Senior News

What You Can Expect From Medicare In 2018

Question: What are the Medicare costs for 2018 & COLA adjustment to Social Security for 2018? Answer: Well, this year we have interesting information to report. This year some costs held steady for much of Medicare. Social Security made a 2 percent Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA), so ...

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Office For The Aging Celebrates Westfield YMCA Member’s Big Day

WESTFIELD — On Nov. 7, participants of the Office for the Aging’s Senior Dining Site Program at the Westfield YMCA celebrated the 90th Birthday of Dee Kaufman, who is a longtime participant of the program. The birthday party, which followed a lunch of ravioli or chicken salad sandwich, ...

Support The 2017 Santa For Senior Project

Every year the Office for the Aging (OFA) helps to bring the Holidays to isolated seniors across our county. The Santa for Seniors project delivers a gift bag filled with goodies and everyday essentials and a holiday meal to over 150 seniors. Since government funds cannot be used for the ...

Here It Is, Holiday Season!

Here it is November and time for the holidays to really get started! It seems it gets earlier and earlier each year. We would like to thank all of our veterans for their service on Veterans day and also wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! NY Connects is a great way to connect with several ...

Computer Training Graduates Celebrate

The graduation of 10 seniors from the Generations on Line computer training course was celebrated recently at Ahira Hall Memorial Library in Brocton, New York. Peer Coach, Betsy Furman awarded her students with certificates. New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Jacqueline Phelps from ...

How Can We Help Reduce Food Waste?

Because I work in an agency that is constantly being bombarded with reports of the growing malnutrition status of not only older Americans but all ages, I think it is insane that in the US we waste roughly 40 percent of all the food we produce. What? Not only that but it also costs us dearly ...

If You Missed The Medicare Open Enrollment Period

1. Look for Other Drugs: If you missed Open Enrollment and you can’t change your coverage, try to optimize the drugs you’re taking to fit your current plan. PlanPrescriber surveyed people on their website and found that one-in-three (34 percent) took a drug that wasn’t covered by their ...

What Is HEAP And How Do You Apply For It?

Question: My friend and I were talking about HEAP. We wanted to apply but don’t know how to get the application. Can you help? Answer: HEAP is Home Energy Assistance Program. This is a program for lower income individuals and families. The program provides help with high energy costs in ...

Your MSA Plan Has Ended

Question: I have the MSA from MVP. I got a letter saying that plan is no longer offered in 2018. What should I do? Answer: The Medicare Savings Account (MSA) is a type of Medicare Advantage Plan available to those with Medicare in our state. This plan was being offered by BlueCross and ...

Expect A Cost Of Living Increase In Your Social Security

Question: I collect Social Security and have Medicare A & B. Can you tell me how that is changing for 2018? Last year I didn’t see an increase in my Social Security, what about this year? Answer: The Social Security Administration has just announced that this year there will be a Cost ...

From left: Megan Barone, director of development WCA Foundation; Marcia Derby committee member Framed in Pink; Sue Lamb, chair Framed in Pink; Patti Reed, committee member Framed in Pink; and Mary Jo Salvaggio, committee member Framed in Pink, stand united together celebrating the courage for themselves and others who will be benefitting from this great cause.

Bowling Over Cancer Fundraiser Planned For Sunday

A group of local bowlers will host the ninth annual Framed in Pink: Bowling Over Breast Cancer at the Jamestown Bowling Company on Sunday. This charity event will support local breast cancer care at UPMC Chautauqua WCA through their endowment fund at WCA Foundation and pay tribute to loved ones ...

Director’s Column: It’s Flu Season — Don’t Be Caught Unprepared

Flu season usually starts in October and typically continues through May. People age 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with younger healthier adults. This is because the immune system becomes weaker as we age. It is estimated that between 71 ...

Breast Cancer Screening Services

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and turns things pink during October. We see more community walks and events. Even the NFL gets on board with pink gloves, towels and socks. Let’s use this opportunity to increase our own awareness of breast cancer. Our program has a local website and ...

The Caregiver’s Journey: Caregivers And Medicare Open Enrollment

I recently attended a Caregivers Conference in Albany. The room was filled with people of all ages, genders and races. It was interesting to see how many of the caregivers were under the age of 65 years old. As the Health Insurance Coordinator for the Office for the Aging and with Medicare Open ...

Here Comes Cold And Flu Season

Although influenza (flu) viruses can be caught year round, in the U.S. the most common time for sickness is during the fall and winter with peaks from December to February for the most part. This is due to the fact that flu virus is more stable in cold air and low humidity. First let’s ...

Senior Life Matters: 2018 Medicare Advantage Plans

Question: My insurance company sent information about my Medicare Advantage plan. My wife’s monthly premium looks to be more expensive each month and my plan is gone completely. What do we do? How do we know which plan to choose for 2018? Answer: The 2018 Medicare Insurance season is here. ...

Senior Life Matters: 2018 Prescription Drug Plans

Question: I got a letter in the mail saying my insurance coverage will go up in price in the new year. What happens now? Do I have to change my drug plan? Does my supplemental insurance need to change as well? Answer: This question sounds very similar to the last question, but it is that time ...

The Greatest Time Of The Year Is Upon Us — It’s Insurance Season!

Question: There are commercials on TV and mail in my mailbox about changing my Medicare plan. When can I change my insurance? Do I have to change my insurance? Answer: Oct. 1 is my favorite day of the year! It is here! Happy Insurance Season! You can guess that Erin and I spent yesterday ...

Average 2018 Premiums Are Lower

Question: I just received a letter from my insurance company reviewing what happens in 2018 with my insurance coverage. The price went down. Is that normal? What should I do? Answer: I have started to hear from a number of people that have started to receive their Annual Notice of Change from ...

Pictured, from left, are Erin Green, Karen Pfeffer and Janell Sluga of the Senior Life Matters program at Lutheran are the hosts of the 2018 Medicare Update and Annual Open Enrollment seminars taking place on Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. on the Lutheran Campus in Jamestown.

Medicare Updates, Changes To Be Presented During October Best Of Times Seminar

For some, navigating through the changes and options in the Medicare program year after year can be a challenge. Reliable, trustworthy information on the subject is hard to come by. The Senior Life Matters program at Lutheran aims to help seniors and their families make sense of all the ...