Senior Health

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... »

Staying Hydrated is Important

Even in Winter – Staying Hydrated is Important For the Elderly By Beth O’Keefe MPH, BSN, RN, CCM Care Coordinator for VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans The human body is made up of between 60 and 80 percent water and staying hydrated is one way our bodies stay healthy and in a state of equilibrium. Most of us associate dehydration with summer heat and increased thirst, but dehydration can occur anyt... »

Taking Steps Toward Fall Prevention

By Beth O’Keefe, Care Coordinator with the not-for-profit VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans You may be surprised to learn that 1 in 3 adults over 65 will suffer a serious fall this year (CDC). In severe cases, these falls can trigger a downward spiral of health issues, impairing mobility and the quality of life for both active and homebound seniors. The places where falls are most common aren’t on sidewal... »

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