Senior News

The Washington family gathered for the 100th family reunion in Cassadaga at the Red House. Photograph by past president John Sipos of Cassadaga.

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 ...

Senior Briefs

EDITOR’S NOTE: Groups sending their news releases to The Post-Journal for print must include a publishable contact number, time, date and location of the group’s past and future meetings. ¯ The American Association of Retired People meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, ...

Director’s Column: Know The Signs Of AD

Alzheimer’s and dementia is a growing concern for our country. Over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s and dementia increases as we age so as people are living into their 80’s, 90’s and 100’s, we are going to ...

Trivia winners 2017

Trivia Contest Winners Named

United Senior Council Trivia contest to celebrate Older American’s Month was held at N Harmony Senior Center on May 11. The first-place winners of $100 were the Mayville Misses from Mayville Senior Citizens. Pictured, from left, are Sandi Wagner, Dianne Goodrich and Janet Loomis.

Mental Health Awareness Is Important

By Dana Corwin RN May was Mental Health Awareness month. Even though it is now June, it would do well to bring everyone some information on services available in Chautauqua County New York. In Chautauqua County there was quite a bit going on to bring information and attention regarding this ...

Gerry Senior Citizens Gather For Luncheon And Health Program

GERRY — The Rodeo City Senior Citizens met recently for the monthly luncheon and program in the United Methodist Church. The group meets once a month on the second Friday at noon for the gathering. Allen Swanson is the president and welcomed all to the event. Cecil Miller gave the ...

Youngerman Center For Communication Disorders To Hold Support Group Meetings

The Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders will be offering support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and family members. The group will meet twice during the Summer 2017 semester. The meetings will be held in E 148Thompson Hall. A typical group meeting will include ...

Senior Briefs

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ¯ Chautauqua County RSVP has received specific requests in the following areas: — Canteen and Blood Bank volunteers for American Red Cross — Health and fitness opportunities for the community — Data entry: sharpen your skills at local non-profit ...

Poland Seniors To Meet Wednesday

A representative from the Fenton Historical Society will speak about genealogy at the Wednesday meeting of the town of Poland Seniors. This will be a pot luck at noon at the Kennedy fire hall. Those attending should bring a dish to pass, their own table service, a non-perishable item for the ...

So … What’s The Deal With Mold?

We have all found moldy food in our refrigerators, even if refrigerated promptly moldy food is still a fact of life. So the question is do you cut off the moldy part and use or toss it all? It is important to not consume mold as some molds can be toxic and cause allergic reactions and could ...

Yes, Medicare Does Cover Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

Question: I am turning 65, retired, and will be getting Medicare soon. I am confused about how Medicare handles the coverage of my already existing medical problems. There is so much talk about pre-existing conditions and coverage rules. Does Medicare cover these pre-existing medical ...

You Have The Right To Direct Your Own Care

Question: My spouse is in a facility and I really want to bring my spouse home. What are my options? Am I allowed to do that? How do I get help? Answer: This is a great follow-up question to last week. Your spouse is in a hospital OR in a facility (such as a Nursing Home or Assisted Living ...