.com/

Federal general information site: www.firstgov.gov

Federal legislation (and the federal legislature): http://thomas.loc.gov/

Funeral consumer information: www.funerals.org

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) www.fda.gov
     Risks of buying medications online www.fda.gov/oc/buyonline

Health information, general:  www.healthscout.com

How-To site (how to do almost anything, such as
unclog a sink, deliver puppies, incorporate a business,
shuck oysters, parallel park, and many others:  www.ehow.com

Identity theft government site: www.consumer.gov/idtheft

Medical information: Merck Manuals: www.merck.com
This site is of course oriented to medical orthodoxy, but it has a wealth of valuable information.

New Jersey county and municipal Web sites: www.state.nj.us/localgov.htm

New Jersey state government site: www.state.nj.us

New Jersey Transit Reduced Fare Program: www.njtransit.com/sf_tr_fo_reduced.shtml

New Jersey Transit schedules: www.njtransit.com/sf.shtml

Newspapers, northern New Jersey:

        The Record (and Herald News)    www.bergen.com
        The Star Ledger    www.nj.com

Northern New Jersey nearby towns Web sites
        Bloomingdale    http://www.pe.net/~rksnow/njcountybloomingdale.htm
        Butler    http://www.pe.net/~rksnow/njcountybutler.htm
        Fairfield    http://www.fairfieldnj.org
        Kinnelon    http://www.kinnelon.com/
        Lincoln Park    http://www.lincolnpark.org
        Pequannok    http://www.pequannocktownship.org/
        Ringwood    http://www.ringwoodnj.net /
        Totowa    http://www.totowa.com/
        Wanaque    http://www.wanaqueborough.com/alternative/home.htm
        Wayne
            www.waynetownship.com
            www.wayneweb.com
        West Milford    http://www.township.west-milford.nj.us

Passaic County historical sites: www.passaiccountynj.org/history/history.html

Quotations lookup site: www.quotationspage.com

Reference, general information: www.refdesk.com

Reverse phone directory: www.reversephonedirectory.com

Seniors' assistance program: benefitscheckup.org

Seniors, federal programs for (benefits, services): http://www.state.nj.us/health/senior/federalbenefits/index.html

Seniors general Web site:   www.zelgo.com

Seniors' online weekly Internet magazine: www.grandtimes.com

Seniors, New Jersey state programs for: http://www.state.nj.us/health/senior/benefits/index.html

Time anywhere in the world: www.thetimenow.com

U.S. legislation and legislature:  See "Federal"

Veterans search site:  www.gisearch.com

Virus and worm hoax-warning site: www.data-fellows.com/news/hoax

Vision-impaired people's Resources:   www.lighthouse.org

Weather disaster preparation: www.weather.com/safeside

Weights and measures conversion: www.megaconverter.com




Eight Ways to Keep Windows XP Fresh


In order to hasten the demise of the Windows XP operating system and improve the lackluster sales of Windows Vista, Microsoft announced that after June, 2008, manufacturers of new computers would no longer be allowed to ship machines with Windows XP.  In the face of a major outcry, the deadline was extended several times, and legal sales of XP didn't end until the summer of 2009, shortly before the release of Windows 7, the successor to Vista, which latter had been roundly criticised and generally rejected by businesses and knowledgeable consumers.   For awhile, purchasers will still be able to obtain a machine with XP if they pay for a "downgradeĒ to XP from one of the more expensive flavors of Vista or Windows 7 (that way, the Evil Empire can force you to pay for its newest OS even if you don't want it, but at the least you'll get the OS that you desire), and Microsoft will provide security updates to Windows XP until sometime in 2014.


So Windows XP promises to have a long life.  Therefore itís desirable to keep it running well if you're lucky enough to still have it. In the May 15, 2008 issue of the Windows Secrets newsletter, there was an excellent article on ways to do that.  Below are some of the salient recommendations:

1.     1. Donít buy the newest version of software unless you need one or more of its features, and if your hardware is working well, donít upgrade drivers just because upgrades are offered free of charge.

2.     2. Rule 1 does not apply to security software and services:  Keep antivirus and other antimalware programs up to date, as well as Web browsers and media players such as Quicktime and Flash.

3.     3. Rule 1 also need not apply to utilities that are designed specifically for XP.  Some of them can improve the OS or add useful features.  Be cautious, though.

4.     4. If you need new hardware of any kind, make sure it is compatible with XP rather than having been designed primarily for Vista or Windows 7.

5.     5. Review the list of programs that start automatically with Windows, and disable the automatic start of programs that you don't need running continuously in the background and sapping computer resources (such as Realplayer and Adobe Reader).  The Startup tab in msconfig (a built-in component of XP) will reveal some of them.  The program StartupCPL (available from  http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml) will reveal more, and Autoruns (available from  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx) can show them all.  Just donít disable anything youíre not absolutely sure about.

6.     6. Get rid of files that you donít need.  Not only do they take up space unnecessarily, they slow down disk access.  Delete what you will never need again, and store files that you might never need again in an offline medium such as a CD, a DVD, or a flash drive.

7.     7. Use XPís built-in Disk Cleanup tool to get rid of junk files, and run the command:

del /s /q "C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\Local Settings\Temp\*.*" (where 'yourname' is your Windows user name) to get rid of some files that Disk Cleanup does not address.

8.     8. Defragment the hard disk and check it for errors, periodically (your Webmaster defragments once a week and checks for disk errors monthly).  You can use XPís built-in task scheduling feature (available in the System Tools folder) to schedule those things.  [Note added by your webmaster: For defragmentation however, the free utility program jkDefrag, available from www.kessels.com, and its successor Mydefrag, available from www.mydefrag.com for advanced computer users, are recommended by several experts as superior to the defragmenter built into Windows.]

For the full text of the cited article, go to: http://windowssecrets.com/2008/05/15/03-Keep-XP-fresh-until-Windows-7-arrives


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Updated 1/7/2016