Financial and physical health subject of Tri-City seminars

OCEANSIDE — Tri-City Hospital Foundation, along with NBC’s financial expert and host of “Money Matters,” George Chamberlin, are set to host the fourth series of quarterly seminars teaching North County seniors how to stay financially and physically healthy.The seminars will be held at two locations in Carlsbad and Vista. The first seminar will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 3 at Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. It will feature David Weil, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) program manager, and Tri-City physician Remia Paduga.

The second will be at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista, featuring Tim Hood, HICAP counselor along with physician Janet Dunlap.

The two November workshops come at a great time for seniors interested in taking advantage of the 2013 Medicare open enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 7. During open enrollment, seniors are encouraged to review their Medicare health insurance plan to make sure they have the right coverage for their needs and budget.

The event is open to anyone who has questions about health care, financial well-being or the community hospital. Admission is free, but reservations are required and can be made online at or by calling (760) 940-3370.

Advisors from HICAP, which provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare, will attend the workshops to answer questions and help attendees understand their Medicare rights, benefits and coverage options. Chamberlin and Tri-City Medical Center physicians will also discuss many topics including fraud; credit and identity theft; estate planning; health care and its impact on seniors; health care reform; quality of life and staying healthy; and innovative technologies in medicine and the future of Tri-City Medical Center.

“During the seminars we go over crucial financial information including how often folks should be checking their credit scores, what web sites are best for doing so and what each score means,” Chamberlin said.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet physicians and ask questions about the changing health care environment, cutting-edge technologies at the hospital including robotic surgeries and new institutes specializing in cardiovascular health and orthopaedics.