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New for 2019:
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period--January 1st through March 31st

 

During the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP), Medicare Advantage plan enrollees may enroll in another Medicare Advantage plan or disenroll from their Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare. Individuals may make only one election during the MA OEP and may also consider adding or dropping Part D (prescription drug) coverage. For more information or a Medicare Plan review, please contact Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program (HIICAP) at 607-687-4120, ext. 344.

The following information has been sent from the Social Security Administration:

We have become aware of reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Social Security Administration (SSA). In them, unknown callers are using threatening language to warn unknowing victims that they will be arrested or face other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue. In some instances, these unknown callers switch tactics and communicate that they want to help an individual with activating a suspended Social Security number. Such calls are a scam, and are not coming from official SSA representatives.

We encourage you to inform your members and extended networks not to engage with such callers, and to report any suspicious calls to Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271 or submitting a report on the OIG website (https://oig.ssa.gov/report).

 

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, 1/21:  CLOSED
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, 1/22: Salisbury Steak and Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday, 1/23: Tuscan Chicken Pasta 

Thursday, 1/24: Spaghetti & Meatballs

Friday, 1/25: Herb Crusted Cod with Butternut Squash

 

Sepsis can and does affect people of all ages. The very young and those who already have a chronic health issue or a compromised immune system are at higher risk of developing sepsis. But people over 65 years old, particularly those who have health issues, are even more susceptible to sepsis than any other group. According to a study published in 2006, while people aged 65 years and older make up about 12% of the American population, they make up 65% of sepsis cases in the hospitals.

Sepsis kills someone every 2 minutes, hospitalizes someone every 20 seconds and is the leading cause of hospital readmissions and avoidable hospitalizations. Eighty-ninety (89) percent of sepsis infections originate in the home and community and NOT in the hospital. Prevention and identification are key, and when identified, 80% of people’s lives are saved.

For more information, watch the clip below:

Video clip:  Sepsis & Older Adults

Are you receiving all the property tax exemptions for which you are eligible? Do you qualify for additional savings? Cheri Grenier, Owego Tax Assessor, will be offering a presentation on common property tax exemptions that Tioga County residents may be eligible for. Join Tioga Opportunities, Inc. on January 29th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Community & Fitness Center (57 E. Tioga St., Spencer). This presentation is free to the public, but registration is required. Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to RSVP.
Looking for something different to do? Want to learn a new recipe? Join us for a fun night of cooking instruction with friends, old and new!

• Wednesday, January 23rd at 4:30 PM at Confection Connection (59 North Ave., Owego)

The cost for the class is $20.00/person (all ingredients and supplies will be provided). The class will be limited to the first eight (8) people to sign up. Join us and bring a friend! Please bring your payment the night of the event.

Registration is required for this event. Preference will be given to older adults. Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your spot before January 18th.

Thank you to all of our RSVP volunteers (and their guests!) who joined Department of Aging staff for a Holiday Luncheon on Wednesday, December 5th at Tioga Downs Casino Resort.  RSVP volunteers have made a significant difference in the lives of many older adults in Tioga County, both by delivering healthy meals and providing transportation to needed medical appointments.  In the time period from March 2018 through September 2018, RSVP volunteers dedicated 1,430 hours of their time serving their fellow community members.  We were grateful to have the opportunity to offer a small token of thanks for the time and energy given by these selfless volunteers.  If you are interested in learning more about volunteering through RSVP and giving back to the community, please contact Christine Shaver at 607-687-4120, ext. 313 or cshaver@tiogaopp.org.

A recent article in The New York Times regarding phone scams stated that "the number of fraudulent calls in early 2018 had soared to 30 percent of all calls, rising from 4 percent in early 2017."  More and more, scammers are relying on the telephone to exploit innocent people, many of whom are older adults.  Last year, individuals between the ages of 50 and 70 filed the most fraud and identity theft complaints to the Federal Trade Commission.  Please click on the link below to read the full article:

 

"When Answering the Phone Exposes You to Fraud"

The Family Development Credential (FDC) Program

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County is again offering the Family Development Credential (FDC) program beginning January 2019 for frontline family workers. The core goal of the program is for families to attain a healthy self-reliance.

This nationally recognized and respected professional development program provides training and opportunities to practice skills for strength-based family support. Family development workers help individuals and families of all ages, life-styles, and cultures learn to set and work toward their own goals.

This training increases the effectiveness of workers helping families. To earn the FDC, a participant must:
• Complete 90 hours of interactive classroom instruction based on the Empowerment Skills for Family Workers curriculum
• Prepare a skills portfolio with support of a portfolio advisor, and
• Pass a state credentialing exam.

The course is highly interactive and applicable to our professional and personal lives.  The fee is $900 and includes 90-hours of training, the course materials, and exam fee.  The credential is also applicable for college credit and/or contact hours.  It also can be used to document training hours for both new NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential applicants and for renewals.

The New York State Department of State selected Cornell University to develop the FDC curriculum and administer the program in 1996. Today, the University of Connecticut administers the National FDC.

Classes start January 10, 2019 at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Owego, NY

Space is limited; reservations must be made by December 31.

FDC Brochure - 2019

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s annual meeting will be held on November 27, 2018, at 6 PM at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego, NY 13827. The public is invited to attend. The agenda will include the following:

A. Call to order
B. Establish a quorum
C. Review and acceptance of previous meeting minutes
D. Report of Board President
E. Report of Treasurer
F. Report of Executive Director
G. Announcements
H. New business
I. Date of next year’s annual meeting:
J. Motion to adjourn

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is happy to lend a helping hand.  Members of TOI Management spent part of Saturday, September 15 working to beautify Evergreen Cemetery in Owego.  Staff cleared brush and sticks, sanded park benches, and painted a gazebo.  We are proud to be part of this community and look forward to our next volunteering adventure!

On August 14th, Tioga Opportunities, Inc.'s Department of Aging partnered with the Tioga County Historical Society Museum to offer a tour of their current exhibit, “200 Years of Serving Our Country.”  Participants were able to view muskets, drums, medals, pictures, and actual uniforms worn by members of the armed forces from Tioga County over the last two centuries.  

One of the most interesting stories and displays is that of Lieutenant Benjamin W. Loring, who served with the Union Navy in the Civil War.  He was in attendance at Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater the night President Abraham Lincoln was shot.  After the shot rang out, Lt. Loring rushed to Lincoln’s box to help.  He used his own knife to cut the President’s tie off his neck to allow him to breathe.  Lt. Loring was one of four men who carried President Lincoln out of the theater and across the street to the location where he eventually passed away.  It wasn’t until Lt. Loring returned to the Naval Yard later that night that he noticed all the bloodstains on his jacket.  He never had it washed.  He eventually moved to Owego and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

This exhibit runs until September 29th at the Tioga County Historical Society Museum.  Don’t miss your chance to see this and other fascinating pieces of local history!
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