Aging Services News

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.

 

Did you know that much of your Social Security related business can now be handled online without having to schedule or wait for an appointment?  You can change your address, get copies of benefits statements, report wages, and so much more without having to leave your home.  It's easy!  To find out more and learn how to create an account, follow this link:

www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount

Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 with questions.

 

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. was thrilled to hold its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 27th at the Countryside Community Center in Owego. The time and energy dedicated by our volunteers is priceless. This event provides us an opportunity to acknowledge, thank, and honor each of the volunteers who do so much for the organization throughout the year.

This year’s theme was “Volunteers Brighten Our Community.” Guests were asked, “How has volunteering brightened YOUR life?” Their responses are a heartwarming reminder of the benefits of giving back to the community, both for the volunteers themselves and those we serve.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. would like to thank each of our volunteers once again; your value is immeasurable! If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 313.  

Did you miss the recent Veterans’ Services presentations?

Recently, the Department of Aging partnered with the Tioga County Veterans’ Service Agency to present information about services and programs that are available to help local veterans and their families. The seminar (presented by Mike Middaugh) gave attendees insight into benefits available to veterans at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the many ways the Veterans’ Service Agency works with veterans and their families in Tioga County. A total of 59 guests joined us for presentations in Owego and Spencer.

If you were unable to attend this informational session in person, please click on the link below to view the seminar and learn about benefits to assist you and your family!

Veterans’ Services presentation

 

Guests recently gathered at the Countryside Community Center to enjoy two entertaining events.  On Thursday, February 15th, almost 100 people came to the Department of Aging’s “Dinner with Friends” Valentine’s Day dinner.  Ryan Wilson treated the crowd to lively music while diners dug into a spaghetti and meatballs dinner.  These events are held quarterly and normally include live entertainment.  It’s a great opportunity to bring a friend or meet some new ones! 

An “Armchair Tour” of Italy allowed over 40 attendees to visit Italy vicariously on March 1st.  Pat Kane presented a slideshow of pictures from his past trips to the country.  The audience enjoyed his stories about Italian culture while munching on snacks including meatballs, bruschetta, and caprese skewers.  We are already looking forward to Pat’s next presentation on Northern Ireland and Scotland on May 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  We’d love for you to join us!  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat.

Do you know where to find help and information on services and supports in your community?  NY Connects is a trusted place that gives you information about available options whether you are paying for services yourself, through insurance, or are eligible for a government program.  NY Connects serves anyone who needs information on long term services and supports, such as older adults, a child or adult with a disability, family members or caregivers, friends or neighbors, and helping professionals.

 Click on the link below to learn more:

https://youtu.be/2bGCpSwYs9w


For more information, call NY Connects at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. at 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

Starting in April 2018, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, to help protect you from identity fraud.  Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security Number so Medicare is removing Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards to make them safer.

Your new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you.  The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure.  Your Medicare coverage and benefits stay the same.

And there’s more good news—Medicare will automatically mail your new card at no cost to the address you have on file with Social Security.  There’s nothing you need to do!  If you need to update your official mailing address, visit your online my Social Security account.

Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare Number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card.  Treat your Medicare Number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers.  Remember, Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.

For more information about your new Medicare card, visit go.medicare.gov/newcard.  You can also call the Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. (607-687-4120) with questions or concerns.
The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. celebrated the holiday season this year by welcoming guests to two special events:  a Holiday Luncheon and the Winter Wonderland Social Hour.  On December 14, a total of 76 guests joined us for a delicious roast beef lunch.  Jewel Griffith entertained the crowd with Christmas carols and encouraged many in attendance to join in!  The following week, we were thrilled to host student singers and instrumentalists from Owego Free Academy for a special holiday performance.  The crowd was stunned by the students’ talent, and some were even brought to tears.  It was a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season and New Year!
The staff at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. and the Department of Aging strive to help older adults maintain their independence and their ability to continue living at home for as long as possible.  Due to the variety of services offered by the Department of Aging, there have been a number of older adults who have been able to remain living independently in their homes for ten years or more.  These seniors have utilized services at various degrees throughout the different stages of their lives.  Some began just needing help with housekeeping and Home Delivered Meals.  As the years went by, they found themselves requiring assistance with personal care, Respite, and transportation services.  Several have also become residents of Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s various housing sites in the county.  These individuals were able to extend the length of time spent living in their homes by ten years or more, and thus, improve their quality of life because of the services offered by Tioga Opportunities, Inc.
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