If you receive a letter or a phone call claiming that the warranty on your car is about to expire and offering you an “extended warranty,” use caution.  This scam attempts to trick consumers into buying a fictitious plan that will extend their automobile warranty.  The letter will explain all the potential charges you could face should your vehicle need to be fixed without the warranty, but often doesn’t even list your car’s make and model.

If you receive a letter or phone call stating that your car’s warranty is about to expire, check with the manufacturer or your local dealership.  DO NOT call the phone number listed on the letter.  Be cautious!  For more information on this and other scams, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is thrilled to share that it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation for 2018. 

Many older adults in our county depend on services from Tioga Opportunities, Inc. to help them remain safe and independent in their own homes and to assist them in accessing nutritious meals.  The generous support of local foundations, such as the Senior Citizens Foundation, is critical in helping Tioga Opportunities, Inc. meet the needs of the county’s seniors.

Numerous programs offered through Tioga Opportunities, Inc. will benefit from this gift, including Home Delivered Meals, Group Workcamp, and various food pantries throughout the county.  Funding will also be utilized this year to assist older adults with transportation to medical appointments, a critical need in Tioga County. 

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. would like to thank the Senior Citizens Foundation for their generosity.  Local support such as this grant assists in the provision of services that make an important difference in the lives of many people in the community.

If you’re interested in making a difference in your community, we’ve got a role for you! In 2016, the AARP Tax-Aide program prepared over 900 returns for Tioga County residents.  With the help of people like you, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax-filing help to those who need it most. We’re looking for compassionate and friendly individuals to join our team of local volunteers for the upcoming tax season. You’ll receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. And, as our current volunteers tell us, you’ll not only learn new skills, but also get a great feeling from helping someone else.

Learn to prepare taxes and make a difference in your community at the same time. We offer free tax preparation help to anyone, with special attention to older, low-income taxpayers. As a volunteer, you will join thousands of others who each year prepare millions of tax returns at thousands of tax sites nationwide.

To sign up to volunteer for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, go to the AARP website at If you want more information about the local program, drop an e-mail to and please put “Tax-Aide” in the subject line.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Understanding risk factors is a crucial part of prevention and early intervention. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.,

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women

  • It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women

  • Anyone with breast tissue is at risk and though it is rare, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer

  • Because men are less likely to assume a lump is cancerous, they often delay or do not seek treatment

People with breasts should get an annual breast exam even if they are younger than 40. Getting annual exams along with conducting breast self exams at home is great way to manage breast health. If you are looking for services, Tioga Opportunities Inc., Family Planning provides cancer screenings and information on how to conduct a breast self exam.

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, 10/16:   Pasta Primavera over Bow Tie Pasta

Tuesday, 10/17:  Cabbage Rolls with Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday, 10/18:  Chicken a la King over Brown Rice

Thursday, 10/19:  "Dinner with Friends" Roasted Pork with Red Potatoes (Reservation required)

Friday, 10/20:  Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

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. 315.

Would you like free guidance from a local attorney about your legal needs?  Tioga Opportunities, Inc., in conjunction with the NYS Bar Association, is hosting an Elder Law Clinic on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego). Tioga County residents over the age of 60 can register for a free 30-minute legal consultation with a local attorney on a wide range of legal concerns.  To schedule an appointment, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 by 4:00 PM on November 3, 2017.  Appointments are limited, so please call today!

Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Department of Aging is holding two Public Hearings this year, in an effort to increase the accessibility of the event for those living throughout the county. Tioga County residents are encouraged to attend to provide input and feedback regarding Aging services, and to make recommendations on how Tioga Opportunities, Inc. can improve its services to older adults in the community.

Please join us on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego), or on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the Community & Fitness Center (57 East Tioga St, Spencer).

Aging Services Director, Christine Shaver, and Aging Services Coordinators, Amanda Kushner and Kristin Sherman, will be on hand to review program highlights and accomplishments. All information gathered will be used to plan services in the coming year. Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 313 for more information.

Would you like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss?  Join the Department of Aging on Monday, October 16th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) when the Alzheimer’s Association presents “Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia:  The Basics.”  If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss or other behavioral changes, please come and learn the facts about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  This program is free to the public, but registration is required.  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat.

If you or someone you know may need to access a skilled nursing facility in the near future and you are concerned about Medicaid coverage, come join us on October 5th and 12th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) to learn about ways to protect your assets from skilled nursing home care costs. Greg Catarella from Levene Gouldin & Thompson will be on site to answer questions about the relationship between Medicaid and paying for skilled nursing care. If you are interested in attending this event, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat!  Informational packets will be available upon request.

The impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have devastated families of our most vulnerable people, and Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in those areas are working hard to ensure their doors get and stay open to help those in need.

The National Community Action Partnership is raising funds to help staff of the local CAAs get back on their feet so they are able to meet the needs of their local community. 100% of the funds raised by the Partnership will be deployed through Community Action State Associations. The State Associations will develop a process for application and fund-distribution that best meets the needs of the local agencies and their staff, balancing flexibility with accountability. We look forward to reporting back to you and all donors on how the funds were dispersed.

To donate money to help Community Action Agency staff who are struggling with the impact of the hurricanes, click here. You may donate to the full effort, or designate your contribution for Texas or Florida. If you have already donated money, thank you! We will circle back to you in the days to come to clarify this plan and give you the chance to designate if you so choose.

The Partnership board has agreed to contribute $15,000 dollars to this effort. The Partnership's goal throughout this process is to work closely with State Associations to see that dispersal to associations begins before the end of the month and continues as the funds allow through December. Again, please visit the Partnership's donation page to contribute funds to support the Community Action victims of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. Thank you!

Do you know how to safely discard unused medication?  Have you ever wondered if your medications are safe to be taken simultaneously?  Important information regarding prescription drug safety was presented by Shelby Smith from CASA-Trinity at the Older Adult Health Fair on August 1st.  Click on the link below to watch her presentation.  You’ll learn from this clip that what you don’t know about your medication CAN hurt you.  Put yourself in control by learning tips that can help you make sure you’re using medication safely.  For more information, please call CASA-Trinity at 607-223-4066 or the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120.

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.

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