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Join us for lunch!
Did you know that lunch is available Monday through Friday at the Countryside Community Center? 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!
Next week’s meals:

Monday, 1/15:  CLOSED for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, 1/16:  Cabbage Rolls with Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday, 1/17:  Macaroni & Cheese with Stewed Tomatoes

Thursday, 1/18:  Roasted Pork with Raspberry Sauce & Mashed Potatoes

Friday, 1/19:  Swiss Mushroom Burger with Sweet Potato Fries
The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. celebrated the holiday season this year by welcoming guests to two special events:  a Holiday Luncheon and the Winter Wonderland Social Hour.  On December 14, a total of 76 guests joined us for a delicious roast beef lunch.  Jewel Griffith entertained the crowd with Christmas carols and encouraged many in attendance to join in!  The following week, we were thrilled to host student singers and instrumentalists from Owego Free Academy for a special holiday performance.  The crowd was stunned by the students’ talent, and some were even brought to tears.  It was a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season and New Year!
The staff at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. and the Department of Aging strive to help older adults maintain their independence and their ability to continue living at home for as long as possible.  Due to the variety of services offered by the Department of Aging, there have been a number of older adults who have been able to remain living independently in their homes for ten years or more.  These seniors have utilized services at various degrees throughout the different stages of their lives.  Some began just needing help with housekeeping and Home Delivered Meals.  As the years went by, they found themselves requiring assistance with personal care, Respite, and transportation services.  Several have also become residents of Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s various housing sites in the county.  These individuals were able to extend the length of time spent living in their homes by ten years or more, and thus, improve their quality of life because of the services offered by Tioga Opportunities, Inc.
Tioga Opportunities Inc. is excited to announce the upcoming implementation of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the United States for people aged 55 and over.  In Tioga County, RSVP volunteers will provide transportation services for older adults to get to medical appointments, and will also deliver meals to homebound seniors throughout the county.  Volunteers will receive pre-service orientation, assignment-specific training, and supplemental insurance while on duty.  Mileage and meal reimbursement will also be available.  RSVP volunteers forge new relationships with people in their community and make a significant difference in the lives of others by improving their health, well-being, and overall quality of life.

Recruitment efforts are now underway!  Please contact Christine Shaver, Director of the Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., at 607-687-4120, ext. 313 to enroll in RSVP or for more information.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with GreatCall, a well-known supplier of health and safety solutions for older adults, their families, and caregivers.  Through this exciting endeavor, the “Lively Mobile” medical alert device will be available to clients for a significantly reduced rate. 

The current Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) device in use by the Department of Aging is quickly becoming outdated.  Its use requires a landline phone, and its coverage is limited to just a short distance from the base unit in the home.  Many clients and families have requested a device that can be used outside the home—at the store, while on vacation, or in the community.  In order to better respond to our clients’ needs, and maintain their safety at home and in the community, we are transitioning from the current PERS device to the “Lively Mobile.”  We feel strongly that the “Lively Mobile” is a high-quality unit that will effectively meet our clients’ needs, and we look forward to helping the community take advantage of this innovative device! 

To transition to the new “Lively Mobile” device, please call 1-888-841-7973 and provide the referral code “TIOGA” to receive significant discounts on the device and monthly monitoring charges.  Please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 312 for more information.

There are many challenges when taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.  A common obstacle faced by many is getting the individual to take a bath.  They might cry, scream, or become combative, leaving the caregiver feeling helpless and unsure of the next step.

The perception of water changes with Alzheimer’s or dementia, a fact that remains relatively unknown to caregivers.  The disease can impact the individual’s depth perception and sense of temperature.  To many people suffering from this illness, interacting with water could be scary, regardless of temperature. 

Instead of taking a shower or bath, caregivers may find that a hand-held shower head works better and might be less frightening for their loved ones, while others may prefer sitting on a bath seat instead of being submerged in water.  Try to make the process of bathing as pleasant as possible for the care receiver.  Some caregivers play relaxing music or use nice-smelling body soap.  In all situations, it is important to remember to be patient, sensitive, and respectful of the individual’s dignity. 

Sources: http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2016/02/health-alzheimers-water-is-invisible-dementia-patient.html


https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20029/daily_living/6/washing_and_bathing

 

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.

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/

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.

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