Will you be new to Medicare within the next year? Would you like to learn how to navigate Medicare more effectively? If so, Medicare 101 was designed for you! Join us on Tuesday, June 11th from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Nichols satellite site (139 Roki Blvd, Nichols). Gain knowledge that could prevent late enrollment penalties or coverage gaps. Learn ways to possibly enhance your finances. Call Tioga Opportunities, Inc. at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to register.

Be sure to read the 2018 Impact 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! Menu subject to change without notice.
Next week’s meals:

Monday, 5/27:   CLOSED
 Tuesday, 5/28:  Cabbage Roll
Wednesday, 5/29:  Barbecue Chicken
Thursday, 5/30:  Meatball Sub
Friday, 5/31:  Turkey Loaf


Join us for a fun night of painting with friends, old and new! Step-by-step instructions will be given and all experience levels are welcome. The painting selected for the evening is “Spring Cherry Blossoms.”

  • Tuesday, April 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)

The cost for the class is $25.00/person (all supplies will be provided). The class will be limited to the first 20 people to sign up. Join us and bring a friend! Please bring your payment in cash the night of the event. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is required for this event. Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your spot before April 5th.  

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:

  • Tuesday, April 23rd from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)
  • Tuesday, May 7th from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Village Municipal Building (9 Park St, Newark Valley)

The program is open to the public, but registration is required. To attend this event, 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 following the session.

Let's work together to prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud in New York State – starting right here in Tioga County. Vigilance is the key! During this presentation, learn what to do and what not to do to protect yourself and others from Medicare fraud. Do you always review your Medicare Summary Notice when it comes in the mail? Will “Medicare” ever call and ask you to confirm your Medicare number? Have you heard about New York StateWide Senior Action Council's newest program, SMP - the Senior Medicare Patrol?

Join us to learn more:

  • Monday, April 15th at 10:00 AM, Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)      

This presentation is free to the public, but registration is required. Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat today!

Robert Wallan is April’s “Community Member of the Month.” Robert is a graduate of Owego Free Academy and the proud brother of an Army soldier. When he isn’t drawing or working on model cars, tanks, airplanes, or boats, Robert serves as a dedicated volunteer at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. in our Nutrition programs. Robert was drawn to volunteering in order to gain experience for employment. He found helping people to be so rewarding that he continues to volunteer even since becoming employed.

Robert encourages everyone to take the journey as a volunteer. He stressed that he was very glad that he did. It is an experience that provides improvement for the community and others, but for himself as well. Robert plays a vital role in our Home Delivered Meals and Congregate Dining programs. His dedication of time helps older adults receive nutritious meals right in their homes or while enjoying the company of others at the Countryside Community Center.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is very fortunate to have wonderful people like Robert volunteering their time to contribute to a stronger community. Currently, Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is seeking volunteers to assist with delivering meals to homebound older adults and to help individuals with transportation needs. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., please contact 607-687-4120, ext. 315.

For up-to-date news on what's happening with WIC, as well as tips regarding health and nutrition for your whole family, check out our newsletter below!  Simply click on the link to learn more.

Link:  WIC newsletter

WIC can be reached at 607-687-3147. 

According to the Tioga County Public Health Department, there have been multiple cases of whooping cough in Tioga County in the last few weeks.  This can be an extremely dangerous condition, especially for babies less than one year old.  Symptoms include violent coughing; vomiting during or after coughing fits; and exhaustion following coughing spells.  


For more information on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, visit


New York State has set up a program to help out homeowners who encountered damage to their home and/or appliances that occurred because of the Flash flooding August 13-15, 2018. There is a Deadline for application submission of February 4th, 2019. Find the application at: Southern Tier & Finger Lakes Storm and Flood Recovery Program
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.

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