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Research Shows Fatalities Have Tripled In Older Americans

CHICAGO — New research shows fatal falls have nearly tripled in older Americans in recent years, rising to more than 25,000 deaths yearly. The findings highlight the importance of fall prevention. A separate study bolsters evidence that programs focusing on improving muscle strength and ...

Elder Abuse Is A Growing Problem Across Globe

On Saturday we once again celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder Abuse is a growing problem as our world population is getting older and as families have become more spread out geographically. No longer does grandma or grandpa live in the same neighborhood with children and ...

Medical ID Theft Is Serious Business, Not Just For Seniors

Medical identity theft is serious business, and 1.5 million Americans are victims of Medical ID theft yearly. The average cost to fix medical ID theft for someone is more than $20,000 per incident. Medical ID theft occurs when someone steals personal information — such as your name and ...

The Longest Day: What We Need To Know And Why

June is Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month. You may be seeing ads on TV or in the paper talking about the longest day. June 21 is the day of the year with the longest amount of daylight- the summer solstice. It is a day when the Alzheimer’s organization hopes that people with consider ...

County OFA Announces Senior Farmers Market Coupon Distribution

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging has announced this year’s distribution of Senior Farmer’s Market coupon books. Coupons will be distributed on: ¯ Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until coupon books are gone at the Westfield Farmer’s Market, Moore ...

County Genealogical Society Annual Open House Tuesday

The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society will hold an open house on Tuesday from 1-7:45 p.m. in the Garland Room of Barker Library/Museum. The business meeting will commence at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The Barker Museum will also be open during these hours. Members of the ...

Anyone Who Has A Benefit Is Required To Re-Certify

Question: I just received a document from Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, telling me I have Medicaid and need to recertify within two weeks. I do not have Medicaid and I do not think I should fill out this form/application. What do you think? Answer: There are many ...

PERS Pendant Is Good To Have For Loved Ones

Question: I help my parents, but I worry about them when I am away, or I can’t get there as often as I would like. What can you tell me about those safety buttons? How do they work? Answer: As an adult child we want the best for our family, young or old. As our parents and family members ...

Using GoodRx Is Similar To Clipping Everyday Coupons

Question: Why do I need a prescription drug plan if I can get my medications through GoodRx? Answer: I have been hearing about GoodRx more and more. I see the commercials continuously on the TV and in magazines. I have many clients ask me about GoodRx. First, let me clarify “why you need ...

World War II Veteran, 99, Prepares For College Graduation

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — Elizabeth Barker Johnson stood frozen in the doorway, gripping her walker tightly, as the lights flicked on, revealing 60 of her closest loved ones. It wouldn’t be the last surprise of the day as the World War II veteran celebrated her 99th birthday. After cake, ...

Many Older Adults Need Community Helpers

Many people need a bit of extra help when living alone in the community. The Beatles song says it all: “I get by with a little help from my friends…” (Beatles, 1967). The Office for the Aging in Chautauqua County compiles and provides to the public a private provider list. The list is ...

What To Know About Probiotics, Prebiotics and Synbiotics

Probiotics and Prebiotics are hot topics in nutrition. They may sound alike but they have different roles. Probiotics, Greek meaning “for life”, are live microscopic organisms like bacteria and yeast found in your food which settle in your gut. Your gut has over 500 different types of ...

Be Careful What Information You Share To Potential Scams

Beth Nelson Outreach Counselor I am sure that most of you, if not all of you have heard the saying “buyer beware.” It may be an old saying, but it still holds true to this day. Medicare Scams can come by phone, e-mail, TV advertisement, door to door and at vendor fairs. With ...

Nursing Home’s Field Trips Trigger Residents’ Memories

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — It’s sometimes difficult for Juris East, 86, to remember day-to-day occurrences because he suffers from advanced dementia. But a recent trip to Tigue Moore Field at Russo Park, home of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team, transported him to a different time. ...

Medicare Is Health Insurance Provided By US Gov’t

Question: What is Medicare? I hear that all the time, but don’t understand what Medicare does. Answer: Wow, is that a big question. So, I will cover Medicare and all its parts in a brief fashion to help clear up your confusion. Original Medicare is considered Medicare Parts A and B. ...

Ask Questions And Get Good Information On Procedure

Question: What can I do, now that my mother is having hip surgery and I know she will need rehab? I thought she could go anywhere, but her insurance limits where she can go. I thought she had Medicare, but now I have found out she has a Medicare Advantage Plan. Answer: There are a whole host ...

Changes To Medicare Supplement Plans Begin In 2020

Question: Is it true and important that Medigap plans are not available? Answer: Over the last year or so, we often talk about upcoming changes to the Medicare Supplement plans. Those changes are scheduled to happen January of 2020. Medicare Supplements (Medigap) are plans that can be ...

Don’t Throw Away Everything; Give Yourself Goals

Question: My father recently passed away, and I am trying to sort through his paperwork and things. I don’t know what to keep and what to get rid of. Can you help me figure out what I need and what I don’t? Answer: I often talk about this issue to clients and friends, so you are not alone ...

‘Welcome To Medicare’ Preventative Doctor Visit May Be Paid In Full

Question: I got information about a “Welcome to Medicare” medical exam. Do I have to do that? Will I lose my Medicare if I refuse? Answer: Medicare provides for the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit with your primary physician when you first enroll in Medicare. This physical is ...

Budget Is Huge Win For Seniors Across New York

We did it! If you have not heard, the NY State Budget passed very early on April 1. And it’s a big win for seniors across the state of New York. Over 15 million addition dollars have been added to the State Office for the Aging budget mainly to eliminate waitlists for services across New ...