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:
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.
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.
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
“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” offered by Tioga Opportunities, Inc.
Are you a caregiver caring for a loved one? Make a positive difference in your life! Join the Department of Aging for “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” an educational program designed to empower caregivers. You can benefit from this class whether you are caring for a parent, spouse, friend, etc. You will learn skills to reduce stress, communicate effectively, help you relax, reduce guilt and anger, and more! There is NO COST to attend this program, and participants receive the course book for FREE.
Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 for more information!
Are you age 55 or over, have a monthly income below $1,256 (or $1,692 for a household of two), and are currently unemployed?
If so, the Department of Aging may have a position available for you. The Senior Community Service Employment Program is an opportunity for a part-time position where you will gain valuable job skills and receive additional income.
A variety of assignments are currently available. For more information, please contact 607-687-4120, ext. 338.
Low-impact exercise programs can help reduce pain and stiffness, while simultaneously increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is currently offering a physical activity classes that is suitable for every fitness level.
Join us on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego).
If you would like more information, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 315.
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