Aging Services News
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, 8/20:  Spanish Rice and Beans

 Tuesday, 8/21: Turkey Burger with Potato Wedges

Wednesday, 8/22:  Philly Cheesesteak with Peppers and Onions

Thursday, 8/23:  BEACH PARTY LUNCHEON (Reservations Required)
Chicken Sausage with Peppers and Onions

 Friday, 8/24:  Fish Sandwich with Barley

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

 

According to the NYS Department of Health, heat waves are a leading case of heat-related illness—and even death. Not all methods for keeping cool are effective during a heat wave. Using a fan can be more harmful than helpful when indoor air temperatures are hotter than your body temperature.

How to prevent heat-related illness:

  • Use an air conditioner. If an air conditioner is not available, spend at least two hours a day in air-conditioned places (i.e. library, cooling centers, home of family/friends).
  • If you cannot leave your residence, spend more time on lower levels where it may be cooler.
  • Drink plenty of cool nonalcoholic and caffeine-free liquids.
  • Close curtains and window coverings.
  • Take a cool shower or bath. Wear light, loose clothing.
  • Limit strenuous physical activity.
  • Avoid using your stove/oven.

For more information, please visit www.health.ny.gov/ExtremeHeat.

On May 22, 2018, Kathy Roush was recognized for her volunteer efforts at the Older New Yorkers’ Day celebration in Albany, NY. Kathy has been a volunteer Medicare counselor with the Department of Aging since September 2006.  According to Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the NYS Office for the Aging, “In New York State, there are approximately 935,000 individuals over the age of 55 who contribute almost 495 million hours of service at an economic value of more than $13.8 billion annually.”  Thank you, Kathy, for the time and energy you’ve dedicated to the Department of Aging and Tioga Opportunities, Inc. over the years!  Pictured above are Pat Davis (volunteer), Danielle Kenyon (Aging Benefits Specialist), Kathy Roush, and Greg Olsen.  If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Christine Shaver, Department of Aging Director, at 607-687-4120, ext. 313 or cshaver@tiogaopp.org.

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.

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

 

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.

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