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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

 

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Below are some ways to help you prevent tick bites:

  • In tick-infested areas, your best protection is to avoid contact with soil, leaf litter and vegetation. However, if you garden, hike, camp, hunt, work, or otherwise spend time in the outdoors, you can still protect yourself:
  • Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily.
  • Wear enclosed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants.
  • Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors and check again once indoors.
  • Consider using insect repellent. Follow label directions.
  • Stay on cleared, well-traveled trails. Avoid contacting vegetation.
  • Avoid sitting directly on the ground or on stone walls.
  • Keep long hair tied back, especially when gardening.

If you do get a tick bite, below is a quick guide on how to properly remove it:

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For more information

View this Youtube video

Or visit: Tick Information

You think you're doing the right thing giving your baby a bottle to help settle into nap or bedtime. But if that bottle is filled with anything but water, you may be setting your baby up for bottle rot or early childhood tooth decay and bottle rot. What is bottle rot? And how can you avoid bottle rot?

What Is Bottle Rot?

Bottle rot is tooth decay of your baby's first teeth. It happens when sugary drinks like juice, milk, or formula cling to your baby's teeth for a long time. A bottle may help him or her to fall asleep, but inside the mouth, bacteria are feeding on the juice, producing the acids that cause tooth decay.

Bottle Rot Attacks Baby Teeth

Baby teeth do several really important jobs. They help your child learn how to chew solid food and speak properly. They also serve as placeholders and guides for your child's permanent teeth. So, it's important that you protect your child's baby teeth from bottle rot and other types of harm.

You can prevent bottle rot from destroying your baby's dental health by taking some simple steps.

• Give babies only water in a bottle during a nap and bedtime.

• Limit the amount of juice and other sugary drinks during the day.

• Wipe your baby's gums with a clean, damp baby washcloth after mealtimes.

• Never dip a pacifier in sugar, honey, or other sweeteners.

• If your water is not fluoridated, ask your child's dentist or doctor if you should use a fluoride supplement.

• Avoid cleaning a baby's pacifier with your mouth, sharing chewed food or using the same spoon.

• Schedule your baby's first dental check-up by the time the first tooth comes in.
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.
The HEAP Cooling Assistance benefit opens May 1, 2017.

If you are eligible, you may receive one Cooling Assistance benefit per applicant household for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or a fan to help your home stay cool.

In circumstances where an air conditioner cannot be safely installed, a fan will be provided.

Only one air conditioner or fan, not to exceed $800 with installation, will be provided per applicant household. No additional HEAP cash benefits are available.

You may be eligible for a Cooling Assistance HEAP benefit if:

  • Your household's gross monthly income is at or below the current income guidelines for your household size as posted in the following table, or
  • You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits, or
  • You receive Temporary Assistance (TA), or
  • You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone), and
  • You and your household members are United States Citizens or qualified aliens, and
  • Includes an individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by heat, and
  • You received a Regular benefit greater than $21 in the current program year, and
  • You currently do not have a working air conditioner or the air conditioner you have is five years old or older, and
  • You did not receive a HEAP funded air conditioner within the past ten years.
Your household eligibility requirements include filing an application with your local department of social services, providing all necessary documentation, and the household must reside in an eligible living situation.

Getting the air conditioner installed

A participating Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) vendor list can be obtained by contacting your HEAP Local District Contact. It will be your responsibility to maintain the air conditioner. This includes the responsibility to remove, cover, store, and/or reinstall the unit or the installation sleeve after vendor installation.

Where to apply

You may apply for the HEAP Cooling Assistance with your HEAP Local District Contact.

View HEAP Monthly Income Limits.
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!”

(source: https://oam.acl.gov/)

Physical activity for young children is an important component of early brain development and learning.  When adults model and teach the importance of physical activity, young children are more likely to adopt a lifetime of healthful practices and behaviors.

Click on the link below for 15 simple outdoor activities you can do to get your children moving.

Outdoor Activities

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!
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