Senior News

Malnutrition: An Older Adult Crisis

Malnutrition is an excessive or unbalanced diet, due to the body not getting the right amount of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. A condition that results from eating a diet in which the nutrients are either not enough or are too much (over eating resulting in too many calories ...

Key points For Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care Services

  Chautauqua County NY Connects phone line is available to all people in Chautauqua County, as a first call for information and assistance for long-term care needs for anyone- of any age. Long-term care needs are not just nursing home information. You may need long-term care at ...

Improving Dementia Diagnoses And Treatment In WNY

As a result of a collaboration between the New York State Department of Health and the University at Buffalo, support is now available to provide specialized dementia care services in the primary care settings across the counties of Western New York (WNY). Primary care providers in WNY can ...

Santa For Seniors Project To Deliver Christmas Goodies

Every year the Office for the Aging helps to bring Christmas to isolated seniors throughout Chautauqua County. The Santa for Seniors project delivers a gift bag filled with goodies and everyday essentials, a holiday meal, cookies and a card to over 150 seniors. Since government funds cannot be ...

Holidays Are Hard On Your Heart

The holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s conjures up warm visions of family gatherings, traditional meals, and holiday events.  Few of us think of the holidays as the heart attack risk factor that research shows them to be. A study published in the research journal ...

Don’t Be Surprised If You Get Your Medicare Plan Packet Early

Question: I just got a packet from my Medicare plan. When can I change my insurance? Do I have to change my insurance? I feel like this is earlier than I got the information last year.Answer: You are a little early to get your Medicare plan information for 2017. The information is generally ...

Powerful Tools For Caregivers Class Coming In October

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

Reunions

The 122nd annual reunion of the descendants of Obadiah and Daniel Johnson was held in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Corry, hosted by Irene Johnson and her grandson David Johnson III. Sixty members and guests attended from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and South Carolina. The oldest man was ...

Summer’s Gone

Well, as usual the summer has gone by too fast. I just want to thank everyone again for a fantastic Senior Picnic. Over 500 hundred seniors attended from all over the county on Aug. 12 at Midway Park for a great day including bingo, live music, chicken barbecue, and over 50 door prizes as well ...

Don’t Throw Away Those Used Coffee Grounds

Don't trash your used coffee grounds, stash them instead. Here are some ideas to repurpose those grounds.1. Dry the grounds and put in your refrigerator and freezer to remove odors.2. Clean your dirtiest pots and casseroles. Scrub with a couple spoonfuls of grounds without soap using a thin ...

Medicare Open Enrollment — Why Is It So Important?

Has a year gone by already? Is it time to review your health insurance plans again? Yes, it is. Why is it so important? Reviewing your health insurance plans each year during Medicare's Open Enrollment (Oct 15. to Dec. 7) has become just as important as celebrating a birthday or anniversary to ...

Ready, Steady, Balance: Falls Prevention In 2016

The first day of Fall, Thursday, is also Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Every September we are called to become more aware of the growing public health issues related to falls. This year's theme is Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016. According to the Center for Disease Control, in ...

Paper Trail Helps Insurance Companies

Question: I received a form from my insurance company requesting information on what other insurance I have. I already told them this, why should I fill out this form again? Are they going to cancel my insurance if I don't fill this out?Answer:The form you received is probably a Coordination of ...

Westfield Quilt Guild Donates To Hospital

WESTFIELD - The Westfield Quilt Guild has again donated a quilt to the Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to be given away to benefit ongoing projects at the hospital.The Westfield Quilt Guild makes and gives away around 125 quilts per year. They are usually lap robes or child size quilts ...

DiNapoli Identifies Improper Medicaid Payments

United HealthCare and Amerigroup, managed care organizations that contract with the Department of Health to provide health services under the state's Medicaid program, made at least $6.6 million in improper and questionable payments to ineligible providers over a four-year period, including ...

Ageism Is A Form Of Discrimination

One of our local schools decided to host Grandparent's Day for their third-graders. This celebration of the bond between grandchildren and grandparents acknowledges all that grandparents have to teach our children and the large part that grandparents can play in learning not only reading ...

Veterans Benefits And Services — Do You Qualify?

Chautauqua County is proud to have over 11,000 veterans who call Chautauqua County home. These men and women and their families have given so much to insure our country's security and freedom. Our county veteran's service agency and two health care clinics one in North County, Dunkirk, and ...

Pooled Trusts And Medicaid Home Care

What is a Pooled Trust?A Pooled Trust is a special type of trust that allows individuals to become financially eligible for public assistance benefits while preserving their resources in trust for supplemental needs. While not necessary for everyone, the end result of joining a Pooled Trust is ...