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County nursing homes including E'town's Horace Nye could be privatized

This week, county leaders from across New York state met to discuss the future of nursing homes run by local governments. In many counties, the homes provide crucial care to elderly and sick residents. But the facilities are costing taxpayers millions of dollars to operate.

The Horace Nye home in Elizabethtown is expected to lose close to $2 million this year. As Brian Mann reports, a growing number of local leaders say those costs are too high at a time when property taxes are soaring.  Go to full article

Residents fight to keep nursing home open in A-Bay

The River Hospital in Alexandria Bay is closing its 27-bed nursing home, the only one in the Thousand Islands. Officials say the home has been losing money and threatened to bring down the hospital itself. 44 people will lose their jobs. Many community members say they were never given a chance to help keep the home open, like they did with the hospital several years ago. They're fighting to keep the home open for their elders, many of whom have never lived outside the Thousand Islands region. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Common Wealth, Common Wisdom: "These hands have..."

Last week, some North Country teenagers and senior citizens gathered to talk about life and labor in hard times. It's part of a summer workshop at NCPR called Common Wealth, Common Wisdom. We'll be hearing and seeing more from them over the next few weeks. For today, teens and seniors asked each other to tell stories about their hands.  Go to full article

Gouverneur-Watertown bus debuts in May

St. lawrence County is starting a new public transit route, bussing people between Gouverneur and Watertown. Missing links connecting the towns and villages of the rural North Country have long been considered an obstacle to economic development in the region. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Unfinished business threatens senior services

A key issue left hanging at the close of the 2008 legislative session was reform of Industrial Development Agencies across the state. As Karen DeWitt reports, not for profit groups that run nursing homes and senior citizens centers say that's left them in limbo, unable to borrow money and complete $2 billion dollars worth of projects.  Go to full article

Commentary: Unshared Memories

Like many people of a certain age, commentator Paul Willcott is responsible for the care and nurturing of a parent in the last years of a long life. He's been writing down occasional reflections on this difficult time.  Go to full article

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

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