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
Child Food Insecurity Tioga County, NY


Food Insecurity- lack of access to adequate food.

-Rate of Food Insecure children in Tioga County- 21% (2,340)

-Food Insecurity not only has children feel the effects of hunger by a missed or meager meal, but manifests itself in other biopsychosocial outcomes, including health and education.

-Children that are food insecure are more likely to be sick, be sick longer, be hospitalized, have growth issues both cognitive and physical, and to have behavioral issues.

-52% of school age children in Tioga County are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.  Of the 50%, less than 10% attended a summer meal site.

-Available assistance:  BackPack Program, Summer Food Service Program, Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens, SNAP, National School Lunch, and National School Breakfast Programs, WIC (women, infants and children).

-The Tioga County Anti-Hunger Task Force meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego, from 10:30AM-11:45AM.  The meeting is an open meeting and all are invited to attend.

Contact:  Andrew Hafer or Nancy Eckstrom at
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:02

Transportation Bingo

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It’s important to drink water to maintain balance of fluids in the body, energize muscles, moisten tissues, keep skin healthy, regulate body temperature and maintain kidney and bowel function.

Studies suggest it takes 21 days to create a habit but, bottom line, bad habits can always come back, so think “long-term lifestyle change” instead of “short-term fix” by incorporating more water intake into your daily routine. How much water you need depends on your gender, age, size and activity level, so for starters drink enough to maintain a pale urine color.

Here are a few tips to get you started with better hydration habits:

Drink a glass of water as part of the morning routine. Make it something you do with breakfast or after brushing your teeth — drink 8 to 16 ounces. Warm, cold, with or without lemon, however you enjoy it most.

Pack a water bottle. Having water on hand makes it easier to increase intake because it’s a constant reminder and easy access. Remember to fill it up a few times throughout the day, especially after meals.

Serve water with dinner. Having a pitcher at the table is a good idea so refills are easy and encouraged.

Opt for water over alcohol. Women should limit themselves to one alcoholic drink per day, while men should limit consumption to two drinks per day. If you have more than one alcoholic beverage, have water after your first drink. You could also try seltzer water with a slice of citrus, cucumber or mint-infused water instead of another drink.
According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, over 20 million new Sexually Transmitted Disease(STD) infections occur each year in the United States. This means that there are currently over 110 million men and women living with an STD in the US. If left untreated a sexually transmitted infection (STI) can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, in increased risk of HIV contraction, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and many other health risks. 

If you are currently sexually active the best way to prevent an STI is to talk, test, and treat.

TALKING… with your partner prior to intercourse about which methods will be used to prevent pregnancy and infections is the first step to sexual health. TALKING… also includes being open and honest with your health care provider about your sexual history and behaviors. Discussing this with you provider will lead to the next most important step, TESTING.

Based on your age and history, your health care provider can recommend what STI TESTING you should receive. The CDC has a current up to date list of recommendations that can be found on their website. If your test results are positive your doctor will prescribe a TREATMENT regimen that is very important to follow.

In addition, it is important to also inform any partners that you have had intercourse with in the past three months. Your doctor can offer EPT or expedited partner therapy which means a prescription can be written for them without testing. After completing TREATMENT, it is recommended that you follow up with your health care provider in three months to be re-tested to ensure that the infection has cleared.

The Family Planning clinic offers STI testing and treatment by simply call 607-687-5333 to make an appointment today. All information is kept strictly confidential!

Sexually Transmitted Infections among Young Americans. Youth bear disproportionate share of STIs. Americans ages 15 to 24 make up just 27% of the sexually active population, but account for 50% of the 20 million new STIs in the U.S. each year. Young people account for a substantial proportion of new STIs. Americans ages 15 to 24 account for 70% of the 820,000 gonorrhea infections among all ages; 63% of the 2.9 million chlamydia infections among all ages; 49% of the 14.1 million HPV infections among all ages; 45% of the 776,000 genital herpes infections among all ages; and 20% of the 55,400 syphilis infections among all ages. Finally, Americans ages 13 to 24 account for 26% of the 47,500 HIV infections among all ages.
American Heart Association’s National Walking Day is a nationwide call to action for Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle and are encouraging people to take a 30 minute walk.

Walking is low-risk and easy to start. It can help keep you fit and reduce your risk of serious diseases, like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more.

Tips to get started:

·         Wear comfortable clothes

·         Bring a friend to pass the time

·         Drink plenty of water

·         Don’t forget to move your arms
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:



Personal care


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.



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