Elderly Care


  Family members taking care of relatives at home may be receiving more thorough training about how to look after their loved ones.  Both the New York State Senate and the Assembly passed the CARE Act which mandates education for family care givers.  Tracy Murphy of Syracuse has to look after her mother when she came home from the hospital.

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  Upstate Medical University is teaming up with community groups to improve care for older people who are frail. A federal research grant will create a group of citizens, patients, clinicians, and other professionals to go into the community and learn about the needs of frail citizens. Dr.

Advocates for older New Yorkers will be pushing Albany this year on new laws that might help with retirement, monthly utility bills and caring for relatives.  

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Public transport was one of many topics discussed at the Ida Benderson Seniors Action group forum where seniors addressed their needs. Drucilla Adams has a tough time walking up hills and has been affected by a change in bus routes.

“When there’s no bus, I can’t get there unless someone picks me up.  I’m concerned because I know it’s a university section but we still are in the area and we still need some transportation on the weekends.  I don’t go anywhere on weekends; I’m like in jail.” 


  Central New Yorkers are being asked during this cold snap to pay a little more attention to residents who might be overlooked.  There are some particular risks seniors face in the icy weather.

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Sometimes health changes in the elderly can present different living situations for families when the holidays arrive.  WAER’s John Smith introduces us to a daughter and father who tried to keep their holiday traditions this year... even across the miles.

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  More than half the people over 50 in Onondaga County might soon be spending as much as a full-time job caring for sick or invalid relatives.  Elderly advocate groups released a study Tuesday that shows caregivers are in crisis.