Certified benefits counselors at four of the Citys Senior Centers can help consumers 60 and older apply for Medicare benefits and answer their questions, said Lisa Oliver, interim superintendent of the Senior Community Services Division. The assistance is also available for caregivers of seniors 60 and older.

Benefits counselors provide one-on-one counseling services to seniors on housing, including landlord- tenant and housing and property issues; surrogate decision making, such as wills and advanced directives and income maintenance, such as food stamps and Social Security. Representatives can also refer people to agencies who provide financial assistance.

The counselors are available at four locations and appointments are strongly recommended.

Greenwood Senior Center, 4040 Greenwood Dr.

(361) 826-1368

Lindale Senior Center, 3135 Swantner Dr.

(361) 826-2340

Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greely Dr.

(361) 826-2345

Ethel Eyerly Senior Center, 654 Graham Rd.

(361) 826-2330