Senior News

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 ...

The Perfect Holiday Gift Ideas For Seniors On Your List

Question: I take care of an older neighbor. I don’t actually provide care for them, I help them occasionally. Do you have any ideas on what to get them for the Holidays? I just can’t seem to think of anything they need. Answer: (I understand this answer may be a little late for Christmas, ...

OFA Participating In Home For The Holidays Campaign

The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging (OFA) is excited to once again participate in Home for the Holidays, a national campaign led by the Eldercare Locator and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The campaign is designed to encourage discussion of important issues ...

Benefits Of Eating Peanut Butter For A Healthy Heart

The evidence is strong that eating peanuts could be a low cost measure to improve cardiovascular health. Because peanuts are nutritionally dense and rich in antioxidants, they can be part of a heart healthy diet and even may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Nuts may lower the LDL or ...

State Reaches Settlement Over Cell Apps Info Vulnerability

NEW YORK — New York state has reached settlements with five companies — Western Union Financial Services Inc., Priceline.com LLC, Equifax Consumer Services LLC, Spark Networks Inc. and Credit Sesame Inc. — for having mobile apps that failed to keep sensitive user information secure when ...

Increases In Monthly Premium Rates Are A Bit Surprising

QUESTION: I just got a letter from AARP United HealthCare Options and the letter says the monthly premium rates ARE going up? I don’t understand when will they go up? ANSWER: Well I have to say I am very surprised by the increases that they have chosen to impose. I have told more than one ...

Is It Too Late To Change My Drug Plan?

Question: Is it too late to change my drug plan? I know the date is Dec. 7, and that is Friday this week but is it too late? What do I do if I missed that? Answer: The media coverage for the Annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP) of Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is intensive. It is hard to imagine missing ...