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, 6/25:  Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tuesday, 6/26: Chicken Caprese with Parmesan Brown Rice

Wednesday, 6/27:  Meatloaf with Baked Potato
Thursday, 6/28: Summer Vegetable Frittata with
Mashed Potatoes 
Friday, 6/29:  Stuffed Peppers

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.


Join us for a fun night of painting with friends, old and new! Step-by-step instructions will be given and all experience levels are welcome. The painting selected for the evening is “Early Summer Flowers.”

• Monday, June 25th from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)

The cost for the class is $15.00/person (all supplies will be provided). The class will be limited to the first 20 people to sign up. Join us and bring a friend! Please bring your payment in cash the night of the event. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is required for this event. Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your spot before June 20th.

Has your loved one been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia? 

During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver.  These behaviors are a form of communication and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia.  This program will help caregivers decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond.

Please join us on:

  • Thursday, June 7th from 10:00-11:30 AM at the Village Municipal Building, 9 Park St, Newark Valley


  • Thursday, June 21st from 1:30-3:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego (ICE CREAM SOCIAL TO FOLLOW—all proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association)

This program is free to the public, but registration is required.  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat today.   

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:

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


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 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.

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:

For more information, call NY Connects at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. at 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

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