Senior News

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 ...

Fall Prevention Awareness Day Is Friday

Friday is the first day of autumn and it is also Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Every September we are called to become more aware of the growing public health issues related to falls. In May, the CDC held a conference entitled Aging Without Injury. According to the Center for Disease Control, ...

How Natural Disasters Affect Medicare, Benefits

Question: What happens to Medicare and other insurance benefits and rules when there is a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey? I know it didn’t happen here, but I was curious. Answer: Disasters like Hurricane Harvey and others we have had in the past, disrupt so much more than what we see ...

How To Get Your Medicare Card Or Replacement? Follow These Exciting Steps

Question: I am on Medicare, but my Medicare Card is very hard to read and worn out, what do I do? OR I am new to Medicare and I didn’t get a Medicare card. What do I do? OR I can’t find my Medicare card. What do I do? Answer: These questions have been answered before, but I am covering ...

Golfers Support Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care

Employees of the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities organized a golf outing to raise $2,109 for Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. The event is the reincarnation of golf tournaments that were held in years past, according to Andy Lata, who coordinated the outing. Lata was ...

Dunkirk Man Honors Mother By Joining Alzheimer’s Walk

“Unpredictable, irreversible and unfair.” That’s how Bill Harford of ECR International in Dunkirk describes what he learned about Alzheimer’s disease when his mother was diagnosed. “Her symptoms progressed very quickly and caught us all by surprise,” Harford said. Harford ...

Become A Savvy Caregiver; Classes Begin Sept. 7

The New York State Department of Health will be presenting classes to better assist caregivers of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The Savvy Caregiver program is designed for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s who continue to live at home. Developed by the University of ...

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Are you looking for a community service or program to help someone and don’t know where to go? NY Connects is a free service available to all County residents. Call our local NY Connects helpline for assistance from specially trained operators who can guide you through the available ...

Medicare A And B Does Not Equal D

Question: I have Medicare A & B, and I don’t take any medication. I never signed up for Prescription Drug coverage. Now I would like to. My doctor has some medication he wants me to take. They tell me I can’t get drug coverage now. This does not make sense to me. Answer: Medicare A ...

Washington Descendents Gather For 100th Family Reunion

CASSADAGA — Descendants from the Washington family of Dunkirk met recently for their 100th annual family reunion at the Red House in Cassadaga. Steve and Nancy Wickmark of the Red House graciously welcomed the group of more than 300 attendees to the reunion. Bruce Washington of Ohio, who ...

Dental Costs A Major Financial Shock For Many Retirees

For too many years, I had what seemed like a small problem: a clicking jaw. The clicking was the result of a small mouth and a terrible overbite. My dentist advised daily exercises and wearing a night guard. There was no improvement. So, my dentist referred me to a specialist who fitted me with ...

Director’s Column: Try A ‘Staycation’

Summer is here and I hope you will make a date to experience some of the wonderful things we have in Chautauqua County. We are very blessed to have so much to enjoy, but how many of us take advantage of the things our area has to offer? How many of us promote our area to our out-of-town ...

When You Need Care At Home

Homecare allows patients to stay at home, provides support for families and improves quality of life and levels of independence. Home care helps clients manage chronic health conditions such as congestive heart failure or diabetes. Home care services assist elderly clients and clients with ...

Body Changes After Age 50: How Much Control Do We Really Have?

Generally, after hitting age 50, weight gain, fatigue and loss of strength serve as not-so-pleasant reminders that we are aging. The good news is we can have control of the severity of these symptoms in most cases. The average weight gain is 1-2 pounds per year between early adulthood and ...

The Caregiver’s Journey

Question: “I am a caregiver for my mother who has dementia. The stress of caring for her sometimes makes me feel like I can’t or don’t want to do things for her. The guilt of these feelings is overwhelming to me and I feel like such a bad person.” Answer: Recently I experienced this ...

Water Does A Heart Good

Conjure up a relaxing scene, and there is a good chance that scene involves waves breaking on the beach, a quiet stream deep in the woods, or the sun setting over one of our lakes. The most iconic images of relaxation all seem to involve water. It’s a well-known fact that taking time to ...

Who Can I Turn To For Support? Part III

Question: I have been taking care of my spouse for sometime, but recently we seem to need more help. My kids help when they can, but I am overwhelmed. I don’t want to add stress to their life. Where can I turn to get information and maybe help with the care? Answer: As you may remember I ...

Who Can I Turn To For Support?

Question: I have been taking care of my spouse for some time, but recently we seem to need more help. My kids help when they can, but I am overwhelmed. I do not want to add stress to their life. Where can I turn to get information and maybe help with the care? Answer: First, I always say ...