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Cattaraugus County offers programs for elder residents

SPRINGVILLE — During the holiday season, many individuals experience increased stress and feelings of isolation. This is especially true for older adults who are trying 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. Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging reminded individuals and their caregivers that there are a number of programs to help alleviate these concerns. The department’s New York Connects division offers information, assessment, referrals and offers counseling confidentially and at no cost.

The Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program can help with personal care, housekeeping, chores, running errands and providing Personal Emergency Response Systems. EISEP is a non-Medicaid program. The program is based on need and income; however, many individuals have no cost for their care.

The Department of the Aging also has a program to assist seniors with legal counseling in such areas as entitlement issues (Social Security, railroad retirement, Medicare and Medicaid), veteran’s issues, health insurance claims, long-term care planning and financial and consumer related issues. The department’s lawyer meets with older adults in the Department of Aging office or in the client’s home, without costs usually associated with legal assistance and representation.

The Family Caregiver Support Program provides information, assistance and counseling. It also sponsors caregiver and Alzheimer’s support groups and education.

Older adults who are experiencing depression may be eligible for Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors counseling. The PEARLS program is evidence-based and designed to provide assistance for older adults who are looking for greater personal enrichment, as they age.

One of the most well-known services offered by the department is comprehensive nutritional programming, including nutrition education and counseling with a registered dietitian, Meals on Wheels and congregate dining.

The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging offers many other programs for older Cattaraugus County residents. For more information, contact the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging at 373-8032 or 1-800-462-2901.


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