News from Aging
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) announced their Outstanding Volunteer Community Contribution Award recipients before a gathering of more than 300 people at the 42nd Annual Retired Senior Volunteer Recognition Reception held in May at the Great Valley Banquet Hall. This year the RSVP Advisory Council selected volunteers Stella Balcerzak and Beverly Miller.
The Cattaraugus County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has nominated two volunteers, Judi Blair and Jim White, for the 2015 New York State Senior Citizen’s Award. The theme for this year’s award is “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. The winners will be honored in Albany on May 5, 2015.
Have you been the victim of a scam? Or have you ever been contacted about something you knew was a scam? Unfortunately, the numbers of scams and frauds are growing exponentially. Even worse, scammers are getting smarter with their tactics. The Cattaraugus County Department of Aging/NY Connects and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department are constantly comparing notes about the kinds of schemes reported in our rural communities.
Did you know that the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging/NY Connects may be able to help with legal services and/or can provide information about other attorney resources? The Department of the Aging has funding set aside to assist county seniors with priority concerns such as Social Security retirement benefits, family, and survivor benefits; railroad retirement benefits, and health care issues. Legal assistance can be provided for concerns such as eligibility, benefit amounts, and overpayments.
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. Beginning February 3, in conjunction with the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging/NY Connects, volunteers will be available to assist county seniors with their taxes. The primary mission of the program is to help those ages 50 and older, but no one is ever turned away because of age.
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition Program needs your help. During the winter some of our dedicated volunteers go south for a deserved break. We are currently looking for volunteers in the Olean, West Valley, Randolph, & Salamanca areas. Most volunteers deliver 7 to 12 meals once a week taking about one hour (10:45am – 11:45am) to complete a route. Limited volunteer mileage reimbursement available through the Cattaraugus County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
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.