WBFO Seniors News Desk

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand appeared in Niagara Falls Friday morning, calling for passage of multiple bills that, she says, will lower the cost of prescription drugs.


Sandy White

Public interest in the practice of mindfulness has soared in recent decades. Corporations are offering it to employees and scientists are taking pictures of the brain to study how the meditation practice restructures the brain and provides a sense of well-being. WBFO Seniors News Desk reporter Sandy White has more on how Western New Yorkers, young and old, are finding peace in each breath.


Sandy White

The practice of mindfulness has gained popularity in recent years. Mindfulness is a state of awareness that comes from a person paying close attention and tuning into their thoughts, without judgment. As WBFO Seniors News Desk reporter Sandy White found, the practice can be effective for reducing anxiety as we age.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Each year, Erie County recognizes a resident over the age of 60 whose community involvement makes a difference to others and presents them with the Erie County Senior of the Year Award. WBFO’s Avery Schneider met this year’s recipient, East Aurora resident Susan Brazill.


State budget good for seniors, Hochul and Wallace say

Apr 12, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Local seniors gathered inside the Town of Cheektowaga's Senior Center on Broadway were visited Wednesday by special guests. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and State Assemblymember Monica Wallace joined Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski to explain where millions of dollars were set aside in the new state budget to support New York's more elderly citizens.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A 90-year old Buffalo businesswoman is putting aside her floristry tools for the first time in more than five decades. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with the founder and owner of The Floristry inside her Delaware Avenue store as gets ready to retire.  

Sandy White WBFO

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the chances of breaking your hip go up as you age. As Sandy White reports for the WBFO Seniors News Desk, there are ways to prevent such an occurrence and stay strong.


National Cemetery Administration, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

By this fall, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to begin construction on the new Western New York National Veterans Cemetery in the Town of Pembroke. Officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs encourage those who served in the military to do their homework, and take advantage of a benefit that many may not know is one to which they are entitled.


Mike Desmond/WBFO

There's increasing concern around Buffalo about the effects of reassessment on property tax bills. The issue drew a large crowd Monday night to First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, including homeowners who are facing retirement and who are on fixed incomes.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While stating he did not see malicious intent in the 88-year-old defendant's actions, Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case said Thursday afternoon he could not allow Martin Turkiewicz to go unpunished for an admitted hammer attack on his wife last year. Turkiewicz was sentenced to six months jail and five years probation for a crime that was motivated by a desire to end his ailing longtime wife's suffering.


Church of the Ascension

Conversion of a landmark church at North Street and Linwood Avenue in Buffalo to affordable housing for seniors moved closer Tuesday, as the Common Council approved the plan and sent it to Albany and Washington for final approvals.

Avery Schneider/WBFO News

Technology is helping seniors connect to the world. It’s impacting the way they live their lives and how they communicate with loved ones. According to AARP, growing numbers of seniors are welcoming new technologies, as WBFO Seniors News Desk reporter Sandy White found out.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's a scam attempt that has been around for years: a caller attempts to convince an individual that a relative is in trouble and money is needed to help that loved one. The Erie County Sheriff and Comptroller say scam artists are attempting to victimize seniors in Erie County with that so-called "Grandchild In Need" scheme and they are doing more homework to become more convincing.


Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Buffalo's Common Council is starting yet another look at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority after the heat went out for tenants at the Frederick Douglass Towers and it took a long time to get it back on.

Iconic Rochester artist Wendell Castle dies at 85

Jan 22, 2018
WXXI-TV

An iconic figure in the art world, both in Rochester and around the world has died. Wendell Castle died in his Scottsville home on Saturday.

Avery Schneider, WBFO

New York State's Paid Family Leave law takes effect this month. It will give individuals partial compensation for up to eight weeks as they take time away from work for urgent family needs. Supporters of the employee-funded program say they'll provide outreach to help people understand how it works and how they may utilize it.


With slippery conditions on streets and sidewalks this season, it’s always a good idea to watch where you step. And in the City of Buffalo, you’re not the only one keeping an eye out.