News from Aging

Death at the Dinner Table

News from Aging posted on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 5:40pm

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 - 1:00pm
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 - 12:06pm

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 - 4:14pm

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 - 3:09pm

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 - 12:48pm
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 - 12:49pm

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.)

Free Tax Help available for Senior Citizens

News from Aging posted on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:47pm

For over 30 years, the Internal Revenue Service and AARP have sponsored the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program which provides free counseling and preparation of tax returns for senior citizens, and 2014 will be the 14th year of operation for the site in the village of Cattaraugus. The service will begin February 5 and will continue until the end of the tax season. The primary mission is to help those ages 50 and older, but no one is ever turned away because of age.

Two Monthly Caregiver Support Groups

News from Aging posted on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 6:52pm

It has been said there are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.

A caregiver can be defined as a person who assists another with any of the following: bathing, housekeeping, grocery shopping, bill paying, organizing medications, providing transportation, providing day-to-day company, and/or giving any other assistance the care recipient may need.

Warning for Older Adults of Phone Scam about Medical Alert Devices

News from Aging posted on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 1:11pm

The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging has recently logged a number of tips from older adults who have stated that they received calls regarding medical alert devices. The senior citizens indicate that initially the call appears to be a human being, but it is actually a computerized calling system that has a way of responding to key words. The caller states that a medical alert device will be provided at no cost to the senior.

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