Medicare Education

Medicare is an essential program that helps 85 percent of our members receive the services they need to remain safe, healthy and comfortable. Now more than ever, Medicare allows eligible consumers many options regarding how they receive their Medicare benefits and who delivers their care. This complexity can lead to confusion, but Direction Home Akron Canton is here to help. We make it our goal to offer free, unbiased information to Medicare beneficiaries.

Free Medicare Seminars

Direction Home Akron Canton conducts Medicare educational seminars throughout the region during Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 – December 7). At these Medicare seminars, we explain updates and changes to the Medicare program, as well as an analysis of the locally available Medicare Advantage plans. This information is unbiasedfree, and open to the public. The following topics are addressed:

  • Enrollment process
  • Options for coverage
  • Changes in coverage
  • How to select coverage
  • How to use the Medicare website
  • Medicare protections
  • Future outlook and legislative debates

Because your health and safety are our top priority, our 2020 Medicare sessions will be held virtually using Zoom.  Openings are limited, so you must pre-register for these events

All of our virtual Medicare Made Simple seminars will be live and include a Q&A session.  Supplemental materials including side-by-side Advantage Plan comparison charts, Part D, Medigap information, and more, will be emailed to everyone who registers; hard copies will be mailed upon request.  To join our live Zoom sessions on your computer or tablet, you will need a strong internet connection; webcam and microphone are highly recommended to enjoy the best interactive experience possible, but not mandatory.  If you choose to dial in on your phone, you will only be able to hear the seminar, not see it.  There are copies of the slide presentation included in the supplemental materials so you can follow along. 

Not familiar with Zoom?  CLICK HERE to watch a YouTube video with helpful tips on connecting for the first time.

2020 Medicare Made Simple Schedule of Events

Tuesday October 20th
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Thursday, October 29th
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Friday, November 6th
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Monday, November 9th
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Wednesday, November 18th
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Tuesday, December 1st
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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If you are not already on our email or mailing list and would like to be notified of our upcoming Medicare seminars, please contact us at 330.776.4620 or email

Can't attend a seminar but still would like the materials?  We've got you covered.

Advantage Plan Comparison Charts:

Other Plan Information:

Medicare Preventative Services Information:

More Useful Information:

Medicare Resources

For a Medicare Part D Analysis, call 877.770.5558.

Your Medicare benefits, options and Medicare Advantage plan comparison are available here.

Additional information about Medicare, as well as local assistance in selecting a Medicare Advantage plan, can be obtained through the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (S.H.I.I.P).

This publication has been created or produced by Ohio with financial assistance, in whole or in part, through a grant from the Administration for Community Living and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express their findings and conclusions. These contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Grantee should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.