News from Aging
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition program needs your help. We are currently looking for Meals on Wheels volunteers to deliver meals in the city of Olean. The Olean nutrition site is open Monday through Friday. Most volunteers deliver approximately 12 meals once a week, and it takes an hour or less to complete a route. Mileage reimbursement is available to volunteers age 55 and over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.