Senior News

You Have The Right To Direct Your Own Care

Question: My spouse is in a facility and I really want to bring my spouse home. What are my options? Am I allowed to do that? How do I get help? Answer: This is a great follow-up question to last week. Your spouse is in a hospital OR in a facility (such as a Nursing Home or Assisted Living ...

There Are Ways To Ease The Burden Of A Difficult Situation

Question: My spouse is in the hospital and I am not sure what will be happening. I am scared and not sure who to talk to or even what to ask. What should I do? Answer: How scary this situation can be. I am sorry you are having a rough time right now. I do have some advice and some resources ...

Volunteer of the Year Grace Kent is pictured with Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Executive Director MaryAnn Spanos.

Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best. Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A ...

May Is ‘Older Americans Month’

May is “Older Americans Month.” This year’s theme is Age Out Loud because we are celebrating the many attributes and contributions to the community from our wonderfully mature. We set aside this month to recognize the value exemplified from this very vibrant population. Consider what ...

Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System — CARTS

Need a ride or want to save on your transportation costs? CARTS is Chautauqua County’s public transportation system. CARTS is public transportation for everyone living, working, or visiting in Chautauqua County. Whether you want to go shopping, to a medical appointment, work, college, or to ...

Staying Healthy As We Age

As we age our bodies and life circumstances change. Changes in our home life, health, medications, income, along with decreased senses (especially taste and smell)may accompany the aging process. You probably have noticed loss of muscle mass, which may increase frailty or maybe some weight gain ...

The Caregiver’s Journey

Over the last five years, I have had the privilege to work for the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging mainly as the Coordinator for the Medicare Health Insurance Counseling program. More recently, I have been given the responsibility of overseeing the OFA’s Caregiver program as well. The ...

How You Should Approach Social Security

Question: You just answered a question in the paper that was about collecting Social Security. How do I decide about having taxes taken out of my Social Security? Answer: My favorite answer is “It Depends!” I will say that to this question as well. There are some concrete factors to ...

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Social Security And What You Can Expect

Question: I am curious about collecting Social Security. When am I eligible to collect Social Security? How much will I get? Answer: I enjoy talking about collecting Social Security. There are a number of different issues in this question. Although I cannot speak to your “How much will I ...

Understanding Health Care Acronyms: Part II

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: As you may remember last week I started giving definitions to many of the acronyms and words ...

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 ...