Did you know that more than 60% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese?  Obesity and poor diet can have serious consequences.  Join the Department of Aging when the American Heart Association presents “Eating Heart Healthy,” a program designed to educate people on the importance of good nutrition at any age!  

  • Tuesday, April 17th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at Elderwood at Waverly (37 North Chemung St, Waverly)

Topics covered will include tips to stay on track with your nutritional goals during the holidays, serving vs. portion sizes, “eating the rainbow,” and much more.  There is no cost for this program, but registration is required.  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat!  Informational packets will also be available upon request.

Are you interested in learning more about services and programs that are available to help you and your family?  Please join us for one of several presentations offered by Mike Middaugh from the Tioga County Veterans’ Service Agency:

  • Tuesday, April 10th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)
  • Tuesday, April 24th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Community & Fitness Center (57 East Tioga St, Spencer)
  • Tuesday, May 15th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Waverly Municipal Building (32 Ithaca St, Waverly)

Come find out more about the Tioga County Veterans Service Agency; the benefits available to you at the federal, state, and local levels; and the many ways this organization works with veterans and their families in Tioga County.  These presentations are free to the public, but registration is required.  Please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat today!

Join us for lunch!
Did you know that lunch is available Monday through Friday at the Countryside Community Center? 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!
Next week’s meals:
Monday, 3/19:  Ravioli Florentine with Asparagus
Tuesday, 3/20:  Lemon Garlic Chicken with Barley Pilaf
Wednesday, 3/21:  Salisbury Steak & Mushroom Gravy 
Thursday, 3/22:  Honey Mustard Pork with Sweet Potatoes

Friday, 3/23:  Cheesy Cajun Rice & Beans

March is National Nutrition Month®

This month the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics puts a spotlight on the importance of eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet. "Go Further with Food" is the theme for 2018. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food", while saving both nutrients and money.

Join WIC to learn more and help celebrate National Nutrition Month®

WIC will be at the following locations:

March 19th: Owego WIC Office-11am-7pm

March 20th: Newark Valley Hollenbecks-11am-2pm

March 21st: Spencer Big M: 9:30am-11:30am

There will also be a chance to win a gift card!


Guests recently gathered at the Countryside Community Center to enjoy two entertaining events.  On Thursday, February 15th, almost 100 people came to the Department of Aging’s “Dinner with Friends” Valentine’s Day dinner.  Ryan Wilson treated the crowd to lively music while diners dug into a spaghetti and meatballs dinner.  These events are held quarterly and normally include live entertainment.  It’s a great opportunity to bring a friend or meet some new ones! 

An “Armchair Tour” of Italy allowed over 40 attendees to visit Italy vicariously on March 1st.  Pat Kane presented a slideshow of pictures from his past trips to the country.  The audience enjoyed his stories about Italian culture while munching on snacks including meatballs, bruschetta, and caprese skewers.  We are already looking forward to Pat’s next presentation on Northern Ireland and Scotland on May 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  We’d love for you to join us!  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat.

Price Chopper

42 West Main St.

Owego, NY

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

10am - 2pm


We’ll be providing digital screening mammograms for women 35 years and older.

Owego United Methodist Church

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

10am - 2pm

Full Service

We’ll be providing clinical breast exams, digital screening mammograms and pelvic exams with our Nurse Practitioner for women 35 years and older.

If you have an order from your healthcare provider and would like to schedule an appointment, please call Lourdes Central Scheduling: (607)798-5723

*You do not need an order if it has been over one year since your last mammogram*

Are you without insurance?

You may be eligible for no cost, or low cost, cancer screenings. To find out if you qualify, or if you’d like more information, please call Cancer Services Program: (607)778-3900

Lourdes also offers a financial assistance program – for more information, please call Lourdes Financial Assistance: (607)584-5522

“Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables”

Come join the excitement at a Nutritional Cooking Class offered by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier on Thursday, March 8th from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)!  Learn how to fuel your day in a healthy way.  There will be a group discussion, a fun activity, and an easy recipe for all to try.  All attendees will receive a kitchen gift!  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 320 to sign up today! 

Do you know where to find help and information on services and supports in your community?  NY Connects is a trusted place that gives you information about available options whether you are paying for services yourself, through insurance, or are eligible for a government program.  NY Connects serves anyone who needs information on long term services and supports, such as older adults, a child or adult with a disability, family members or caregivers, friends or neighbors, and helping professionals.

 Click on the link below to learn more:

For more information, call NY Connects at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. at 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

Starting in April 2018, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, to help protect you from identity fraud.  Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security Number so Medicare is removing Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards to make them safer.

Your new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you.  The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure.  Your Medicare coverage and benefits stay the same.

And there’s more good news—Medicare will automatically mail your new card at no cost to the address you have on file with Social Security.  There’s nothing you need to do!  If you need to update your official mailing address, visit your online my Social Security account.

Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare Number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card.  Treat your Medicare Number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers.  Remember, Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.

For more information about your new Medicare card, visit  You can also call the Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. (607-687-4120) with questions or concerns.

Lourdes Mobile Mammography Van with be in the Owego area during the month of February.

They will be at Price Chopper on February 6th and United Methodist Church on February 21st

Lourdes Mission in Motion

Mobile Mammography Van - We come to you!

For more information on Price Chopper location click here

For information on United Methodist location click here




WIC holds clinics in Owego, Waverly, Spencer, and Richford throughout each month at the following locations:                                                                                          

Owego: 110 Central Ave

Waverly: Waverly Methodist Church, 158 Chemung St

Spencer: Inspire Community and Fitness Center, 57 East Tioga St

Richford: Town Hall, 17 Bowery Lane

For specific times and days when these clinics are open visit the WIC calendar at:

WIC Calendar

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9 Sheldon Guile Blvd.
Owego, NY 13827

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(607) 687-4222
Toll-free at 866-352-3680.
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