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Senior News

Don’t Be Afraid To Reach Out For Help

Question: Now that my spouse is in the hospital, and I may not be able to visit, who do I talk with and what do I ask? Answer: There are resources to work with. The first line of help is right there at the hospital or skilled nursing facility - the doctor, nurses and social workers. Social ...

AARP United Healthcare Options Monthly Premium Costs Can Increase

Question: When will AARP United Healthcare Options monthly premiums increase? Answer: AARP United HealthCare Options each year about this time, sends a letter to all their enrollees informing them of the proposed rate increase to begin Jan. 1, 2021. This letter states that this increase ...

Jobless And Social Security Benefits Can Be Collected Simultaneously

Question: Can I collect unemployment and Social Security benefits at the same time without getting into trouble? Answer: People who are 62 or older do qualify for Social Security benefits (SS). Full retirement is a different age for everyone who was born after 1938. This has been a gradual ...

Physical Activity For The Older Adult While Social Distancing

Physical activity is one of the most important things to help prevent the many health problems that come with age. Some health benefits of physical activity include improved thinking, learning, and judgement skills as well as reduced feelings of anxiety. In addition to weight management and ...

Five-Point Plan To Help Long Term Care Residents Announced

The New York State Department of Health and State Office for the Aging announced a five-point plan to help long term care residents and their families access services through the Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, provide additional resources to residents and families ...

Keeping Cool In Hot Weather

NY Connects is an aging and disability resource center. We have people-specially trained operators working to understand your needs and inform you, connect you, work with you to get the help you may need during different events in life. The weather is not predictable — we have seen that snow ...

We Need To Continue To Be Vigilant To Prevent COVID-19

Wow! It’s already July and we have been dealing with COVID-19 for 4 months now. I wish I could tell seniors that this will all be over soon and we can go back to normal but unfortunately I can’t. Until there is a vaccine everyone, but especially older adults, need to continue to be vigilant ...

Tips On Identifying Contact Tracers Vs. Scam Artists

Have you been receiving all those annoying phone calls from scam artists stating they are contact tracers? Are they asking you for your personal identifying information? Have you received emails or text messages about contact tracing that want you to click on links for more information? ...

Need To Enroll Into Medicare Part B?

If you are 65 years old or older and recently lost your employer health insurance coverage and now need to “opt in” to Medicare Part B, you are facing a dilemma about how to enroll into Medicare Part B since the Social Security offices are closed to the public due to COVID 19. There are two ...

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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, ...

COBRA, Medicare Rarely Useful Together

Question: I will turn 65, so can I keep COBRA insurance, which also covers my wife, and not start Medicare? Answer: The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) is insurance that allows individuals to keep the insurance product they had while working. COBRA is available ...

Check Your Medicare Plan To See What Is Covered

Question: Does my Medicare Insurance cover hearing aids, dental procedures, and eye wear? Answer: There are many insurance companies running ads talking about those extra benefits they are offering. This type of coverage depends on the Medicare coverage you have. In most situations, ...

What To Do If Your Premium Is Not What You Expected

Question: What should I do now that I got a bill from CMS and the premium is not what I expected? Answer: Social Security and Medicare have been around a long time. For most people, the Medicare Part B premium comes out of their Social Security check automatically to pay it. When people ...

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, ...

Older Adults Are Still The Most At Risk

As the Office for Aging Director, I realize how difficult this pandemic has been on older adults more than any other segment of the population. I wish I could tell you that the risk to your health and safety will be over on a particular date, but I can’t. Until there is a vaccine, older ...

What To Do For Insurance If Your Employer Was From Pa.

Question: What do I do for insurance now that I have retired from work and live in New York, but my employer was in Pennsylvania? Answer: In our area, we have a significant number of people who cross state lines for work. This is a similar situation for working in one county and living in ...

Senior Living Community Grants Residents’ Quarantine Wishes

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Roland Jones longed for a summer vegetable garden, where he could plant tomatoes and beans and not have to bend over far to tend them. On May 12, Jones got his wish. In the courtyard at Abbotswood at Irving Park, administrators at the senior living community ...

Do You Know NY Connects?

NY Connects is staffed by specially trained operators working to understand your needs,inform you, connect you, and work with you to get you the help that you may need during different events in your life. There is a NY connects program in every county in New York State. The Chautauqua ...

Beware Of The Coronavirus Scammers Calling, Emailing, Texting

With the coronavirus pandemic, scammers are out in full force, taking advantage of every opportunity they can to obtain your Medicare number. Many scammers are calling, texting, emailing and going door to door to try and get you to purchase bogus equipment, fake vaccines and fake cures. ...

Let’s Get Cooking!

During a discussion with a friend about the recent pandemic of COVID-19, she states “I have never cooked at home so much!” When the recent social distancing guidelines closed the restaurants dining in services, many of us have dusted off our cooking equipment. The good news? There ...