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Friday, 21 April 2017 14:30

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, 4/24: Tortellini Alfredo with Mixed Vegetables

Tuesday, 4/25: Spaghetti & Meatballs with Green Beans

Wednesday, 4/26: Roasted Pork with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Thursday, 4/27: Shepard’s Pie with Asparagus

Friday, 4/28: Stuffed Peppers with Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:02

Transportation Bingo

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Friday, 31 March 2017 16:00

Decision Making Day

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Have you thought about a Will, Power of Attorney, or Health Care Proxy? Come learn more about these essential documents at Decision Making Day! Greg Catarella from Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP will be presenting important information on Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, and Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders.

This program is being offered on:

Friday, April 28th from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego and

Thursday, May 18th from 9:00-11:00 AM at Community Care Network of Nichols, 139 Roki Blvd, Nichols

The program is open to the public, but registration is required. To attend either of these events, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120 ext. 331 to reserve your seat! Informational packets are also available upon request. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at each session.
Friday, 31 March 2017 15:59

Long Term Care Ombudsman Presentation

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Many residents in long-term care facilities have family or friends who visit and help them adjust to living in their new home. But what does a resident do when no one is around? Who is there to explain their rights as residents? Oftentimes, long-term care facilities’ rules and regulations are difficult to navigate on one’s own. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is available to support individuals living in long-term care facilities. Action for Older Persons will present information on this program on the following date:

Friday, April 7th from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego

This presentation will offer a brief history of the Ombudsman program, and will describe its critical role in supporting residents, family members, and facility staff. The responsibilities of an Ombudsman and how to become involved in the program will also be discussed. The presentation is free to the public, but registration is required. Please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat. Informational packets will be available upon request.
Monday, 13 March 2017 09:14

Community Luncheon in Spencer

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On Thursday, March 9th, the Department of Aging traveled to the Community & Fitness Center in Spencer to offer a special luncheon to the community. A total of 21 guests joined us for a tasty meal of Salisbury Steak, red potatoes, and homemade gingerbread.

This luncheon was made possible through a collaboration between the Department of Aging and INSPIRE. We were thrilled to offer a hot, healthy meal to those in Spencer who may not always be able to join us for lunch at the Countryside Community Center in Owego.

Plans for the next community luncheon are already underway…stay tuned for more information!

Are you 60 years of age or older? Could you benefit from personal care and/or housekeeping assistance?

Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) is a supplemental program that can play a vital role in preventing or delaying the transition into a nursing home. An aide can be provided for up to six hours per week to assist with activities such as:

Bathing

Dressing

Personal care

Laundry

Light housekeeping

To receive EISEP services, a home visit and an assessment are required. A financial assessment is also completed as there may be a fee for the service depending on your household income and eligible housing expenses.

Please note that this is not a medical service (the aide cannot administer medication), and that there is currently a waiting list for this program.

If you are interested in learning more about EISEP, please contact NY Connects within the Department of Aging at (607) 687-4120, ext. 331.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:57

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

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Falls are the leading cause of injuries for older adults. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, a senior citizen dies from a fall. Luckily, many falls are preventable. View the short, animated video, “6 Steps to Prevent a Fall” by the National Council on Aging, to learn simple tips and suggestions to help you reduce your risk of falling.

 

 

March is national Nutrition Awareness month! March also begins the kick off of the Elderwood Community Education Series (CES), which will make its way to the Countryside Community Center on April 18th.

Registered Dietitian, Allyssa Kline, and Speech and Language Pathologist, Jessica Pallozi, will be on hand for the series’ first topic “Aging and Nutrition: Healthier You for a Better Tomorrow.” Attendees will learn what to expect from the normal parts of aging as they compare to the effects of chronic disease, and will explore the role nutrition plays day to day as we age. Stephanie Sinsabaugh, Assistant Administrator of Elderwood, will give an update on recent changes to the U.S. healthcare system to include how area healthcare organizations are shifting to support a healthier community.

The event will take place at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) on April 18th from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, and is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Guests are encouraged to register by calling Elderwood at 607-565-2861 or the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331.
Friday, 24 February 2017 12:17

Join EPIC to save more with Medicare Part D!

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EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) is a New York State program that provides secondary drug coverage and premium assistance for older adults with Medicare Part D.

You can join EPIC if you are a New York State resident, age 65 or older, and have an annual income up to $75,000 (single individual) or $100,000 (married couple). To receive EPIC benefits, you must be enrolled in a Medicare Part D drug plan.

EPIC:

 Pays the monthly Medicare Part D drug premium (up to the basic plan amount) for older adults with an annual income less than $23,000 (single individual) or $29,000 (married couple)

 Provides co-payment assistance for Medicare Part D and EPIC covered drugs after any Medicare Part D deductible is met

 Provides co-payment assistance for covered Medicare Part D excluded drugs

 Offers co-payments that range from $3.00 to $20.00 based on the cost of the drug.

It’s easy to join EPIC! Tioga Opportunities, Inc. offers a Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program (HIICAP), which provides free and objective information about Medicare to members of the community. Assistance with completing the EPIC application is available by calling 607-687-4120, or you can contact EPIC directly at 1-800-332-3742.
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 08:57

New scams—Beware!

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The “Can You Hear Me Now?” Scam

You may remember the Verizon commercial where the gentleman asks, “Can you hear me now?”  In the case of this newly identified scam, your best bet is to say nothing at all.

According to CBS New York, authorities are warning the public that scammers are calling homes and asking, “Can you hear me now?”  When the person responds, “Yes,” their voice is recorded and is being used to authorize charges for various services. 

If you receive a call like this, authorities advise to simply say nothing at all and promptly hang up.  It’s important to refrain from saying anything or pressing any buttons.  Doing so alerts the scammer that your number is a working number, which can be used for future scam calls.

(Source for CBS New York article: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/01/30/can-you-hear-me-now-scam/)

The Sweetheart Scam

People of all ages are using online dating sites to find love and happiness.  However, those sites are presenting a new way to exploit and take advantage of innocent people.  Scammers have used these meeting sites to target victims and attempt to establish a bond.  They then persuade the victim to continue conversations off the website.  Fraud becomes harder to track without the safeguards that the website offers.  As the scammer continues to build a “relationship” with their victim, they will begin to ask for personal information or financial help with a “predicament” they are facing. 

If you or someone you know is using a dating website, please be cautious!  To read the full article regarding the “sweetheart scam,” see the article at the following link: http://www.cnbc.com/2015/02/17/these-scammers-are-targeting-your-elderly-parents.html

For more tips on how to avoid falling victim to a scam and details about other scams, go to   NYS Division of Consumer Protection’s website: https://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/scams/older_adults.html

The “Can You Hear Me Now?” Scam

You may remember the Verizon commercial where the gentleman asks, “Can you hear me now?”  In the case of this newly identified scam, your best bet is to say nothing at all.

According to CBS New York, authorities are warning the public that scammers are calling homes and asking, “Can you hear me now?”  When the person responds, “Yes,” their voice is recorded and is being used to authorize charges for various services. 

If you receive a call like this, authorities advise to simply say nothing at all and promptly hang up.  It’s important to refrain from saying anything or pressing any buttons.  Doing so alerts the scammer that your number is a working number, which can be used for future scam calls.

(Source for CBS New York article: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/01/30/can-you-hear-me-now-scam/)

The Sweetheart Scam

People of all ages are using online dating sites to find love and happiness.  However, those sites are presenting a new way to exploit and take advantage of innocent people.  Scammers have used these meeting sites to target victims and attempt to establish a bond.  They then persuade the victim to continue conversations off the website.  Fraud becomes harder to track without the safeguards that the website offers.  As the scammer continues to build a “relationship” with their victim, they will begin to ask for personal information or financial help with a “predicament” they are facing. 

If you or someone you know is using a dating website, please be cautious!  To read the full article regarding the “sweetheart scam,” see the article at the following link: http://www.cnbc.com/2015/02/17/these-scammers-are-targeting-your-elderly-parents.html

For more tips on how to avoid falling victim to a scam and details about other scams, go to   NYS Division of Consumer Protection’s website: https://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/scams/older_adults.html

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