Health Risks To Farmworkers Increase As Workforce Ages

Researchers point to a number of causes for dwindling farmworkers: tighter border controls; higher prices charged by smugglers; well-paying construction jobs and a growing middle-class in Mexico that doesn't want to pick vegetables for Americans. (Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images)

Researchers point to a number of causes for dwindling farmworkers: tighter border controls; higher prices charged by smugglers; well-paying construction jobs and a growing middle-class in Mexico that doesn't want to pick vegetables for Americans. (Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images)

The farmworkers who are harvesting the nation's crops are overall older and struggling with health problems caused by decades of physical labor. Read more about the story on WBFO.

Programs to offer residents help with weatherization, heating costs

(Buffalo News file photo)

(Buffalo News file photo)

Low-income residents can find help dealing with heating costs and other seasonal expenses at a series of open houses from Dec. 15 to Dec. 21 in Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, North Tonawanda and the Town of Tonawanda. Learn more about this program in the Buffalo News and Home energy Assistance Program (HEAP) in Erie County.

Tonawanda waterfront project, shoreline trail, Island park upgrade backed for Greenway funds

People enjoy lunch and a walk through Niawanda park in Tonawanda on another 80-degree day in September. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

People enjoy lunch and a walk through Niawanda park in Tonawanda on another 80-degree day in September. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Two recreation projects in the Tonawandas that would improve both trails and docks on the combined waterfronts are being considered for Niagara River Greenway funding. "This would really make a huge difference in the city,"  City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis said. Learn more about the projects in the Buffalo News.

UB center offers key resources in battle against Alzheimer's

An important part of the UBMD Internal Medicine @ Hertel-Elmwood Center's educational process: The staff practices the consultation and patient diagnosis scenario through role playing what it's like when staff informs families of their findings and options. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

An important part of the UBMD Internal Medicine @ Hertel-Elmwood Center's educational process: The staff practices the consultation and patient diagnosis scenario through role playing what it's like when staff informs families of their findings and options. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

New York State has created 10 Centers of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease, including a Western New York center based at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical SciencesThe regional Center of Excellence address the thorniest issues that come with dementia and help create more robust treatment protocols. Read more about how they connect patients and caregivers with resources in the Buffalo News

New App Aims to Prevent Elder Abuse

Dozens of providers and advocates spent Monday morning at the United Way building learning how to use the new Legal Risk Detector App. (WIVB.com)

Dozens of providers and advocates spent Monday morning at the United Way building learning how to use the new Legal Risk Detector App. (WIVB.com)

People who work with the elderly population in Erie County are getting a new tool to help protect their clients. The Center for Elder Law & Justice teamed up with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office and the Erie County Office of Senior Services to introduce the app to those who work closely with elderly members of our community. Listen on WIVB

Pickleball For All: The Cross-Generational Power Of Play

Val Olson (from left), Rick Kamm, Steve David and Dee Haskins play up to the net during a pickleball game at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2011. (Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT via Getty Images)

Val Olson (from left), Rick Kamm, Steve David and Dee Haskins play up to the net during a pickleball game at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2011. (Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT via Getty Images)

Pickleball, which borrows from tennis, ping pong and badminton, is easy to learn and can be a good cardio workout for people with overuse injuries. The beauty of the game is that it can be enjoyed at any level of intensity, says Karen Long, a 57-year-old nurse. Read more about pickleball game on WBFO.