Technology helping seniors stay connected

Technology is helping seniors connect to the world. It’s impacting the way they live their lives and how they communicate with loved ones. According to AARP, growing numbers of seniors are welcoming new technologies, as WBFO Seniors News Desk reporter Sandy White found out. Read more…

Language Barrier Means Millions Of Elderly Can't Access Alzheimer's Trials

 Getting people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds into clinical trials is not only a question of equity, doctors say. It's also a scientific imperative to make sure candidate drugs work and are safe in a broad cross-section of people.   Richard Bailey/Getty Images

Getting people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds into clinical trials is not only a question of equity, doctors say. It's also a scientific imperative to make sure candidate drugs work and are safe in a broad cross-section of people.

Richard Bailey/Getty Images

Dr. Benjamin Sommers, who studies health policy for vulnerable populations at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says the problem goes beyond clinical trials and affects diagnosing as well. He recently had trouble arranging for neuropsychological testing to diagnose a Spanish-speaking patient who did not speak English fluently.

The language barrier is a "real issue for mental health disparities," says Sommers, who is also a primary care physician at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston.

Read more on NPR.

A Neighborhood Garden Blooms at Moot Community Center

 (Buffalo Rising)

(Buffalo Rising)

A partnership between the Buffalo Medical Campus (BNMC), Grassroots Gardens, the Massachusetts Avenue Project, and the Mulberry Street and Friends Block Club, has resulted in a new pergola addition at the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers (BFNC) Moot Senior Community Center. The site for this inspirational neighborhood project is in the heart of The Fruit Belt, where residents are now able to share in the healthy spoils of a garden, and the accompanying pergola.

This garden expects to empower the residents who are looking to access healthier food options.

Read more on Buffalo Rising.

Federal grants aim to expand healthy eating, with focus on seniors

  Ben Bissell, executive director of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, speaks during a news conference announcing a pair of federal grants, one of which his organization is receiving.   CREDIT MICHAEL MROZIAK, WBFO

Ben Bissell, executive director of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, speaks during a news conference announcing a pair of federal grants, one of which his organization is receiving.

CREDIT MICHAEL MROZIAK, WBFO

Two significant federal grants are coming to Western New York. The Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) and Erie County's Senior Services Department are receiving grants to strengthen a local food network and foster more healthy eating by Erie County's older citizens.

Read more on WBFO.

Cops' new tools to combat crime: soccer, 'clean sweeps' and conversation

 A recent job fair on a vacant lot on Genesee Street and Goodyear Avenue is one outgrowth of renewed efforts to connect police officers with the communities they serve. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

A recent job fair on a vacant lot on Genesee Street and Goodyear Avenue is one outgrowth of renewed efforts to connect police officers with the communities they serve. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

The NET officers have been planning activities for neighborhood children, such as kickball and a field trip to Adventure Landing in the Town of Tonawanda. The officers came up with the idea of weekly soccer clinics that would bring the same police officers to the same locations on a regular basis, something the kids could count on and look forward to.

"They're trying to make it better for the younger generation." says Marquell Lovines. The neighborhood seems a little more peaceful, too, he said, and he's seen more kids playing outside and riding their bikes.

Read more about how police officers are using community-oriented policing strategies to tackle crime while building trust with residents on the Buffalo News.