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Chautauqua County Office for the Aging

On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847 declaring August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day. “We owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity”.(Reagan, R. 1988).

Three cheers for all Chautauqua Counties Older Adults! You may think growing older may not be all that fun or have many perks- here are some things you may not know.

If you are an older adult, check for special discounts and promotions that may be offered at stores and restaurants in your area. Local grocery stores, restaurants and retail shops offer a senior discount day and offer a percentage off your bill on those days. You are the coupon!

If you want to travel by bus, car, airplane or train-take a look at the discounts the different providers offer. Amtrak Senior Discount: Amtrak travelers of at least 65 years are eligible to receive a 10% discount on most rail fares on most Amtrak trains. Our local CARTS transportation offers a discounted fare rate for Chautauqua County older adults. You can call NY connects to find out more and become a registered rider.

If you want to get back to nature consider the New York State Hunting & Fishing Licenses: Hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses are discounted to $5 for seniors of at least 70 years. A lifetime sporting license or lifetime freshwater fishing license is $65. Bow-hunting and muzzle-loading licenses are free. For more information, visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation website

Great places to stay: Several hotels and B&B offer discounted prices for seniors. Individual hotels and brands will have varying requirements, so be sure to check their website or call for prices when booking.

Museums: Several of New York State’s world-class museums offer discounted prices for seniors. Prices and requirements will vary, so be sure to check each website when booking. Here are some examples of sites with discounts: Baseball Hall of Fame; Lucy-Desi Museum; Fort Ticonderoga; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and Corning Museum of Glass.

New York State Golden Park Program: If you are a New York State resident age 62 or above, on any weekday (except holidays), you can obtain free vehicle access to state parks, boat launch sites, and arboretums as well as fee reduction to state historic sites and state-operated golf courses. Simply present your currently valid New York State Driver License or New York State Non-Driver Identification Card at the park entrance. No application is required as your NY State Driver’s License/Non-Driver ID Card serves as your pass.

This day was created as a day to support, honor and show appreciation to our older adults. Their valuable contributions to our communities created better places to live. Take time today to spend with an older adult you know, a friend, family, neighbor, or church member. Take some time to listen to their stories. You will find some wonderful people with some amazing experiences. To celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, volunteer and share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today.

Call NY Connects to learn more about easier and feel good opportunities. You can access Chautauqua County New York Connects in many ways to fit your needs. E-mail: ccnyc@co.chautauqua.ny.us, Phone: Mayville 753-4582, Dunkirk 363-4582 or Jamestown 661-7582. Fax # is 753-4477. NY Connects is brought to you by a partnership with Chautauqua County Office for the Aging and the Chautauqua County department of Health and Human Services.