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Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Department of Aging held its annual Older Adult Health Fair on Tuesday, August 1st from 4:00-7:00 PM at Newark Valley Senior High School in Newark Valley.  This year’s location and time was changed in an effort to bring information and resources to a new community and population in Tioga County.  Short presentations were offered on topics ranging from Tai Chi and the Alzheimer’s Association, to prescription drug safety and preventing dehydration.  Many organizations from Tioga and Broome County were present at the fair, including adult care facilities, law firms, and nonprofit organizations.  Event attendees expressed their excitement that the Health Fair was brought to their neighborhood.  In addition, many said that it was their first time coming to the Health Fair, and they appreciated being able to gather important information on a variety of topics all in one location.  Thank you to everyone who attended or contributed to our event!

Have you heard of Tai Chi, but you’re not quite sure what it is?  Tai Chi is a gentle, physical exercise consisting of slow, flowing body movements that can enhance balance and flexibility, reduce pain, and decrease the risk of falls in older adults.  A Tai Chi demonstration was offered at the Older Adult Health Fair on August 1st.  Click on the link below to learn more about this rewarding activity and to watch a demonstration.  Tai Chi classes are offered by the Department of Aging at various times throughout the year.  For more information, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

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Recently, a client’s daughter reached out to the Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program (HIICAP) for help with her mother’s situation. A new widow, Mrs. M. discovered that she was losing medical insurance coverage from her late husband’s retirement health insurance benefits. In only two weeks’ time, she would be dropped. Our Aging Benefits Specialist assisted her with signing up for a Medicare Supplement and a Part D (prescription) plan. When we learned Mrs. M.’s new income following her husband’s death, we also assisted her with a Medicare Savings Program (MSP) application. She was approved! Mrs. M.’s Medicare Part B premium ($109.00 per month) will now be reimbursed and not deducted from her Social Security.  Furthermore, Mrs. M. also qualifies for the Extra Help program which will pay for her Part D prescription plan ($39.00 per month) and will lower her prescription co-pay amounts.  The icing on the cake was that because she was eligible for the Medicare Savings Program before she knew her true new income, Mrs. M. received an additional Part B reimbursement of $545.00! Not only was Mrs. M. reassured about her health insurance situation, she was able to save a significant amount of money that can now be redirected to other important household needs. 

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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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.

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.

 

 

 

Drinking water is important for your health. It keeps your energy levels up, stokes your immune system, boosts your metabolism, and can even help you lose weight!

Most of us struggle to drink the recommended 8 glasses or 2-litres daily. Try some of the tips below to drink more water every day without it being a chore.

  • Start your day with water
  • Infuse your water with fruits, vegetables, or herbs
  • Use a straw
  • Sip Tea
  • Cut juice with sparkling water
  • Make your water extra “cool” by adding mint, cucumber, or fresh fruit to your usual ice cube tray.
  • Foods like cucumbers, salad greens, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and (of course) watermelon are high in water content and can help keep you refreshed throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

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