Senior News

To ‘B,’ Or Not To ‘B,’ That Is The Question

Question: I have Medicare A and I have health insurance from my employer. I recently got a letter from Medicare saying I might have to sign up for Part B. Is that true? I was told previously that I didn’t need Part B. Can’t I sign up for Medicare Part B anytime? Answer: “It Depends!” ...

Your Vibe And Your Tribe

Have your ever heard the expression, “your vibe attracts your tribe?” And what might this have to do with your heart health? If your current personal “vibe” is a donut-munching, soda-drinking, spend the weekend on the couch sort of person, chances are that the people you choose to ...

Help And Wellness

This month’s CHQ250 column could be one short wellness tip, and it would be this: Let people help you. If our society showed a firm understanding of this concept of helping and allowing yourself to be helped, then this article would stop there. Since there seems to be a bit of room for ...

Chautauqua County Home Care Assn. Holds Annual Award Dinner

In honor of National Home Care Month, the Chautauqua County Home Care Association honored many employees who serve Chautauqua County from a variety of local home care agencies. The event was held at Lutheran Social Services, who also catered the delicious dinner. The Chautauqua County Home ...

Tips To Stay Warm This Winter

This weather certainly reminds me of my childhood, growing up in Buffalo and experiencing the blizzard of 1977. My mother was stranded in Niagara Falls and my father stayed at our family pharmacy on the west side for a week while the National Guard delivered his medicines to people. ...

Medicare Minute: What’s New In 2018

Your Medicare coverage can change each year, so it is important to understand and review your benefits. Understand your Part B costs in 2018. Part B premium: The Part B base premium in 2018 is $134, the same as it was in 2017. While most people will pay $134, there are some reasons your ...

Poland Seniors To Meet Wednesday

The Town of Poland Seniors will meet at noon on Wednesday for a pot luck luncheon at noon at the Kennedy Fire Hall. The hosting committee will be Carolyn Widmark, Sandy Tompsett and Ben Morey. Bring a dish to pass, your own table service, at item for the auction, and a non-perishable item for ...

A Dozen Directions For A Healthier Year Ahead

Change is hard, especially when it comes to diet. It is easier if you start by making one change at a time and when that becomes a habit go on to the next healthy change. Use the following “tips of the month” ideas to get started, and then start adding your own. January: Set a specific ...

K-9 Unit To Present At Harmony Seniors Meeting Feb. 1

Due to bitter cold temperatures, only 14 members of the Harmony Senior Citizens met on Jan. 4, at the North Harmony Senior Center in Stow. President Beverly Smith welcomed those present and Tom Smith led the devotions and the flag salute. Members enjoyed a tureen dinner. Discussion held on ...

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 ...