Senior News

Average 2018 Premiums Are Lower

Question: I just received a letter from my insurance company reviewing what happens in 2018 with my insurance coverage. The price went down. Is that normal? What should I do? Answer: I have started to hear from a number of people that have started to receive their Annual Notice of Change from ...

Pictured, from left, are Erin Green, Karen Pfeffer and Janell Sluga of the Senior Life Matters program at Lutheran are the hosts of the 2018 Medicare Update and Annual Open Enrollment seminars taking place on Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. on the Lutheran Campus in Jamestown.

Medicare Updates, Changes To Be Presented During October Best Of Times Seminar

For some, navigating through the changes and options in the Medicare program year after year can be a challenge. Reliable, trustworthy information on the subject is hard to come by. The Senior Life Matters program at Lutheran aims to help seniors and their families make sense of all the ...

Office For The Aging To Host Health Insurance Forums

The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging is hosting a series of countywide health insurance public forums to provide information to seniors, veterans, and caregivers as they prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. The forums will have professionals on ...

Harmony Seniors Hold September Meeting, Plan Oct. 5 Get-Together

Harmony Senior Citizens met on Sept. 7, at the North Harmony Senior Citizen Center in Stow for a tureen dinner with 41 members present. They are meeting at the North Harmony Senior Citizen Center temporarily while the Panama United Methodist Church is under going construction. President ...

Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care Staff is pictured with some of the student artwork that will be featured at the CHPC Charity Auction on Friday, Sept. 29, at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville.

Chautauqua Hospice And Palliative Care Auction Event Features Student Artwork

Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care will be hosting a Charity Auction on Friday, Sept. 29, at Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road, Mayville. The auction will feature a variety of butterfly artwork by students from Sherman High School and Jefferson Middle School. The student works of art ...

Director’s Column: Safeguard Yourself From Phony Charities

It is so wonderful to see people coming together to help the survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. This support shows the positive side of people helping other people. Unfortunately, there are others who will try to take advantage of people, especially senior citizens, during a disaster by ...

Tricks For A Healthier Bowl Of Soup

I feel a chill in the air that feels like fall and this morning I noticed some leaves turning. Time to start thinking about those wonderful soups we love to eat when it is cold outside. Although I enjoy eating soup year round for some reason we think more about preparing soups when it is chilly ...

Fall Prevention Awareness Day Is Friday

Friday is the first day of autumn and it is also Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Every September we are called to become more aware of the growing public health issues related to falls. In May, the CDC held a conference entitled Aging Without Injury. According to the Center for Disease Control, ...

How Natural Disasters Affect Medicare, Benefits

Question: What happens to Medicare and other insurance benefits and rules when there is a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey? I know it didn’t happen here, but I was curious. Answer: Disasters like Hurricane Harvey and others we have had in the past, disrupt so much more than what we see ...

How To Get Your Medicare Card Or Replacement? Follow These Exciting Steps

Question: I am on Medicare, but my Medicare Card is very hard to read and worn out, what do I do? OR I am new to Medicare and I didn’t get a Medicare card. What do I do? OR I can’t find my Medicare card. What do I do? Answer: These questions have been answered before, but I am covering ...

Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities employees Joey Triscuit, Andy Lata, Steve Sweeney, Corey Card and Kendrya Sheldon with a check for $2,109 which was raised to benefit Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care.
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Golfers Support Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care

Employees of the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities organized a golf outing to raise $2,109 for Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. The event is the reincarnation of golf tournaments that were held in years past, according to Andy Lata, who coordinated the outing. Lata was ...

Dunkirk Man Honors Mother By Joining Alzheimer’s Walk

“Unpredictable, irreversible and unfair.” That’s how Bill Harford of ECR International in Dunkirk describes what he learned about Alzheimer’s disease when his mother was diagnosed. “Her symptoms progressed very quickly and caught us all by surprise,” Harford said. Harford ...

Become A Savvy Caregiver; Classes Begin Sept. 7

The New York State Department of Health will be presenting classes to better assist caregivers of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The Savvy Caregiver program is designed for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s who continue to live at home. Developed by the University of ...

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Are you looking for a community service or program to help someone and don’t know where to go? NY Connects is a free service available to all County residents. Call our local NY Connects helpline for assistance from specially trained operators who can guide you through the available ...

Medicare A And B Does Not Equal D

Question: I have Medicare A & B, and I don’t take any medication. I never signed up for Prescription Drug coverage. Now I would like to. My doctor has some medication he wants me to take. They tell me I can’t get drug coverage now. This does not make sense to me. Answer: Medicare A ...

The Washington family gathered for the 100th family reunion in Cassadaga at the Red House. Photograph by past president John Sipos of Cassadaga.

Washington Descendents Gather For 100th Family Reunion

CASSADAGA — Descendants from the Washington family of Dunkirk met recently for their 100th annual family reunion at the Red House in Cassadaga. Steve and Nancy Wickmark of the Red House graciously welcomed the group of more than 300 attendees to the reunion. Bruce Washington of Ohio, who ...

Dental Costs A Major Financial Shock For Many Retirees

For too many years, I had what seemed like a small problem: a clicking jaw. The clicking was the result of a small mouth and a terrible overbite. My dentist advised daily exercises and wearing a night guard. There was no improvement. So, my dentist referred me to a specialist who fitted me with ...

Director’s Column: Try A ‘Staycation’

Summer is here and I hope you will make a date to experience some of the wonderful things we have in Chautauqua County. We are very blessed to have so much to enjoy, but how many of us take advantage of the things our area has to offer? How many of us promote our area to our out-of-town ...