1999-08-25 / Seniors

Butler Calls For Help To Save HEAP; Things To Do In The Fall

By John Toscano

Assemblymember Denis Butler recently wrote to Congresmembers Joseph Crowley and Carolyn Maloney, seeking their support to stop possible funding cuts to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which benefits many senior citizens.

Butler (Astoria/Long Island City) reminded Crowley (Elmhurst) and Maloney (Manhattan/Astoria) (all are Democrats) that HEAP "assists low income owner and renters, many of whom are seniors, to pay fuel and utility costs, ensuring that they stay warm in winter and cool in summer."

Butler, chairman of the Queens delegation in the Assembly and senior member of the Assembly Aging Committee, pointed out to his Democratic colleagues that for many seniors "rising rental, medical, utility and food costs have adversely impacted our senior population; and that, taken collectively "these costs have become an overwhelming burden."

HEAP is a "vital tool in alleviating this burden," Butler said. "Your support in Congress, as well as that of your colleagues, is necessary to keep HEAP alive."

DRUG CUTS FRACTURE RISK:

Two months after a report that the drug Raloxifene appears to lower the risk of breast cancer by 70 percent, a new report says the same drug, which is used to prevent the bone disease osteoporosis, can also reduce the risk of spinal fractures up to 50 percent in women who already have osteoporosis.

Raloxifene is sold as Evista by Eli Lilly and Company, which financed a study of Raloxifene, which is the latest in a series of drugs that post-menopausal women can take instead of estrogen to protect against broken bones. Reducing the intake of estrogen is important because estrogen intake increases the risk of breast cancer, medical experts say.

The new benefits of Raloxifene emerged from research done by the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Oakland, California, which was financed by Eli Lilly. The three-year study covered 7,705 women in 25 countries, making that project the largest study every done of Raloxifene, which was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in 1997.

KOSLOWITZ COMMITMENT

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In a recent talk at the Austin Street Selfhelp Senior Center on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) said she was "firmly committed to providing funding to enable senior centers to maintain existing programs and expand to meet the growing demand for additional services."

Koslowitz, a member of the Council’s Committee on Aging, said she would "continue to see that senior programs remain a top priority" in the Council.

 

Dr. Bruce Ettinger of the Kaiser Center, who led the study, stated: "Women who have fractures, who have lost inches, who are beginning to get some curvature, can do something about it right now to reduce their risk of fractures in the future."

Women should consult their doctor about whether they need the drug and if that treatment is appropriate for them.

GRANTS FOR SENIORS:

Seniors in northeast Queens will benefit from grants secured for eight centers by state Senator Frank Padavan (R-C-Bellerose).

The grants, to be administered by the state Office for the Aging, went to:

*Bell Park Jewish Center, 231-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose Manor;

*College Point Senior Center, 20-17 124th St., College Point;

*Community Education Resource Center (CERC), 51-60 Marathon Pkwy., Little Neck;

*Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Community Center, Whitestone Armory, Sixth Avenue and Clintonville St., Whitestone;

*Hillcrest Leisure Group, 183-02 Union Tpke., Flushing;

*Northeast Queens Senior Services, 45-50 159th St., Flushing;

*Samuel Field YM-YWHA, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck;

*Services Now for Adult Persons (SNAP), 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Queens Village.

WANTS HELP FROM VETS:

The Department of History at Florida State University is seeking "paper-based memorabilia from those who served in World War II and defense industries to collect and preserve this physical heritage for research, teaching and exhibition."

If you or someone you know has letters, diaries and photographs of that period and wants to help the project, contact: The Institute on World War II at the Department of History, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

MEETINGS:

State Senator Daniel Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) will be the guest speaker when AARP Chapter 2889 holds their first meeting of the fall/winter season next Wednesday, Sept. 1st at 12:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Newtown, 54-05 Seabury St., Elmhurst.

SELFHELP CENTER:

Next Thursday, Sept. 2nd, a Bell Atlantic representative will speak at the Selfhelp Austin Street Senior Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills; the following Thursday, Sept. 9th, Bernie Smyth gives a talk on the Department of Sanitation’s recycling program.

LEARNING THE INTERNET:

Here’s a bargain—a free course on how to use the Internet "as a tool for connecting with friends and family; for finding out about health, resources and senior concerns; for accessing online shopping, travel, banking and investment services, the Jewish community and education; and a wealth of free information, from music to today’s news." The course will be given at the Central Queens YM/YWHA, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills on Mondays, Oct. 4th, 11th and 18th at 1:30 p.m. Registration’s a must, and priority registration for members is until Friday, Sept. 10th. For information, call (718) 268-5011, ext. 230.

DAY AT THE OPERA:

Here’s something different—"A Day at the Opera." A rare matinee performance by the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center in Manhattan will be held on Friday, Sept. 10th at 11:30 a.m. and the Rego Park Senior Center is hosting a trip there that day to see Mozart’s "The Magic Flute." Bus trip, lunch and the opera will cost you $36. Contact Sandra Epelman at (718) 896-8511. The center’s at 93-29 Queens Blvd., Rego Park.

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