Joe Robach knows that few things are more frightening for seniors than a diagnosis of cancer.  As is often with chronic illness, education is the key to the fight against cancer.  By recognizing the symptoms of ovarian cancer, women can seek medical attention early. 

Joe Robach’s office can provide seniors and all women with information about ovarian cancer symptoms.   Some symptoms include feeling bloated; abdominal, pelvic or back pain; excessive fatigue or tiredness; and/or frequent or urgent urination.  One reason that ovarian cancer can be diagnosed at a late stage is that the symptoms can be vague or sometimes ignored or overlooked by women and their health care providers.  IT is important that a women see her doctor if she has these symptoms for a month or more. 

Joe Robach encourage high-risk woman to talk to their doctors about screening for ovarian cancer.  Ovaries can be examined with a pelvic ultrasound and a substance called a biomarker can be measured in a blood sample.  However, other non-cancerous condition as can also cause an increase in CA-125, so a cancer diagnosis cannot be made from this test alone.     Unfortunately, there is not yet a general screening test for women at average yet.  However, there is a great deal of research underway. 

Joe Robach encourages women and seniors to contact the SHARE hotline for more information.  The SHARE hotline is a self-help support group for women affected by breast or ovarian cancer.  For more information on SHARE, visit them on the internet at or call 866-891-2392.

Joe Robach and NYS Senate Celebrate Senior Citizens’ Day

Joe Robach continues to inform seniors about all the events that are occurring within our state.  On May 8th, 2012, The New York State Office for the Aging joined Joe Robach and the rest of the New York State Senate welcomed roughly 100 seniors and their families to the state Capitol in honor of Older Americans Month (May).  The director of the New York State Office for the Aging presented a proclamation on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo to attending seniors to commemorate Older Americans Month.

The director also presented individual awards to many of the seniors in attendance.  The awards were given out for their efforts to make communities across New York State better places to live and also better places for people to age in place.  Senator Joe Robach knows how important it is for our senior population to remain in their homes as people age.    It is a know fact that if people can age in their home, they consistently live longer, more enjoyable lives.  With so many different types of technology available to people these days, it is important that we do all we can to ensure everything that can be done, is being done to help senior citizens remain in their homes for as long as possible.  In addition, it has also been proven that if we are able to have seniors remain in their homes, it will reduce health care costs, and also will reduce the overall costs to taxpayers in New York State.

The Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Award was presented to a woman from Dutchess County.  Her contributions to her community and her extensive resume of volunteerism made her a great candidate for this award.

Senator Joe Robach will continue to stand up for the rights and benefits of seniors in our community.  He understands that while much has already been accomplished, there is still much to do to help our senior population.


Joe Robach and the New York State Senate recently passed a bill (S.638) which would allow local governments to authorize property tax exemptions for people who make improvements or changes to their homes to accommodate senior relatives or disabled people. The legislation means that homeowners are able to add on to their homes for this purpose without having to pay higher taxes resulting from increased property assessments.

As the baby boomer generation continues to become senior citizen age in New York State, Joe Robach and the Senate know that this legislation is important to assist families in caring for their elderly relatives.  This bill, supported by Joe Robach, would also protect our disabled families that modify their homes to accommodate the needs of their relatives, or take them in to care for them, deserve this tax exemption.

Allowing seniors, such as parents or grandparents who are aged 62 years or older, as well as people with disabilities, to live with their family saves significant amounts of money that would be passed on to taxpayers if these individuals had to move into state-subsidized facilities.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.  For more information on this legislation or any other senior citizen initiative, please contact Joe Robach’s office.

Joe Robach Informs Seniors About Hospital Care

           Many people at any given time in thier lives, have had to spend a certain period of time in a hospital.  As we know this can be a very stressful experice for both the patient and their families. Senator Robach has been very proactive by providing information on hospital visits for seniors and the youth population.  By providing this information, it is the hope that it will help lessen the anxiety of being admitted to a hospital.  

          Often times when an individual is being admitted to the hospital, the question of proper accomodations comes to mind.  If you are hearing impaired, or english in not the primary language spoken, interpreters will be provided for assistance.  If a person is having a problem, or has a concern during their visit to the hospital, they are advised to speak to their nurse, doctor, or staff member of the hospital.  If they are unable to satisfy your request, a person is urged to contact the New York State Department of Health line toll free at 1-800-804-5447.

          As a patient in a hospital, it is very important to understand your rights.  Senator Robach understands the importance of having information available to seniors so families can make an educated decision when a family member is in a hospital.  As a hospital patient, you have a right to view your itemized bill which states the charges during your hospital visit.  Many people are unaware, but hospitals negotiate rate with insurers. Rates vary from insurer to insurer so it is important for a patient to know and understand their rates and how they may vary.  If you do have questions about your rates and billing while staying in the hospital, it is important to work with the hospital’s billing office.  As many people are already aware of how taxing a stay in a hospital can be, Senator Robach continues to fight for his constituents, both of the senior and youth populations, to ensure the hospital process continues to evolve and streamline, making it easier for both the families and insurance companies handle these situations.

Joe Robach Aids Seniors Against Identity Theft

Joe Robach continues to ensure that New York State does all it can to help in protecting seniors against identitfy theft. Identity theft, which is also our country’s fastest growing crime, is a violation of privacy that can have terrible consequences for the victims in which it affects. Joe Robach has, and will continue, to work the other legislator in the New York State Senate to help both seniors and the youth fight this type of crime.

WIth the continuous improvements of technology, this also increases the availability of personal information on the internet, increased use of credit cards, and has caused countless people in our country and around the world to loose their strong financial standing and credit ratings. Joe Robach understands that many times seniors are the target of many of these criminal acts of identity theft and more education and awareness must be made available to the public. People must be aware of not only the many different ways people may try to steal their identity, but what can be done to prevent it from happening them.

Many times people may try to obtain personal information by the following ways:

-Stealing a person’s wallet or purse,
-Search through a person’s trash at home or work to obtain bank statements, credit card bills, or other documents containing personal information
-May pose as a landlord, an employer, or others who might need this information about you.

Some ways you can prevent indentity theft from happening to you:

-Do not give out personal information without ensuring you know who is asking for that information.
-Properly shred or discard important documents such as credit card bills, bank statments or other important personal documents.
-Only give out your Social Security number

-Contact an employee from a financial institution to see advice on whether or not to use a third party company to have constant surveillance of your identity to prevent theft of your personal information.




Joe Robach recently joined with the NYS Attorney General to issue a warning to seniors about a scam aimed at grandparents.  AG regional offices throughout the state have reported a rise in so-called “grandparent scams,” where perpetrators impersonate relatives in need, and then dupe unsuspecting seniors into sending them money. Victims of these phone scams have lost more than $441,000 over the last several months.

Joe Robach wants seniors to know that there are several scenarios in which the scam takes place over the phone:  Seniors will receive an unexpected call from someone who claims to be a friend or relative. A typical scenario targets grandparents with the caller claiming to be their grandson or granddaughter. The caller says there is an emergency and asks victim to send money immediately. For example, they might say, “I’m in Canada and I’m trying to get home but my car broke down and I need money right away to get it fixed.” Or they may claim to have been mugged, or been in a car accident, or need money for bail or to pay customs fees to get back into the United States from another country. They may also pose as an attorney or law enforcement official contacting a potential victim on behalf of a friend or relative. Typically, the caller says they are embarrassed about what has happened to them, and asks the grandparent not to tell anyone else in the family.

A scammer pretends to know the names of a victim’s friends or relatives, however, in some cases they don’t. For example, the scammer may say “Hi grandma,” hoping that she actually has a grandson. If she asks, “David, is that you?” the scammer will say “Yes!” Often these crooks will call in the middle of the night and take advantage of the fact that one may not be alert enough to ask more questions, and the victim may not want to disturb other people by calling them to confirm the information. Sometimes the scammers do know the names of one’s friends or relatives, as they can obtain that information from a variety of sources. Scammers contact people randomly through a variety of methods. They also use marketing lists, telephone listings and information from social networking sites, obituaries and other sources. Sometimes, they hack into people’s email accounts and send messages to everyone in their contact list.

Some of the hardest hit areas of the state include: Buffalo-area – $248,000 Rochester-area – $130,000 Capital Region – $31,500 Nassau County – $26, 608 Watertown-area – $6,000 Joe Robach wants seniors to have the following tips so they can avoid becoming victims of fraud: If you realize you’ve been scammed, what can you do? These scammers ask you to send money through services such as Western Union and MoneyGram because they can pick it up quickly, in cash. They often use phony IDs, so it’s impossible to trace them. Contact the money transfer service immediately to report the scam. If the money hasn’t been picked up yet, you can retrieve it, but if it has, it’s not like a check that you can stop – the money is gone. How can you protect yourself? If you get a call or email from someone claiming to know you and asking for help, check to confirm that it’s legitimate before you send any money. Ask some questions that would be hard for an imposter to answer correctly – the name of the person’s pet, for example, or the date of their mother’s birthday. Contact the person who they claim to be directly. If you can’t reach the person, contact someone else – a friend or relative of the person. Don’t send money unless you’re sure it’s the real person.

If you feel you’ve been a victim of this type of scam or any other type of consumer fraud, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Helpline: (800) 771-7755.  For more information, seniors can contact Joe Robach’s office

Joe Robach Educates Seniors about Alzheimer’s Disease

                Senator Joe Robach  and the rest of the New York State Senate has taken the guess work out of Alzheimer’s education for seniors by providing several forums and informational sessions about Alzheimer’s.  Several informational sessions for both the patient and the family have been provided to people seeking assistance.

              Recently, Joe Robach and his staff were invited to participate in a legislative breakfast and were brought up to speed with the Alzheimer’s Association programs and services overview.  The Coalition of New York State Alzheimer’s Association Chapters Legislative Agenda was also discussed.

             Joe Robach understands how difficult it can be for seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Joe Robach will continue to work with the rest of the New York State Legislature for passage of the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act(UAGPPJA).  This bill has been passed in several states.  The UAGPPJA is a law which would establish a uniform set of rules for people with Alzheimer’s and would simplify the process for determining jurisdiction.

           According to the Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, in the United States,  by 2025, there will be an increase of roughly 6% of seniors with the disease.  Joe Robach understands that for seniors, Alzheimer’s is the fifth leading cause of death for people over the age of 65 and will continue to work with the rest of the New York State Legislature to not only continue to educate seniors, but to also work hard to ensure funding for research continues.

           At the national level, $50 million has been included for Alzheimer’s research in this fiscal year’s budget.  It has also been discussed that funding will increase by $80 million in its 2013 budget.  Roughly $26 million will be toward caregivier support, provider education, and public awareness.  Joe Robach commends the federal government by having such a financial commitment to defeating the disease and will continue to fight for seniors at the state level as well.