Are you eligible for Medicare and curious about your plan options? The Upper Cumberland SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) is conducting a series of FREE “Welcome to Medicare!” classes. Each class will consist of training on Parts A, B, C & D, as well as Medigap policies and ways to prevent Medicare fraud. Classes will be held monthly through October: July 22 and Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. until noon, and Sept. 17 and Oct. 9 from noon until 3 p.m. at the Art Circle Public Library; located at 3 East St., Crossville, TN 38555.

SHIP is a federally funded program administered through the Area Agency on Aging & Disability. Please call SHIP at 931-432-4150, visit the Upper Cumberland SHIP Facebook Page at or email: to register or learn more.

SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) and SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) are administered locally with the Upper Cumberland Development District and cover all 14 Upper Cumberland counties. SHIP/SMP representatives provide free and unbiased Medicare counseling for any questions, abuse or concerns; they will also screen Medicare beneficiaries for Low-Income Assistance Programs. Got Medicare? Got Questions? Call SHIP at 1-877-801-0044 or 931-432-4150.

The Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD), a division of the Upper Cumberland Development District, connects older adults and adults with disabilities in the 14-county Upper Cumberland region with services and resources to improve their quality of life. Find the AAAD on the web at and at