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Friday, 23 June 2017 12:37

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, 6/26: Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes with Broccoli

Tuesday, 6/27: Macaroni & Cheese with Stewed Tomatoes

Wednesday, 6/28: Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes

Thursday, 6/29: Tuscan Chicken over Bow Tie Pasta with Asparagus

Friday, 6/30: Meatball Sub with Sweet Potato Fries
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:57

Picnic Day Celebration

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We made the most of a rainy day recently when the Department of Aging offered its annual Picnic Day celebration on Friday, June 16th at the Countryside Community Center.  The stormy weather couldn’t deter the 60 guests who joined us for this event.  Although the lawn games stayed boxed up this year, attendees were still able to enjoy the musical talents of the “Old Country Band.”  Several even got up to dance along with the music!  The “Build Your Own Burger” Bar was a hit, and went along perfectly with the picnic theme.  Please keep an eye on the “Aging News” section of our website for more information about upcoming events.  We would love for you to join us!

The World Health Organization lifted the “public health emergency of international concern” designation for Zika last November. But that status change did not mark the outbreak's end. Between then and January, some 4,000 new cases were reported in just the U.S. and its territories.

Contracting the Zika virus during pregnancy can lead to birth defects such as damage to the brain and microcephaly. Pregnant women are encouraged to avoid travel to areas with Zika and advised to talk to their healthcare provider before traveling to understand the risks if in the event they do need to travel to a Zika area.

For more information regarding the Zika virus visit: Zika

 

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Monday, 12 June 2017 14:44

Eating Right for Older Adults

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Every time we turn on the TV or pick up a magazine, we are faced with information about the newest fad diet. Trying to figure out what is and isn’t healthy can be overwhelming. Does eating right have to be so complicated?

View the short video titled “Eat Right Tips—Eating Right for Older Adults” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to learn seven easy tips for eating healthy. For more information about eating nutritiously, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 324.

 

 

 

The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Older Adult Health Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Newark Valley Senior High School (68 Wilson Creek Road, Newark Valley). This year, the event will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Please note the change in time and location!

Several short informational presentations designed to help you incorporate healthy ideas into your day-to-day life will be offered beginning at 4:15 PM. Many agencies and businesses will be on hand to provide you with information and resources to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and independent living!

Doors will open at 4:00 PM for informational presentations.

Presentations will begin at 4:15 PM.

Visits to community partner tables will be offered from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Admission is free, and great door prizes will be available. We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact 607-687-4120, ext. 331 with any questions.
Friday, 09 June 2017 15:16

Medicare 101 in Spencer

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Will you be new to Medicare in 2017? Do you have Medicare, but would like a review lesson? If so, Medicare 101 was designed for you! Join us on Thursday, July 13th at 1:00 PM at the Christ the King Fellowship Presbyterian Church (75 N. Main St., Spencer). Gain knowledge that could prevent late enrollment penalties or coverage gaps. Learn ways to possibly enhance your finances. Call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 344 to register.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. offers “Understanding Long Term Levels of Care”

Owego & Newark Valley

Are you or a loved one facing decisions regarding long term, out of home placement? Exploring options for long term care is confusing and complicated. It is difficult to understand what acronyms like ACF, ALP, ALR, EALR, and SNF really mean. The Department of Aging will welcome Maria Motsavage from Levene Gouldin & Thompson, who will explain the differences between these levels of care, as well as whether Medicare, Medicaid, or other types of insurance will pay for them.

This program is being offered on:

Monday, July 10th from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) 

Friday, July 28th from 9:00-11:00 AM in the Rollie Noble Room at the Village Municipal Building (9 Park St., Newark Valley)

Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat for this free presentation. Information packets are also available upon request.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:11

Chuckster's Senior Miniature Golf Club

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On the 4th Thursday of each month, the Senior Miniature Golf Club will be sponsored by the Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc.

The first 10 individuals to sign up (age 50+) will have their admission paid by Tioga Opportunities, Inc.!

Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 by NOON the day before to register.

Drinking water is important for your health. It keeps your energy levels up, stokes your immune system, boosts your metabolism, and can even help you lose weight!

Most of us struggle to drink the recommended 8 glasses or 2-litres daily. Try some of the tips below to drink more water every day without it being a chore.

  • Start your day with water
  • Infuse your water with fruits, vegetables, or herbs
  • Use a straw
  • Sip Tea
  • Cut juice with sparkling water
  • Make your water extra “cool” by adding mint, cucumber, or fresh fruit to your usual ice cube tray.
  • Foods like cucumbers, salad greens, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and (of course) watermelon are high in water content and can help keep you refreshed throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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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.
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