EDISON—Ruth Candeub Avins, a resident of Edison, will be one of 10 volunteers from across the country to be honored at the Senior Medicare Patrol National Conference in Washington, D.C. this month. The program, funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, educates seniors to protect themselves from fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid.
When Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County obtained a grant to inform and educate seniors about these issues in Medicare and Medicaid, Candeub Avins was one of the first volunteers to join the many who would reach out to senior groups in New Jersey.
For seven years she has been reaching out to seniors and for the last three years she has been assistant coordinator of the Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey. In that capacity, she is a member of the patrol’s Advisory Committee.
She has trained volunteers, given presentations to senior groups and has written and edited the patrol’s newsletter, “The Advocate.” Candeub Avins has also helped individual seniors through one-on-one counseling sessions. In addition, she much of her time marketing the program to senior facilities and senior groups throughout the state.
Candeub Avins considers herself “gainfully employed.” That term usually implies a monetary remuneration. However, as a volunteer, she is rewarded by a feeling of satisfaction – a lifting of the spirit for a senior citizen who is doing something that really counts.
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