Aging Services News

Will you be new to Medicare within the next year?  Would you like to learn how to navigate Medicare more effectively?  If so, Medicare 101 was designed for you!  Join us on Thursday, August 29th from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Newark Valley Municipal Building (9 Park St.).  Gain knowledge that could prevent late enrollment penalties or coverage gaps.  Learn ways to possibly enhance your finances.  Call Tioga Opportunities, Inc. at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to register.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is underway. This program puts coupons that can be used at area Farmers’ Markets into the hands of low-income older adults, helping them to maintain or improve their nutritional health.

If you are 60 years of age or older and have a monthly income of $1,926 or less for a one person household (or $2,607 or less for a two person household), you qualify for a booklet of coupons worth $20. Each eligible individual in a household is able to receive a booklet of coupons.  

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupon booklets are available at Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd. in Owego from 10:00AM to 1:00PM, Monday through Friday. Booklets must be picked up in person and will be available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. For more information, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 324.

If you are a farmer or farmers’ market and would like more information about becoming authorized to accept Farmers’ Market coupons, please contact the Department of Agriculture & Markets at 1-800-554-4501.

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, 8/19:   Ravioli Florentine
 
 Tuesday, 8/20:  Swiss Steak with Gravy
 
Wednesday, 8/21:  Lemon Garlic Chicken
 
Thursday, 8/22: Vegetable Frittata

Friday, 8/23: Pulled Pork Sandwich

 

Are you a caregiver? Are you having difficulty managing the stress in your life? Do you have a hard time identifying what triggers you to feel stressed? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us for a workshop on:

  • Tuesday, July 23rd from 10:00-11:30 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego)
  • Tuesday, July 30th from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego)
  • Thursday, August 15th from 10:00-11:30 AM at Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Nichols location (139 Roki Blvd., Nichols)

Through this program, you will learn tips and tricks to help you manage your stress so that you can not only take better care of yourself, but your loved one as well. This workshop is part of the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program.

The workshop is free, but registration is required for this event. Spots are limited to 15 for this workshop, so please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat today!  

Are you or a loved one facing decisions regarding long term, out of home placement? Exploring options for long term care is confusing and complicated. It is difficult to understand what acronyms like ACF, ALP, ALR, EALR, and SNF really mean. Tioga Opportunities, Inc. will welcome Maria Motsavage from Levene Gouldin & Thompson, who will explain the differences between these levels of care, as well as whether Medicare, Medicaid, or other types of insurance will pay for them.

This program is being offered on:

  • Thursday, July 11th from 9:30-11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) and
  • Tuesday, July 16th from 1:00-2:30 PM at Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Nichols location (139 Roki Blvd, Nichols)

Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat for this free presentation. Information packets are also available upon request.

Clutter.  We ALL have it.  Some of it is beautiful, some is sentimental, and some is just plain unnecessary.  Joan Sprague, formerly from the Broome County Office for the Aging, will help us get motivated to start the process of downsizing, but she warns that it takes time and patience.  Success won’t happen overnight; after all, it took a lifetime to accumulate!

Please join us for this informational presentation:

  • Monday, July 8th from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Nichols location (139 Roki Blvd, Nichols)

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

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.

New for 2019:
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period--January 1st through March 31st

 

During the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP), Medicare Advantage plan enrollees may enroll in another Medicare Advantage plan or disenroll from their Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare. Individuals may make only one election during the MA OEP and may also consider adding or dropping Part D (prescription drug) coverage. For more information or a Medicare Plan review, please contact Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program (HIICAP) at 607-687-4120, ext. 344.

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.

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