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.)
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.
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.
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.
Jolly Old St. Nick recently made a call to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office Program Director Deputy Brian Keis to get an update and final count on the 2013 giving season. He was pleased to hear that fundraising efforts brought in nearly $7,600; a number much higher than last season. Deputy Keis reports that the program provided Christmas presents and dinner for 32 County families a total of 131 men, women, and children. This is 6 more families than last year and is the highest number that the program has seen since it began in 2004. Each year we find a greater need for help in our communities and we do everything possible to provide as many as we can.
***** URGENT WEATHER ALERT *****
Area: CATTARAUGUS CREEK - THATCHER AND GRANNIS BROOKS
National Weather Services has posted alerts to all in the Cattaraugus Creek area, especially for those in the THATCHER and GRANNIS BROOK areas. Those areas are expected to experience significant flooding by 11 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday, Dec 22, 2014).
Residents in those areas are asked to take precautions immediately to protect their families and properties for incoming flood waters.
During the holiday season, many individuals experience increased stress and feelings of isolation. This is especially true for older adults who are struggling to remain independent and in their own homes. Many caregivers and children come home to visit for the holidays and worry about leaving their elderly parents without any assistance in the home. Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging wants to remind individuals and their caregivers that there are a number of programs to help alleviate these concerns.
The Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services is seeking foster parents to care for children in need across Cattaraugus County.
If you have ever thought about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, or just want to find out more, come to an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:30 at the Cattaraugus County Office Building, 1 Leo Moss Drive, Olean, New York.
Did you know that the Cattaraugus County Health Department was the first organized county health department in New York State? Learn more about this and more health department history in 4 brief articles celebrating the Cattaraugus County Health Department's 90th Anniversary 1923-2013.