Demystifying Medicare Presentations

Demystifying Medicare is now available in an audio format!

You can now hear the Demystifying Medicare presentation for New York on your own time with these audio recordings! 

Feel free to listen at your own pace and pause or rewind any of the audio chapters if you need to. Since costs and planfinders change from time to time, this presentation is updated each Fall, but the differences will not interfere with your understanding of how the whole thing works. Technical questions can be directed towards

Questions about Medicare and other Senior Benefits can be addressed to the SBIC helpline at 914-231-3260 or

For questions about Medicaid and long-term care planning, please contact Westchester Department of Senior Programs and Services at 914-813-6100.

Julie Woodward, presenter

Watch the video below for
an introduction to this site!

Julie can be reached at 

914-231-3236 or

Please download and print these two handouts, as you’ll find it easier to use them in hard-copy than on screen.

These handouts are also available for download but will not be used during the audio chapters.

Use this Presentation PDF to keep track of where you are in the audio and see the displays used in the live presentation. Click on the green image below and leave it open in a separate tab.

2021 Dates for Demystifying Medicare

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions. The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics include: Original Medicare Medicare Advantage Plans Prescription drug plans (Part D) Medigaps (supplemental plans) Various cost-saving programs (MSPs, Extra Help, EPIC, etc.)  NOTE: Pre-registration is requested.


Projected Upcoming In-Person Presentations:

BRONXVILLE – Sat., Oct. 16th, 10 am – 1 pm
Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville, NY 10708
Pre-registration requested at (914) 337-7680, ext. 824
IRVINGTON – Sat., Oct. 19th, 5:45 – 8:45 pm
Irvington Public Library
12 South Astor St., Irvington, NY 10533
Registration required online on the Irvington Library calendar or by calling (914) 591-7963.
DOBBS FERRY – Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 10:15 am – 1:15 pm
Dobbs Ferry Public Library
55 Main St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Pre-registration requested at: (914) 231-3236
LEWISBORO – Saturday, Oct. 30th, 10:15 am – 1:15 pm
Lewisboro Library
15 Main  St., South Salem, NY 10590
Space limited. Please pre-register at (914) 875-9004 or at
SHRUB OAK – Sunday, Oct. 31st, 12:30-3:30 pm
John C. Hart Memorial Library
1130 Main St., Shrub Oak, NY 10588
Pre-registration requested at: (914) 245-5262 ext. 227
TARRYTOWN – Mon., Nov. 1st, 1-4pm
Warner Library
121 North Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Pre-registration requested at: (914) 231-3236
SCARSDALE (the event advertised for Nov. 3 is being changed to a later date)
ARMONK – Saturday, Nov. 6th, 12 – 3 pm
North Castle Public Library
19 Whippoorwill Road East, Armonk, NY 10504
Pre-registration requested at: (914) 273-3887 ext. 3
PELHAM – Monday, Nov. 8th, 5:45-8:45 pm
Town of Pelham Public Library
530 Colonial Ave., Pelham, NY 10803
Pre-registration requested at: (914) 738-1234
CORTLANDT – Tuesday, Nov. 9th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Town of Cortlandt Town Hall, Conference Room
1 Heady St., Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Pre-registration requested: (914) 231-3236
SOMERS – Saturday, Nov. 13th, 1:45 – 4:45 pm
Somers Library
82 Primrose St., Katonah, NY 10536
Pre-registration requested at (914) 232-5717 or online at
CROTON – Sun., Nov. 14th, 1 – 4 pm
Municipal Building Community Room
1 Van Wyck St., Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Pre-registration requested at: (914) 271-3006
ARDSLEY – Mon., Nov. 15, 6 – 9 pm
Town of Greenburgh Multipurpose Center
11 Olympic Lane, Ardsley, NY 10502
Registration requested at: (914) 231-3236
NOTE: In addition to the rescheduled dates listed above, events postponed because of COVID included libraries and community centers in Ardsley, Eastchester, Katonah, Peekskill, Pleasantville, and White Plains.

Past Presentations:

NEW ROCHELLE – Saturday, Sept. 25th, 1 – 4 pm
New Rochelle Public Library
1 Library Plaza (at Lawton St.), New Rochelle, NY 10801


MONTROSE – Sunday, Sept. 26th, 1:15 – 4:15 pm
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548

ELMSFORD – Monday, Sept 27th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Westchester Library System
570 Taxter Road, 4th Floor, Elmsford, NY 10523


OSSINING – Thurs., Sept. 30th, 5:45-8:45 pm
Ossining Public Library, Downstairs Lobby
53 Croton Ave., Ossining, NY 10562


NORTH SALEM – Saturday, Oct 2, 10 am – 1 pm
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
276 Titicus Rd
North Salem, NY 10560
Pre-registration requested at: (914) 231-3236


YONKERS – Sunday, Oct. 3rd, 1-4 pm
Grinton I. Will Library (Flynn Room)
1500 Central Park Ave., Yonkers, NY 10710

CROTON – Tues. eve., Oct 5th 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Municipal Building Community Room
1 Van Wyck St., Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520


HARRISON – Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 5:45 – 8:45 pm

Harrison Public Library, Halperin Building
2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528
Pre-registration requested at: (914) 835-0324 ext. 3
BRIARCLIFF – Thurs., Oct. 7th, 10 am – 1 pm
Briarcliff Manor Public Library
One Library Road
Briarcliff Manor, New York
Pre-registration is requested at (914) 941-6560 (space limited)
ELMSFORD – Wed., Oct. 13th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Westchester Library System
570 Taxter Road, 4th Floor, Elmsford, NY 10523
Pre-registration requested at: (914) 231-3236

(Under normal circumstances, given multiple times in spring and fall)