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The Family Development Credential (FDC) Program

   The FDC Program of University of Connecticut is a professional development course and credentialing program for frontline family workers to learn and practice skills of strength-based family support.

   Family development staff members work with families across the life span including families with young children, teen parents, older adults, people with disabilities, and many other groups.

Classes start January 11, 2018 at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Owego, NY

Space is limited; reservations must be made by December 29.

Click here for more information.

OPEN HOUSE at Nichols Schoolhouse Apartments

Date:  Saturday, December 2,

Time:  2-5 p.m.

This is an opportunity for you to see the beautifully renovated Nichols Schoolhouse Apartments.

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, the Social Security Administration announced on October 13, 2017.

The 2.0 percent cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 29, 2017 (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits).  The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

Source: https://www.ssa.gov/news/

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, 11/20:  Cheesy Rice & Beans with Spinach  
 
Tuesday, 11/21:  Stuffed Peppers with Mashed Potatoes
 
Wednesday, 11/22:  Chicken & Biscuits with Mashed Potatoes
 
Thursday, 11/23:  CLOSED for Thanksgiving
 
Friday, 11/24:  CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Do you provide care for an elder relative or loved one?

Do you wonder where you can find the help you need?

Join us for the following FREE informational telephone sessions on caregiving.

All teleseminars are from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Becoming a Caregiver: Things You Should Know

    This session will look at what makes a caregiver, the complexities of caregiving, and provide tips to help new caregivers. We will talk about everyday caregiving, providing care from a distance, respite services, and how to connect to formal resources.

  • Thursday, December 7, 2017: Reducing Caregiver Stress

    Many times, caregivers experience a variety of emotions when providing care for a loved one, including stress. Addressing caregiver stress can help promote caregiver wellness and lead to the rediscovery of the positive aspects of caregiving.

  • Thursday, December 14, 2017: How to Minimize Family Friction

    Working collaboratively with the family, caregivers can find true happiness in providing care to loved ones. However, cooperation and collaboration are not always easy to achieve! This discussion will highlight some strategies for those families who need to understand how to minimize tensions, cooperate and work together as a team.

Advance registration is required.  Please call Senior Services of Albany at 518-694-3511 to register or with any questions.

Funded by the Albany County Department for Aging, NYS Office for Aging, and Albany Guardian Society.

The public is invited to Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s annual meeting on November 21, 2017, at 6 PM. The meeting will be held at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego, NY 13827. The agenda will include the following:

  1. Call to order
  2. Establish a quorum
  3. Review and acceptance of previous Meeting minutes
  4. Report of Board President
  5. Report of Treasurer
  6. Report of Executive Director
  7. Announcements
  8. New business
  9. Date of next year’s annual meeting:
  10. Motion to adjourn

On Thursday, October 19th, 85 guests attended the Department of Aging’s “Oktoberfest” celebration dinner at the Countryside Community Center.  A traditional meal of roasted pork, boiled red potatoes, cabbage, and carrots was enjoyed by all.  The highlight of the evening was Rick Pedro, who delighted the crowd on the piano.  We’ve never seen hands and feet move quite so fast! 

Most people associate Oktoberfest with good food and beer, but have you ever wondered how this custom began?  The tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over five days on the fields in front of the city gates.  It was this joyous occasion that inspired the celebrations we’ve been enjoying for over 200 years!

If you receive a letter or a phone call claiming that the warranty on your car is about to expire and offering you an “extended warranty,” use caution.  This scam attempts to trick consumers into buying a fictitious plan that will extend their automobile warranty.  The letter will explain all the potential charges you could face should your vehicle need to be fixed without the warranty, but often doesn’t even list your car’s make and model.

If you receive a letter or phone call stating that your car’s warranty is about to expire, check with the manufacturer or your local dealership.  DO NOT call the phone number listed on the letter.  Be cautious!  For more information on this and other scams, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is thrilled to share that it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation for 2018. 

Many older adults in our county depend on services from Tioga Opportunities, Inc. to help them remain safe and independent in their own homes and to assist them in accessing nutritious meals.  The generous support of local foundations, such as the Senior Citizens Foundation, is critical in helping Tioga Opportunities, Inc. meet the needs of the county’s seniors.

Numerous programs offered through Tioga Opportunities, Inc. will benefit from this gift, including Home Delivered Meals, Group Workcamp, and various food pantries throughout the county.  Funding will also be utilized this year to assist older adults with transportation to medical appointments, a critical need in Tioga County. 

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. would like to thank the Senior Citizens Foundation for their generosity.  Local support such as this grant assists in the provision of services that make an important difference in the lives of many people in the community.

If you’re interested in making a difference in your community, we’ve got a role for you! In 2016, the AARP Tax-Aide program prepared over 900 returns for Tioga County residents.  With the help of people like you, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax-filing help to those who need it most. We’re looking for compassionate and friendly individuals to join our team of local volunteers for the upcoming tax season. You’ll receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. And, as our current volunteers tell us, you’ll not only learn new skills, but also get a great feeling from helping someone else.


Learn to prepare taxes and make a difference in your community at the same time. We offer free tax preparation help to anyone, with special attention to older, low-income taxpayers. As a volunteer, you will join thousands of others who each year prepare millions of tax returns at thousands of tax sites nationwide.


To sign up to volunteer for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, go to the AARP website at
www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaidevolunteer. If you want more information about the local program, drop an e-mail to tony45@virtualforum.com and please put “Tax-Aide” in the subject line.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Understanding risk factors is a crucial part of prevention and early intervention. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.,

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women

  • It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women

  • Anyone with breast tissue is at risk and though it is rare, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer

  • Because men are less likely to assume a lump is cancerous, they often delay or do not seek treatment

People with breasts should get an annual breast exam even if they are younger than 40. Getting annual exams along with conducting breast self exams at home is great way to manage breast health. If you are looking for services, Tioga Opportunities Inc., Family Planning provides cancer screenings and information on how to conduct a breast self exam.

Are you age 55 or over, have a monthly income below $1,256 (or $1,692 for a household of two), and are currently unemployed?

If so, the Department of Aging may have a position available for you. The Senior Community Service Employment Program is an opportunity for a part-time position where you will gain valuable job skills and receive additional income.

A variety of assignments are currently available. For more information, please contact 607-687-4120, ext. 315.

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