Senior News

Chautauqua County Long-Term Care Council 2018 Vacancy

New York Connects is the New York states aging and disability resource center available to people of all ages that are in need of long term community supports and services. It is an information, assistance, and referral service available by phone, email or in person at our Mayville office. ...

Business As Usual For Most In EPIC Program

Question: A number of weeks ago you answered a question about EPIC asking for verification of income. You told us to watch for that letter and be sure to send it back. I never got it, but I did get an EPIC letter saying my EPIC coverage was renewed. What happened? Why did I not have to send ...

Reeder Guest Speaker At Fortnightly Meeting

Fortnightly met on Nov. 30 at the Gloria Dei Church in Lakewood for the last meeting of 2017. Refreshments were served and conversation enjoyed. A short business meeting was conducted by president Fran Lipinski. The speaker of the day was Carole Reeder, who spoke on “The Educational ...

Home For The Holidays

It’s always wonderful to come home for the holidays. Like many families across the country, my family gathers in December to celebrate our favorite holiday traditions. Every year we make time to get together not only with my immediate family and my siblings families but we also make time for ...

A Gift For The Community

NY Connects is a great way to connect to all kinds of things. As you know, NY Connects is the one place to call for a wide range of services available to those who may need long term community services and community supports. These types of services help people live as independently as possible ...

‘Tis The Season For Food Safety

Lots of entertaining occurs during the holidays and with all the cooking and food prep both at home and pot lucks, we may forget to think about food safety. The last thing we want to do is make our family, selves or guests sick, maybe very ill, by eating our food. Handwashing both before and ...

What You Can Expect From Medicare In 2018

Question: What are the Medicare costs for 2018 & COLA adjustment to Social Security for 2018? Answer: Well, this year we have interesting information to report. This year some costs held steady for much of Medicare. Social Security made a 2 percent Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA), so ...

Office For The Aging Celebrates Westfield YMCA Member’s Big Day

WESTFIELD — On Nov. 7, participants of the Office for the Aging’s Senior Dining Site Program at the Westfield YMCA celebrated the 90th Birthday of Dee Kaufman, who is a longtime participant of the program. The birthday party, which followed a lunch of ravioli or chicken salad sandwich, ...

Support The 2017 Santa For Senior Project

Every year the Office for the Aging (OFA) helps to bring the Holidays to isolated seniors across our county. The Santa for Seniors project delivers a gift bag filled with goodies and everyday essentials and a holiday meal to over 150 seniors. Since government funds cannot be used for the ...

Here It Is, Holiday Season!

Here it is November and time for the holidays to really get started! It seems it gets earlier and earlier each year. We would like to thank all of our veterans for their service on Veterans day and also wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! NY Connects is a great way to connect with several ...

Computer Training Graduates Celebrate

The graduation of 10 seniors from the Generations on Line computer training course was celebrated recently at Ahira Hall Memorial Library in Brocton, New York. Peer Coach, Betsy Furman awarded her students with certificates. New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Jacqueline Phelps from ...

How Can We Help Reduce Food Waste?

Because I work in an agency that is constantly being bombarded with reports of the growing malnutrition status of not only older Americans but all ages, I think it is insane that in the US we waste roughly 40 percent of all the food we produce. What? Not only that but it also costs us dearly ...

If You Missed The Medicare Open Enrollment Period

1. Look for Other Drugs: If you missed Open Enrollment and you can’t change your coverage, try to optimize the drugs you’re taking to fit your current plan. PlanPrescriber surveyed people on their website and found that one-in-three (34 percent) took a drug that wasn’t covered by their ...

What Is HEAP And How Do You Apply For It?

Question: My friend and I were talking about HEAP. We wanted to apply but don’t know how to get the application. Can you help? Answer: HEAP is Home Energy Assistance Program. This is a program for lower income individuals and families. The program provides help with high energy costs in ...

Your MSA Plan Has Ended

Question: I have the MSA from MVP. I got a letter saying that plan is no longer offered in 2018. What should I do? Answer: The Medicare Savings Account (MSA) is a type of Medicare Advantage Plan available to those with Medicare in our state. This plan was being offered by BlueCross and ...

Expect A Cost Of Living Increase In Your Social Security

Question: I collect Social Security and have Medicare A & B. Can you tell me how that is changing for 2018? Last year I didn’t see an increase in my Social Security, what about this year? Answer: The Social Security Administration has just announced that this year there will be a Cost ...

Bowling Over Cancer Fundraiser Planned For Sunday

A group of local bowlers will host the ninth annual Framed in Pink: Bowling Over Breast Cancer at the Jamestown Bowling Company on Sunday. This charity event will support local breast cancer care at UPMC Chautauqua WCA through their endowment fund at WCA Foundation and pay tribute to loved ones ...

Director’s Column: It’s Flu Season — Don’t Be Caught Unprepared

Flu season usually starts in October and typically continues through May. People age 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with younger healthier adults. This is because the immune system becomes weaker as we age. It is estimated that between 71 ...

Breast Cancer Screening Services

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and turns things pink during October. We see more community walks and events. Even the NFL gets on board with pink gloves, towels and socks. Let’s use this opportunity to increase our own awareness of breast cancer. Our program has a local website and ...

The Caregiver’s Journey: Caregivers And Medicare Open Enrollment

I recently attended a Caregivers Conference in Albany. The room was filled with people of all ages, genders and races. It was interesting to see how many of the caregivers were under the age of 65 years old. As the Health Insurance Coordinator for the Office for the Aging and with Medicare Open ...