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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

Friday, 19 May 2017 13:26

Join Us For Lunch!

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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, 5/22: Pulled Pork Sandwich with Baked Beans

Tuesday, 5/23: Spaghetti & Meatballs with Spinach

Wednesday, 5/24: Hungarian Goulash with Mixed Vegetables

Thursday, 5/25: Pesto Chicken & Barley with Mixed Vegetables

Friday, 5/26: Pork Teriyaki over Brown Rice with Mixed Vegetables
What amount of memory loss is typical as someone gets older?  When is it an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Join Tioga Opportunities, Inc. on Friday, June 23rd from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) when the Alzheimer’s Association presents “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters.”  An ice cream social will be held immediately following the presentation with all proceeds donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Registration is required.  Please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat.
Friday, 12 May 2017 14:46

May is Older Americans Month

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May is National Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme is “Age Out Loud.”  Aging is being redefined across the country.  Older Americans are working longer and staying active in their communities.  They are taking charge of their health, focusing on maintaining their independence, and advocating for themselves as well as others.  There is a focus nationwide on raising awareness about important aging issues.

At Tioga Opportunities, Inc., we would like to take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate our older adults throughout Tioga County.  We encourage you to continue to stay engaged, explore new things, and know your rights.  Your voice is important; don’t be afraid to “age out loud!”

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!
Would you like to get out of the house and try a fun, new hobby or pastime? On Wednesday, May 24th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Department of Aging staff will be available for a “live chat” on our website to answer your questions about the wide variety of activities that we offer!  We have something for everyone at the Countryside Community Center!

To join the live chat, click on the “Chat” box on the right-hand side of the website.

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.

Friday, 05 May 2017 10:52

Medicare 101 recording

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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.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:29

Financial Fraud presentation

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What are the red flags of the latest financial scams? How can you protect yourself? Please join us to learn more about this important topic at 6:00 PM at Tuesday, May 16th at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) when Chemung Canal Trust Company presents “Financial Fraud: Latest Scams.” This program is free to the public, but registration is recommended. Please call 607-737-3887 or email
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