News from Aging

Department of the Aging Presents 2013 Outstanding Volunteer Community Contribution Awards

News from Aging posted on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:26pm
Lois McLaughlin and David Rodkey at the 41st Annual RSVP Recognition Reception

Lois McLaughlin and David Rodkey at the 41st Annual RSVP Recognition Reception at the Great Valley Volunteer Fireman’s Clubhouse, Great Valley, NY

The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) announced the 2013 Outstanding Volunteer Community Contribution Award winners before 300 people at the 41st Annual RSVP Recognition Reception held at the Great Valley Volunteer Fireman’s Clubhouse on May 21 and 22, 2014. This year the RSVP Committee selected volunteers Lois McLaughlin and Marney Ferguson as honorees. 

Upcoming Quarterly Birthday Party

News from Aging posted on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 2:59pm

The birthday party will be held on Thursday, May 1, with the exception of Little Valley, where it will be held on May 2. The event will celebrate the birthdays of people born during the months of April, May, and June.

Local Volunteers Nominated for NYS Senior Citizens Award

News from Aging posted on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:40pm
Cattaraugus County Retired Senior Volunteer Program

Cattaraugus County Retired Senior Volunteer Program

The Cattaraugus County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has nominated two volunteers, Mary Martello and Betty Jean Greene, for the 2014 New York State Senior Citizen’s Award entitled, “Unleash the Power of Age.”  This award is to recognize older New Yorkers who have demonstrated the power of making a difference through civic engagement.  Each county has the opportunity to nominate two volunteers for this prestigious award.

Death at the Dinner Table

News from Aging posted on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 4:40pm

A bold new dining trend is being unleashed in communities all across the U.S. “Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death” (LHD) launched in August 2013, and since that time health care professionals have been chomping at the bit to host their own macabre meals. Here in Cattaraugus County, the first such event is about to take place.

Elected Officials Participate in Community Champions Day

News from Aging posted on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:00pm
Carol, a volunteer and Legislator Paula Stockman at the South Dayton SWAN site

Carol, a volunteer and Legislator Paula Stockman at the South Dayton SWAN site

Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, announced today that as part of the 2014 March for Meals campaign, the department’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition (SWAN) program hosted Community Champions Day on Wednesday, March 19, at the nutrition sites located throughout Cattaraugus County. Formerly known as Mayors for Meals Day, Community Champions Day is a day when elected officials deliver Meals on Wheels along with the volunteers.

This year the following officials participated:

Senior Nutrition Program Awarded $2,500 Grant from Subaru and MOWAA

News from Aging posted on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:06am

Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, is pleased to announce that their Senior Wellness and Nutrition (SWAN) program was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from Subaru of America as part of Subaru’s “Share the Love” event.

NYS Legislature Proposes Increased Funding for At-Home Programs for Seniors

News from Aging posted on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 3:14pm

Every day, seniors and their caregivers reach out to their local offices for the aging and community agencies for information, assistance, and services. Now they have a better chance of receiving those services, thanks to the New York State Legislature.

Falls Prevention Efforts in Cattaraugus County

News from Aging posted on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 2:09pm

Older adults across the U.S. are discovering that many falls are preventable, and if they take action to prevent falls, they can maintain their independence much longer. Moreover, falls prevention programs in many communities like ours are helping older adults to begin controlling falls risk by changing some daily habits and making simple modifications around the home.

Urgent need for Meals on Wheels Volunteers Countywide during Winter Months

News from Aging posted on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:48am
Maureen Richardson: Olean Meals on Wheels Volunteer

Maureen Richardson: Olean Meals on Wheels Volunteer

The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition (SWAN) program needs your help. During the winter months we have an increased need for people to deliver home meals and at the same time, our program has a smaller pool of volunteers to help.

Quarterly Birthday Party

News from Aging posted on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:49am

Do you need some relief from the cold and dark days of winter? If so, please join us at a senior nutrition site near you for the quarterly birthday party to be held on Thursday, January 30th. (The Little Valley location will hold their party on Friday, January 31.)

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