Aging Services News

Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Department of Aging is holding its annual Public Hearing on Wednesday, November 7th from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego).  Tioga County residents are encouraged to attend to provide input and feedback regarding Aging services, and to make recommendations on how Tioga Opportunities, Inc. can improve its services to older adults in the community.

Aging Services Director, Christine Shaver, and Aging Services Coordinators, Amanda Kushner and Kristin Sherman, will be on hand to review program highlights and accomplishments.  All information gathered will be used to plan services in the coming year.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 313 for more information.

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, 10/22:  Tuna Noodle Casserole with Broccoli

Tuesday, 10/23:  Sloppy Joe Sandwich with Baked Beans

Wednesday, 10/24:  Open Faced Hot Roast Beef Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes

Thursday, 10/25:  Orange Cranberry Turkey Loaf with Mashed Potatoes

Friday, 10/26:  Quiche Lorraine with Winter Squash

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!

When is the Medicare Open Enrollment Period?

Every year, Medicare's Open Enrollment Period is October 15 through December 7.

What is the Medicare Open Enrollment Period?

Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year--things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks.  October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.

How do people know if they need to change plans?

People in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should always review the materials their plans send them, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC).  If their plans are changing, they should make sure their plans will still meet their needs for the following year.  If they’re satisfied that their current plans will meet their needs for next year and it’s still being offered, they don’t need to do anything.

(CMS, website, 6/21/17)

Questions? Please contact Tioga Opportunities, Inc.'s HIICAP Coordinator, Danielle Kenyon, at 607-687-4120. 

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

Will you be new to Medicare within the next year?  Would you like a Medicare review before the upcoming Open Enrollment period?  If so, Medicare 101 was designed for you!  Join us on Friday, September 28th 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.

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.

 

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