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DONNA DELAKIT, SHIBA

Donna Delikat, field/training officer for the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program, has focused her work life on the aging population since 2004.  She re-careered into the field of gerontology and spent the summer of 2005 working on the Oregon AARP publication Resources on Caring for your Aging Relative or Friend, A Guide for Employers and Employees.  Since then she has studied Medicare and its related insurances extensively.  She provides training throughout Oregon to groups and individuals, some of whom decide to serve as certified Medicare counselors in their community.  SHIBA counselors offer assistance with insurance choice counseling as well as issue resolution and advocacy.