Aging Services News

Would you like free guidance from a local attorney about your legal needs?  Tioga Opportunities, Inc., in conjunction with the NYS Bar Association, is hosting an Elder Law Clinic on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego). Tioga County residents over the age of 60 can register for a free 30-minute legal consultation with a local attorney on a wide range of legal concerns.  To schedule an appointment, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 by 4:00 PM on November 3, 2017.  Appointments are limited, so please call today!

Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Department of Aging is holding two Public Hearings this year, in an effort to increase the accessibility of the event for those living throughout the county. Tioga County residents are encouraged to attend to provide input and feedback regarding Aging services, and to make recommendations on how Tioga Opportunities, Inc. can improve its services to older adults in the community.

Please join us on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego), or on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the Community & Fitness Center (57 East Tioga St, Spencer).

Aging Services Director, Christine Shaver, and Aging Services Coordinators, Amanda Kushner and Kristin Sherman, will be on hand to review program highlights and accomplishments. All information gathered will be used to plan services in the coming year. Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 313 for more information.

Would you like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss?  Join the Department of Aging on Monday, October 16th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) when the Alzheimer’s Association presents “Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia:  The Basics.”  If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss or other behavioral changes, please come and learn the facts about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  This program is free to the public, but registration is required.  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat.

If you or someone you know may need to access a skilled nursing facility in the near future and you are concerned about Medicaid coverage, come join us on October 5th and 12th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) to learn about ways to protect your assets from skilled nursing home care costs. Greg Catarella from Levene Gouldin & Thompson will be on site to answer questions about the relationship between Medicaid and paying for skilled nursing care. If you are interested in attending this event, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat!  Informational packets will be available upon request.

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, 9/25:  Broccoli Quiche with Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday, 9/26: Sloppy Joe Sandwich with Potato Wedges

Wednesday, 9/27: Sweet & Sour Pork over Brown Rice

Thursday, 9/28: Chicken Cacciatore over Bow Tie Pasta

Friday, 9/29: Mediterranean Rotini

Would you be prepared in the event of a natural disaster?  Do you know what to expect if there is a major disease outbreak?  Join us for one of two Emergency Preparedness seminars offered by the Tioga County Public Health Department:

  • Friday, September 15th from 1:00 to 2:30 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)

  • Friday, September 29th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM at the Community Care Network of Nichols (139 Roki Blvd, Nichols)

The speaker will provide important tips on planning for a variety of emergencies.  Having resources and strategies prepared can make a world of difference in the event of a crisis.  This presentation is free to the public, but registration is required.  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat today.  Informational packets will be available upon request. 

Clipping coupons is an activity that has been around for decades.  When done effectively, grocery and other household expenses can be cut by up to 25% (if not more!).  If you’re new to couponing, or would like to learn new tricks, join us for one of two presentations offered by Visions Federal Credit Union:

  • Tuesday, September 26th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)

  • Tuesday, October 3rd from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the Waverly Municipal Building (32 Ithaca St, Waverly)

Learn how to stretch your dollars and save money on everyday purchases.  This is a free seminar, but registration is required.  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331.  Seats will fill up fast, so call today!

Do you know how to safely discard unused medication?  Have you ever wondered if your medications are safe to be taken simultaneously?  Important information regarding prescription drug safety was presented by Shelby Smith from CASA-Trinity at the Older Adult Health Fair on August 1st.  Click on the link below to watch her presentation.  You’ll learn from this clip that what you don’t know about your medication CAN hurt you.  Put yourself in control by learning tips that can help you make sure you’re using medication safely.  For more information, please call CASA-Trinity at 607-223-4066 or the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120.

https://youtu.be/JP2jAvmT3Os

Consuming plenty of water is important for everyone, but particularly for older adults.  As we age, we do not feel thirsty as often as younger people do.  Symptoms of dehydration can be mild (headaches or irritability) or severe (convulsions or low blood pressure).  Kristi Garzo, Registered Dietitian from Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Family Health Services Department, offered a valuable presentation at the Older Adult Health Fair on the dangers of dehydration and how to prevent it.  Please click on the link below to watch the clip.  For more information, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120 or the Family Health Services Department at 607-687-5333.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKiZ9QAOLv3FJFIi5ijGoSw

According to a recent article published on the Tioga County Public Health website, Tioga County is one of five counties in New York State with the highest levels of radon.  Statistics suggest that 51% of homes in Tioga County have elevated levels of radon.  Luckily, a free resource exists to test for radon in your home.  Tioga County’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program is available to help.  For more information, please click on the link below.

https://tiogacountyny.com/departments/public-health/news/radon-testing/

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and advances in Alzheimer's treatments, care, and research.  Get tips for living with Alzheimer's as well as simple ideas on how you can support the fight to end Alzheimer's.  Click on the following link to sign up!

http://www.alz.org/apps/email_signup.asp

 

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.

https://youtu.be/unV5CLkm4bI

 

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