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Commentary: Let’s Start a Community Discussion About Mental Illness

Commentary: Let’s Start a Community Discussion About Mental Illness

While we may not like to talk about it at the dinner table, mental illnesses are real and prevalent in our nation, and approximately half of us will have a mental health diagnosis at some point in our lives. And what better time to talk about it than during May, which is also known nationally as Mental Health Month.

It’s no secret that all Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives, and you and I are not exempt from the problems of daily life. When our troubles begin to overtake our mental health, we should all feel comfortable in seeking help and support to manage these times in a compassionate, judgement-free way. 

Olear Team Plans Informational Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

Olear Team Plans Informational Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

Michael Olear, a licensed real estate broker and member of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson, will present educational seminars at senior communities this spring. Seminar locations include Sandra Lane Apartments in North Tonawanda and the Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield. 

The seminars are open to the community and focus on real estate topics relevant to older adults and their loved ones and caregivers, including right-sizing and simplifying a living situation, legal and regulatory issues to be aware of, and available resources and tools related to these matters. 

Seminars will be held on the following dates:
• March 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sandra Lane Apartments, 705 Sandra Lane, North Tonawanda.
• March 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Elderwood, 100 Crestwood Court, Wheatfield.

Call the Right Play for Super Bowl LI and Pass the Keys to a Sober Driver

Call the Right Play for Super Bowl LI and Pass the Keys to a Sober Driver

Football fans across the country will celebrate America’s most watched national sporting event, Super Bowl LI, on Sunday, Feb. 5. For many, the celebration will include drinking alcohol.

That’s why highway safety advocates and law enforcement officials are teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a special “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” reminder to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend by passing the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.

Employers and Coverage Providers: 11 Facts About Health Care Information Forms

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies, self-insured companies, and large businesses and businesses that provide health insurance to their employees must submit information returns to the IRS and individuals reporting on health coverage. 

Taxpayers can use the information on these forms when they file their tax returns to verify the months that they had minimum essential coverage and determine if they satisfied the individual shared responsibility provision of the health care law. The IRS will use the information on the statements to verify the months of the individual’s coverage.

Here is some information about the types of forms, the purpose of each, and noteworthy dates

Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Adds Exercise Class

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Adds Exercise Class

An exercise class offered by Buffalo State College senior Molly Lawler will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays beginning Jan. 14 at the Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State. Classes will be held in the Buckham Hall atrium at the Rees Street entrance, and participants are asked to bring a bottle of water and yoga mat. Classes will be free of charge; goodwill offerings would be appreciated. A Tabata workout will be featured on Jan. 14.

Lawler, a Health and Wellness major, received her ISCA Personal Training Certification as well as First Aid/CPR from the National Safety Council. AHA certified, she hopes to earn a Strength and Conditioning Certificate and continue her education in the personal training field. 

Elmwood Village Winter Market Resumes on January 7, Free Exercise Classes Begin January 14

Elmwood Village Winter Market Resumes on January 7, Free Exercise Classes Begin January 14

The Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, returns to Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 7, following a two-week holiday hiatus. 

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, entertainment is offered from approximately 10 to 11:30 a.m. Providing musical entertainment on Jan. 7 will be Fools Like Us. Hosting the market’s community table this Saturday will be Heritage Centers. One group or organization from Buffalo State also hosts a weekly informational table, and the market is equipped to accept EBT customers as well.

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Imagine having only $6.36 a day to spend on food, living in a house that only heated up to 60 degrees, not having reliable transportation, or not owning a winter coat or boots. For more than 200,000 Western New Yorkers, this is daily life.  

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), which serves the southern communities of Western New York, is raising awareness about the challenges of living in poverty through a new community-wide campaign during the month of January 2017 called “ROC Resolutions.” During each week of the month, the spotlight will shine on a different obstacle often encountered by those living in poverty. Week one (Jan. 2-8) will focus on food, while week two (Jan. 9-15) will focus on utilities, week three (Jan. 16-22) on transportation, and week four (Jan. 23-30) on clothing.