Aging Services 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, 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

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.
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!

 

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.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. offers “Understanding Long Term Levels of Care”

Owego & Newark Valley

Are you or a loved one facing decisions regarding long term, out of home placement? Exploring options for long term care is confusing and complicated. It is difficult to understand what acronyms like ACF, ALP, ALR, EALR, and SNF really mean. The Department of Aging will welcome Maria Motsavage from Levene Gouldin & Thompson, who will explain the differences between these levels of care, as well as whether Medicare, Medicaid, or other types of insurance will pay for them.

This program is being offered on:

Monday, July 10th from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) 

Friday, July 28th from 9:00-11:00 AM in the Rollie Noble Room at the Village Municipal Building (9 Park St., Newark Valley)

Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat for this free presentation. Information packets are also available upon request.

On the 4th Thursday of each month, the Senior Miniature Golf Club will be sponsored by the Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc.

The first 10 individuals to sign up (age 50+) will have their admission paid by Tioga Opportunities, Inc.!

Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 by NOON the day before to register.

Have you ever received a postcard in the mail saying you’re eligible for a free back brace? Maybe someone has called to tell you that your doctor has approved you for a free knee brace—all you need to do is provide your Medicare number! Sounds too good to be true?

Unfortunately, it is. Durable Medical Equipment (DME) scams are some of the most common forms of health care fraud.

Remember: A sales person who calls you on the phone CANNOT:

Diagnose or assess your health care needs: That is your doctor’s job. Your health care provider knows you and your medical history. Don’t let a sales person talk you into something you do not need.

Prescribe DME for you: Would you take medicine from a person other than your health care provider? Of course not! The same holds true for DME. Only your doctor can order DME for you.

Fit you for DME over the phone: It is impossible for someone calling on the phone to make sure equipment will fit you, and that is the job of the DME supplier. A good DME supplier will work with you until the equipment fits you just right and works properly for you.

Knowledge is power. Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone or toss that postcard in the trash. Be proactive and report any suspicious activity to the New York Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-877-678-4697.

Adapted from New York SMP Fraud Alert, Spring/Summer 2017

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. staff is available to answer any of your general questions online every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. To send a message to staff, click on the “Chat” box on the right-hand side of the website. This is a great opportunity to learn more about various resources that are available in our community!

The Alzheimer’s Association is now offering a variety of social events and community based activities for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and their caregiver.  A caregiver may attend on their own, but an individual with dementia must be accompanied by a caregiver, friend, or family member.  This is a great opportunity to get out, stay active, and connect with others in a fun, stimulating environment.  The events are in Broome County, but Tioga County residents are welcome to attend.  There is no cost to join these events (with advance registration)!

Roberson Museum and Science Center (Binghamton) - June 27th at 11 AM

Private, interactive Planetarium exhibit

Explore other museum exhibits, including Nature’s Best Photography Awards project!

Bowling at Midway Lanes (Vestal) – July 12th at 3 PM

Socialize while staying physically active!

All abilities welcome!

To learn more or to reserve a spot at one of these events, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 607-785-7852.

The Department of Aging recently offered a “Medicare 101” presentation on March 29th. If you were unable to attend, or would like to view the program again, please click on the link below to watch a video recording of the presentation. PowerPoint slides have also been included below for easy reference.

Medicare 101 video recording

Medicare 101 PowerPoint slides

For additional questions relating to Medicare, or to schedule an appointment with a trained Medicare counselor, please contact the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120.

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