Senior News

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 ...

Here Comes Cold And Flu Season

Although influenza (flu) viruses can be caught year round, in the U.S. the most common time for sickness is during the fall and winter with peaks from December to February for the most part. This is due to the fact that flu virus is more stable in cold air and low humidity. First let’s ...

Senior Life Matters: 2018 Medicare Advantage Plans

Question: My insurance company sent information about my Medicare Advantage plan. My wife’s monthly premium looks to be more expensive each month and my plan is gone completely. What do we do? How do we know which plan to choose for 2018? Answer: The 2018 Medicare Insurance season is here. ...

Senior Life Matters: 2018 Prescription Drug Plans

Question: I got a letter in the mail saying my insurance coverage will go up in price in the new year. What happens now? Do I have to change my drug plan? Does my supplemental insurance need to change as well? Answer: This question sounds very similar to the last question, but it is that time ...

The Greatest Time Of The Year Is Upon Us — It’s Insurance Season!

Question: There are commercials on TV and mail in my mailbox about changing my Medicare plan. When can I change my insurance? Do I have to change my insurance? Answer: Oct. 1 is my favorite day of the year! It is here! Happy Insurance Season! You can guess that Erin and I spent yesterday ...

Average 2018 Premiums Are Lower

Question: I just received a letter from my insurance company reviewing what happens in 2018 with my insurance coverage. The price went down. Is that normal? What should I do? Answer: I have started to hear from a number of people that have started to receive their Annual Notice of Change from ...

Medicare Updates, Changes To Be Presented During October Best Of Times Seminar

For some, navigating through the changes and options in the Medicare program year after year can be a challenge. Reliable, trustworthy information on the subject is hard to come by. The Senior Life Matters program at Lutheran aims to help seniors and their families make sense of all the ...

Office For The Aging To Host Health Insurance Forums

The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging is hosting a series of countywide health insurance public forums to provide information to seniors, veterans, and caregivers as they prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. The forums will have professionals on ...

Harmony Seniors Hold September Meeting, Plan Oct. 5 Get-Together

Harmony Senior Citizens met on Sept. 7, at the North Harmony Senior Citizen Center in Stow for a tureen dinner with 41 members present. They are meeting at the North Harmony Senior Citizen Center temporarily while the Panama United Methodist Church is under going construction. President ...

Chautauqua Hospice And Palliative Care Auction Event Features Student Artwork

Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care will be hosting a Charity Auction on Friday, Sept. 29, at Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road, Mayville. The auction will feature a variety of butterfly artwork by students from Sherman High School and Jefferson Middle School. The student works of art ...

Director’s Column: Safeguard Yourself From Phony Charities

It is so wonderful to see people coming together to help the survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. This support shows the positive side of people helping other people. Unfortunately, there are others who will try to take advantage of people, especially senior citizens, during a disaster by ...

Tricks For A Healthier Bowl Of Soup

I feel a chill in the air that feels like fall and this morning I noticed some leaves turning. Time to start thinking about those wonderful soups we love to eat when it is cold outside. Although I enjoy eating soup year round for some reason we think more about preparing soups when it is chilly ...