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Did you know that lunch is available Monday through Friday at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)?  From 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, a complete meal (including salad bar, entrée, sides, and dessert) is available for the suggested contribution amount of only $4.00 for those aged 60 and over, and $6.00 for those under 60.  Come enjoy a delicious meal while partaking in lively conversation with others in your community.  Check out our full menu under “Nutrition Services” on the “Aging Services” page!

Next week’s meals:

Monday, 7/24: Cheesy Rice & Beans with Broccoli

Tuesday, 7/25: Tuna Casserole with Mixed Vegetables

Wednesday, 7/26: Turkey Loaf with Cranberry Glaze and Mashed Potatoes

Thursday, 7/27: Spaghettis & Meatballs with Green Beans

Friday, 7/28: Chicken Cacciatore over Brown Rice with Carrots

TEENS MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE!
TOI’s Group Workcamp finished its 11th year in Tioga County with over 10,000 volunteer service hours completed in one week. 343 teen campers from 12 states worked on 53 home-repair projects that ranged from building mobile home skirting, decks and stairs, to painting. Additionally, they brought over 2,000 food items for the county’s emergency food pantries. Many thanks go to everyone who helped make this event so successful, especially the Newark Valley Central School District.

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Do you care for your grandchildren or other children during the day?  Are you looking for a fun, low-cost way to enjoy the warm weather?  FREE swimming lessons are offered through the Learn-to-Swim program at participating State Parks across New York State.  According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, “The Learn-to-Swim program is a great way for kids to become acquainted with the water and have fun in the sun safely and responsibly.”  Classes are appropriate for all ages and experience levels.  The following local parks are participating this year:  Chenango Valley State Park (607-648-5251), Oquaga Creek State Park (607-467-4160), Taughannock Falls State Park (607-387-6739), and Cayuga Lake State Park (315-568-5163).  Pre-registration is required.  Contact the park directly for more information or to register.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. recently participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Longest Day” fundraiser. To help raise awareness and funds for research and education, staff at the agency paid to dress “Casual for a Cause” on Fridays throughout the month of June.  The Alzheimer’s Association offered an educational presentation, “Know the 10 Signs,” on Friday, June 23rd at the Countryside Community Center, which was immediately followed by an ice cream social (with all proceeds donated to the Alzheimer’s Association).  Staff and guests alike enjoyed ice cream that was generously donated by Ice Cream Works (located at 14 George St., Owego).  By the end of June, a grand total of $457.00 was raised to support this important cause!  For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, please visit www.alz.org or call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331.
The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program will begin on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. This program puts coupons that can be used at area Farmers’ Markets into the hands of low-income older adults, helping them to maintain or improve their nutritional health.

If you are 60 years of age or older and have a monthly income of $1,860 or less for a one person household (or $2,504 or less for a two person household), you qualify for a booklet of coupons worth $20. Each eligible individual in a household is able to receive a booklet of coupons.

Coupons will be available at the following times and locations on a first come, first served basis:

Thursday, July 6th at Candor Farmers’ Market, Candor Town Hall, 101 Owego Road, Candor from 3:30 to 4:30PM.

Monday, July 10th at Lounsberry Food Pantry at the Lounsberry United Methodist Church, 3586 East River Road, Nichols from 11:30AM to 1:00PM.

Wednesday, July 12th at Bread of Life Food Pantry at the Resource Center of Candor, 1 Water Street, Candor from 3:00 to 4:30PM.

Thursday, July 13th at Spencer Food Cupboard, 70 North Main Street, Spencer from 4:00 to 5:30PM.

Friday, July 14th at Elderwood at Waverly, 37 North Chemung Street, Waverly from 2:00 to 4:00PM.

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupon booklets will also be available at Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego from 10:00AM to 1:00PM, Monday through Friday. Booklets must be picked up in person and will be available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. For more information, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 324. If you are a farmer or farmers’ market and would like more information about becoming authorized to accept Farmers’ Market coupons, please contact the Department of Agriculture & Markets at 1-800-554-4501.

Farmers’ Markets are a great place to find healthy foods for the entire family!

A variety of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs may be purchased with Farmers’ Market coupons and are offered to all participants on the WIC Program starting in June.

Use the link below to find a local Farmers' Market:

Local Farmers' Market

 

We made the most of a rainy day recently when the Department of Aging offered its annual Picnic Day celebration on Friday, June 16th at the Countryside Community Center.  The stormy weather couldn’t deter the 60 guests who joined us for this event.  Although the lawn games stayed boxed up this year, attendees were still able to enjoy the musical talents of the “Old Country Band.”  Several even got up to dance along with the music!  The “Build Your Own Burger” Bar was a hit, and went along perfectly with the picnic theme.  Please keep an eye on the “Aging News” section of our website for more information about upcoming events.  We would love for you to join us!

The World Health Organization lifted the “public health emergency of international concern” designation for Zika last November. But that status change did not mark the outbreak's end. Between then and January, some 4,000 new cases were reported in just the U.S. and its territories.

Contracting the Zika virus during pregnancy can lead to birth defects such as damage to the brain and microcephaly. Pregnant women are encouraged to avoid travel to areas with Zika and advised to talk to their healthcare provider before traveling to understand the risks if in the event they do need to travel to a Zika area.

For more information regarding the Zika virus visit: Zika

 

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Every time we turn on the TV or pick up a magazine, we are faced with information about the newest fad diet. Trying to figure out what is and isn’t healthy can be overwhelming. Does eating right have to be so complicated?

View the short video titled “Eat Right Tips—Eating Right for Older Adults” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to learn seven easy tips for eating healthy. For more information about eating nutritiously, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 324.

 

 

 

The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Older Adult Health Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Newark Valley Senior High School (68 Wilson Creek Road, Newark Valley). This year, the event will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Please note the change in time and location!

Several short informational presentations designed to help you incorporate healthy ideas into your day-to-day life will be offered beginning at 4:15 PM. Many agencies and businesses will be on hand to provide you with information and resources to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and independent living!

Doors will open at 4:00 PM for informational presentations.

Presentations will begin at 4:15 PM.

Visits to community partner tables will be offered from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Admission is free, and great door prizes will be available. We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact 607-687-4120, ext. 331 with any questions.
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