Aging Services News
Join us for lunch!
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, 4/23:  Swedish Meatballs over Egg Noodles
Tuesday, 4/24:  Chicken Pot Pie with Mashed Potatoes 
Wednesday, 4/25:  Vegetable Frittata with Mashed Potatoes
Thursday, 4/26:  Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries
Friday, 4/27:  CLOSED for Volunteer Appreciation Event

In Governor Cuomo's 2018 State of the State Address, he announced the launch of a Long-Term Care Planning Council to prepare for the emerging needs of New York State's growing aging population.  The charge of the Council is to examine New York's long-term care system.

The Council will analyze and identify existing service gaps in the long-term care system; determine cost-effective interventions; and prepare a strategic plan to meet the needs of New York's aging population over the next decade.

The New York State Office for the Aging and the NYS Department of Health have created the following survey to hear directly from you about what you are experiencing at the community level in terms of supporting the independence of older New Yorkers and their caregivers.  They are interested in learning what works well and should be expanded, as well as what gaps exist and what you propose are ways to fill those gaps. 

To access the survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HM9DM97 by June 18, 2018.  If you would like a copy of the survey mailed to you, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

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, May 8th from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego and
• Tuesday, June 12th from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Village Municipal Building, 9 Park St, Newark Valley


The program is open to the public, but registration is required. To attend either of these events, 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 at each session.

Will you be new to Medicare in 2018? Do you have Medicare, but would like a review lesson? If so, Medicare 101 was designed for you! Join us on Wednesday, May 9th from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego). Gain knowledge that could prevent late enrollment penalties or coverage gaps. Learn ways to possibly enhance your finances. Call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to register.

Did you know that more than 60% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese?  Obesity and poor diet can have serious consequences.  Join the Department of Aging when the American Heart Association presents “Eating Heart Healthy,” a program designed to educate people on the importance of good nutrition at any age!  

  • Tuesday, April 17th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at Elderwood at Waverly (37 North Chemung St, Waverly)


Topics covered will include tips to stay on track with your nutritional goals during the holidays, serving vs. portion sizes, “eating the rainbow,” and much more.  There is no cost for this program, but registration is required.  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat!  Informational packets will also be available upon request.

Are you interested in learning more about services and programs that are available to help you and your family?  Please join us for one of several presentations offered by Mike Middaugh from the Tioga County Veterans’ Service Agency:

  • Tuesday, April 10th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)
  • Tuesday, April 24th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Community & Fitness Center (57 East Tioga St, Spencer)
  • Tuesday, May 15th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Waverly Municipal Building (32 Ithaca St, Waverly)

Come find out more about the Tioga County Veterans Service Agency; the benefits available to you at the federal, state, and local levels; and the many ways this organization works with veterans and their families in Tioga County.  These presentations are free to the public, but registration is required.  Please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat today!

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.

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.
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.
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