If you are like most people, the prospect of trying to figure out which Medicare prescription drug plan is the right one for you is overwhelming. There are more than 30 plans available for 2012, and they all cover different medications, at different dosages, and varying prices.

Every year there seem to be changes to many plans — from increased monthly premiums and cost of medications, to the elimination of some covered drugs or even entire plans. Spectrum Generations encourages people to do the research to make sure they will be enrolled in the plan that will work the best for them next year and maybe even save some money in the process.

And don’t forget, this year the annual enrollment period is earlier than in the past. The new time that you can make a change is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2011.

Spectrum Generations Waldo Community Center, located at 18 Merriam Road in Belfast, is scheduling 45-minute appointments for a Medicare Part D Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Jackson Library/Town Office, from 8 a.m. to noon. Two members of their experienced and knowledgeable staff will be available to provide up to 10 people with assistance and information to make an informed choice for 2012.

Be sure to bring your Medicare card, a list of your current prescription drugs with the milligrams and how many you take each day — or bring the prescription bottles, and the name of your current plan. If you already receive help in paying your Plan D premiums then you do not need to see them at this time. The state of Maine will automatically enroll you in the cheapest Medicare Part D plan.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 338-1190. More information about other programs, services, and resources offered by Spectrum Generations is available by calling 1-800-639-1553, or by visiting: spectrumgenerations.org.