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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, ...

Director’s Column: Know The Signs Of AD

Alzheimer’s and dementia is a growing concern for our country. Over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s and dementia increases as we age so as people are living into their 80’s, 90’s and 100’s, we are going to ...

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Trivia Contest Winners Named

United Senior Council Trivia contest to celebrate Older American’s Month was held at N Harmony Senior Center on May 11. The first-place winners of $100 were the Mayville Misses from Mayville Senior Citizens. Pictured, from left, are Sandi Wagner, Dianne Goodrich and Janet Loomis.

Mental Health Awareness Is Important

By Dana Corwin RN May was Mental Health Awareness month. Even though it is now June, it would do well to bring everyone some information on services available in Chautauqua County New York. In Chautauqua County there was quite a bit going on to bring information and attention regarding this ...

Gerry Senior Citizens Gather For Luncheon And Health Program

GERRY — The Rodeo City Senior Citizens met recently for the monthly luncheon and program in the United Methodist Church. The group meets once a month on the second Friday at noon for the gathering. Allen Swanson is the president and welcomed all to the event. Cecil Miller gave the ...

Youngerman Center For Communication Disorders To Hold Support Group Meetings

The Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders will be offering support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and family members. The group will meet twice during the Summer 2017 semester. The meetings will be held in E 148Thompson Hall. A typical group meeting will include ...

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ¯ Chautauqua County RSVP has received specific requests in the following areas: — Canteen and Blood Bank volunteers for American Red Cross — Health and fitness opportunities for the community — Data entry: sharpen your skills at local non-profit ...

Poland Seniors To Meet Wednesday

A representative from the Fenton Historical Society will speak about genealogy at the Wednesday meeting of the town of Poland Seniors. This will be a pot luck at noon at the Kennedy fire hall. Those attending should bring a dish to pass, their own table service, a non-perishable item for the ...

So … What’s The Deal With Mold?

We have all found moldy food in our refrigerators, even if refrigerated promptly moldy food is still a fact of life. So the question is do you cut off the moldy part and use or toss it all? It is important to not consume mold as some molds can be toxic and cause allergic reactions and could ...

Yes, Medicare Does Cover Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

Question: I am turning 65, retired, and will be getting Medicare soon. I am confused about how Medicare handles the coverage of my already existing medical problems. There is so much talk about pre-existing conditions and coverage rules. Does Medicare cover these pre-existing medical ...

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 ...