News from Aging
The Association on Aging in New York elected three Area Agency on Aging Directors to its Board of Directors at its Leadership Institute in October: Julie Allen Aldrich (Monroe County), Ken Genewick (Niagara County) and Cathy Mackay (Cattaraugus County). Each will serve a two-year term beginning in January of 2015.
Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, has announced plans for the Senior Wellness and Nutrition program holiday meals in December. Mrs. Mackay declared, “Dining with friends at a nutrition site is more fun than riding in Santa’s sleigh on Christmas night!”
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition program needs your help. We are currently looking for volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels in the Randolph area. The meals are picked up at the Randolph nutrition site which is open Monday through Friday. Most volunteers deliver 7 to 12 meals once a week and it takes about one hour (10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.) to complete a delivery route. There is also a need for volunteers to assist at the congregate site by setting tables, assisting in food prep, and cleaning up after lunch.
As we approach the holiday season, there is much to prepare for - readying the house for guests, decorating, traveling, baking, cooking, shopping and wrapping gifts. For the estimated 65 million caregivers, these yearly tasks may seem impossible. Their days are already filled with managing their own lives, plus the life of the person they are caring for. Add to this the stress of the holidays, and some caregivers may find themselves at their breaking point.
Are you over 60 and love turkey, stuffing, and all the traditional fixings but don’t want to spend the time or money to cook an enormous meal? If so, the Cattaraugus County Senior Nutrition Program has just the answer.
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging held its Twentieth (20th) Annual Senior Forum and Public Hearing at Ellicottville Central School on August 21, 2014. Breakfast and lunch were provided by the department’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition program. Approximately 125 seniors attended the event.
During the public hearing portion of the event, Director Cathy Mackay reviewed the programs and services that were provided to Cattaraugus County seniors during the previous year. She also discussed future trends in programming and funding.
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging will be assisting individuals age 60 and over with HEAP applications. Senior citizens in Cattaraugus County who received a regular HEAP benefit last HEAP season will receive an application by mail this year.
Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, has announced that the agency’s Twentieth (20th) Annual Senior Forum and Public Hearing will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014, at the Ellicottville Elementary School beginning at 9:00 a.m. The forum is open to all persons age 60 and older who are residents of Cattaraugus County.
In May 2012, Cattaraugus County and ProAct implemented a free prescription discount card program for all county residents. Over the course of two years, Cattaraugus County residents have achieved a combined savings of over $300,000 on nearly 5,400 prescriptions filled.
Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, has announced plans for the upcoming quarterly birthday party, 3rd Quarter of 2014, to be held at the Senior Wellness and Nutrition sites located throughout the county.