Aging Services News


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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.

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and advances in Alzheimer's treatments, care, and research.  Get tips for living with Alzheimer's as well as simple ideas on how you can support the fight to end Alzheimer's.  Click on the following link to sign up!


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.




Have you ever received a postcard in the mail saying you’re eligible for a free back brace? Maybe someone has called to tell you that your doctor has approved you for a free knee brace—all you need to do is provide your Medicare number! Sounds too good to be true?

Unfortunately, it is. Durable Medical Equipment (DME) scams are some of the most common forms of health care fraud.

Remember: A sales person who calls you on the phone CANNOT:

Diagnose or assess your health care needs: That is your doctor’s job. Your health care provider knows you and your medical history. Don’t let a sales person talk you into something you do not need.

Prescribe DME for you: Would you take medicine from a person other than your health care provider? Of course not! The same holds true for DME. Only your doctor can order DME for you.

Fit you for DME over the phone: It is impossible for someone calling on the phone to make sure equipment will fit you, and that is the job of the DME supplier. A good DME supplier will work with you until the equipment fits you just right and works properly for you.

Knowledge is power. Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone or toss that postcard in the trash. Be proactive and report any suspicious activity to the New York Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-877-678-4697.

Adapted from New York SMP Fraud Alert, Spring/Summer 2017

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. staff is available to answer any of your general questions online every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. To send a message to staff, click on the “Chat” box on the right-hand side of the website. This is a great opportunity to learn more about various resources that are available in our community!

The Alzheimer’s Association is now offering a variety of social events and community based activities for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and their caregiver.  A caregiver may attend on their own, but an individual with dementia must be accompanied by a caregiver, friend, or family member.  This is a great opportunity to get out, stay active, and connect with others in a fun, stimulating environment.  The events are in Broome County, but Tioga County residents are welcome to attend.  There is no cost to join these events (with advance registration)!

To learn more or to reserve a spot at one of these events, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 607-785-7852.

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