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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

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

DIGITAL SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS

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

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:

https://youtu.be/2bGCpSwYs9w


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 go.medicare.gov/newcard.  You can also call the Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. (607-687-4120) with questions or concerns.

WIC holds clinics in Owego, Waverly, Spencer, and Berkshire 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

Berkshire: Berkshire Community Hall, 12633 Route 38

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

WIC Calendar

The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. celebrated the holiday season this year by welcoming guests to two special events:  a Holiday Luncheon and the Winter Wonderland Social Hour.  On December 14, a total of 76 guests joined us for a delicious roast beef lunch.  Jewel Griffith entertained the crowd with Christmas carols and encouraged many in attendance to join in!  The following week, we were thrilled to host student singers and instrumentalists from Owego Free Academy for a special holiday performance.  The crowd was stunned by the students’ talent, and some were even brought to tears.  It was a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season and New Year!
The staff at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. and the Department of Aging strive to help older adults maintain their independence and their ability to continue living at home for as long as possible.  Due to the variety of services offered by the Department of Aging, there have been a number of older adults who have been able to remain living independently in their homes for ten years or more.  These seniors have utilized services at various degrees throughout the different stages of their lives.  Some began just needing help with housekeeping and Home Delivered Meals.  As the years went by, they found themselves requiring assistance with personal care, Respite, and transportation services.  Several have also become residents of Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s various housing sites in the county.  These individuals were able to extend the length of time spent living in their homes by ten years or more, and thus, improve their quality of life because of the services offered by Tioga Opportunities, Inc.
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.

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