Senior News

Health Care Proxy Registry Moving To NY Connects

The health care proxy registry started by the Chautauqua County Health Network is moving to Chautauqua County NY Connects. Chautauqua County’s Health Care Proxy registry will continue to be available to individuals wishing to document and share their proxy with healthcare professionals in ...

What’s Your Super Power? It’s A Matter Of Taste.

In comic books, movies, on television, and even some Broadway musicals we see various powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. What if I told you that 25 percent of humans carry a gene TAS2R28 that gives them the super power of taste. Usually it’s great to have heightened senses ...

What’s The Link Between SSA And Medicare?

Question: I have to sign up for Medicare, where do I do that? What does the Social Security Administration have to do with signing up for Medicare? Answer: I hear this question a lot and answer it often, but never in my articles. I guess now is the perfect time. The Social Security ...

Medicare Advantage Plans To Cover In-Home Services

Question: I read an article that Medicare Advantage Plans will start covering care provided in my home. Which plans cover that type of care? How much help will it pay for? Answer: I had an opportunity to read an article like that myself. I first want to clarify that Medicare has changed the ...

Next Healthy Bones Program To Start In March

The next session of Healthy Bones, Chautauqua County’s StrongWomen Program, will begin in March. StrongWomen is a national evidence-based community exercise and nutrition program targeted to midlife and older men/women. Dr. Miriam E. Nelson and colleagues have developed and evaluated this ...

New York State Funding Should Help Ease Waiting Lists

The weather the last few weeks has really reminded us what WNY winters can dish out. It’s seems like it’s been a long time since we have had such cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills, not to mention blowing and drifting snow. Since February is heart month, I just want to ...

The Many Ways Seniors Can Save On Travel

DALLAS — Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities including travel, but money is tighter when the paychecks stop at retirement. Retirees who want to travel can make those trips more affordable by taking advantage of senior discounts and through less obvious strategies. Many ...

The Caregiver’s Journal: Battling ‘Seasonal’ Blues

It’s been a while since I’ve written an article about my parents, my father — the caregiver and my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. But with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us, the Winter Blues have hit the Campbell/Cheronis households in a very big way. My ...

Medicare Madness Series Planned For Mid-March

Question: I have heard you do a program in March on Medicare. I am turning 65 this year and want to come. What is it about? When is it? Answer: I sometimes joke that I must have “Medicare” typed across my forehead. I am asked Medicare questions wherever I go. I love that about my job. I ...

EPIC Can Help Reduce The Cost Of Prescription Meds

Question: I got a letter from EPIC requesting new information and I sent it to them. Now they have sent a letter cancelling my benefit, what should I do? Answer: EPIC has been busy mailing forms and information to New Yorker state residents who have EPIC. I know because I get an EPIC related ...

At 94 Years Old, She Works 6 Days A Week At A Giant Bakery

AUBUBON, Pa. — Meet Wynnifred Franklin, 94, a great-grandmother who’s worked in the bakery of the Giant supermarket in Audubon, Montgomery County, since 1996. Works like a charm: “My doctor said to me, ‘Wynn, when you come through the door, you’re not 94 anymore because of this ...

How To Know If Medicare Part B Is Right For You

Question: I don’t know if I need Medicare Part B. How do I find that out? I have Medicare Part A already. Answer: This question came at the perfect time. We are currently in the General Enrollment Period for Medicare Part B. Each year from Jan. 1 to March 31, the General Enrollment Period ...

Minnesota Woman, 99, Volunteers For Meal Program

ST. PETER, Minn. — For Gale Kreykes, volunteering has always been a way of life. At 99, the St. Peter woman continues to volunteer every weekday serving and packing meals at Parkview Manor in St. Peter and for the Meals on Wheels program. “I don’t like sitting around,” she told The ...

Do Not Ignore: Seek Help If You Receive A Foreclosure Notice

Every year, the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging learns about older adults in foreclosure who are not taking advantage of all the tax exemptions that they are eligible for. In addition, we have found that other programs like HEAP, health Insurance counseling, and SNAP are not being ...

Senior Action Council Provides Many Services

NY StateWide Senior Action Council is a grassroots organization made up of individual senior citizens and organizations from all parts of New York State. Our services, provided by experienced and certified counselors, are free. We provide information to elders and their families so that they ...

Montana Man Still Teaching After Retirement

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Art Buntin retired from Northern State University 25 years ago. But that doesn’t mean the 93-year-old stopped teaching history. He’s still doing historical research and presenting at conferences. Buntin was a longtime history professor at Northern — he got to ...

A Club For Widows Helps 3 Women Regain A Sense Of Self

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — After 24 years of marriage, Jean Lademann had three days to grieve the loss of her husband before returning to work. “Society has so many expectations of you,” she said to The Janesville Gazette . “You may look OK on the outside, but you are not doing well on ...

Retirees Signing Up For Medicare Part A & B Is Smart Move

Question: My husband and I both worked in school systems in different districts and actually in different states. We both have retiree health insurance AND Medicare A & B. Should we keep our retiree health insurance? It is getting pretty expensive. Answer: Wow, that is an interesting ...

Is It Too Late To Switch My Medicare Advantage Plan?

Question: I have a Medicare Advantage Plan, but I think I made a mistake in keeping that type of plan for 2019. Could I switch it? When can I switch it? What do I do? Answer: Medicare Advantage Plans are plans that replace your Original Medicare Benefits and usually include prescription drug ...

Review Pharmacies When Considering Insurance Plans

Question: When evaluating my insurance options, I changed my plan for 2019. That new company recommends I switch my pharmacy to save even more money. How do you recommend making my medications switch to the new pharmacy? Answer: One of the changes that I noticed in working with individuals on ...