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Senior News

Sweet Celebration

WESTFIELD — Sylvia Colbey, a longtime participant of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging’s Congregate Dining Site Program, recently celebrated her 90th birthday at the Westfield dining site. The site, located at the YWCA on 58 South Portage St., serves a delicious, hot meal at ...

Income, Residency Help Determine How Long You Live

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Catherine “Tinka” Zenke became a survivor at an early age. She had just turned 4 and was living in Scranton with her parents, Garfield and Emma Fellows Davies, when she and her mother fell ill with a virulent strain of influenza as it swept through the city as part ...

September Is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Americans are living longer than ever before. While longer life brings great opportunities, older adults also face an increased risk of developing a chronic health condition or a cognitive disorder. Since September is Alzheimer’s awareness month, we want people to recognize the differences ...

North Harmony Senior Citizens To Meet Today

The next meeting of the North Harmony Senior Citizens will take place today at 5 p.m. at the club center. Members are asked to bring a dish or dessert to pass. The group met Aug. 19 and featured a chicken barbecue prepared by the Mayville VFW. Members and guests numbered seventy-three. ...

11th Annual Journey To Active Aging Workshop Is Slated For Wednesday

The 11th annual Journey to Active Aging Workshop will be taking place Wednesday. The theme for this year’s event is Aging Well: Live Longer, Live Better and Laugh Often, and will provide area seniors with the opportunity to hear from several community members, as well as get laughing with ...

Members Of Westfield Senior Citizens Meet

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Senior Citizens met recently with 22 members present for a dish-to-pass supper. Shirley Kolpien shared a funny joke. The meeting was opened with Pat Sciarrino, president, with a prayer. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Kolpien noted birthdays for ...

Jamestown Senior Center Gathers Locally

The Jamestown Senior Center, 556 E. Second St., Jamestown, met recently with 24 members attending. New members welcomed were Diana Beard, Diane Nelson, Sylvia Anderson and Ruth Wilson Korcyl. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by God Bless America led by Laurel Magnuson. ...

Let’s Talk Nutrition For Your Bones

It is no secret that our bodies change as we age. Some changes are noticeable such as gray hair and wrinkles, while others are more subtle such as changes to our muscles, bones, and joints. Muscles shrink and lose mass while tendons lose water content, causing us to become weaker, less ...

Journey To Active Aging Event Scheduled For Sept. 18

Question: I remember that in September, you and a group of other agencies did a training. Are you doing that this year? Answer: I believe the event you are referring to the Journey to Active Aging. You are correct this is a program we have been putting on for a number of years. This year will ...

FL Designated As Naturally Occurring Retirement Community

It’s no secret that Community Connections at Findley Lake has helped many elderly residents to remain living in the area, but now, through a new state program, it will take a huge leap forward in its mission. At a special community gathering at the gazebo, CCFL board of directors ...

Office For The Aging Topic Of Rotary Meeting

WESTFIELD — MaryAnn Spanos, Chautauqua County Office for the Aging director, was the guest presenter during the July 23 meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville in Westfield. She was welcomed to the session by John “Doc” Hamels, Club President. Hamels was the program’s sponsor. ...

Four-Year Plan To Focus On Core Senior Needs

It’s time to start planning for the next four years. Like other departments who receive state and federal funding, Office for the Aging must develop and submit a plan to describe what programs and services we will be providing in the community. In-home services, insurance counseling, ...

Sinclairville Senior Citizens Meet At Hall For Lunch And Meeting

SINCLAIRVILLE — Members of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens met at the Sinclairville Firehall Dining Room for a lunch and meeting. President June Whipple welcomed all to the gathering, and Pastor Phil Shay led all in a blessing prior to the meal. Festival summer table decorations were ...

It’s Important To Have Quick Access To Your Medicare Card

Question: Do I need to carry my Medicare Card? I can’t find it. How do I get a new one? Answer: Your question came at the perfect time. During 2018 and early 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) worked very hard to mail out new ...

There Are Plenty Of Options To Fill Prescriptions

Question: My pharmacy is closing and the old pharmacy switched my meds to another chain pharmacy. Do I have to use that pharmacy? What should I do? Answer: I can’t begin to tell you how many calls we got this week with this same scenario. Sometimes I feel like “everything” in the ...

There Are Many Medicare Options Are Available

Question: I am turning 65 in a few months. My parents always were happy with their AARP Medigap plan. I am just not sure I want to join AARP. They send so much “other” mail. What do you suggest? Answer: Well congratulations on approaching Medicare age. I believe you will be pleased and ...

Make Summer The Start Of A Healthier Lifestyle

There are many reasons why people slow down and become more sedentary with age. It may be due to health problems, weight or pain issues, or worries about falling. Or perhaps you think that exercising simply isn’t for you. However as we grow older, the main ingredients to staying healthy ...

How To Read Your Medicare Summary Notices

Question: I get Medicare Summary Notices (MSN), but I don’t understand them. The amount on the MSN does not match my doctor bill. How do I read this? Answer: Whenever you go to see your doctor or are admitted to the hospital, your benefits are processed through your insurance provider. ...

Monthly Claim Report Is A Standard Of Practice

Question: I have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. I keep getting notices from them and don’t know why. I get a print out from my pharmacy when I pick up my medications. Why am I getting this as well? Answer: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sets a standards of ...

New Office Will Provide Plenty Of Local Services

Question: When I called your office to make an appointment, Karen said you are all moving in the coming days. I did not need an appointment immediately, so your move didn’t impact my needs. Where are you moving and why? Answer: For those clients who have known me for a number of years, you ...