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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, 7/23:  Pot Roast with Boiled Red Potatoes

 Tuesday, 7/24:  Roasted Pork with Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday, 7/25:  Shepherd's Pie with Broccoli   

Thursday, 7/26:  Macaroni & Cheese with Stewed Tomatoes 

 Friday, 7/27:  Spanish Rice with Yellow Squash & Zucchini

Get out, stay active, and connect with others in a fun, stimulating environment!

Spruce up your backyard and enhance your bird watching activities by learning decorating techniques to create your very own birdhouse. Join us on Friday, July 20th at 1:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along buttons, ribbons, or other items to personalize your birdhouse. Come prepared with your painting clothes! Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia must be accompanied by a care partner.

Participation is free, but reservations are required. Call the Alzheimer's Association at 607-785-7852, ext. 601 to reserve your spot!

Are you or a loved one facing decisions regarding long term, out of home placement? Exploring options for long term care is confusing and complicated. It is difficult to understand what acronyms like ACF, ALP, ALR, EALR, and SNF really mean. The Department of Aging will welcome Maria Motsavage from Levene Gouldin & Thompson, who will explain the differences between these levels of care, as well as whether Medicare, Medicaid, or other types of insurance will pay for them.

This program is being offered on:

  • Thursday, July 19th from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) and
  • Wednesday, July 25th from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Community Care Network of Nichols (139 Roki Blvd, Nichols)

Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat for this free presentation. Information packets are also available upon request.

Would you like to learn more about how to communicate effectively with someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease? Join Tioga Opportunities, Inc. when the Alzheimer’s Association presents “Effective Communication Strategies.” 

  • Monday, July 16th from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)
  • Tuesday, July 24th from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at the Community Care Network of Nichols (139 Roki Blvd, Nichols)

If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss or other behavioral changes, please come and learn to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. This program is free to the public, but registration is required. Please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat.

On Wednesday, June 27th, volunteers in the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) were treated to a special recognition luncheon at Tioga Downs Resort & Casino to celebrate the success of the first year of the RSVP grant at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. John Cochran, the Deputy Director of the New York State Office for the Aging, joined the festivities to present Department of Aging staff with a Governor’s proclamation honoring the great contributions of older adult volunteers. There was much to celebrate during the event, including the 34 volunteers who have enrolled in RSVP since its inception in September 2017.

If you are looking for a new volunteer opportunity and are 55 years old or older, please consider joining RSVP! Available volunteer opportunities include Home Delivered Meals and transportation to medical appointments. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, assignment-specific training, and supplemental insurance while on duty. Mileage and meal reimbursement are also provided.

For more information, contact Christine Shaver, Director of the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 313 or cshaver@tiogaopp.org.

TOI & Community Action Month

TOI celebrated Community Action month with days of service including staff working at mobile food pantry, a collection of goods for Stray Haven, and a quilt project.

TOI quilt

Recent research conducted by University College London's Department of Behavioral Science and Health suggests that being poor later in life may increase the risk of dementia by 50 percent.  Please click on the link below to read the full article that was published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Full article

For information on programs and services offered by Tioga Opportunities, Inc. and the Department of Aging, please call 607-687-4120.

 

Did you know that much of your Social Security related business can now be handled online without having to schedule or wait for an appointment?  You can change your address, get copies of benefits statements, report wages, and so much more without having to leave your home.  It's easy!  To find out more and learn how to create an account, follow this link:

www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount

Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 with questions.

 

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. was thrilled to hold its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 27th at the Countryside Community Center in Owego. The time and energy dedicated by our volunteers is priceless. This event provides us an opportunity to acknowledge, thank, and honor each of the volunteers who do so much for the organization throughout the year.

This year’s theme was “Volunteers Brighten Our Community.” Guests were asked, “How has volunteering brightened YOUR life?” Their responses are a heartwarming reminder of the benefits of giving back to the community, both for the volunteers themselves and those we serve.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. would like to thank each of our volunteers once again; your value is immeasurable! If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 313.  

Did you miss the recent Veterans’ Services presentations?

Recently, the Department of Aging partnered with the Tioga County Veterans’ Service Agency to present information about services and programs that are available to help local veterans and their families. The seminar (presented by Mike Middaugh) gave attendees insight into benefits available to veterans at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the many ways the Veterans’ Service Agency works with veterans and their families in Tioga County. A total of 59 guests joined us for presentations in Owego and Spencer.

If you were unable to attend this informational session in person, please click on the link below to view the seminar and learn about benefits to assist you and your family!

Veterans’ Services presentation

 

About Community Action Partnership

America was built on the promise that every family should have an opportunity for success. Yet, today’s uneven economy has put a good quality of life out of reach for too many Americans. National, state, and local responses will be more effective when we tap into the proven expertise of local agencies with real-life experience helping families succeed.

The Community Action Partnership is a national hub that links the nation’s 1,000+ Community Action Agencies to each another – and to leaders looking for solutions that connect Americans to greater opportunity. This includes:

  • • The Community Action Network: The nation’s Community Action Agencies are a robust, state and local force – reaching children and families in 99% of America’s counties with life-changing services, from early childhood education to job training to services for seniors.
  • • Training & Innovation: The Partnership office supports local agency leaders with training and technical assistance so they can apply best practices to their work and pursue innovative strategies that strengthen families and communities.
  • • Community Change: The Partnership works hand in hand with our Network agencies to pursue community-wide solutions to barriers holding families back from success, including through our programs on Community Economic Development program and Racial Equity.
  • • A Voice for Opportunity: The Partnership is a unified voice for our members, shaping smarter federal and state proposals on how to help families succeed by lifting up solutions that work.

The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.

Community Action Partnership is a national, 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that provides technical assistance, training and other resources to Community Action Agencies, nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to move people and families to self-sufficiency across the United States. The resources provided to Community Action Agencies across the country by Community Action Partnership allow our Agencies to stay up to date on the latest best practices to empower low-income individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency. We are committed to strengthening, promoting, representing and serving our Network of Agencies to assure that the issues of poverty are effectively presented and addressed. 

Community Action comes out of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty and from the advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 created the Network of locally-focused Agencies serving low-income populations. True to our history, Community Action Partnership remains committed to addressing the root causes and conditions of poverty in the United States, as demonstrated by the diversity of programs provided by our Community Action Agencies, which offer services from Head Start and other child development programs to Weatherization Assistance, job training and education support and elder care programs, among many others. Our Community Action Agencies are diverse in their service and programs, since they tailor their approaches to meet the specific needs of the communities they serve, and they put a human face on poverty while advocating for those who do not have a voice and providing opportunities for self-sufficiency. Community Action Partnership is dedicated to serving the entire community, as stated in the Promise of Community Action

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