Aging Services News

On Thursday, October 19th, 85 guests attended the Department of Aging’s “Oktoberfest” celebration dinner at the Countryside Community Center.  A traditional meal of roasted pork, boiled red potatoes, cabbage, and carrots was enjoyed by all.  The highlight of the evening was Rick Pedro, who delighted the crowd on the piano.  We’ve never seen hands and feet move quite so fast! 

Most people associate Oktoberfest with good food and beer, but have you ever wondered how this custom began?  The tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over five days on the fields in front of the city gates.  It was this joyous occasion that inspired the celebrations we’ve been enjoying for over 200 years!

If you receive a letter or a phone call claiming that the warranty on your car is about to expire and offering you an “extended warranty,” use caution.  This scam attempts to trick consumers into buying a fictitious plan that will extend their automobile warranty.  The letter will explain all the potential charges you could face should your vehicle need to be fixed without the warranty, but often doesn’t even list your car’s make and model.

If you receive a letter or phone call stating that your car’s warranty is about to expire, check with the manufacturer or your local dealership.  DO NOT call the phone number listed on the letter.  Be cautious!  For more information on this and other scams, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is thrilled to share that it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation for 2018. 

Many older adults in our county depend on services from Tioga Opportunities, Inc. to help them remain safe and independent in their own homes and to assist them in accessing nutritious meals.  The generous support of local foundations, such as the Senior Citizens Foundation, is critical in helping Tioga Opportunities, Inc. meet the needs of the county’s seniors.

Numerous programs offered through Tioga Opportunities, Inc. will benefit from this gift, including Home Delivered Meals, Group Workcamp, and various food pantries throughout the county.  Funding will also be utilized this year to assist older adults with transportation to medical appointments, a critical need in Tioga County. 

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. would like to thank the Senior Citizens Foundation for their generosity.  Local support such as this grant assists in the provision of services that make an important difference in the lives of many people in the community.

Are you age 55 or over, have a monthly income below $1,256 (or $1,692 for a household of two), and are currently unemployed?

If so, the Department of Aging may have a position available for you. The Senior Community Service Employment Program is an opportunity for a part-time position where you will gain valuable job skills and receive additional income.

A variety of assignments are currently available. For more information, please contact 607-687-4120, ext. 315.

Do you know how to safely discard unused medication?  Have you ever wondered if your medications are safe to be taken simultaneously?  Important information regarding prescription drug safety was presented by Shelby Smith from CASA-Trinity at the Older Adult Health Fair on August 1st.  Click on the link below to watch her presentation.  You’ll learn from this clip that what you don’t know about your medication CAN hurt you.  Put yourself in control by learning tips that can help you make sure you’re using medication safely.  For more information, please call CASA-Trinity at 607-223-4066 or the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120.

Consuming plenty of water is important for everyone, but particularly for older adults.  As we age, we do not feel thirsty as often as younger people do.  Symptoms of dehydration can be mild (headaches or irritability) or severe (convulsions or low blood pressure).  Kristi Garzo, Registered Dietitian from Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Family Health Services Department, offered a valuable presentation at the Older Adult Health Fair on the dangers of dehydration and how to prevent it.  Please click on the link below to watch the clip.  For more information, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120 or the Family Health Services Department at 607-687-5333.

According to a recent article published on the Tioga County Public Health website, Tioga County is one of five counties in New York State with the highest levels of radon.  Statistics suggest that 51% of homes in Tioga County have elevated levels of radon.  Luckily, a free resource exists to test for radon in your home.  Tioga County’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program is available to help.  For more information, please click on the link below.

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Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Department of Aging held its annual Older Adult Health Fair on Tuesday, August 1st from 4:00-7:00 PM at Newark Valley Senior High School in Newark Valley.  This year’s location and time was changed in an effort to bring information and resources to a new community and population in Tioga County.  Short presentations were offered on topics ranging from Tai Chi and the Alzheimer’s Association, to prescription drug safety and preventing dehydration.  Many organizations from Tioga and Broome County were present at the fair, including adult care facilities, law firms, and nonprofit organizations.  Event attendees expressed their excitement that the Health Fair was brought to their neighborhood.  In addition, many said that it was their first time coming to the Health Fair, and they appreciated being able to gather important information on a variety of topics all in one location.  Thank you to everyone who attended or contributed to our event!

Have you heard of Tai Chi, but you’re not quite sure what it is?  Tai Chi is a gentle, physical exercise consisting of slow, flowing body movements that can enhance balance and flexibility, reduce pain, and decrease the risk of falls in older adults.  A Tai Chi demonstration was offered at the Older Adult Health Fair on August 1st.  Click on the link below to learn more about this rewarding activity and to watch a demonstration.  Tai Chi classes are offered by the Department of Aging at various times throughout the year.  For more information, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331.


Tioga Opportunities, Inc. recently participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Longest Day” fundraiser. To help raise awareness and funds for research and education, staff at the agency paid to dress “Casual for a Cause” on Fridays throughout the month of June.  The Alzheimer’s Association offered an educational presentation, “Know the 10 Signs,” on Friday, June 23rd at the Countryside Community Center, which was immediately followed by an ice cream social (with all proceeds donated to the Alzheimer’s Association).  Staff and guests alike enjoyed ice cream that was generously donated by Ice Cream Works (located at 14 George St., Owego).  By the end of June, a grand total of $457.00 was raised to support this important cause!  For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, please visit or call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331.
We made the most of a rainy day recently when the Department of Aging offered its annual Picnic Day celebration on Friday, June 16th at the Countryside Community Center.  The stormy weather couldn’t deter the 60 guests who joined us for this event.  Although the lawn games stayed boxed up this year, attendees were still able to enjoy the musical talents of the “Old Country Band.”  Several even got up to dance along with the music!  The “Build Your Own Burger” Bar was a hit, and went along perfectly with the picnic theme.  Please keep an eye on the “Aging News” section of our website for more information about upcoming events.  We would love for you to join us!


Every time we turn on the TV or pick up a magazine, we are faced with information about the newest fad diet. Trying to figure out what is and isn’t healthy can be overwhelming. Does eating right have to be so complicated?

View the short video titled “Eat Right Tips—Eating Right for Older Adults” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to learn seven easy tips for eating healthy. For more information about eating nutritiously, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 324.




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