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Saturday, 29 April 2017 16:46

Preventing Elder Financial Abuse

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Did you know that the fastest growing form of elder abuse is financial exploitation? According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, around 90% of abusers are trusted family members, friends, or caregivers. The average loss per individual financial abuse victim is a staggering $30,000. Certain populations are more at risk than others, particularly women, those who are between the ages of 80 and 89, and people who live alone. MoneyGeek, a website filled with financial resources, offers a comprehensive “Elder Financial Abuse Prevention Guide.” Please visit their website at MoneyGeek.com to learn about the warning signs of financial exploitation, how to properly vet caregivers, and how to avoid common scams that target older adults. Resources to learn more about financial abuse and tips on how to report suspected crimes are also included.
Child Food Insecurity Tioga County, NY

2017



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 ahafer@tiogaopp.org or Nancy Eckstrom at Nancy.eckstrom@gmail.com.

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.

http://www.foodandnutrition.org/Stone-Soup/March-2017/A-Healthy-Habit-Shift-Drink-More-Water/
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.

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:

Bathing

Dressing

Personal care

Laundry

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.

 

 

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:17

Join EPIC to save more with Medicare Part D!

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EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) is a New York State program that provides secondary drug coverage and premium assistance for older adults with Medicare Part D.

You can join EPIC if you are a New York State resident, age 65 or older, and have an annual income up to $75,000 (single individual) or $100,000 (married couple). To receive EPIC benefits, you must be enrolled in a Medicare Part D drug plan.

EPIC:

 Pays the monthly Medicare Part D drug premium (up to the basic plan amount) for older adults with an annual income less than $23,000 (single individual) or $29,000 (married couple)

 Provides co-payment assistance for Medicare Part D and EPIC covered drugs after any Medicare Part D deductible is met

 Provides co-payment assistance for covered Medicare Part D excluded drugs

 Offers co-payments that range from $3.00 to $20.00 based on the cost of the drug.

It’s easy to join EPIC! Tioga Opportunities, Inc. offers a Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program (HIICAP), which provides free and objective information about Medicare to members of the community. Assistance with completing the EPIC application is available by calling 607-687-4120, or you can contact EPIC directly at 1-800-332-3742.
New York State DMV Vision Registry Program Delivers Fast, Reliable Results for New Yorkers
Statewide program provides a key alternative to visiting a DMV office

 

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today encouraged New Yorkers looking to renew their driver licenses to take advantage of its online Vision Registry program, which assists motorists in speeding up the renewal of their driver license in lieu of visiting a DMV office. Launched in 2013, the Vision Registry assists New Yorkers in finding a location near them to take their vision test and have the results electronically transmitted to DMV. After the provider enters an individual’s vision test results into the registry, usually within 24 hours of the test, New Yorkers can renew their driver license online at dmv.ny.gov, saving them time and effort.

License renewal volumes vary from year to year and DMV anticipates an increase in driver license renewals in 2017 compared to last year, potentially increasing congestion in DMV offices. Participation in the Vision Registry program has the potential to save thousands of New Yorkers a trip to the office. Nearly 3,500 providers are participating in the Vision Registry program. Since April 2013, more than 414,000 driver license renewals have been completed by New Yorkers using the Vision Registry.

“The Vision Registry connects New Yorkers to a convenient service to renew their license quickly and efficiently,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “At DMV, our business is superior customer service, and we’ve made a number of innovative enhancements under Governor Cuomo’s leadership to improve the experience of our customers. The Vision Registry is one such enhancement that has changed for the better the way we do business.”

New York State requires driver license holders to pass a vision test to obtain their New York State license and to have their vision retested when they renew their license. To pass the vision test, individuals must have 20/40 vision in at least one eye with or without corrective lenses. The Vision Registry has streamlined online license renewals, eliminating the need for those customers to enter their vision test result information online, visit an office for renewal, or submit a form by mail when renewing.

Many pharmacists and other vision care providers are enrolled in the registry and have authorization to submit an individual’s vision test results into the DMV database. Some providers charge a nominal fee to administer the vision test. For more information, see our YouTube video, or visit the DMV's Online Vision Registry page.

For more information about DMV, visit dmv.ny.gov, or follow the DMV conversation at Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 08:57

New scams—Beware!

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The “Can You Hear Me Now?” Scam

You may remember the Verizon commercial where the gentleman asks, “Can you hear me now?”  In the case of this newly identified scam, your best bet is to say nothing at all.

According to CBS New York, authorities are warning the public that scammers are calling homes and asking, “Can you hear me now?”  When the person responds, “Yes,” their voice is recorded and is being used to authorize charges for various services. 

If you receive a call like this, authorities advise to simply say nothing at all and promptly hang up.  It’s important to refrain from saying anything or pressing any buttons.  Doing so alerts the scammer that your number is a working number, which can be used for future scam calls.

(Source for CBS New York article: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/01/30/can-you-hear-me-now-scam/)

The Sweetheart Scam

People of all ages are using online dating sites to find love and happiness.  However, those sites are presenting a new way to exploit and take advantage of innocent people.  Scammers have used these meeting sites to target victims and attempt to establish a bond.  They then persuade the victim to continue conversations off the website.  Fraud becomes harder to track without the safeguards that the website offers.  As the scammer continues to build a “relationship” with their victim, they will begin to ask for personal information or financial help with a “predicament” they are facing. 

If you or someone you know is using a dating website, please be cautious!  To read the full article regarding the “sweetheart scam,” see the article at the following link: http://www.cnbc.com/2015/02/17/these-scammers-are-targeting-your-elderly-parents.html

For more tips on how to avoid falling victim to a scam and details about other scams, go to   NYS Division of Consumer Protection’s website: https://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/scams/older_adults.html

The “Can You Hear Me Now?” Scam

You may remember the Verizon commercial where the gentleman asks, “Can you hear me now?”  In the case of this newly identified scam, your best bet is to say nothing at all.

According to CBS New York, authorities are warning the public that scammers are calling homes and asking, “Can you hear me now?”  When the person responds, “Yes,” their voice is recorded and is being used to authorize charges for various services. 

If you receive a call like this, authorities advise to simply say nothing at all and promptly hang up.  It’s important to refrain from saying anything or pressing any buttons.  Doing so alerts the scammer that your number is a working number, which can be used for future scam calls.

(Source for CBS New York article: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/01/30/can-you-hear-me-now-scam/)

The Sweetheart Scam

People of all ages are using online dating sites to find love and happiness.  However, those sites are presenting a new way to exploit and take advantage of innocent people.  Scammers have used these meeting sites to target victims and attempt to establish a bond.  They then persuade the victim to continue conversations off the website.  Fraud becomes harder to track without the safeguards that the website offers.  As the scammer continues to build a “relationship” with their victim, they will begin to ask for personal information or financial help with a “predicament” they are facing. 

If you or someone you know is using a dating website, please be cautious!  To read the full article regarding the “sweetheart scam,” see the article at the following link: http://www.cnbc.com/2015/02/17/these-scammers-are-targeting-your-elderly-parents.html

For more tips on how to avoid falling victim to a scam and details about other scams, go to   NYS Division of Consumer Protection’s website: https://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/scams/older_adults.html

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:04

Medication Drop Boxes in Tioga County

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Dispose of unused or unwanted prescriptions and non-prescription medications, including pet medications at the following locations:



Tioga County Sheriff’s Office

103 Corporate Drive

Owego, NY 13827

Monday-Friday 8am-4pm



Owego Police Department

90 Temple Street

Owego, NY 13827

Monday-Friday 8am-4pm



Waverly Police Department

32 Ithaca Street

Waverly, NY 14892

Monday- Friday  8am-4pm

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