Senior News

New Opportunity To Make Changes To Medicare Plan After Open Enrollment

For those of you who enroll into a Medicare Advantage Plan during the Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7), you will have an additional opportunity to change from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another starting in 2019. The Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (Jan. 1 ...

Health Dept. Partnering On ‘Stop Sepsis At Home’ Initiative

NY State Department of Health is partnering with the NY State Office for the Aging on a new initiative called “Stop Sepsis at Home” to bring awareness to this life-threatening condition that affects over 50,000 people in the state every year. Sepsis is a progressive shutdown of the ...

Plenty Of Plans Available For ’19 Medicare Insurance Season

QUESTION: My insurance company sent information about my Medicare Advantage plan. My monthly premium looks to be the same. I don’t think I should change plans. I am happy with my current plan. What do you think? How would I know which plan to choose for 2019? ANSWER: The 2019 Medicare ...

North Harmony Seniors Hear About Opiate Crisis

At the Sept. 17 meeting of the North Harmony Senior Citizens, Inc., 57 people listened to Adrian Madden and Chanda Lynn speak about the effects that opiates and other narcotics have on people. There are many ways that people get accustomed to taking drugs. They may take drugs for medical or ...

For 2019, Insurance Prices Have Likely Increased

QUESTION: I just received correspondence from my insurance company informing me of my 2019 coverage. The price went up. What should I do? Did all the other plans raise premiums? ANSWER: Happy Insurance Season. It is Oct. 1, and I am knee-deep in learning about the changes to the insurance ...

How To Handle The Beginning Of ‘Insurance Season’

QUESTION: I have seen ads in the paper, and mail in my mailbox about insurance options. How do I research my insurance alternatives? There is so much information, but I don’t know how to understand it. ANSWER: Welcome to Insurance Season. As you know it is my favorite time of year. ...

Employ Older Americans Week

Employ Older Americans Week has been designated by the United States Department of Labor to occur during the last week of September, which is Sept. 23 to Sept. 30. This period is set aside to recognize the many attributes which are exhibited by our mature workers. Some very interesting ...

Our Aging Population In The Country Is Really A Gift

I recently listened to a lecture by Joseph Coughlin, the founder and director of MIT’s Age Lab. He is also the author of a recently published book called “The Longevity Economy.” In both of these he wow’s the audience about his understanding of a world whose population is growing older ...

It’s Almost Medicare Open Enrollment Time

Medicare Open Enrollment is right around the corner beginning Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Those individuals who currently have Original Medicare, a Medicare advantage plan, Medicare Part D or a Medigap plan may want to consider contacting the Office for Aging to make a health insurance counseling ...

A Dementia Friendly Community Approach

NY Connects is the Aging and Disability Resource Center for Chautauqua County. You can find a NY Connects in every county in New York state. If you have a long-term community care need, we can help. If you need information regarding services and providers of that service, we can help. We are ...

Learning To Abide By The Timeline When Signing Up For Medicare

Question: I turned 65 earlier this year (2018) and signed up for Medicare. I also signed up for additional insurance, the Part D stuff. I am getting mail about plans, but I have until my birthday to change my insurance right? Can I ignore what is happening now? Answer: How do you like ...

Why Isn’t Rehabilitation Stay Covered By My Insurance Company?

QUESTION: My mother was in the Emergency Room (ER) and they couldn’t find out exactly what was wrong. The doctor recommended her staying at the hospital for Observation. She has been there three days and now they are recommending her going to a rehab facility. We just found out that it ...

What Observation Status Means For Your Insurance Coverage

QUESTION: My mother was in the Emergency Room (ER) and they couldn’t find out exactly what was wrong. The doctor recommended her staying at the hospital for observation. She has been there three days and now they are recommending her going to a rehab facility. We just found out that it ...

Some Tips On Cleaning Out Wallets And Purses

Question: Could you please get my husband to clean out his wallet? He thinks he needs all that stuff in there. Answer: Well those that know me, know that I love to look into a wallet and see what interesting stuff is in there. But I must say “No, I will not clean out your husband’s ...

Social Connection Needed—No Matter What Age

Social isolation is a growing epidemic in society that can have dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. The percentage of adults who say they are lonely has doubled since the 1980’s from 20 percent to 40 percent. Twenty nine percent of adults 65 and older live alone and half of ...

Stretch Life Of Produce By Learning To Store Them Better

The American Heart Association recommends four to five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. And this is the best time of year to make this happen for your good health. Farmer’s Markets are open and brimming with fresh produce and so be sure to get to a local stand and enjoy the ...

Fall Prevention Event Free And For The Community

The first day of fall is also National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, which is a time to raise awareness of the critical issue of falls among older adults. National Fall Prevention Awareness Day is a time to focus on ways to prevent falls. Among older adults falls are the leading cause of fatal ...

Planning For Emergency Weather When It Strikes The Area

Chautauqua County has its share of weather emergencies. Are you as prepared as you should be? Summer, fall, winter and spring weather can bring many challenges for everyone. The power may go out or temperatures can be difficult to keep cool or to keep warm enough. People of all ages may want to ...

Fredonia Church Receives Grant

FREDONIA — Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredonia is one of 21 sites to receive a grant from the NY Landmarks Conservancy. The grant totaling $226,000 is awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York state. Trinity Episcopal Church will receive $7,000 to help pay for ...

US Approves New Generic Competitor To EpiPen

\WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials last week approved a new generic version of EpiPen, the emergency allergy medication that triggered a public backlash due to its rising price tag. The new version from Teva Pharmaceuticals is the first that will be interchangeable with the original ...