NY Connects is Chautauqua County's free help line designed to be a single point of entry to assist anyone who is living with a chronic health problem, living well needs and planning information needs. From SNAP to health insurance counseling programs, NY Connects is always available to you to find services and programs that can help you live well in your community.
NY Connects will connect you with the information you need to assist you and your loved ones in Chautauqua County.
Each calendar month is an opportunity for Chautauqua County NY Connects to tell you about different health observances and useful information. October is well-known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month - lots of pink even on the football field. November has many important topics as well.
Did you know that November is Family Caregivers Month? Take a look at thefamilycaregiver.org. The site is sponsored by the National Family Caregivers Association. The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging has a caregivers support program and can assist you in finding support while caregiving for a loved one. Call NY Connects to find out more.
November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. The Buffalo chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is a great resource for families to learn more about this disease and how to provide care at home for a loved one. There are several choices for day center services here in Chautauqua County that may be helpful in caring for someone with a memory disorder. Call NY Connects to learn about services and local programs offered by the Alzheimer's Association.
In September we discussed the new Palliative Care Team here in Chautauqua County and how this may be useful to people with chronic diseases. November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month. The national website is nhpco.org or you can contact our local Hospice for more information. New York Connects can provide you with Chautauqua County Hospice information.
Diabetes is an ever-growing concern for many people in America. Diabetes affects one in 10 adults in the U.S. November is also Diabetes Month, and NY Connects can give you information for the chronic disease self-management classes and Chautauqua County diabetic educators. If you have questions regarding a need for diabetes education, speak with your primary care physician/practitioner. There are many resources here in Chautauqua County. Routine doctor visits are important to screen for this disease. You may also visit the website health.ny.gov to learn more. We can all lower our risk of developing type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a well-balanced diet, getting regular exercise and not smoking. When you think of November and Thanksgiving, think diabetes prevention. Check with your local hospitals and newspapers for special events.
Last but certainly not least, the Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society was held Thursday. The health benefits from smoking cessation are enormous, and many people just need another person to work with them to stop. The challenge was to quit smoking for 24 hours. This alone may not make you stop, but it can show you that you can do it. For more information and free help, call the NY State Smokers Quit Line at 1-866-697-8487. If you can quit, you will breathe easier, have more energy and lower your risk of heart attack.
The NY Connects telephone help line is brought to you locally by a partnership between the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging and the Chautauqua County Department of Social Services.
Family members, health care providers, seniors, clergy, neighbors and caregivers at home all are invited and encouraged to call NY Connects to discuss needs and explore community services options. It is available to all at no cost with no restrictions of age or abilities; call NY Connects with your questions or planning needs, and we can connect you with valuable information to help you plan for future needs.
You can access this service by phone: Mayville, 753-4582; Dunkirk, 363-4582; and Jamestown, 661-7582; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person in Mayville at 7 N. Erie St. in the HRC building at the county offices. The fax number is 753-4477.