Senior News

Ask Questions And Get Good Information On Procedure

Question: What can I do, now that my mother is having hip surgery and I know she will need rehab? I thought she could go anywhere, but her insurance limits where she can go. I thought she had Medicare, but now I have found out she has a Medicare Advantage Plan. Answer: There are a whole host ...

Changes To Medicare Supplement Plans Begin In 2020

Question: Is it true and important that Medigap plans are not available? Answer: Over the last year or so, we often talk about upcoming changes to the Medicare Supplement plans. Those changes are scheduled to happen January of 2020. Medicare Supplements (Medigap) are plans that can be ...

Don’t Throw Away Everything; Give Yourself Goals

Question: My father recently passed away, and I am trying to sort through his paperwork and things. I don’t know what to keep and what to get rid of. Can you help me figure out what I need and what I don’t? Answer: I often talk about this issue to clients and friends, so you are not alone ...

‘Welcome To Medicare’ Preventative Doctor Visit May Be Paid In Full

Question: I got information about a “Welcome to Medicare” medical exam. Do I have to do that? Will I lose my Medicare if I refuse? Answer: Medicare provides for the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit with your primary physician when you first enroll in Medicare. This physical is ...

Budget Is Huge Win For Seniors Across New York

We did it! If you have not heard, the NY State Budget passed very early on April 1. And it’s a big win for seniors across the state of New York. Over 15 million addition dollars have been added to the State Office for the Aging budget mainly to eliminate waitlists for services across New ...

New Jersey Law Allows Terminally Ill To Get Life-Ending Meds

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed legislation making New Jersey the seventh state to enact a law permitting terminally ill patients to end their lives. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act in private. His office would not answer why ...

It’s Important To Be Ready For An Emergency

Last Tuesday was National Health Care Decision day. It is important to be prepared for dealing with an emergency or illness by choosing a health care proxy. An emergency or end of life care wishes can be a difficult subject to discuss. The “Conversation Project” is dedicated to helping ...

Does Medicare Part B Cover My Ride In An Ambulance?

Medicare Part B covers emergency ambulance rides and, in limited cases, non-emergency ambulance services. Medicare considers an emergency to be any situation when your health is in serious danger and you cannot be transported safely by any other means. If your trip is scheduled when your health ...

There Are Several Components In The Foods We Eat

There are various components found in our foods. Some of these components are nutrients essential for life such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. However, some discovered components in our foods are non-essential meaning they are not required to sustain life, but a ...

Senior Center Members Meet At City Church

Jamestown Senior Center members met for a tureen in the fellowship hall of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. New members welcomed were Betty Johnson, Rose Prieur, Carol Diemer and Karen Hurburt. Members Winnie DeFrancisco and Willamae Rupinski were welcomed back. Vanderburg opened the meeting ...

Health Care Proxy Should Be Part Of Health Care Plan

Question: My doctor’s office keeps asking if I have a Health Care Proxy. I am healthy, I don’t think I need that. What do you think? Answer: I think a Health Care Proxy is very useful and you should definitely consider this an important part of your Health Care Plan. A Health Care Proxy ...

How Important Is Medicare Part B, And Do I Need It?

Question: Do I need Medicare Part B? Everyone gives me a different answer. Answer: I answered a similar question a few weeks ago, but this is good to review it, as we have one week left of the general enrollment period for Medicare Part B. This year there are two different enrollment ...

Seniors Are Especially Vulnerable To Phone Scams

It’s not the IRS calling. Like many of you, I get calls from someone “claiming” to be the IRS. They leave messages on my answering machine urging me to call them back or a warrant may be issued for my arrest. This sounds so dire that I am sure some people get nervous and call the ...

Museum Lady Provides Aid To Sibley County Historical Society

HENDERSON, Minn. — Museum Lady Claudia Nicholson’s mantra: Inventory is the thing of value. Twin Cities-based Nicholson and her two assistants are helping Sibley County Historical Society organize donations stored on three floors of its museum in Henderson, thanks to a recent grant from ...

Health Care Proxy Registry Moving To NY Connects

The health care proxy registry started by the Chautauqua County Health Network is moving to Chautauqua County NY Connects. Chautauqua County’s Health Care Proxy registry will continue to be available to individuals wishing to document and share their proxy with healthcare professionals in ...

What’s Your Super Power? It’s A Matter Of Taste.

In comic books, movies, on television, and even some Broadway musicals we see various powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. What if I told you that 25 percent of humans carry a gene TAS2R28 that gives them the super power of taste. Usually it’s great to have heightened senses ...

What’s The Link Between SSA And Medicare?

Question: I have to sign up for Medicare, where do I do that? What does the Social Security Administration have to do with signing up for Medicare? Answer: I hear this question a lot and answer it often, but never in my articles. I guess now is the perfect time. The Social Security ...

Medicare Advantage Plans To Cover In-Home Services

Question: I read an article that Medicare Advantage Plans will start covering care provided in my home. Which plans cover that type of care? How much help will it pay for? Answer: I had an opportunity to read an article like that myself. I first want to clarify that Medicare has changed the ...

Next Healthy Bones Program To Start In March

The next session of Healthy Bones, Chautauqua County’s StrongWomen Program, will begin in March. StrongWomen is a national evidence-based community exercise and nutrition program targeted to midlife and older men/women. Dr. Miriam E. Nelson and colleagues have developed and evaluated this ...

New York State Funding Should Help Ease Waiting Lists

The weather the last few weeks has really reminded us what WNY winters can dish out. It’s seems like it’s been a long time since we have had such cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills, not to mention blowing and drifting snow. Since February is heart month, I just want to ...