Senior News

Senior Life Matters: Relief Deadline Is Sept. 30

Question: I am 66 and just preparing to sign up for Social Security. I did NOT sign up for Medicare because I had insurance from the exchange (Marketplace). Now they tell me I cannot sign up for Medicare and I will have a penalty. What do I do? I had insurance, what did I do wrong? Answer: I ...

EPIC Program Saves People Cash

Question: My husband recently passed away and I called EPIC to report the change and now I have to start my deductible all over? WHY?? Answer: Let’s review what EPIC is and how it works first. New York State’s EPIC program (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) saves eligible ...

8-Week Food Program To Launch In August

The Jamestown Renaissance Corp. is launching an eight-week pilot program to bring healthy foods throughout the city with a mobile market. “Thirty-seven percent of Jamestown residents live below the poverty line, and many of these individuals also lack transportation,” said Linnea ...

OFA Hosts Recertification, New Instructor Training

The Office for the Aging recently hosted a recertification training and new instructor training for Tai Chi for Arthritis. The instructors came from Albany and Toledo, Ohio, to instruct over 25 Tai Chi students. The program is approved and certified through the Tai Chi for Health Institute ...

Veterans Benefits And Services — Do You Qualify?

Chautauqua County is proud of all of our veterans and pleased they call Chautauqua County home. These men, women and their families have given so much to insure our country’s security and freedom. Our county has a veteran’s service agency and two health care clinics — one in Dunkirk ...

Grant Given To Administer Seniors Education Program

The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging’s Senior Nutrition Program was given a grant to administer the “Seniors’ Health Improvement and Nutrition Education Program.” This initiative is funded through the state Office of Temporary Disability Assistance in partnership with the Office ...

Aging Mastery Program For Older Adults Coming To Mayville

The Aging Mastery Program is a program for older adults aged 50 to 100 who want to make the most of the gift of living. This program encourages mastery by developing behaviors that will lead to improved health and overall well-being. The program is being offered at the Mayville United ...

The Benefits Of Finding A Plan With A Health Club Membership

Question: My neighbor and friend has a Medicare Advantage Plan that pays her Health Club membership. I have Medicare with a Medigap plan. How can I get that benefit with my insurance? Do I have to switch my insurance? Answer: Your question comes at an interesting time! When reviewing the ...

How Best To Decide On Assisted Living Care For Your Loved One

Question: My mother-in-law is living at home alone, but needs help with many things. How do we find & choose a facility? Answer: As Geriatric Care Managers, we work with many people in a variety of different situations. This type of situation can be especially difficult. As we all age, ...

Help End Elder Abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was held June 15. Pictured are advocates for seniors standing outside the Chautauqua County Court House in Mayville. Submitted photo

Better Business Bureau Offers Spring Cleaning Tips For Seniors

The grass is green and the trees have leaves-finally. A cool, gray and wet start to our spring here in Western New York. Spring makes people want to get outdoors and tackle some clean up and sprucing up in their yards and around the house. It can be hard to find someone to hire to help. The ...

Senior Briefs

EDITOR’S NOTE: Groups sending their news releases to The Post-Journal for print must include a publishable contact number, time, date and location of the group’s past and future meetings. ¯ The American Association of Retired People meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, ...

World Elder Abuse Day Raises Awareness

Each year, an estimated five million older adults are abused, neglected or exploited. Older Americans lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation. These are funds that could be used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care. ...

Science Says: What Happens When Researchers Make Mistakes

(AP) — Everyone makes mistakes, but when scientists do, the remedy goes far beyond saying you’re sorry. Two fresh examples show how some journals and universities react when the need arises to set the record straight. On Wednesday, the New England Journal of Medicine retracted and ...

Generation By Generation: Medicare Needs And Health Insurance Decisions

Each generation expects different things from their health insurance coverage and makes health care decisions differently, so individuals and caregivers need to give real consideration to their loved ones demographics. While older baby boomers rely on their doctors and agencies like the Office ...

Some Facts On Fatty Liver

Fatty Liver is the accumulation of excessive fat in the liver which may lead to liver inflammation and liver cell injury that can progress to Cirrhosis of the liver and possible failure of the liver. An estimated one out of five adults and one out of ten teens have non-alcoholic fatty liver ...

You’ll Receive Your New Medicare Card Soon

Question: I am on Medicare, and I read earlier in the year that Medicare is sending all of us new cards. When will I get mine? Answer: June is here! You can definitely start watching for that new Medicare card! Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be issuing new Medicare ...

Be Patient When You’re Faced With A Coordination Of Benefits Issue

Question: I received a call from my doctor’s office. My Medicare claim for the appointment I recently had was denied. Medicare says I have other insurance. I don’t think I do. What should I do? Answer: The phone call you received is probably a Coordination of Benefits (COB) issue. ...

Engage At Every Age

May is “Older Americans Month.” This year’s theme is “Engage at Every Age” 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. Have ...