WBFO Older Adults News Desk

The WBFO Older Adults News Desk is funded by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says a Grand Island woman who stole more than $110,000 from a town senior center will probably never pay it back.

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Tim Hogues is moving from Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services to County Commissioner of Personnel. County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the appointment effective immediately, although it must be confirmed by the Legislature.

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Three Mount St. Mary Academy High School students created a special activity book for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says as part of the school’s entrepreneurs program, the students published a book called Forget Me Not.  

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Entrepreneurship among seniors is trending in the United States and research shows that people 50 and older are opting to turn a business idea into a rewarding and profit-making retirement plan. 

Senior citizens working into their twilight years

Jan 4, 2019

About 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day. Many of them decide not to retire and some continue to work well into their 80s.


Hospice gives 'Home for the Holidays' a whole new meaning

Dec 28, 2018
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They say the holiday season can be either the best time of the year or the worst, depending on where you are in your life. WBFO's Marian Hetherly has the story of one local attorney making the best of the worst.

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How you handle your busy late-December plans can drastically change if someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. WBFO’s Nick Lippa talked with Western New York Alzheimer’s Association Care Consultation Director Katie Keith-Badeau to discuss some helpful tips on how to make the holiday season jolly for all.


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More than 3,000 holiday meals were delivered to the elderly, impoverished, and those who can’t venture out for themselves. It’s usually the kind of job done by Western New York’s Meals on Wheels volunteers. But on Christmas day, they got a break from the Buffalo City Mission.

Nardin students perform holiday concert for seniors

Dec 13, 2018
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An Orchard Park assisted living facility is making sure there are plenty of holiday entertainment events for residents this month. Nardin Academy elementary students performed this week before a large crowd of residents at Orchard Heights on Chestnut Ridge Road. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Nardin senior choir delivered a special holiday concert.  


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The AARP, in partnership with several agencies representing various ethnic and racial interests, has collected and relayed local feedback on concerns within their respective communities, specifically involving people ages 50 and older. The localized follow-up to the AARP's statewide study is being passed on to local elected officials with the hopes it will spark policy change.


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The troubled Emerald South nursing home on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo is being closed after a series of problems, including the June 4 death of a patient. The long and tangled process to move as many residents into the Emerald North facility is in the works.

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Two significant federal grants are coming to Western New York to strengthen a local food network and foster more healthy eating by Erie County's older citizens.


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After a lot of neighborhood opposition, City Hall has approved turning the old Ascension Church in Buffalo into senior housing. However, the project is now stuck in the complicated process of not-for-profit housing.

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A new study from the University at Buffalo shows that walking more can significantly lower the risk of heart failure in older women. UB Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology and lead author of the study Michael LaMonte said they now have scientific evidence physical activity benefits two heart failure subtypes.

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Seeing a loved one battle dementia can be a devastating experience. 92-year old veteran and former musician Richard Blas currently participates in a program called Music and Memory at the GreenFields Continuing Care Community in Buffalo. Listening to some of his musical favorites helps him connect with his family.

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A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows nearly 83 percent of older drivers never speak to family or a physician about their safe driving ability.

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With the 4th largest number of older adults in the country, New York State is expanding its statewide effort to stop elder abuse. The effort will be coordinated by a Rochester organization, with an additional $8.4 million in new state and federal funds.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Buffalo is closing a suburban clinic and says it is now working with affected clients to find new arrangements.

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Finding love again after the death of a spouse is challenging and a reality millions of seniors face today. Data from Pew Research found that one in two divorced or widowed seniors had remarried and that trend figures to continue with longer age expectancy.

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According to Pew Research, older Americans who are 65 and older are working more than at any time since the turn of the century. Many retirees are working fulltime and launching new careers in their 60s, 70s and 80s. As WBFO’s Senior News Desk reporter Sandy White found out, staying active can be a fountain of youth for seniors like Loretta Kaminsky.


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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.


Mindfulness proponents swear by its benefits

Jun 7, 2018
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.


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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.


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A fatal fall from a third story nursing home window is being investigated by Buffalo Police. Captain Jeff Rinaldo says, 87-year-old William Strasner was found lying in the parking lot of the Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, on Delaware Avenue, just before 6 a.m., Monday morning.

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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.


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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.

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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.  

Staying physically strong as you grow older

Mar 14, 2018
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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.


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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.


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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.


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