seniors http://wrvo.org en What seniors should consider when deciding whether to move http://wrvo.org/post/what-seniors-should-consider-when-deciding-whether-move <p></p><p>Moving out of a home and into senior housing may be a difficult decision. But with a wide variety of options available today, seniors can plan ahead with these choices in mind. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Barbara Dopyera Daley, a social gerontologist and elder life advocate in Syracuse. Daley discusses how to determine the right time to consider senior housing options.</p><p><em>Lorraine Rapp: When is the ideal time to be thinking about making this big move in one’s life?</em></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:34:00 +0000 WRVO News 54329 at http://wrvo.org Upstate University Hospital offers seniors calmer ER experience http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-university-hospital-offers-seniors-calmer-er-experience <p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:26:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 40152 at http://wrvo.org Upstate University Hospital offers seniors calmer ER experience Mobile app prototype targets readmission rates, aims to lower ER and insurance costs http://wrvo.org/post/mobile-app-prototype-targets-readmission-rates-aims-lower-er-and-insurance-costs <p>A new mobile app is expected to help improve the quality of patient care across the nation. &nbsp;A team of University at Buffalo students have created it to help reduce hospital readmission rates.</p><p>Currently in the prototype stage, the <a href="https://www.gequest.com/c/hospital/visualization/352" target="_blank">“Discharge Roadmap”</a> app will help patients once they leave the hospital but allowing them and their caregivers to fully participate in the discharge planning process.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 20:08:05 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 38577 at http://wrvo.org Medicare advocates worried about possible costs to seniors http://wrvo.org/post/medicare-advocates-worried-about-possible-costs-seniors <p>Medicare will look different a year from now, as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.&nbsp; But, Medicare advocates are worried about some potential changes to the program that pays for health care for the elderly. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:41:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 29126 at http://wrvo.org Strenghtening New York state's assisted living industry http://wrvo.org/post/strenghtening-new-york-states-assisted-living-industry <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed September "Assisted Living Month." The proclamation comes after state officials say more than two million New Yorkers will need some form of long term care by 2015.</p><p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:52:44 +0000 LeShea Agnew 26233 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse seniors adjust to a year without Ida Benderson Center http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-seniors-adjust-year-without-ida-benderson-center <p>The Syracuse Salvation Army is taking senior citizens to the New York State Fair this week.&nbsp; It’s the kind of thing the Salvation Army has been trying to do since the city closed its own senior center. But the merging of seniors from the two centers has been an adjustment for some. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:34:55 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 25097 at http://wrvo.org The EPIC program returns just in time http://wrvo.org/post/epic-program-returns-just-time <p>When state lawmakers approved the budget this week, they restored a program that&#39;s vital to many senior citizens. <strong><a href="http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/epic/">Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage</a></strong>, known as EPIC, helps low and moderate income seniors with co-pays for prescription drugs not covered by Medicare Part-D. When it was defunded last year, seniors were forced to pay 25% of the costs of prescriptions. This made necessary prescriptions unaffordable for some.</p><p>Pharmacists at drug stores like the Gifford and West Pharmacy in Syracuse ran into a lot of problems when EPIC stopped helping seniors pay for prescription drugs. Gifford pharmacist Jim McLaughlin encountered many patients who had high co-pays and were forced to pay.</p><p>&quot;It ends up costing more. Patients go without their medications and their symptoms start to come back, or they end up being hospitalized,&quot; McLaughlin said.</p><p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:24:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 16859 at http://wrvo.org