Information and Links for Seniors and Caregivers
Help with Prescription Costs
You may have noticed that beginning in 2012, New York EPIC coverage is no longer available as a day-to-day drug plan. Instead, EPIC will now only assist you with filling the gap in your Medicare Part D coverage plan, which is commonly known as the “donut hole.”
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance organization may be able to help you arrange to get your drugs at a discount rate. If you are having problems with covering the costs of your prescription medications, call 1-888-477-2669, visit www.pparx.org, or call Senior Services Insurance Resource Center at 716-858-7883 for more information.
Caring Corner Book Suggestions
Glimpses of Heaven: True stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey by Trudy Harris, RN
A former hospice nurse and President of the Hospice Foundation for Caring. Ms. Harris is now retired and lives in Florida with her husband.
Crossing the Threshold of Eternity: What the Dying Can Teach the Living by Robert L. Wise
The author of numerous articles and twenty-nine books, including When There is No Miracle, When the Night is Too Long, and People of the Covenant series. Dr. Wise is an archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Church.
"Memory Café" at Weinberg Campus
Have you ever been to a Memory Cafe? Weinberg Campus at Garden House has a Memory Cafe where family caregivers and their memory-impaired loved ones can gather for shared fun and activities. Refreshments are provided and friendships are made in a low stress, dementia-friendly setting. For more information about this free Memory Cafe at the Weinberg Campus, call 858-2177 to reserve your spot or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is provided by the Erie County Caregiver Coalition. All are welcome.
Links for Caregivers
If you are responsible for providing care for a family member or friend, our hope is that the information in this section will provide some support, direction, and encouragement.
Listed below are several links to Web sites that provide a variety of services and information to caregivers.
Family Caregiver Alliance (http://www.caregiver.org/) provides a public voice for caregivers. They provide programs on information, services, education, research, and advocacy that support and sustain the important work of individuals and families who care for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
National Family Caregivers Association (http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org/) educates, supports, empowers, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being.
Caregiver Media Group (http://www.caregiver.com/) is a leading provider of information, support, and guidance for caregivers, about caregivers, and by caregivers. They publish Today's Caregiver magazine, organize "Sharing Wisdom Caregivers Conferences", and their caregiver.com Web site includes topic specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver magazine, chat rooms, and an online store.
Caring Connections (http://www.caringinfo.org), a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.