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Tioga Opportunities Inc. is excited to announce the upcoming implementation of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the United States for people aged 55 and over.  In Tioga County, RSVP volunteers will provide transportation services for older adults to get to medical appointments, and will also deliver meals to homebound seniors throughout the county.  Volunteers will receive pre-service orientation, assignment-specific training, and supplemental insurance while on duty.  Mileage and meal reimbursement will also be available.  RSVP volunteers forge new relationships with people in their community and make a significant difference in the lives of others by improving their health, well-being, and overall quality of life.

Recruitment efforts are now underway!  Please contact Christine Shaver, Director of the Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., at 607-687-4120, ext. 313 to enroll in RSVP or for more information.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with GreatCall, a well-known supplier of health and safety solutions for older adults, their families, and caregivers.  Through this exciting endeavor, the “Lively Mobile” medical alert device will be available to clients for a significantly reduced rate. 

The current Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) device in use by the Department of Aging is quickly becoming outdated.  Its use requires a landline phone, and its coverage is limited to just a short distance from the base unit in the home.  Many clients and families have requested a device that can be used outside the home—at the store, while on vacation, or in the community.  In order to better respond to our clients’ needs, and maintain their safety at home and in the community, we are transitioning from the current PERS device to the “Lively Mobile.”  We feel strongly that the “Lively Mobile” is a high-quality unit that will effectively meet our clients’ needs, and we look forward to helping the community take advantage of this innovative device! 

To transition to the new “Lively Mobile” device, please call 1-888-841-7973 and provide the referral code “TIOGA” to receive significant discounts on the device and monthly monitoring charges.  Please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 312 for more information.

There are many challenges when taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.  A common obstacle faced by many is getting the individual to take a bath.  They might cry, scream, or become combative, leaving the caregiver feeling helpless and unsure of the next step.

The perception of water changes with Alzheimer’s or dementia, a fact that remains relatively unknown to caregivers.  The disease can impact the individual’s depth perception and sense of temperature.  To many people suffering from this illness, interacting with water could be scary, regardless of temperature. 

Instead of taking a shower or bath, caregivers may find that a hand-held shower head works better and might be less frightening for their loved ones, while others may prefer sitting on a bath seat instead of being submerged in water.  Try to make the process of bathing as pleasant as possible for the care receiver.  Some caregivers play relaxing music or use nice-smelling body soap.  In all situations, it is important to remember to be patient, sensitive, and respectful of the individual’s dignity. 

Sources: http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2016/02/health-alzheimers-water-is-invisible-dementia-patient.html


https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20029/daily_living/6/washing_and_bathing

 

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, the Social Security Administration announced on October 13, 2017.

The 2.0 percent cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 29, 2017 (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits).  The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

Source: https://www.ssa.gov/news/

On Thursday, October 19th, 85 guests attended the Department of Aging’s “Oktoberfest” celebration dinner at the Countryside Community Center.  A traditional meal of roasted pork, boiled red potatoes, cabbage, and carrots was enjoyed by all.  The highlight of the evening was Rick Pedro, who delighted the crowd on the piano.  We’ve never seen hands and feet move quite so fast! 

Most people associate Oktoberfest with good food and beer, but have you ever wondered how this custom began?  The tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over five days on the fields in front of the city gates.  It was this joyous occasion that inspired the celebrations we’ve been enjoying for over 200 years!

If you receive a letter or a phone call claiming that the warranty on your car is about to expire and offering you an “extended warranty,” use caution.  This scam attempts to trick consumers into buying a fictitious plan that will extend their automobile warranty.  The letter will explain all the potential charges you could face should your vehicle need to be fixed without the warranty, but often doesn’t even list your car’s make and model.

If you receive a letter or phone call stating that your car’s warranty is about to expire, check with the manufacturer or your local dealership.  DO NOT call the phone number listed on the letter.  Be cautious!  For more information on this and other scams, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is thrilled to share that it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation for 2018. 

Many older adults in our county depend on services from Tioga Opportunities, Inc. to help them remain safe and independent in their own homes and to assist them in accessing nutritious meals.  The generous support of local foundations, such as the Senior Citizens Foundation, is critical in helping Tioga Opportunities, Inc. meet the needs of the county’s seniors.

Numerous programs offered through Tioga Opportunities, Inc. will benefit from this gift, including Home Delivered Meals, Group Workcamp, and various food pantries throughout the county.  Funding will also be utilized this year to assist older adults with transportation to medical appointments, a critical need in Tioga County. 

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. would like to thank the Senior Citizens Foundation for their generosity.  Local support such as this grant assists in the provision of services that make an important difference in the lives of many people in the community.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Understanding risk factors is a crucial part of prevention and early intervention. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.,

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women

  • It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women

  • Anyone with breast tissue is at risk and though it is rare, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer

  • Because men are less likely to assume a lump is cancerous, they often delay or do not seek treatment

People with breasts should get an annual breast exam even if they are younger than 40. Getting annual exams along with conducting breast self exams at home is great way to manage breast health. If you are looking for services, Tioga Opportunities Inc., Family Planning provides cancer screenings and information on how to conduct a breast self exam.

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. 315.

Do you know how to safely discard unused medication?  Have you ever wondered if your medications are safe to be taken simultaneously?  Important information regarding prescription drug safety was presented by Shelby Smith from CASA-Trinity at the Older Adult Health Fair on August 1st.  Click on the link below to watch her presentation.  You’ll learn from this clip that what you don’t know about your medication CAN hurt you.  Put yourself in control by learning tips that can help you make sure you’re using medication safely.  For more information, please call CASA-Trinity at 607-223-4066 or the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120.

https://youtu.be/JP2jAvmT3Os

Consuming plenty of water is important for everyone, but particularly for older adults.  As we age, we do not feel thirsty as often as younger people do.  Symptoms of dehydration can be mild (headaches or irritability) or severe (convulsions or low blood pressure).  Kristi Garzo, Registered Dietitian from Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Family Health Services Department, offered a valuable presentation at the Older Adult Health Fair on the dangers of dehydration and how to prevent it.  Please click on the link below to watch the clip.  For more information, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120 or the Family Health Services Department at 607-687-5333.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKiZ9QAOLv3FJFIi5ijGoSw

According to a recent article published on the Tioga County Public Health website, Tioga County is one of five counties in New York State with the highest levels of radon.  Statistics suggest that 51% of homes in Tioga County have elevated levels of radon.  Luckily, a free resource exists to test for radon in your home.  Tioga County’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program is available to help.  For more information, please click on the link below.

https://tiogacountyny.com/departments/public-health/news/radon-testing/

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and advances in Alzheimer's treatments, care, and research.  Get tips for living with Alzheimer's as well as simple ideas on how you can support the fight to end Alzheimer's.  Click on the following link to sign up!

http://www.alz.org/apps/email_signup.asp

 

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