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.


This is a great time for families to focus on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging families to take the following steps:


Shop Smart. To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the foods from the grocery store.

Cook Healthy. Involve your child in the preparation of meals. They will learn about food and may even be enticed to try new foods they helped prepare. Depending on your child’s age, they can do many things to help in the kitchen, such as cracking eggs, peeling fruit, and mixing ingredients. Click on the link below to watch a few short videos for more ideas on how to get your children involved with cooking at home: Videos

Eat Right. Sit down together as a family. Research indicates that those families who eat together have a stronger bond, and children have higher self-confidence and perform better in school.   

Healthy Habits. You can help kids form great, healthy habits by setting a good example. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, choose lower-sodium options such as low-sodium soups and crackers, as well as cutting back on processed foods, which generally are high in sodium, and make at least half the grains your family eats whole grains. For beverages, choose water over sugary drinks, and opt for fat-free or low-fat milk.

Get Moving. Aside from being a great way to spend time together, regular physical activity is vital to strengthen muscle and bones, promote a healthy body weight, support learning, develop social skills and build self-esteem. Kids are encouraged to be active for 60 minutes per day. 

Some great ideas to help your kids to move more include:

  • Going for a walk with the family after dinner

  • Having them to help with outdoor household chores, such as raking leaves, pulling weeds, and watering plants

  • As a parent, be an active role model by including physical activity in your day.  When your children see you enjoying being active, they are more willing to model your behavior. 

For more information and ideas on ways to keep your kids healthy visit: Kids Eat Right







Join us for lunch!


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, 8/21: Vegetable Frittata with Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday, 8/22: Spanish Rice with Roasted Zucchini & Yellow Squash

Wednesday, 8/23: Basil Baked Pollock with Parsley Red Potatoes

Thursday, 8/24: Pesto Chicken with Bow Tie Noodles

Friday, 8/25: Vegetable Lasagna with Cut Carrots


Are you interested in gathering and analyzing data to identify strengths and weakness of Tioga County’s municipalities? Are you ready to make a one-year commitment to ensure more resources and services are allocated to Tioga County? If so, VISTA is for you. Click on for more information and an application.

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.

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!


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.


Recently, a client’s daughter reached out to the Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program (HIICAP) for help with her mother’s situation. A new widow, Mrs. M. discovered that she was losing medical insurance coverage from her late husband’s retirement health insurance benefits. In only two weeks’ time, she would be dropped. Our Aging Benefits Specialist assisted her with signing up for a Medicare Supplement and a Part D (prescription) plan. When we learned Mrs. M.’s new income following her husband’s death, we also assisted her with a Medicare Savings Program (MSP) application. She was approved! Mrs. M.’s Medicare Part B premium ($109.00 per month) will now be reimbursed and not deducted from her Social Security.  Furthermore, Mrs. M. also qualifies for the Extra Help program which will pay for her Part D prescription plan ($39.00 per month) and will lower her prescription co-pay amounts.  The icing on the cake was that because she was eligible for the Medicare Savings Program before she knew her true new income, Mrs. M. received an additional Part B reimbursement of $545.00! Not only was Mrs. M. reassured about her health insurance situation, she was able to save a significant amount of money that can now be redirected to other important household needs. 

TOI’s Group Workcamp finished its 11th year in Tioga County with over 10,000 volunteer service hours completed in one week. 343 teen campers from 12 states worked on 53 home-repair projects that ranged from building mobile home skirting, decks and stairs, to painting. Additionally, they brought over 2,000 food items for the county’s emergency food pantries. Many thanks go to everyone who helped make this event so successful, especially the Newark Valley Central School District.

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Do you care for your grandchildren or other children during the day?  Are you looking for a fun, low-cost way to enjoy the warm weather?  FREE swimming lessons are offered through the Learn-to-Swim program at participating State Parks across New York State.  According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, “The Learn-to-Swim program is a great way for kids to become acquainted with the water and have fun in the sun safely and responsibly.”  Classes are appropriate for all ages and experience levels.  The following local parks are participating this year:  Chenango Valley State Park (607-648-5251), Oquaga Creek State Park (607-467-4160), Taughannock Falls State Park (607-387-6739), and Cayuga Lake State Park (315-568-5163).  Pre-registration is required.  Contact the park directly for more information or to register.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. recently participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Longest Day” fundraiser. To help raise awareness and funds for research and education, staff at the agency paid to dress “Casual for a Cause” on Fridays throughout the month of June.  The Alzheimer’s Association offered an educational presentation, “Know the 10 Signs,” on Friday, June 23rd at the Countryside Community Center, which was immediately followed by an ice cream social (with all proceeds donated to the Alzheimer’s Association).  Staff and guests alike enjoyed ice cream that was generously donated by Ice Cream Works (located at 14 George St., Owego).  By the end of June, a grand total of $457.00 was raised to support this important cause!  For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, please visit or call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331.
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