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! Menu subject to change without notice.
 
Next week’s meals:

Monday, 4/22:  Pesto Chicken

Tuesday, 4/23: Stuffed Pepper

Wednesday, 4/24: Hot Roast Beef Sandwich

Thursday, 4/25: CLOSED FOR VOLUNTEER
APPRECIATION DAY

Friday, 4/26: Turkey Chili 

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 “Spring Cherry Blossoms.”

  • Tuesday, April 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)

The cost for the class is $25.00/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 April 5th.  

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, April 23rd from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)
  • Tuesday, May 7th from 9:00 to 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 this event, 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 following the session.

Let's work together to prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud in New York State – starting right here in Tioga County. Vigilance is the key! During this presentation, learn what to do and what not to do to protect yourself and others from Medicare fraud. Do you always review your Medicare Summary Notice when it comes in the mail? Will “Medicare” ever call and ask you to confirm your Medicare number? Have you heard about New York StateWide Senior Action Council's newest program, SMP - the Senior Medicare Patrol?

Join us to learn more:

  • Monday, April 15th at 10:00 AM, Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)      

This presentation is free to the public, 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.

A recent article in The New York Times regarding phone scams stated that "the number of fraudulent calls in early 2018 had soared to 30 percent of all calls, rising from 4 percent in early 2017."  More and more, scammers are relying on the telephone to exploit innocent people, many of whom are older adults.  Last year, individuals between the ages of 50 and 70 filed the most fraud and identity theft complaints to the Federal Trade Commission.  Please click on the link below to read the full article:

 

"When Answering the Phone Exposes You to Fraud"

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