1199SEIU Retired Members Bulletin

March 2024

Below, please find information about March’s list of classes to exercise your mind and body, as well as updates on your benefits and programs. We hope you find this month’s bulletin helpful and make time for self-care so that you can remain Retired, but Active! Enjoy!

Spotlight on Benefits

Find out if you have diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with diabetes this year. The good news is that even if you’ve been diagnosed, you may be able to reverse type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes and proper management. Early diagnosis and treatment make all the difference, so it’s important that you get screened.

If you are enrolled in the 1199SEIU Aetna Medicare Advantage plan, you are covered for visits to your primary care physician,* so schedule an appointment. If you’ve been tested and your A1C levels have been high, you are curious about the signs and symptoms, or if you have a family history of diabetes, please take charge of your health by getting in touch with your doctor today.

*Please refer to your Summary Plan Description for more information about your retiree health benefit eligibility.

Check Out Our Health Is the Key Podcast!

We hope you’ve had the chance to listen to our podcast, Health Is the Key, where you’ll get cutting-edge healthy living information from our industry’s experts and leaders! You can tune in right away to hear Benefit Funds Executive Director and CEO Dr. Donna Rey explore the importance of finding the “why” behind your health journey. And in the coming months, you’ll hear from an exciting lineup of guests. So, wherever you get your podcasts, subcribe to Health Is the Key to be inspired and informed.

Support Your Emotional Health with Aetna’s MDLIVE

A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. Now, retirees enrolled in the 1199SEIU Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan can get support for their emotional well-being through MDLIVE, an online resource. With MDLIVE, you can connect with a licensed therapist or psychiatrist by phone or video chat from the comfort of your home on your schedule. To get started, visit www.MDLIVE.com/AetnaMedicareBH and follow the prompts to create an account. To learn more about MDLIVE, call (888) 865-0729.

Learn New Skills and Explore Interests with Continuing Education Programs

Is there a subject you’ve always wanted to study or a topic you want to learn more about? 1199SEIU retirees can access free and low-cost educational opportunities, including in-person courses at colleges throughout New York and online classes offered nationwide.

Stay Connected with In-person and Online Chapter Meetings

We hope you are enjoying these meetings, using them to connect with friendly faces and get updates on Funds news and information about your retiree benefits. As we continue to keep an eye on health recommendations and guidelines, we have decided to resume holding in-person chapter meetings at several locations in the New York and New Jersey areas. All other chapters will continue to meet online via Zoom. Take a look at the listings below and plan to attend your in-person meeting, or simply join your chapter meeting by typing the Zoom link listed below into your Internet browser and entering the meeting ID and passcode when prompted. You can also join your meeting using the phone number listed below your chapter.

Findhelp When You Need It

Life’s needs can be unexpected, but you can always count on getting support at findhelp.1199SEIUBenefits.org, your Benefit Fund’s curated search engine that locates free and low-cost community services and programs wherever you and your loved ones live. Search for assistance with transportation, emotional well-being, nutritional and food programs, financial and legal assistance and more. Although we are pleased to share these resources with you, the services offered through findhelp are not benefits covered by your Benefit Fund.

Visit findhelp.1199SEIUBenefits.org.

The Healthy Living Resource Center Is Your Wellness Toolkit!

If you want to get and keep your health on track, your Benefit Fund has you covered. The Healthy Living Resource Center gives you info, expert insights and wellness tools, split into five channels covering the pillars of a healthy lifestyle: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Hearts, Healthy Eating and Healthy Provider Relationships. Browse each section for nutrition tips, health trackers, interactive exercise videos and screening guidelines. Healthy Living will be updated frequently with new information about upcoming programs and partnerships, so be sure to check back often.

Stay Informed with Aetna Online Health Presentations

Through our partnership with Aetna, you can stay up to date on important health and wellness topics by viewing monthly online presentations. Aetna will present a 30-minute live webinar from an Aetna registered nurse, who will review each month’s health topic and provide resources. The video will be available on the Aetna website at the start of each month, allowing you to watch whenever it fits your schedule.

Upcoming Topics

March: Thriving in Retirement

April: Statins

Protect Your Health by Getting Vaccinated

Winter may be ending, but it’s still a great time to boost your immunity and protect yourself and others from viruses like the flu and COVID-19. Health experts caution that COVID-19 continues to pose a risk and have recommended the updated booster shot. Additionally, the flu vaccine is the best way to lower your risk of severe illness should you be exposed to the virus. Vaccinations offer widespread protection for you and your loved ones, so if you are eligible, we encourage you to get your shots as soon as possible. Visit your doctor or participating pharmacy to get your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Exercise Your Mind and Body

The Retired Members Division has again partnered with Mind Over Matter Fitness to bring you classes for your mental and physical well-being. View the class descriptions and join the classes online via Zoom at the links listed below. For more information, please call (646) 473-8761.

Cooking for Your Health

Let’s get cooking! We’re excited to get in the kitchen to show you how to prepare healthy meals and share tips for better eating. Each class will last one hour at the Zoom links listed below and will include a cooking demonstration with Chef Teresa. Take a look at the tasty offerings you’ll cook up this month!

Meetings by Location

  • Retirees: Joseph James — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 1, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Bronx Office

    2501 Grand Concourse, Third Floor

    Bronx, NY 10468

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 863 7137 7078

    Passcode: 125761

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Manhattan and Harlem — Chapter Meeting

    Tue., Mar. 5, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    Union Auditorium

    New York, NY 10018

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 857 9172 8467

    Passcode: 034171

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: White Plains — Chapter Meeting

    Wed., Mar. 6, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds White Plains Office

    10 Bank Street

    Rooms 1 & 2

    White Plains, NY 10606

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 830 2948 0209

    Passcode: 465404

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Suffolk County Region — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 7, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    First Baptist Church of Riverhead

    1018 Northville Turnpike

    Riverhead, NY 11901

    No Zoom capabilities

  • Retirees: Bernie Minter Bronx — Chapter Meeting

    Mon., Mar. 11, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    Union Auditorium

    New York, NY 10018

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 880 8379 0656

    Passcode: 884386

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Staten Island — Chapter Meeting

    Tue., Mar. 12, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Staten Island Office

    790 Port Richmond Avenue

    Rooms 1 and 2

    Staten Island, NY 10302

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 886 9058 0702

    Passcode: 564703

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Hudson Valley Region — Chapter Meeting

    Wed., Mar. 13, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    Beulah Baptist Church

    92 Catharine Street, Main Floor

    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

    No Zoom capabilities

  • Retirees: Brooklyn-Marshall Dubin and Mattie-Small — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 15, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    Brooklyn College

    2705 Campus Road

    Second Floor, Bedford Room

    Brooklyn, NY 11210

    No Zoom capabilities

    Meeting ID: 864 2454 1829

    Passcode: 475844

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Hicksville — Chapter Meeting

    Wed., Mar. 20, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Hicksville Office

    100 Duffy Avenue, 3rd Floor

    Hicksville, NY 11801

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 819 7854 9154

    Passcode: 513455

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Queens — Chapter Meeting

    Mon., Mar. 25, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    The Community Bridge

    120-50 Springfield Blvd

    Cambria Heights, NY 11411

    No Zoom capabilities

  • Retirees: Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 3:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 828 9127 0655

    Passcode: 602834

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • There are currently no upcoming events scheduled.

  • Retirees: Florida Statewide (All Florida Chapters) — Chapter Meeting

    Tue., Mar. 12, at 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 830 3747 6716

    Passcode: 826854

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Texas, Tennessee and Pensacola — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 14, at 1:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 875 5909 8800

    Passcode: 983300

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 3:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 828 9127 0655

    Passcode: 602834

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolinas — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 28, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    SEIU HealthCare 1199NJ

    555 US-1

    Suite 301-A

    Iselin, NJ 08830

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 863 2761 2855

    Passcode: 845282

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolinas — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 28, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    SEIU HealthCare 1199NJ

    555 US-1

    Suite 301-A

    Iselin, NJ 08830

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 863 2761 2855

    Passcode: 845282

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 3:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 828 9127 0655

    Passcode: 602834

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolinas — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 28, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    SEIU HealthCare 1199NJ

    555 US-1

    Suite 301-A

    Iselin, NJ 08830

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 863 2761 2855

    Passcode: 845282

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: Texas, Tennessee and Pensacola — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 14, at 1:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 875 5909 8800

    Passcode: 983300

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: Texas, Tennessee and Pensacola — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 14, at 1:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 875 5909 8800

    Passcode: 983300

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolinas — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 28, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    SEIU HealthCare 1199NJ

    555 US-1

    Suite 301-A

    Iselin, NJ 08830

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 863 2761 2855

    Passcode: 845282

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 3:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 828 9127 0655

    Passcode: 602834

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

In-Person Classes

Classes are open to all retirees and are free of charge. All classes are held at our Manhattan Headquarters at 498 Seventh Avenue in the Retired Members Center on the 2nd floor, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Retirees: Opera Appreciation

    Mon., Mar. 4, at 10:30 am

    Whether you’re an opera fan or can only hum along to the “famous ones,” you’ll gain a greater appreciation of this classic art form.

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    2nd Floor

    New York, NY 10018

  • Retirees: Art History

    Tue., Mar. 5, at 12:00 pm

    Discover the genius of the great masters and learn the history behind their most famous works.

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    2nd Floor

    New York, NY 10018

  • Retirees: Arts and Crafts

    Tue., Mar. 5, at 1:00 pm

    Unleash your creativity with fun, do-it-yourself projects while socializing with your fellow retirees.

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    2nd Floor

    New York, NY 10018

  • Retirees: Photography

    Wed., Mar. 6, at 10:00 am

    Tap into your visual creativity and get tips on taking amazing photos.

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    2nd Floor

    New York, NY 10018

  • Retirees: Photography Lab

    Wed., Mar. 6, at 1:00 pm

    Learn about the photo development process and try your hand at creating your own images in this interactive class.

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    2nd Floor

    New York, NY 10018

  • Retirees: Chorus

    Thu., Mar. 7, at 1:00 pm

    Lend your voice to this talented group of singers who perform at local nursing homes and special events throughout the city.

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    2nd Floor

    New York, NY 10018

  • Retirees: Sewing

    Thu., Mar. 7, at 3:00 pm

    Learn the basics of handling a needle and thread or pick up new techniques from our skilled instructors.

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    2nd Floor

    New York, NY 10018

  • Retirees: Line Dancing

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 1:00 pm

    Get in sync with your fellow retirees as you learn steps to popular line dance routines.

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    2nd Floor

    New York, NY 10018

  • Retirees: Sharqui Belly Dance

    Mon., Mar. 11, at 1:00 pm

    Move to the beat as you learn the ancient art of belly dancing in this interactive and entertaining dance class.

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    2nd Floor

    New York, NY 10018

Tune In for "Seniors Out Speaking" Online

The Medicare Rights Center’s “Seniors Out Speaking” (SOS) program provides 1199SEIU retirees with timely Medicare information via monthly webinar presentations. The March SOS presentation will cover speaking with your doctor.

If you have any registration questions, please contact [email protected]. Please visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/SOS to access additional materials and information related to the SOS program.

  • Tue., Mar. 26, at 3:30 pm

    The Medicare Rights Center’s “Seniors Out Speaking” (SOS) program helps 1199SEIU retirees learn more about timely Medicare topics via monthly webinar presentations.

    Conference line: (646) 558-8656

    Meeting ID: 999 7268 1095

Exercise Classes

  • Retirees: Tai Chi

    Mon., Mar. 4, at 11:00 am

    Experience a gentle breath and movement meditation to help you feel more open, limber and calm.

    Meeting ID: 848 6128 3210

  • Retirees: Mindful Meditation

    Tue., Mar. 5, at 11:00 am

    This class encourages a healthy mind-body connection with meditation and breathing techniques.

    Meeting ID: 871 7247 2969

    Call in: (929) 205-6099

  • Retirees: Standing Yoga

    Tue., Mar. 5, at 1:00 pm

    This class connects the body, breath, and mind. It uses standing postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to improve overall health.

    Meeting ID: 842 7889 6267

  • Retirees: Chair Yoga

    Wed., Mar. 6, at 11:00 am

    Loosen and stretch tense muscles, reduce stress, improve circulation and build strength and balance while doing seated exercises.

    Meeting ID: 884 1636 6703

  • Retirees: Heart and Soul Afro Cardio Jam

    Wed., Mar. 6, at 1:00 pm

    Come dance, connect and move on a soulful dance journey to the rhythms of African drums.

    Meeting ID: 810 2197 1718

  • Retirees: Latin Cardio Dance

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 11:00 am

    An exhilarating cardio class set to Latin music that uses easy-to-follow choreography to keep you moving and grooving while toning your body and burning fat.

    Meeting ID: 861 3295 5230

Stay Connected
with Your Funds

For your convenience, all of our offices are open for retiree benefit assistance services that can’t be handled online or over the phone. Of course, you can always access your benefits from the comfort of your home, 24/7. Visit MyAccount (www.My1199Benefits.org) or make an online appointment to speak with a Retiree Services Representative by visiting www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/Appt. You may also call Retiree Services directly at (646) 473-8666.

If you need to visit a Funds office, schedule an appointment online at www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/Appt to reduce wait times and facilitate social distancing.

Cooking Classes

  • Retirees: Cooking for Your Health

    Thu., Mar. 14, at 11:00 am

    Let’s get cooking! We’re excited to get in the kitchen to show you how to prepare healthy meals and share tips for better eating. Each class will last one hour at the Zoom links listed below and will include a cooking demonstration with Chef Teresa. Take a look at the tasty offerings you’ll cook up this month!

  • Retirees: Cooking for Your Health

    Thu., Mar. 28, at 11:00 am

    Let’s get cooking! We’re excited to get in the kitchen to show you how to prepare healthy meals and share tips for better eating. Each class will last one hour at the Zoom links listed below and will include a cooking demonstration with Chef Teresa. Take a look at the tasty offerings you’ll cook up this month!