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Senior News

Strong Commitment

Barrie Yochim, executive director of the Meals on Wheels Program of the Jamestown Area, received the “Employer of the Year Award” recently from Linda Spaulding, project director of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Senior Community Service Employment Program. Becky Blum, ...

Veteran Services Are Available In Chautauqua County

The Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency has important news to share with you. NY Connects is a service that can give you the opportunity to speak with our operator’s right here in Mayville and these operators can assist you with connecting to services in our community. The ...

Dementia Friendly America Has Provided County With Tools

The Office for the Aging staff and I want to express our sincerest condolences to the family of Diana Chase, the woman with dementia who went missing last month and was later found deceased. We want to assure the family that you did nothing wrong by keeping your wife/mom at home where she ...

Cuomo Signs Bills To Enhance Support For Veterans

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed a package of bills to enhance support and bolster protections for New Yorkers who serve or have served in the armed forces. The package consists of 14 bills that protect the rights of active duty military members and veterans in a number of areas, ...

Be Vigilant About Scam Phone Calls

The annual open enrollment period for choosing a health insurance plan ends Dec. 7. This is the time of year when you can switch health insurance plans. If your plan is not accepted by your doctor or does not have your medications listed on their formularies, you might want to find out ...

Health Alliance Urges Flu Shots

The Western New York Public Health Alliance is urging the public over the age of 6 months to get a flu vaccine to protect themselves from the effects of influenza. Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is ...

US Approves New Drug To Manage Sickle Cell Disease

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new medicine that can help reduce extremely painful sickle cell disease flare-ups. The Food and Drug Administration approved Novartis AG’s Adakveo for patients 16 and older. The monthly infusion, which halves occurrences of sickle cell pain episodes, ...

Community Connections

FINDLEY LAKE — The five years since Community Connections at Findley Lake was formed has taken it down many different roads, but the purpose has remained the same — to serve whatever needs are present in the area. In 2014, Dr. Lin Baylis, Judy Hunt, Dr. Marlene Garone and Christine ...

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Now Open

Medicare Open enrollment is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. This is the time of the year when you can compare health care plans to make sure you have the right health and prescription coverage for you. Beware of Health Insurance brokers who: ¯ Who state they are approved, endorsed or authorized by ...

Medication: How Much Do You Take On A Daily Basis?

Today is national check your medications day. According to the March 2019 Health Tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 25% of Americans, regardless of age, have been noted to take four or more medications. For our older adults, this percentage rises to 54%. This can be difficult ...

State Comptroller: Ombudsman Program In Need Of Resources

Many residents of long-term care facilities in New York state lack regular access to ombudsman services due to a decline in the number of volunteers and a severe shortage of paid staff, according to a recent audit by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “Ensuring that residents of nursing ...

Knowing Nutrition And Oral Health

Is dry mouth a natural part of the aging process? Are cavities just kids stuff? How does nutrition play a role in oral health? By the year 2060, 24% of the population will be over 65 years of age. Many older adults do not have dental health insurance because they lost it upon retirement and ...

Sinclairville Senior Citizens Group Celebrates Members’ Birthdays

SINCLAIRVILLE — At the recent gathering of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens three of the members were recognized for their October birthdays with a special cake decorated by Ranee Kaus of Cassadaga. Pictured are Susan Washington Sipos, President June Whipple, and sunshine chairman Betty ...

International Day Of Older Persons Is A Chance To Celebrate

Oct. 1 is the United Nations designated International Day of Older Persons. This years theme is “The Journey to Age Equality” to focus on the need to eliminate age discrimination and to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, ...

Gerry Rodeo Senior Citizens To Meet Friday, Nov. 8

GERRY — Pat Cooke, who often portrays the singer Patsy Cline, entertained the Gerry Rodeo Senior Citizens with a Tribute to Women of Country Music. Pat, along with her husband George “Chip” Cooke, provided a selection of country music women singers. These included songs sung by Kitty ...

Sweet Celebration

WESTFIELD — Sylvia Colbey, a longtime participant of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging’s Congregate Dining Site Program, recently celebrated her 90th birthday at the Westfield dining site. The site, located at the YWCA on 58 South Portage St., serves a delicious, hot meal at ...

Income, Residency Help Determine How Long You Live

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Catherine “Tinka” Zenke became a survivor at an early age. She had just turned 4 and was living in Scranton with her parents, Garfield and Emma Fellows Davies, when she and her mother fell ill with a virulent strain of influenza as it swept through the city as part ...

September Is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Americans are living longer than ever before. While longer life brings great opportunities, older adults also face an increased risk of developing a chronic health condition or a cognitive disorder. Since September is Alzheimer’s awareness month, we want people to recognize the differences ...

North Harmony Senior Citizens To Meet Today

The next meeting of the North Harmony Senior Citizens will take place today at 5 p.m. at the club center. Members are asked to bring a dish or dessert to pass. The group met Aug. 19 and featured a chicken barbecue prepared by the Mayville VFW. Members and guests numbered seventy-three. ...

11th Annual Journey To Active Aging Workshop Is Slated For Wednesday

The 11th annual Journey to Active Aging Workshop will be taking place Wednesday. The theme for this year’s event is Aging Well: Live Longer, Live Better and Laugh Often, and will provide area seniors with the opportunity to hear from several community members, as well as get laughing with ...