LITTLE VALLEY - During the holiday season, many individuals experience increased stress and feelings of isolation. This is especially true for older adults who are struggling to remain independent and in their own homes. Many caregivers and children come home to visit for the holidays and worry about leaving their elderly parents without any assistance in the home. Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging wants to remind individuals and their caregivers that there are a number of programs to help alleviate these concerns. The department's NY Connects division offers information, assessment, referrals, and options counseling confidentially and at no cost. A few of the programs available are listed below.