Senior News

Marathons May Delay Medical Care For Others

(AP) — Marathons can be risky for hearts, but not necessarily those of the runners. It takes longer for nearby residents to get to a hospital for emergency heart care on the day of a race and they’re less likely to survive, a U.S. study finds. Any event that draws a crowd and causes ...

Understanding Health Care Acronyms Can Be As Complicated As Insurance Itself

Question: There are so many words that you use in your articles that I don’t even understand. Could you explain some of them? I especially do not like those acronyms. Explain those to me! Answer: One of the frustrating things about insurance, is that so much of it is hard to understand by ...

Action, Not Awareness, A Problem With Health Care Proxy

Nearly nine out of 10 upstate New York adults are aware of the term, “health care proxy,” according to a new survey commissioned by Univera Healthcare. Among survey respondents who had heard the term, 89 percent know that it is a way to legally designate someone as a health care agent to ...

It’s April: Do You Know Where Your Healthcare Proxy Is?

On April 15 we celebrated National Healthcare Decision Day to bring awareness to the importance of healthcare proxies and other legal documents highlighting our wishes should we be in an accident or otherwise incapacitated and not be able to speak for ourselves. Healthcare proxies are very ...

Are You A Caregiver?

“According to research study from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, the “typical” family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who takes care of a relative.” (National Alliance for Caregiving, 2015). Caregivers of a close relative — like a spouse or a parent — who are likely ...

Senior Malnutrition Is A Growing Crisis

For the past several years we have been aware that the senior population is expanding rapidly as baby boomers age. Senior service organizations have been discussing and planning on how we can best serve the needs of such a large, often needy population. Studies show that as we age adequate ...

Sinclairville Senior Citizens Hold Easter Luncheon

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville Senior Citizens recently held an Easter luncheon. The group meets once a month on the second Tuesday at noon for a luncheon and program in the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room. Diman Smith is the president, with Linda Parmenter as the vice president, ...

Changes Are Coming To Medigap Plan F In 2020

Question: I have Medicare and the Medigap plan F. I was told by a friend recently that Plan F is going away? Is that true? What should I do? Answer: I have heard this question about Plan F going away a number of times recently. I decided I better look into this question further. This is NOT ...

It’s Good To Get The Blues

What does it take to live a long, healthy life? Places where an extraordinary number of residents live to be 100 may hold the key. Several years ago, demographers Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain identified regions with significantly higher percentage of people living to age 100 or longer for ...

What Is And Isn’t Legitimate Mail

Question: I have started helping my mother with her mail and I notice she has been donating to many organizations. How do I know if they are legitimate? What advice do you have on this topic? Answer: This is probably one of the biggest safety/judgement issues I come across in working with ...

Talk To Your Employer Today About A Health Savings Account

Question: My tax person informed me that when I turn 65 and have Medicare, I can no longer have an HSA. Do you agree, is that correct? Answer: Questions that start with “My tax person/preparer said ...” I rarely answer. When it comes to tax rules, I have very limited knowledge and am ...

Hit The Switch — Turn CHQ Blue

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This year, more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Over one-third will die from this disease. Colorectal cancer can be prevented by removing polyps before they become cancer. Despite ...

Powerful Tools For Caregivers Class

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an education program to help family and friends caring for older adults with long-term health conditions (e.g., Alzheimers, stroke, Parkinsons disease and others). Powerful Tools helps caregivers develop skills and confidence to better care for themselves ...

Everyone Needs To ‘Step Up’ For Seniors

For the last few weeks, I have been traveling around the county to meet with older adults to discuss Gov. Cuomo’s proposed 2017-18 budget. Many have voiced their shock and dismay that the governor proposes to cut 12.6 million in aging services funding at a time when over 15,000 people age ...

A Plan For Hard Times And Hard Decisions

Sunday, April 16, starts National Health Care Decision week. It is important to be prepared for dealing with an emergency or illness. When planning for a health care proxy, medical treatment wishes, last will and testament or burial arrangements, this can be a difficult subject to discuss. ...

Getting Older But Enjoying Food Less?

Our relationship to food may change along with our bodies as we age. Our favorite dish may not seem so great anymore and everything starts to taste bland. A decreased metabolism, changes in taste and smell and slower digestion may affect our appetite, the foods we eat and how our body processes ...

When And How Should I Apply To Medicare?

It is important to know when to sign up for Medicare Part A and Part B. You sign up for Medicare for the first time during your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP). The Initial Enrollment Period is the seven months surrounding your birth month (the three months before your birth month, your birth ...

Gerry Senior Citizens Gather For St. Patrick’s Luncheon

GERRY — The Rodeo City Senior Citizens met recently for a luncheon and program at the United Methodist Church. President Allen Swanson welcomed all to the luncheon and Cecil Miller gave the blessing prior to the meal. Minutes of the previous meeting were read by secretary Margie ...

Preparing To Care For An Elderly Loved One In The First Step

Question: I live close to my parents and my other siblings live out of town. The responsibility for care is falling mostly to me. I sometimes don’t even know where to start to get help. What resources are out there for me to use? How do I know when to get help? Answer: Thank you for helping ...