“Many people underestimate, or are not aware of, the resources and important information that their local Office for the Aging can provide them.”
What can my local New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) do for me?
Long-Term Care Services
Adult Day Service
Find out more by visiting your local
NYSOFA in person, on the Internet, or by calling them
(see below for information).
Monroe County Office for the Aging
Monroe Community Hospital
435 E. Henrietta Road
3rd Floor, West (Faith Wing)
Rochester, NY 14620
NYSOFA Toll-Free Hotline
Operators are working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“The ProAct Prescription Drug Discount Card program helps residents save money on their prescription medications any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.”
The ProAct Prescription Drug Discount Card program helps residents save money on their
prescription medications when their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. Discount
cards are distributed in participating counties and may be used at any participating retail pharmacy.
Visit their website at: http://www.proactrx.com/card_monroe.php
ProAct is endorsed by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC)
Listed on the Monroe County website
4 Easy Steps!
Go to the above Internet link and fill out the required information.
Print your card.
Present your card at the pharmacy along with a new prescription or refill.
(Note: If you do not have Internet access or do not know how to use the Internet,
please ask a family member or trusted long-time friend to assist you.)
What are the Benefits?
Accepted at more than 56,000 pharmacies nationwide.
One card for the entire family.
Additional discounts available on vision, hearing, dental and LASIK services.
No membership fee.
PRIDE is a collaborative effort of Monroe County Office for the Aging, New York State Office for the Aging, Monroe County Protective Services for Adults, and LIFESPAN’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program.
Elder abuse occurs in every racial, social and economic group. It can happen in any village, town or city across the United States. Although many of its victims are older women, gender and chronological age alone do not totally define who will be abused or mistreated. However, in most cases, the perpetrator has gained the trust of the victim, therefore, the perpetrator may be a friend, neighbor, someone they do business with, or even a family member.
Although each case involving elder abuse or neglect is unique, it is still important to know your situation and recognize the signs of abuse. Some signs of abuse include, but are not limited to:
Physical Abuse: Unexplained bruises, falls, fractures, grip marks, pain, swelling or welts.
Neglect: Malnourishment, bedsores, soiled clothes, over sedation, lack of medical attention or equipment despite available funds, tied to chair or bed.
Emotional/Verbal Abuse: Depressed, hopeless, appears shamed, withdrawn, passive, loss of self-determination, invalid guilt, threatened, called names, fearful.
Financial Exploitation: Illegal use of elders’ money/possessions/resources for personal gain.
Profile of a Typical Elder Abuse Victim:
Physically and/or cognitively impaired
Denies, or is reluctant to report abuse
Examples: elder has no money for food/clothes; is victimized by con artists; has a caregiver who is totally financially dependent upon them; is forced to sign over control/power of attorney; and has unexplained bills and charge card or banking activity.
Profile of a Typical Abuser:
Drug/alcohol/mental health problem(s)
Controlling personality and/or ineffective coping skills
Under financial/emotional/marital stress
Where to find help on Elder Abuse
In New York State, contact the Monroe County Office for the Aging and/or Adult Protective Services.
For other areas in the United States, call the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116.
Lifespan’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program
Monroe County Protective Services For Adults
Monroe County District Attorney’s Office
New York State Office for the Aging Information Line
New York State Domestic Violence Hotline
New York State Crime Victims Hotline
New York State Attorney General
Identity theft affects nearly ten million Americans annually, and older adults can be especially susceptible
to victimization because they can be more trusting of supposed “friends,” less Internet savvy and too willing
to engage with people over the phone.
Useful Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft
Do not carry your Social Security card with you.
If your Medicare card has your Social Security number on it, make a photocopy of your card and use a marker to black out your Social Security number on the copy. Carry the copy with you and keep your Medicare card in a secure place.
Be mindful while using the Internet. Do not respond to unsolicited requests for information via emails.
Monitor and review your credit report annually. If you believe you have been a victim, place a fraud alert. Contact the three credit bureaus for more information.
Want to STOP the Unwanted Solicitations?
“Identity theft affects nearly ten million Americans annually, and older adults can be especially susceptible to victimization.”
National Do Not Call Registry
Prevent telemarketers from calling you, and reduce the risk of scammers trying to steal your information.
Call 1-888-382-1222, or visit www.donotcall.gov/
Stop Unsolicited Credit or Insurance Offers
2496 West Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14626
Albany, NY 12248