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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! Menu subject to change without notice.
 
Next week’s meals:
  

Monday, 11/18: Ravioli

  Tuesday, 11/19:  Pork Chop with Gravy

Wednesday, 11/20: Chicken Caprese
  
Thursday, 11/21: Brunch Day
French Toast and Scrambled Eggs

Friday, 11/22: Turkey a la King

 

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.

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).

 

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

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"

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!

New STAR requirements for 2019

·        To receive the “Enhanced STAR” exemption, you must enroll in the Income Verification Program (IVP).  If you’re already enrolled, no action is needed.

·        If you qualify for the senior citizens exemption, you will no longer automatically receive the “Enhanced STAR” exemption.  You must apply for “Enhanced STAR” separately.

For more information or to obtain forms, contact your local assessor or visit the New York State Tax Department’s website (search for “IVP”).

www.tax.ny.gov

For more information, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 or visit www.alz.org.

 

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