Senior News

Tobacco Breaks Hearts

Every year, on May 31, The World Health Organization (WHO) holds World No Tobacco Day. This day highlights the health and other risks associated with tobacco use and advocates for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Every year, in March, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ...

Happy Older Americans Month

Happy Older Americans Month and Happy Birthday Chautauqua County Office for the Aging! This month we have a lot to celebrate. For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the federal Administration on ...

P-L-A-N: Please Look At Now!

Happy older Americans month! Successful aging takes some planning. April was National Health Care Decision reminder week. It is so important to be prepared and plan for an emergency or illness. A health care proxy, medical treatment wishes, will or other care arrangements can be made easier ...

Brocton American Legion Walk With Ease Program Begins June 11

Walk with Ease is a new program starting at the American Legion in Brocton Starting on June 11, a Walk with Ease program is being offered at the American Legion, 110 W. Main St, Brocton. Walk with Ease is a proven successful program designed for people with Arthritis, older adults (50+) and ...

Six Ways To Eat Well As You Get Older

1. Know what a healthy plate of food looks like. MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet. It gives guidelines by showing food group targets. It helps you focus on variety, amount, and nutrition. Choose foods with less saturated fat, sodium, and ...

Traveling With Medicare

If you have Original Medicare you have coverage anywhere in the U.S. and its territories. This includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Most doctors and hospitals take Original Medicare. If you ...

How To Make Dinner For One An Appetizing Endeavor

Question: I am living alone and have been having a hard time cooking for myself lately. I just can’t seem to get excited about cooking a big meal for one. It seems easier to have cereal with milk. Answer: I cannot tell you the number of times that I hear this comment or one similar to it. ...

Statewide Funding Increase For OFA Programs Is ‘A Big Win’

Even though winter looks like it still has a hold as we begin April, I can already see signs that spring and summer are just around the corner. Springtime always makes me feel so hopeful about the future and this Spring we have a lot to feel hopeful and excited about! First I want to thank ...

Vitamin D: We Can’t Count On Sunshine To Maintain Adequate Levels

Producing enough Vitamin D is so important for so many reasons; one important one being that it allows us to absorb calcium more efficiently. New research has indicated that Vitamin D deficiency could contribute to several diseases including: High Blood Pressure, Coronary Heart Disease, ...

Westfield, Clymer Libraries To Host Aging Mastery Program

The Aging Mastery Program is for older adults aged 50 to 100, who want to make the most of the gift of living. The program encourages mastery by developing behaviors that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security and overall well-being. The program is being held at the Patterson ...

National Healthcare Decision Day Is Today

National Healthcare Decisions Day, commemorated today, is a day to encourage everyone ages 18 and older to have family discussions about personal values and beliefs, to choose a spokesperson, and to complete a health care proxy. “Most people near the end of life lack the ability to make ...

New Yorkers Can Expect New Medicare Cards In June

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare. The new cards will have a new unique Medicare Number instead of a Social Security Number. Medicare will automatically mail the new cards to the beneficiary address on file with the Social ...

Fredonia Woman Recounts Last 100 Years During Birthday Celebration

Lucybelle (Bennett) Johnson was born to Cora and Hiram Bennett on March 11, 1917, in Arkwright during a major blizzard. While the labor was progressing, her father set off for Dunkirk to bring Doctor Beardsley to their home, but wasn’t able to get past Laona, so he turned back and hitched ...

Anna Sweet Celebrates 100th Birthday

Pilgrim Memorial and First Congregational United Church of Christ recently held a 100th birthday luncheon for Anna Sweet, whose birthday was Feb. 10. Sweet was a valued member of the Pilgrim Women’s Group. Seated next to Anna, wearing a corsage, is her daughter, Judy Lord. The pair is ...

Pride Center Caregivers Program To Host Free Workshops

The Pride Center of Western New York’s LGBTQ Memory Loss Caregivers program is hosting free educational workshops in April to assist people caring for loved ones living with progressive brain disease and dementia. The classes — in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY — ...

Six Generations

Pictured, in back from left, are Ella Burger, great-great-great-grandmother; Dylan Fanton Reed, dad; Cordell Ribblett, great-grandfather. Pictured, in front from left, are Jessica Ribblett Reed, grandmother; 5-month-old Arlo Reed; and Wayne Ribblett, great-great-grandfather.

Property Foreclosure Is A Growing Concern

Property foreclosure on older adults is an increasing concern in our county and across the country. For the last few years, Office for the Aging has been involved in reaching out to property owners during the foreclosure process to ensure they understand what is happening and are aware of all ...

A Simple Test Can Show One’s Risk For Falling

The Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test, is a test older adults can do in the comfort of their own homes to evaluate basic mobility skills and their risk of falling. “All you’ll need is a stopwatch or watch with a second hand, a chair, and a family member or friend to assist you with the TUG ...

Tax Preparation: You Can Find Information

Tax season is here! There are some services for tax preparation that you may find helpful right here in Chautauqua County. People have until Tuesday, April 17 to file their 2017 returns and pay any taxes due. The IRS has many publications available to assist tax payers. You can find them at ...