Senior Health

Home Care Social Workers: Being the Change They Want to See, Everyday

By Chandra Wilson National Social Work Month is a great time to learn about and acknowledge the meaningful impact that social workers have on so many lives. Social workers help individuals, families and community groups cope or navigate the obstacles they encounter in life, from medical or emotional challenges to access to education, care or government and support resources. Here in the New York C... »

A Family Caregiver’s Medication Management Checklist

by Alicia Schwartz, R.N. and Care Coordinator, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans Picture this: Your elderly father lives alone and sees a doctor for several chronic conditions, but his latest checkup has you troubled. His high blood pressure has been creeping up again, chronic pain seems unmanageable and, concerned about keeping diabetes under control, the doctor has prescribed new medications. When you s... »

Facing A Crisis or Slow Decline?

Facing a Crisis or Slow Decline: Planning Can Make a Difference By Laurie Menzes As an elder law and estate-planning attorney, I typically see two types of families — those facing an immediate crisis, and those observing the gradual decline of a loved one. In both situations, feelings of concern and decisions regarding appropriate level of care can be overwhelming, as can the financial and legal i... »

Redefining Aging with Longevity Planning

by Laurie Menzies, Esq. If the World Health Organization is correct, many of us will experience a “longevity bonus” of 20–30 years. That is, we will live a lot longer than we thought. So I am looking forward to, and planning for, those extra years, hoping that I can experience some of the best days of my life. If it’s a fact that we should feel wiser and more liberated as we age, why do so m... »

Fall Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze At For Seniors

Fall Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze At For Buffalo Seniors By Alicia Schwartz, MSN-Ed, PCC, CCM, RN of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans While Fall allergies aren’t fun for anyone, they place an extra burden on older adults, many of whom live with preexisting medical conditions that can be complicated by allergy symptoms such as congestion or a sore throat. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation ... »

Getting Older – Something to Look Forward To?

By Laurie Menzies, Esq. As an elder law attorney, I spend a lot of my day working with people who are older than me. We get together to plan for their “elder years.” You would think my job would be extremely depressing. But it’s not! I really enjoy the work that I do and the people I get to meet are generally happy. It turns out they have a reason to be – because of The U-bend of... »

Helping Seniors Avoid the Chill of Social Isolation

By Alicia Schwartz, MSN-ED, BSN, RN, PCC, CCM, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans It’s not unusual to experience an increased desire to curl up on the sofa and “hibernate” when the weather turns cold, but for older folks with chronic illness like asthma, COPD, diabetes, dementia or heart disease, retreating to the indoors can lead to social isolation and sometimes trigger serious health problems. It is esp... »

Stopping Slips, Trips and Falls: Simple Home Fixes to Keep Seniors Safe

By Beth O’Keefe RN Care Coordinator with VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, from the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York September 22nd is the first day of fall and the beginning of National Falls Prevention Week. This is the perfect time to remind older adults and their families about safety measures they can take to reduce their fall risk now, and throughout the year. A study by Georgetown... »

Empower U You Makes Food and Fitness Fun

by Kelly Quigley Everyone at Fox Run Retirement Community is excited about Empower U, a new program that focuses on healthy aging, tying together food, fitness and education. Community members are encouraged to try new foods, participate in multi-level fitness programs, and adhere to guidelines on healthy eating. The best part of the program is the fun people have in choosing! Chefs at Fox Run off... »

Roswell Receives $7 Million for Research

Roswell Park Teams Awarded Nearly $7 Million in Research Funding NCI award for $4.2 million supports new research on photodynamic therapy, an approach developed at RPCI BUFFALO, N.Y. — Investigators at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have garnered nearly $7 million in recent research grants. The awards include a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to optimiz... »

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