Senior Health

Daycare and Wellness Center Planned at The GreenFields

Daycare & Wellness Center at TheGreenFields will offer child care services and community wellness programs LANCASTER, NY – Niagara Lutheran Health System is expanding its services in Western New York by adding a new daycare and wellness center to The GreenFields Continuing Care Community campus in Lancaster. The new project, with a budget of $1.8 million, represents a new outside-the-box appro... »

A Home for Dad at Terrace View

Terrace View Has Exceeded Our Expectations By Sheila Bernard Like many in our generation I am the ultimate caretaker. I cared for my mom until she succumbed to Alzheimer’s at 97. I care for my very young grandchildren, and my home resembles a bustling daycare center! For my husband Rich and I there is nothing more important than family. Then there’s my father-in-law. Dad was living in independent ... »

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... »

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