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New Medicare Plan Worries

The new prescription drug plan from Medicare means big changes in the way senior citizens and people with disabilities pay for drugs. Medicare administrator Dr. Mark McClellan says the plan will save members an average of $1300 a year. There are lots of numbers floating around, and that's just the start of confusion that has advocates for the elderly and disabled very worried. The plan is available through private insurance companies. Details won't be available till October. People can't sign up for the new plan till November. They'll have till next May to enroll. There's already a full-court press to get the word out. Martha Foley talked with Sheryl Stone of the St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging, and Carlton Doane, a volunteer helping with public education.  Go to full article
Mayor Ruth Garner
Mayor Ruth Garner

Potsdam Mayor Garner to Step Down

One of the nation's oldest office-holders will step down this fall. Potsdam village mayor Ruth Garner says she won't run for re-election. Instead, she'll seek a seat on the village board. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: Disabled, or "Just Older"?

Jeff Reifensnyder, of the Massena Independent Living Center, thinks dropping the distinction could benefit senior citizens,and the disabled community.  Go to full article

Shifting Career Gears in Mid-Life

Many former Ethan Allen employees worked most or all of their careers at the facility. For people in mid-career, transitioning to a new job, perhaps to a completely different line of work, can be very difficult. Frank Kirkey specializes in helping people 55 and older find employment. He's a field operations assistant with Experience Works Incorporated, based in Jefferson and Lewis Counties. He spoke with David Sommerstein. Kirkey says the hardest part of shifting careers is changing a person's mindset.  Go to full article
North Country seniors give Glaxo the "Tums Down" in Potsdam.
North Country seniors give Glaxo the "Tums Down" in Potsdam.

NY Seniors Want Cheaper Drugs, Boycott Glaxo

As the cost of prescription drugs skyrockets, senior citizens who need them to survive are increasingly looking North. The Canadian International Pharmacy Association estimates more than a million Americans bought their drugs in Canada last year. They can cost a third the price of the same drug sold in the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is vowing to crack down on the practice. One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline, has stopped selling to Canadian pharmacies that do business with Americans. In response, senior citizen groups across the country are boycotting some of Glaxo's products. David Sommerstein reports on one such protest in Potsdam.  Go to full article

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