News from Aging
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.
Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, has announced that Cattaraugus County has been awarded 660 Senior Farmers Market coupon booklets, valued at $13,200. Each booklet contains five $4.00 coupons ($20.00 value), and can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating Farmers' Markets in Cattaraugus County.
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.