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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.

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.

 

 

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.
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

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

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have issued advice regarding eating fish. This advice is geared toward helping women who are pregnant or may become pregnant - as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children - make informed choices when it comes to fish that is healthy and safe to eat.

To view recommendations click below:

Updated Fish Recommendations

In October 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released Media and Young Minds, the new screen time policy statement. This policy provides guidance for providers, families and industry to promote the development of children 0-5 years old and maximize benefit from newer digital technologies. Overall guidelines are as follows:

Avoid fast-paced programs with distracting content and any violent content

Avoid using media to calm children

Monitor apps and media content; test apps before the child uses them

Keep mealtime, bedrooms, and parent-child playtimes screen free

No screen time one hour before bed

Age specific guidelines are as follows:

<18 months: No screen media except video-chatting with a trusted family member or friend.

18-24 months: Choose high quality programming/apps (i.e. Common Sense Media, PBS Kids, and Sesame Workshop) and avoid letting children use the media by themselves.

>2 years old: One hour or less of high quality screen time. Co-use with parent to promote enhanced learning, greater interaction, and limit-setting.

To facilitate family management of screen time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently launched a Family Media Plan. This online application empowers families to create a customized plan for managing family screen time. Using this plan, families will be able to reduce overall screen time, improve the quality of screen time, and encourage a healthier lifestyle.
Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Women, Infant, & Children (WIC) program would like to give a special thank you to the Walmart Foundation for a $1,000 grant to help with our 2017 Healthy Lifestyle Initiative. This year we are focusing efforts to enhance awareness of prenatal participants, to better understand the need for extra calories during their pregnancies in order to achieve healthy birth outcomes. Increased education & awareness will highlight portion control (in regard to the need for extra calories), in helping mothers navigate what is healthy for them and baby. WIC plans to use the awarded grant money to provide those participants who are a part of the Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, portion size containers so they can use what they learn as part of the WIC experience, at home.

For more information on how to apply for WIC please call 607-687-3147
Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month?  Each year nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. Of those 13,000 women more than 4,000 of them will die as a result. The main cause of cervical cancer is the virus known as Human Papilloma Virus. As a part of our commitment to reproductive health we’d like to highlight the importance of HPV awareness, cervical cancer prevention, and overall cervical health.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most commonly transmitted STI. It can cause genital warts, cancer, and can change cells in the cervix. The most common forms of HPV are preventable with a series of three shots, known as Gardasil. It is recommended that both men and women become vaccinated sometime between the ages of 11 and 26. In addition to cervical cancer, HPV can also cause cancer of the mouth, throat, anus, penis, vagina, as well as cause genital warts.  The CDC states that nearly all sexually active women and men will come into contact with at least one strand of HPV in their lifetimes which makes vaccination crucial.

Starting at the age of 21, it is recommended that women receive their first Pap smear, and every three years after that. This is because pap smears can help detect changes in cell structure. Some women may need a PAP smear more often if they have a history of cervical cancer or abnormal results. Getting regular PAP smears can help detect the changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer, as well as the early stages of cancer. The earlier a provider can detect these changes, the higher the likelihood of survival.

PAP smears are typically free and covered by insurance, even if it’s a high deductible plan. Call Family Planning at 607-687-5333 to schedule an appointment. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale and most insurances are accepted. 



Are you a female between the ages of 14 and 20 living in Tioga County? Are you interested in learning more about birth control, STI's, and healthy behaviors? If so Family Planning Education has a program for you! This program involves earning money and other incentives for participation.

For more information call the Family Planning Clinic office at (607)687-5333 and ask about our Seventeen Days Program. 

In Collaboration with Owego's Boys and Girls Club, Tioga Family Health Services will begin running the SMART GIRLS program on January 18th. For girls of all ages SMART GIRLS is a prevention and enrichment program designed to engage girls in activities that develop their social-emotional skills. Giving girls the chance to think about and discuss the challenges they encounter and to formulate and practice appropriate and productive responses. Through this process, SMART GIRLS nurtures girls social-emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills- qualities proven to lead to success in life. 

For more information

Please contact Family Health Services at:

(607)687-5333

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. 338.

Low-impact exercise programs can help reduce pain and stiffness, while simultaneously increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is currently offering a physical activity classes that is suitable for every fitness level.

Join us on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego).

If you would like more information, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 315.

 

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