LEWISTON – The U.S. Administration on Aging has chosen Madeleine Cote, a Community Medicare Advocate volunteer, as one of its National Medicare Education Project 2004 Outstanding Volunteers.

The Medicare education project trains seniors to educate beneficiaries and their families about the errors, fraud and abuses that consume nearly $13 billion Medicare dollars each year.

Working through SeniorsPlus, Cote has been a volunteer with the Maine Medicare Education Partnership since 1999.

“Over the past two years, Madeleine has given nearly 600 hours of volunteer work providing information and materials for seniors and assisting with training new volunteers for the program,” said Anita Wiles, MMEP director with SeniorsPlus. “This is the first time a Maine volunteer has been recognized. As one of nearly 40,000 volunteers nationwide, it is indeed an honor to have her chosen for this award.”

SeniorsPlus, the local area agency on aging, serves Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, providing services designed to enrich the lives of seniors.

Through programs such as Meals on Wheels, Partners in Caring and Elder Independence of Maine’s Home Care Services, SeniorsPlus is dedicated to helping seniors navigate the aging process.

For more information about any of the SeniorsPlus services, call 795-4010 or toll free 1-800-427-1241.

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