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By KERI LIPPERINI

Special to the Recorder

Those who have recently lost a spouse, child, friend or relative may be confronting many changes and need support or advice. Even if the loss has been a few years, the holiday season can still be lonely. Free individual counseling service is available for those aged 60 or older at each senior center. Call Marcia Monnett, R.N., M.S., CS-P, at the Calvert County Health Department at 410-535-5400, ext. 454 or 301-855-1353 for an appointment.

The Widowed Persons Service also offers helpful conversation and friendship for those suffering from a loss. The group meets for lunch at noon on the fourth Thursday of each month at Gateway Restaurant, Broomes Island Road, and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Bob Evans Restaurant in Prince Frederick.

Enroll in the Prescription Drug Program

The Medicare Prescription Drug Program enrollment period ends Dec. 7. Now is the time to join or make changes to existing prescription coverage. Contact the Office on Aging SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170 for an appointment.

Seek energy assistance

The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) assists eligible individuals and families with a one-time-per-year grant to help pay heating and electric bills. Applicants must be income-eligible. Schedule an appointment at one of the senior centers.

News from Calvert Pines Senior Center

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? The Old Bay Gift Shop, in the senior center lobby, has wonderful holiday gifts at affordable prices.

Share a piece of one’s self for the holidays. Have a holiday photo taken by Linda on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The fee is $10 for two 5 x 7s and a sheet of wallet-size pictures. Call for an appointment.

News from North Beach Senior Center

Spend the morning together with friends and enjoy the monthly movie on the big screen at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Get into the spirit of the holidays with Fun Days of Christmas at the center. The first will be “Wear Your Favorite Holiday Sweatshirt” on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

News from Southern Pines Senior Center

Make a beautiful swirl Christmas ornament to give as a gift or use at home at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. All materials will be provided. Participants must preregister.

Help trim the trees and decorate to make the center shine this holiday season on Monday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. Enjoy Christmas music, hot cider and cookies and join others to “Deck the Walls.”