Senior News

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 ...

County Offering Medication-Assisted Treatment At Behavioral Health Clinics

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene continues to offer medication-assisted treatment at its two behavioral health clinics to help those struggling with opioid dependency. The Chautauqua County Behavioral Health Clinics’ mission is to provide a patient centered ...

Senior Life Matters: Relief Deadline Is Sept. 30

Question: I am 66 and just preparing to sign up for Social Security. I did NOT sign up for Medicare because I had insurance from the exchange (Marketplace). Now they tell me I cannot sign up for Medicare and I will have a penalty. What do I do? I had insurance, what did I do wrong? Answer: I ...

EPIC Program Saves People Cash

Question: My husband recently passed away and I called EPIC to report the change and now I have to start my deductible all over? WHY?? Answer: Let’s review what EPIC is and how it works first. New York State’s EPIC program (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) saves eligible ...

8-Week Food Program To Launch In August

The Jamestown Renaissance Corp. is launching an eight-week pilot program to bring healthy foods throughout the city with a mobile market. “Thirty-seven percent of Jamestown residents live below the poverty line, and many of these individuals also lack transportation,” said Linnea ...

OFA Hosts Recertification, New Instructor Training

The Office for the Aging recently hosted a recertification training and new instructor training for Tai Chi for Arthritis. The instructors came from Albany and Toledo, Ohio, to instruct over 25 Tai Chi students. The program is approved and certified through the Tai Chi for Health Institute ...

Veterans Benefits And Services — Do You Qualify?

Chautauqua County is proud of all of our veterans and pleased they call Chautauqua County home. These men, women and their families have given so much to insure our country’s security and freedom. Our county has a veteran’s service agency and two health care clinics — one in Dunkirk ...

Grant Given To Administer Seniors Education Program

The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging’s Senior Nutrition Program was given a grant to administer the “Seniors’ Health Improvement and Nutrition Education Program.” This initiative is funded through the state Office of Temporary Disability Assistance in partnership with the Office ...

Aging Mastery Program For Older Adults Coming To Mayville

The Aging Mastery Program is a program for older adults aged 50 to 100 who want to make the most of the gift of living. This program encourages mastery by developing behaviors that will lead to improved health and overall well-being. The program is being offered at the Mayville United ...

The Benefits Of Finding A Plan With A Health Club Membership

Question: My neighbor and friend has a Medicare Advantage Plan that pays her Health Club membership. I have Medicare with a Medigap plan. How can I get that benefit with my insurance? Do I have to switch my insurance? Answer: Your question comes at an interesting time! When reviewing the ...

How Best To Decide On Assisted Living Care For Your Loved One

Question: My mother-in-law is living at home alone, but needs help with many things. How do we find & choose a facility? Answer: As Geriatric Care Managers, we work with many people in a variety of different situations. This type of situation can be especially difficult. As we all age, ...