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 Published by Schuyler County Office For the Aging and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program


                      OFA                                                                                                       RSVP
         323 Owego St., Unit 7                                                                                      323 Owego St., Unit 5
        Montour Falls, NY 14865                                                                                    Montour Falls, NY 14865

               (607) 535-7108                                                                                              (607) 535-7105

    Director, Tamre (Tammy) Waite                                                                                        Director, Dick Evans
        Nutrition Reservations:                            OFA Transportation Requests:
                                                                 (607) 535-7108                                           Volunteer Today!
            (607) 535-7470

  Vol. 37 No. 5                                                                                                    September/October 2010

DIRECTOR’S                               our services are to be based on          Saturday, September 25 from
                                         need, we rely on your feedback.          10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Clute
CORNER                                   Please seriously consider attending      Park. Come on out for a fun-filled
By: Tamre S. Waite                       this year‟s hearing to help ensure       day of activities designed to
                                                                                                                                  ALL
                                         we are making plans based on your        educate and entertain. Have the                NEW
W        e are excited to launch a
         new layout to our bi-
monthly newsletter. In addition to
                                         needs as well as choices and
                                         wishes where able. We will cover a
                                                                                  children participate in a specified
                                                                                  number of display/activity booths,
                                                                                                                                LOO
                                                                                                                                    K!
                                         variety of topics including legal        and they will receive a FREE
the new design, we have included
                                         services, health insurance               lunch.
additional sections such as a
                                         counseling, in-home services such                The Schuyler County Office
Bulletin Board, Consumer
                                         as aides and Link-to-Life, home          for the Aging will be joining in the
Connection, website listings and
                                         delivered meals, transportation and      Alzheimer‟s Association‟s annual       changed them since last year at this
our nutrition program menu. There
                                         more.                                    Memory Walk to be held in              time? If not, switch them out now.
is more to come, but that will take
                                                In addition to the Public         Chemung County on Saturday,            Many local fire departments offer
place in the next edition. We‟d
                                         Hearing, we are planning another         October 2, 2010. If you are            fall events in which they offer new
love to have your feedback as we
                                         session on advance care planning.        interested in forming a team or        batteries for your detectors. Watch
move forward with this. Please
                                         This is a topic that comes up            would like to walk with the OFA        your local newspaper for details. If
send your comments to
                                         frequently, so we want to offer you      team, please call our office at 535-   you cannot access your detectors
ofa@co.schuyler.ny.us or feel free
                                         the opportunity to have a forum in       7108 for more details. This event is   and do not have family members
to call us at 535-7108. You can
                                         which you can ask questions and          being sponsored by the Chemung         who can assist you, call our office.
also mail your comments to the
                                         receive the needed paperwork to          County Department of Aging and         We will work with you to resolve
Schuyler County Office for the
                                         put your choices in writing. There       Long Term Care.                        getting the batteries changed.
Aging, 323 Owego Street, Unit 7
                                         will be an opportunity to meet with              The fall season is a good              Until next time, have a safe
Montour Falls, NY 14865.
                                         someone individually to provide          time to check all those smoke          and enjoyable autumn. Watch for
        This is the time of year we
                                         additional assistance. Join us on        detectors and carbon monoxide          those colors! The peak season for
begin writing out our program
                                         Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in         detectors. Are your batteries in       our region will be the first two
plans for the next year. We will be
                                         the Silver Spoon Café at 7:00 p.m..      good working order? Have you           weeks in October.
holding the annual Public Hearing
                                         Light refreshments will be served.
on Friday, October 15. (Please see
the ad in another section of this
                                         Call 607/535-7108 to reserve a
                                         spot.
                                                                                     What’s inside:
edition for details.) The Public
                                         For those of you with young
Hearing is the place we discuss our
                                         grandchildren, the Strong Kids              Nutrition…………….……………………….. 2
plans and ask for comments,
                                         Safe Kids event is taking place on          Health Promotion……………………………. 3
questions and suggestions. Since
                                                                                     Emergency Management……………………..4
                                                                                     Transportation……………………………….. 4
 Office Closings                                                                     HIICAP……………………………………… 5
 The Office for the Aging                                                            Caregiver‟s Corner…………………………... 6
                                                                                     NY Connects………………………………… 7
 and RSVP offices will be
                                                                                     WRAP……………………………………….. 8
 closed on…                                                                          Consumer Corner……………………………. 9
     September 6, 2010 for Labor Day                                                 Web Site Showcase………………………….. 9
                                                                                     RSVP………………………………….10 & 11
    October 11, 2010 for Columbus Day                                                Events………………………………Back Page
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                                                                 NUTRITION
                                                                                                                          All meals served at 12:00pm
Silver Spoon Café Menu                                                                                                   Note: Menu subject to change.
                                                                                                                         For reservations call 535-7470
  Dates                 Monday                      Tuesday                      Wednesday                      Thursday                       Friday
                                                                            Labor Day Lunch               Turkey salad cold plate      Lemon dill baked fish
SEPT 1                                                                      BBQ Pork
                                                                            Baked Beans
                                                                                                          Beet & onion salad
                                                                                                          Tropical fruit cup
                                                                                                                                       Peas
                                                                                                                                       Apricots
THROUGH                                                                     Pasta/Veggie Salad            V8 juice and crackers        Baked potato
SEPT 3                                                                      Juice Roll                    Bran muffin                  Jell-O with topping
                                                                            Chef‟s Choice                 Pudding w/ topping

                                             Deluxe beef patty/ bun         Chicken salad cold plate      Vegetable lasagna            Orange baked chicken
SEPT 6                  Labor Day
                                             Green beans
                                             Hash brown potatoes
                                                                            Potato salad
                                                                            Pea & beet salad
                                                                                                          Tossed salad
                                                                                                          Chilled juice
                                                                                                                                       Broccoli
                                                                                                                                       Fruit salad
THROUGH                                      Juice and crackers             Whole grain muffin            Garlic bread                 Mashed potato casserole
SEPT 10                - CLOSED -            Fruit                          Fruit fluff                   Cake                         Ice cream
                                             Blood Pressure - Monterey                                                                 Blood Pressure - Montour
                Chili con carne              Slivered ham cold plate        Meatballs w/ garden gravy     Chicken w/ herb gravy        Spinach cheese bake
SEPT 13         Cottage cheese/chives
                Applesauce
                                             Macaroni salad
                                              marinated vegetable salad
                                                                            Butternut squash
                                                                            Coleslaw
                                                                                                          Sweet peas
                                                                                                          Baked potato
                                                                                                                                       Harvard beets
                                                                                                                                       V8 juice and crackers
THROUGH         Chocolate pudding w/ top-    Juice and crackers             Brown rice                    Colorful Jell-O with         Parsley potatoes
SEPT 17         ping                         Roll                           Fruit                         peaches topping              Fruit
                                             Fruit cobbler                  Blood Pressure - Tyrone

                Shepherd's pie               Greek baked chicken            French beef patty             Roast pork                   Tuna salad cold plate
SEPT 20         Brussels sprouts
                Pears
                                             Carrots w/ parsley
                                             Angie‟s salad
                                                                            Cauliflower
                                                                            Tropical fruit cup
                                                                                                          w/ supreme sauce
                                                                                                          Vegetable medley
                                                                                                                                       Pasta/veggie salad
                                                                                                                                       Pineapple salad
THROUGH         Whole wheat bread            Baked potato                   O'Brien potatoes              Corn and sauerkraut salad    Oatmeal muffin
SEPT 24         Ice cream                    Fruit                          Brownie                       Dill potatoes                Pudding w/topping
                                                                            Blood Pressure-Burdett        Baked peaches w/ cinnamon

                Chicken cutlet/bun           Stuffed shells / sauce         Turkey loaf / gravy           Beef stew
SEPT 27         Honey mustard sauce          Broccoli                       Peas                          Cottage cheese/ chives
                Beets                        Applesauce                     Pineapple salad               Colorful coleslaw
THROUGH         Oven-browned potatoes        Whole wheat bread              Whipped potatoes/ gravy       Roll
SEPT 30         Juice                        Jell-O w/ topping              Birthday cake                 Fruit fluff
                Fruit                                                                                     Blood Pressure - Hector



FRUIT AND                                                                           CONGREGATE MEAL SITES
VEGETABLE                                                                                              Montour Falls: Monday - Friday
VIGILANCE                                                                                                 Monterey: Tuesdays Only
By: Anne Heist, RD
                                                                                                         Tyrone: Wednesdays Only

F     resh fruits and vegetables can be
      contaminated by bacteria where
it‟s grown or after harvesting, in
                                                                                                         Burdett: Wednesdays Only
                                                                                                          Hector: Thursdays Only
preparation or storage. To stay safe,
the FDA advises:
                                                                                    Please call 535-7470 for information regarding any of
        Avoid produce that is bruised or                                           the congregate meal sites.
         damaged
        When choosing fresh cut
         produce, such as half a melon or bagged mixed greens, pick only
         items that are refrigerated or surrounded by ice
        Bag fresh fruits and vegetables separately from meat, poultry, and                                        Schedule
         seafood
                                                                                          August 24th at Cayuta Town Barn               10 am -11:30 am
        Store perishable produce in the refrigerator
        Refrigerate all pre-cut or peeled produce                                      September 28th at Reynoldsville Outreach 10:00 am- 11:30
        Thoroughly wash all produce – including organics and produce                      October 26th at Schuyler Outreach 10:00 am – 11:30
         you plan to peel – under running water just before eating, cutting,
                                                                                    November 23rd at Hector Presbyterian Church 10:00 am – 11:30
         or cooking
        Scrub firm produce, such as melons or cucumbers, with a clean
         brush                                                                     Low to moderate income individuals and families are invited to
                                                                                   participate in the Mobile Food Pantry Distribution sponsored by
        To further reduce bacteria, dry washed produce with a clean cloth
                                                                                   Catholic Charities Schuyler Outreach in partnership with The Food
         or paper towel                                                            Bank of the Southern Tier.

        The FDA further cautions to avoid raw sprouts and juices that              Schuyler Outreach Pantry 607-535-2815
have not been pasteurized. They can be dangerous for children, the
elderly and those with weakened immune systems.                                    To Check Upcoming Mobile Food Trucks in your area please visit
                                                                                   www.foodbankst.org
September/October 2010                                                Golden Glow                                                                     Page 3

                                                   HEALTH PROMOTION
                                           at the Silver Spoon Café            cancer screening; colorectal cancer     been developed that target
STAY EDUCATED,                                                                 screening; prostate cancer screening;   beneficiaries in an attempt to obtain
STAY ACTIVE,                             Shoestrings Walk Program – We are bone mass measurements; diabetes            their Medicare number.
                                         continuing the outdoor and indoor     screenings; medical nutrition therapy;          Sometimes perpetrators
STAY HEALTH                              programs. Call OFA for more           smoking cessation; vaccines for         provide an offer for free services
                                         information.                          Hepatitis B, pneumonia and              such as milk or groceries but require
                                                                                                                       the person‟s Medicare number. They
S     chuyler County Office for the
      Aging‟s Health Promotions
program is expanding to offer you
                                         Yoga Class – Wednesdays at 4:30
                                                                               influenza; cervical and vaginal
                                                                               screenings; EKG screening.
                                         p.m. with Eleanor Liebson. All levels Screenings excluded from the
                                                                                                                       visit adult living facilities or senior
                                                                                                                       communities and identify specific
more opportunities to stay healthy as are welcome.                             provision include: diabetes self-       individuals.
you age. The Fall 2010 Programs                                                management training, barium enema,              The promoter approaches
brochure will be available in August, Blood Pressure Clinics – every other digital rectal exam, and glaucoma           consumers and tells them that
2010, with a full listing of classes and month at the 5 congregate meal sites. screening.                              Medicare or Medicaid wants to take
presentations scheduled. The             See the Menu for a listing of                  In addition, Medicare          care of them or is conducting a
„semester calendar‟ will run             upcoming clinics.                     beneficiaries will receive a free,      survey. They give consumers milk
September through December, 2010.                                              annual wellness exam.                   and/or food, and tell the consumers
        We are pleased to announce       Educational Series – at the                    Currently, many preventive     that everything is free and provided
that one of the classes to be offered is congregate meal sites. Upcoming       services are subject to the $155.       by the government.
“A Matter of Balance: Managing           topics include: “Aging Gracefully and annual Part B deductible and/or a               The promoter asks consumers
Concerns about Falls”. Many older        Music/Arts” and “Over the Counter     20% Part B copay.                       to complete and sign a form proving
adults experience concerns about         Safety”. For a presentation near you,                                         they were visited. The form asks for
falling and restrict their activities. A call the Office for the Aging.        Brand-name drugs purchased              Medicare and/or Medicaid numbers.
Matter of Balance is an award-                                                 while in the Medicare Part D donut              Remember - the toll-free
winning program based on Boston                   Do you have suggestions for hole/coverage gap will only be           number to report allegations of
University‟s “Fear of Falling: A         programs you‟d like to see offered?   subject to a 50% co-pay.                Medicare and Medicaid fraud and
Matter of Balance”. This 8-week          Please call Gina Gasparro at the                                              abuse is 1-877-678-4697.
program emphasizes practical             Office for the Aging, (607) 535-7108.          Currently, most Part D plans           Medicare or Medicaid would
strategies to manage falls and                                                 require individuals to pay 100% of      NEVER call or visit you and ask for
increase activity levels. Who should
                                           NOTES FROM                          the cost of brand-name drugs in the     your identification number. DO NOT
attend? Anyone who has been                                                    coverage gap.                           give this number out to anyone. Do
concerned about falls, or who has          HIICAP - DID YOU                                                            not make a habit of carrying your id
fallen in the past, or has restricted                                          (These are just a couple of             cards in your wallet, either. Keep
activities because of falling concerns,    KNOW?                               enhancements that the new health        them in a safe place at home, and
or who is interested in improving                                              care legislation will offer to Medicare only carry them to necessary
balance, flexibility, and strength.
Look for details and registration in
the Health Promotions Fall 2010
                                           B
                                         eginning January 1, 2011, as
                                         part of the Patient Protection
                                   and Affordable Care Act of 2010:
                                                                               beneficiaries. Stay tuned for more.)

                                                                               From the HIICAP Hot Topics
                                                                                                                       appointments.
                                                                                                                               For more information about
                                                                                                                       your Medicare benefits, call HIICAP
Programs brochure, or call the Office       Medicare preventive                Bulletin “Fraud Corner:                 to set up an appointment. It is free
for the Aging.                     services will not be subject to a                                                   (though donations are welcome),
         In the meantime, keep in mind
                                   deductible or copayment for those                   “With many possible             confidential, and unbiased. Please
these current, ongoing classes:    who meet the requirements to be             fraudulent uses of Medicare ID          call (607) 535-7108.
                                   tested for the following:                   numbers, a variety of scams have
Line Dancing – Mondays, 10:30 a.m. cardiovascular screening; breast


FOOD PANTRIES
Pantry                       When                                             Where                                        Time
Schuyler Outreach            Tuesday                                          St. Mary Center/Outreach                     9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.-8:00
                                                                                                                           p.m.
                             Thursday                                         St. Mary Center/Outreach                     7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
                             Friday                                           St. Mary Center/Outreach                     12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Bradford                     3rd Wednesday of the Month                       Bradford Town Hall                           9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
                              rd
Cayuta                       3 Friday of the Month                            Cayuta Town Hall                             9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Hector                       3rd Thursday of the Month                        Hector Presbyterian Church                   9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Monterey                     3rd Tuesday of the Month                         Monterey Fire Dept.                          9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Tyrone                       3rd Wednesday of the Month                       Tyrone Methodist Church                      9:00 a.m. until Complete
                              nd
Reynoldsville                2 Thursday of the Month                          Reynoldsville UMC                            10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Jefferson Village            2nd Thursday of the Month                        Jefferson Village (WG)                       10:00 a.m.
                              nd
Romeo Village                2 Thursday of the Month                          Romeo Village ( Montour)                     11:00 a.m.
Montour Falls                Friday (Attend only once a Month)                Baptist Church                               10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
                              nd      th
Montour Falls                2 & 4 Friday                                     Bethel Fellowship                            6:00 p.m. until Complete
Montour Falls                3rd Thursday of the Month                        Catherine Court Apts.
                              st
Beaver Dams                  1 Wednesday of the Month                         Grace Lee Wesleyan Church                    12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Beaver Dams                  3rd Wednesday of the Month                       Grace Lee Wesleyan Church                    4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
                              th
Dundee (For Residents of     4 Thursday of the Month                          Baptist Church                               11:30-1:00 p.m.
Dundee School District)
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                          EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & SAFETY
                                             of such a call is to acquire that     seniornet.org)                              Think "trick or treat safety"
PROTECT YOUR                                 information for the caller‟s                                                       when decorating. Safety experts
IDENTITY!                                    personal benefit. Also, the more             The following are a few
                                                                                   websites that may offer further tips
                                                                                                                                recommend using plug-in or
                                             information that you have printed                                                  battery-powered jack-o-lanterns
                                             on your personal bank checks --       and advice on protecting yourself            instead of using a live candle. If
C    omputers are powerful tools and
     have become commonplace for
almost every home in America.
                                             such as your Social Security
                                             number or home telephone
                                                                                   while using the internet:                    you do opt for a live flame,
                                                                                                                                make sure it is away from any
                                             number -- the more personal data      http://www.fbi.gov/majcases/fraud/           possible exposure to trick-or-
Along with the increase in home
                                             you are routinely handing out to      seniorsfam.htm                               treaters' costumes or where they
computer use, has come an increase
in usage of the World Wide Web.              people who may not need that                                                       will be walking or standing.
                                             information.                          http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/            Keep your house well-lit and
Many of our senior population have
                                           If someone you don't know calls                                                     inviting; make sure trick-or-
found this to be a good way to stay in
                                             you on the telephone and offers       http://www.seniornet.org/index.php?          treaters know your house has a
touch with family and friends through
                                             you the chance to receive a           option=com_content&task=view&id=             welcome-mat extended.
email or to make new friends and
                                             "major" credit card, a prize, or      448&Itemid=120                              Be sure your pets are secured
share interests in various discussions
on the Internet. Along with                  other valuable item, but asks you                                                  and put away, or appropriate
                                             for personal data -- such as your             Thank you and if you would           arrangements are made. Some
protecting ourselves in times of
                                             Social Security number, credit        like any further information, please         pets become frightened; others
disaster, we must take steps to protect
                                             card number or expiration date, or    feel free to contact the Schuyler            may become territorial or even
ourselves against dangers on the
                                             mother's maiden name-- ask them       County Emergency Management                  aggressive. You don't want your
internet. The Schuyler County
                                             to send you a written                 Office at (607) 535-8200.                    pets scaring trick-or-treaters any
Emergency Management Office
offers the following tips on protecting      application. If they won't do it,                                                  more than you want kids
                                             tell them you're not interested and                                                frightening your pets. Be
yourself and your identity on the
                                             hang up. If they will, review the
                                                                                   SAFE AND FUN                                 especially careful with cats, who
internet.
                                             application carefully when you        HALLOWEEN                                    might dart out of open doors.
   Start by adopting a "need to             receive it and make sure it's going                                               Carefully consider treats such as
                                             to a company or financial                                                          healthier food alternatives than
    know" approach to your personal
    data. Your credit card company
    may need to know your mother's
                                             institution that's well-known and
                                             reputable. The Better Business
                                                                                   S    uggestions for residents/
                                                                                        homeowners for making
                                                                                   Halloween a fun night of trick or
                                                                                                                                candy. Non-sweet items like
                                                                                                                                crackers, chips, raisins, or
    maiden name so that it can verify        Bureau can give you information       treat:                                       popcorn could receive thumbs
    your identity when you call to           about businesses that have been                                                    up from parents. Some also give
    inquire about your account. A            the subject of complaints.               Pick up objects in the yard,             the "treat" to trick or treat by
    person who calls you and says          Check your financial information            sidewalk, or driveway that could        way of pencil, spider ring, glow
    he's from your bank, however,            regularly, and look for what               create safety issues and be sure        in the dark decal, etc.
    doesn't need to know that                should be there and what                   any tools are safely put away.
    information if it's already on file      shouldn't.                                 Check hoses, flower pots, and    From the website:
    with your bank; the only purpose      (The preceding tips were provided by          extension cords.                 www.hoffmanestates.com



                                                       TRANSPORTATION
PUBLIC                             transportation route, a para-transit,
                                   commonly known as a dial-a-ride
                                                                                     OFA VAN TRIPS
TRANSPORTATION
                                   service, is available for eligible
AVAILABLE FOR                      individuals, specifically people
                                                                                                                   September 15
SENIORS IN                         who live with a disability
                                                                                                                Tioga Downs
                                                                                                      9:00 a.m., $5.00 suggested donation
SCHUYLER                           impacting mobility. Seniors (65
COUNTY                             and older) are able to access the                                               September 23
                                   system at half fare ($.50/trip) and                                             Arnot Mall
B      y now you‟ve probably
       heard about Schuyler
County Transit, the new public
                                   may purchase discounted passes
                                   for even greater savings. Schuyler
                                                                                                      9:30 a.m., $2.00 suggested donation

                                                                                                                   September 27
                                   County Transit schedules and
transportation system connecting information guides for the para-                                                Ithaca Thrift
the villages of Burdett, Watkins   transit service are available at all                               9:00 a.m., $2.00 suggested donation
Glen, Montour Falls, and Odessa Office for the Aging meal sites,
and incorporating a loop to                                                                                            October 4
                                   the Human Services Complex and
Schuyler Hospital and Primary                                                                             Pyramid Mall, Ithaca
                                   at various sites throughout the
Care. County and Human Services Schuyler County community. For                                        9:00 a.m., $2.00 suggested donation
agencies have been working for     specific information you can call                                                   October 11
years to bring public transit to   Schuyler County Transit at (607)                                          Iron Kettle Farm
Schuyler County with goals to      535-3555 or visit their web site at                                9:00 a.m., $2.00 suggested donation
make the community more            www.schuylercountytransit.org .
accessible and friendlier to those This transit service is being                                                       October 25
with transportation difficulties,  operated by The Arc of Schuyler                                             Corning Thrift
seniors, and people with           through a contract with the                                        9:00 a.m., $2.00 suggested donation
disabilities, and to coordinate    County.
transportation services provided
                                                                                      Call the Schuyler County Office for the Aging at 535-7108 for
by various organizations. In
                                                                                                    more information and to sign up.
addition to the fixed public
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                                                                                HIICAP
                                             and the pharmacy will be required to     letter explaining the changes and the   Call the EPIC Helpline at 1-800-332-
EPIC CHANGES                                 contact the doctor. If the doctor        steps they may need to take to          3742 with any questions or contact
BEGIN OCTOBER                                chooses to change the prescription to    comply with the new requirements        your local Office for the Aging to
                                             a drug covered by the member‟s Part      and continue to receive their drugs.    talk with a counselor.
1, 2010: AFFECTS                             D plan, EPIC will provide secondary
MEMBERS WITH                                 coverage. If the doctor chooses not                 Planning Your Health Care
                                                                                                        in Advance
                                             to change the drug to one covered by
MEDICARE PART                                the member‟s Part D plan, the doctor
                                             must contact EPIC to request                     Do you have a Health Care Proxy? A Living Will?
D COVERAGE                                   temporary coverage while appeals                     Do you know about a Power of Attorney?
                                             are underway and EPIC will provide                         Do you understand Medicaid?
N     YS Law has been changed to
      require EPIC members in
Medicare Part D plans to maximize
                                             up to a 90-day supply of the drug.
                                             This will allow members access to
                                             their drugs while the appeals are
                                                                                         Find out what you need to know to have your affairs in order!

their Part D plan as their primary           processed and evaluated by their Part                  Wednesday, September 22, 2010
drug coverage. Beginning October             D plans. If the pharmacist cannot                               7:00 p.m.
1, 2010, EPIC will only provide              reach the doctor, EPIC will allow
secondary coverage for drug claims           them to dispense an emergency 3-                            Silver Spoon Café
that are approved by members‟ Part           day supply of the drug.
D drug plans. This means that EPIC
will continue to help members pay
                                                     EPIC will also continue to                            Presenters:
                                             provide immediate primary coverage
their Medicare Part D deductibles, co        for drugs in categories that are                          Dennis Morris, Esq.
-payments and coverage gap (donut            excluded from Medicare Part D                 Attorney for OFA Legal Services Program
hole) claims for drugs that are on
their Part D plan drug list
                                             (such as benzodiazepines and                            Michael Martino, Esq.
                                             barbiturates). Members should tell
(formulary). EPIC will allow an              their doctor that they have Medicare          Partner, law firm of Rossettie, Rosettie &
exception and pay drug claims                Part D and EPIC coverage and ask                               Martino
denied by members‟ Part D plans if a         before they leave the office whether
Medicare Part D coverage                                                                            Emily Grimmke, MSEd,
                                             the drug prescribed is covered by
determination and two levels of              their Part D plan. If it is not, they         Director of Social Work, Schuyler Hospital
appeals have been denied and                 should ask if there is an alternative
documentation has been received by           drug they can take that is covered by
EPIC.                                        their Part D plan. This will help
                                                                                                       Call 607/535-7108
        Starting October 1, if a             avoid delays at the pharmacy                  Reservations appreciated but not required.
member submits a prescription for a          counter.
drug that is not covered by their Part               EPIC members will receive a
D plan, EPIC will deny the claim

                                                      We plan to highlight
CORNELL                                      the growing techniques for
                                             Hardy Kiwi, Juneberries,
COOPERATIVE                                  Blueberries, Roses, Herbs,
EXTENSION’S                                  Heirloom Vegetables, Sweet
                                             Potatoes and Grapes along
NEW TEACHING                                 with Butterfly Gardening,
                                             Composting and Straw Bale
GARDEN                                       Gardening.
                                                      In keeping with our
By: Roger Ort,                               educational goals, we will
Horticulturist                               allow the produce to ripen to
                                             maturity so that we can also

E    arlier this spring, Schuyler County
     Health Department awarded CCE a
grant to promote healthy lifestyles. The
                                             teach harvesting methods. The
                                             produce will then be used by
                                             our nutrition staff as they
grant focused on three main points:          teach families about
                                             incorporating fruits and
      How the project will continually      vegetables into family meal
       promote improved nutrition and/       plans. Visitors and staff at the
       or exercise.                          Human Services Complex are
      The size and diversity of the         welcome to taste test any of
       population affected.                  the edible plants in the garden
                                             during the lunch hour.
      Effective strategies for obesity
                                                      Our future plans will
       prevention.
                                             incorporate new gardening
                                             methods from Cornell
         The funds from this grant have
                                             research, a white or midnight
been used to create Schuyler County‟s
                                             garden, a touch-smell garden,
first ever teaching garden. A teaching
                                             a shade garden and many
garden is essentially an outdoor
                                             plant variety trials. The
classroom that will provide
                                             garden will serve as a new
opportunities for hands-on learning
                                             resource for our community
while fostering positive lifestyle
                                             and will continue to get larger
changes through gardening. We hope to
                                             and serve more of the
partner with local agencies like WIC,
                                             community. We do need
Office for the Aging, ARC, Head Start,
                                             volunteers to help with daily
local schools and other community
                                             tasks, tours and planting.
members to teach gardening life skills to
                                             We‟d also welcome healthy
a diverse audience. The CCE teaching
                                             recipes for using different
garden is located on the north side of the
                                             varieties or perhaps some
Human Services Building, near the
                                             help writing articles/blogs on
Silver Spoon Café entrance, in Montour
                                             our trials. Please contact CCE
Falls.
                                             for more information.
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                                                   CAREGIVER’S CORNER
                                                    example)                                                                       forgotten your loss.
GRIEVING AFTER                                                                                  Tips to help you grieve:
LOSS                                               No matter what the loss is, it                    Cry it out - you may want to Remember to:
                                           can affect us physically, emotionally
Reference from: Learning for Life series, October 2009,                                                 find a private, comfortable         Reach out to others - spend
Channing Bete Company, Inc.                and spiritually. That‟s why it‟s                             room, listen to soft music,            time with friends or relatives,
                                           important - and healthy to grieve.                           look at pictures or other items        join a faith community
I   f you are going through loss, you
    are not alone. Loss affects
everyone. A person can experience
                                                        What is grief?
                                                                                                        that remind you of your loss
                                                                                                     Talk it out - with family,
                                                                                                                                            Get active in a meaningful
                                                                                                                                               way - such as volunteering,
                                                            Natural, normal and                        friends, spiritual leader,             going to lunch with a friend
loss at any time. However, loss
                                                                necessary                               doctor, or health care              Try something new - such as
happens more when we age.
                                                            An ongoing process                         professional                           travel to a place you have
           Your loss may be the worst
                                                            A key to learning to live with          Write it down - you could                never been before, start a new
thing you‟ve ever gone through. But
                                                                loss                                    write to the person you lost,          hobby
you can work through it with the
                                                            A human experience felt in                 or keep a journal of your
right support. Healing does not mean
forgetting.
                                                                an individual way                       thoughts and feelings           “Learn from yesterday, live
                                                                                                     Take care of you - regular
                                                                                                        check-ups, get plenty of rest, for today, hope for
           Cherished memories of the
                                                        Grief is not:
person or thing you lost will always
be with you. With time and effort,
                                                            A sign of weakness or failure              eat a healthy diet, physical    tomorrow” – Albert
                                                            A one-time event or                        activity, socialization - will  Einstein
you can live a full and rewarding
                                                                experience                              help you stay strong while
life, even after loss.
                                                            Something to hide or ignore                you recover
           There are many types of
                                                                or “get over”
losses. Some are more obvious.
                                                            The same for everyone.                     Be alert for depression.
These include:
      A loved one (due to death or
                                                                                                Feeling sad or depressed for a while                        Many older
                                                        Common grief reactions:                 is normal after a loss, but lasting                         adults have
           divorce, for example)
                                                            Shock - after loss a person        depression is a cause for concern.
      A home, job or business                                                                                                                                difficulty
                                                                may feel numb, like he/she is
      Physical or mental abilities
           (due to injury, or illness, for
                                                                “going through the motions” Some signs of depression:                                      dealing with
                                                            Denial - a person may refuse            Feeling sad, worthless,                               the multiple
           example)
                                                                to believe the loss has                 hopeless, or guilty
                                                                happened to avoid the pain it        Loss of interest in pleasurable                      changes they
Other losses are less obvious.
These include:
                                                                causes                                  activities                                              face.
                                                            Pain - loss often leads to              Weight or sleep changes
      Independence (giving up
                                                                painful feelings, such as deep       Trouble paying attention,
           driving, moving into a long-
                                                                sadness, anger, guilt, and              remembering or making
           term care facility, for
                                                                regret                                  decisions                           National Depression
           example)
      Good health
                                                            Renewal - occurs when a                 Being unable to perform                    Screening Day
                                                                person begins to adjust to his/         daily activities
      A feeling of purpose or role
                                                                her new life
           (due to retirement, for
                                                                                                Getting help:                               Grieving
                                                                                                     Share your feelings with your        over loss is
                                                                                                        doctor or other health care         normal;
                                                                                                        professional                       however, if
                                                                                                     Reach out to your local             you feel sad        October 7,
                                                                                                        Community Health agency to        for weeks or            2010
                                                                                                        set-up an appointment with a      months, you
                        Schuyler County Office for the Aging                                            counselor                            may be
                 Elder Caregiver Support Program presents…
                                                                                                     Look in the yellow pages of          depressed.
                   Dinner and Discovery                                                                 your phone book for
                                          October 19, 2010                                              counselors, family therapists,    Talk with your doctor or call
                                          6:00pm – 8:00pm                                               or mental health professionals    OFA at 535-7108 to make an
                                                                                                                                      appointment to talk with a
               Schuyler County Human Services Complex                                         Wanting to live is a sign of
                                                                                                                                      trained mental health nurse.
                          323 Owego Street                                             recovery. It doesn‟t mean you‟ve
                            Montour Falls
                       CONFERENCE ROOM 115

 Memory Loss - Is It Always Alzheimer’s Disease &
                                                                                                  Schuyler County Office for the Aging
Working With Your Physician Through the Diagno-                                                  Educational Presentations Supporting Caregivers
                    sis Process
                                                                                                    The Alzheimer‟s Association will be presenting a
 If you are caring for a loved one, please join Office for the Aging and the                               FREE seminar to caregivers on:
   Rochester Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for this FREE event.                              Techniques for Families Giving Daily Care
                                                                                                           and Role Changes & Transitions
All participants MUST BE REGISTERED in order to attend this presenta-
tion. Please contact Shannon Slater, at 535-7108 prior to October 12th for
                     more information or to register.
                                                                                                                Tuesday, September 14, 2010
                                                                                                                     1:00pm - 3:00pm
 In May 2010 the Alzheimer’s Association released a report that
 states, “the number of Americans age 65 and older who have this                           Location:                Schuyler Co. Human Services Complex
 condition will increase from the 5.1 million today to 13.5 million by                                              323 Owego Street, Montour Falls
                             mid-century”.                                                                          CONFERENCE ROOM 115
    More than 7 out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease live at                          Registration:            All participants MUST BE
 home, where family and friends provide almost 75 percent of their                                                  REGISTERED in order to attend this
 care. Educational programs help caregivers discover strategies
                                                                                                                    presentation. Please contact Shannon
  to cope with the complexities of caring for a person with the dis-
   ease, along with gaining the knowledge and skills to be as pre-
                                                                                                                    Slater, at 535-7108 prior to September
                          pared as possible.                                                                        10th for more information or to register.
September/October 2010                                            Golden Glow                                                   Page 7

                                                                                    NY CONNECTS
 “Could I have diabetes and not
           know it?”                                                                    New York Connects
                                                                                    Chronic and Long-Term Care Choices
If you are 65 or older, check off the boxes                                                   for People of All Ages
  below if you have any of the following:

      Family history of diabetes                                                    What is NY Connects?
      High blood pressure                                     This is a program that provides a single place in the county for all those
      High cholesterol                                        seeking information about both chronic and long term care services
      Overweight                                              and options regardless of age.
      Diabetes during pregnancy                                         This is referred to as a Single Point of Entry (SPOE).
                                                               Provides objective, comprehensive information and support for

    If you marked any of the boxes                              individuals and their caregivers and family members
                                                               Includes medical, non-medical and other community chronic and
     above, you are eligible, under                             long-term care services as well as institutional services
                                                               Includes eligibility criteria for all age groups
Medicare, for a free test to check for
                                                                    What Types of Services Can be Provided?
diabetes. Ask your doctor to order the
                                                                  Support and assistance for a family of an individual with
             test and do it soon!                                  Alzheimer’s.
                                                                  Continuing care as the result of a traumatic brain injury.
                                                                  Evaluation and treatment of developmental and behavioral issues.
   for more information, Call Gina                                Assistance with personal care routines such as bathing and
  Gasparro at office for the Aging at                              dressing for an arthritic patient.
              535-7108.
                                                                  Assistance for a diabetic with amputation.
                                                                  Housekeeping assistance or home delivered meals for a frail,
                     A National Drive to
                    Find the Undiagnosed                           disabled or chronically ill elderly individual.
                                                                  Assistance in obtaining care and services for any long term or
                                                                   chronic condition.
                                                                  Information about services available in the community, including
               www.screenfordiabetes.org
                                                                   medical, non-medical, and institutional care including eligibility
         Supported by a grant from novo Nordisk, Inc.




  To Make a Donation or Change Address
           Please clip and send this coupon along with your contribution payable to or address change to:

                                                         Schuyler County OFA
                                                        323 Owego Street, Unit 7
                                                        Montour Falls, NY 14865

 The Schuyler County Office for the Aging appreciates and
                                                                                        Tape current mailing
 gratefully accepts financial contributions to help off-set needs                           label here
 beyond available resources.

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                                                    WRAP
FURNACE EFFICIENCY


I   s your furnace running efficiently? Here are some tips on how to improve its effectiveness.

            Clean the furnace filter regularly: Vacuum the filter once a month. Replace your filter three or
             four times a year.
            Vacuum all registers in your home.
            Keep the area around your furnace clean and unobstructed.
            Do not have anything combustible within six inches of your vent pipe.

     It is recommended that you have your furnace professionally cleaned every two
years. Remember to trust your instincts. If anything seems wrong, do not hesitate to call in
professional help.


                                                                                                 ****

                                                                                           NOTICE

                                                                                                 ****
                                                                                           REGARDING
                                                                                          CLEAN & TUNE
                                                                                            PROGRAM


                                                                                          THERE WILL
                                                                                             BE NO
                                                                                           FUNDING
                                                                                          FOR CLEAN
                                                                                           & TUNE IN
                                                                                             2010.
                                                                                         NYS CONTINUES TO
                                                                                         BE SUPPORTIVE OF
                                                                                           THIS INITIATIVE
                                                                                           WITH PLANS TO
                                                                                             FUND THE
                                                                                         PROGRAM IN 2011,
                                                                                          PROVIDING THERE
                                                                                           ARE SUFFICIENT
                                                                                         FUNDS TO OPERATE
                                                                                           THE PROGRAM.
                                                                                          STAY TUNED FOR
                                                                                            AN UPDATE IN
                                                                                             EARLY 2011
September/October 2010                                            Golden Glow                                                         Page 9


                                  FOOD PREFERENCE SURVEY
                  Help us improve our meal sites! Please complete the survey below and return to:

                                              Schuyler County Office for the Aging
                                                   323 Owego Street, Unit 7
                                                   Montour Falls, NY 14865

            QUESTION                                                    YES     NO        COMMENTS
     1
            Do you eat the same foods on a regular basis?
     2
            Are you a Vegetarian?

     3
            Are you a Vegan?
     4      Do you have food allergies? If yes, please list
            in comment section.
     5
            Do you like to try new foods?

     6      Do you eat ethnic foods such as Chinese,
            Greek, Mexican, etc.
     7      Would you eat foods such as a burrito,
            enchiladas, stir fry, Mousaka, Couscous, etc.?
     8      Do you currently attend one of the
            congregate meal sites: Montour Falls,
            Burdett, Hector, Tyrone, Monterey?
     8      If the menu options were expanded, would
            you attend one of the meal sites?


Other comments:




CONSUMER CONNECTION                                                      WEBSITE SHOWCASE
D      o you need assistance with chores such as lawn care or snow
       removal? The Consumer Connection is the place you can
turn to for FREE advertising. This is a way to link you with other
                                                                         www.aging.state.ny.us - NYS Office for the Aging website. Provides up
                                                                         to date news on issues affecting seniors and their caregivers as well as
                                                                         reports and where to find help.
seniors who may be able to help or can provide a referral. Post your     www.aarp.org - Official AARP website. Addresses health, money, food
ad for help in the Golden Glow‟s Consumer Connection following           and more.
these few simple guidelines:
                                                                         www.seniorlaw.com - Web site for senior citizens, their families, attor-
                                                                         neys, social workers and others for information regarding elder law,
         1. You must be a senior age 60 or older;                        Medicare, Medicaid. estate planning, elder rights and more.
         2. You must submit your ad in writing to the Office for the
                                                                         www.cms.hhs.gov - Answers to Medicaid and Medicare questions as
            Aging;
                                                                         well as news updates.
         3. Ads must contain a clear description of the need as well
            as a phone number where you can be contacted;                www.alz.org - News updates, research information, where to find help,
         4. Do not include your name in the ad but DO include it in      training, virtual library and more.
            your submission to OFA;                                      www.good50.com - This is a user-friendly search engine designed for
         5. Ads must be submitted no later than Sept. 24, 2010 for       older adults by a 16 year old honor student, Sunmee Huh, from German-
            the next newsletter;                                         town, MD. The search box is larger as is the font size. There is very
                                                                         little on the page making it easier to focus on the search. There is a low
         6. Office for the Aging reserves the right to edit or refuse    -vision version which, when clicked on, brings up a black screen with
            any ads received.                                            white lettering. This is much easier for some to read.
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                                          RSVP...Your invitation to volunteer
                                          reading.                                Way raises funds to help under-write
NOTES FROM
DICK...
                                                  We are also gearing up for
                                          another season of Bone Builder
                                                                                  nearly 30 non-profit agencies in the
                                                                                  county. “A United Way                            Bone
                                          classes, designed to reduce the         grant makes a huge difference,” says
                                          incidence of osteoporosis in men and    George Baldassarre. “I think a lot of          Builders
I  n late June, I attended the National
   Conference on volunteerism and
Service in New York City. The
                                          women over age 55. Classes are held
                                          in Hector, Montour Falls, Tyrone,
                                                                                  these agencies really depend on it.”
                                                                                       Each fall, a fund-raising goal is        Fight Osteoporosis
2010 conference theme “It‟s Up to         Monterey, Dundee, Penn Yan and at       set - generally one a bit higher than        with Research-Based
YOU,” was a call to action in a new       Keuka College. If you‟re interested     the goal for the previous year. “The
era of responsibility, reminding us we    in learning more, call RSVP at 607-     last year I was involved in it, three              Exercise
all hold the solution, and empowering     535-7105.                               years ago, I think the goal was
                                                  And what would a year be        $125,000,” George says. “You set a
us all to act. During the 5-day event,
5,000 participants were given the         without volunteer recognition?          goal and start to campaign; then as           Enroll Now!
opportunity to attend upwards of 200      Events are planned in October in        the months go by, sometimes you‟re
workshops, join community service         Schuyler and Yates counties.            a little leery that you‟re not going to
                                                                                  make your goal - but you always do.        Recommended for people
projects and enjoy the sights and


                                          W
sounds of the “Big Apple.”                                                        I‟m always very optimistic.”                   age 55 and older
I had the privilege of hearing Harlem                  elcome New                      The Baldassarres say they greatly
Children‟s Zone founder Geoffrey                                                  enjoyed volunteering with the United
                                                       Volunteers &               Way and knowing this made a real          Locations in Schuyler and
Canada and New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg, as well as Points       Reinstated Volunteers! difference to the quality of life in                                Yates
of Light Institute CEO Michelle                                                   Schuyler County.
Nunn, Corporation for National and                                                     Norma, who before retirement
                                                   Rozita Chedzoy                 was treasurer for the Watkins Glen        To enroll, contact RSVP at
Community Service CEO Patrick
Corvington, U.S. Senator Mark                                                     Central School District, says, “I love         (607) 535-7105
Warner of Virginia and White House                                                figures ­ it‟s fun keeping track of the
Domestic Policy Council Director                                                  money.” One of her favorite
Melody Barnes. In addition, there         YOUR STORIES:                           volunteer jobs was serving as
were video messages from First Lady                                               treasurer at RSVP, a position which
Michelle Obama and New York State         NORMA                                   ended when the agency no longer
                                                                                  sponsored bus tours.                      volunteer projects required a
Governor David Paterson.                  BALDASSARRE                                       “Usually when I volunteered     spreadsheet. “I guess I am busy,” she
         I participated in workshops
that looked at veterans‟ issues and the   By: Karey Solomon, RSVP it had something to do with figures                       admits.
impact of baby-boomers on non-            Volunteer                               and being responsible,” she says.             Current responsibilities include
profits looking for volunteers and the                                            “Everything balanced before I would       working at two libraries and the
                                                                                  let a project go.”                        Humane Society. Once a week she
changing face of RSVP programs as
“Baby Boomers,” ”Gen X‟ers” and
“Millennials” reach age 55. There
                                          N      orma Baldassarre of Watkins
                                                 Glen says she can‟t quite recall
                                          how she began volunteering ­ she‟s
                                                                                       Norma and George are both
                                                                                  active gardeners - George does the
                                                                                                                            goes to the Schuyler County Humane
                                                                                                                            Society cat shelter to spend a
were also opportunities for               been helping a variety of agencies in vegetables while Norma looks after          morning feeding, cleaning and
discussions about the types of            Schuyler County for a very long time. the flowers. She‟s also an avid bird-       socializing cats there.
volunteer experiences younger             She signed up with RSVP and made watcher. But even in a summer ideal              She volunteers at the Dutton S.
generations of retirees will seek.        things official at the beginning of     for gardening, she makes sure she         Peterson library in Odessa where
         “Volunteer engagement” will      1988.                                   schedules in time to volunteer.           she‟s a trustee; and in the Watkins
help re-shape the RSVP approach to            For many years, she volunteered          “I think you should give back        Glen Library where she‟s additionally
creating a pleasant volunteer             at Schuyler Hospital with the           some of your blessings and help other     president of the Friends of the
experience. There will be expanded        Auxiliary, fund-raising, working in     people in some small way,” Norma          Library.
opportunities for volunteers to take      the gift shop and                       says.                                         “I love to read and share books
on responsibilities that will make use    sometimes even                                                                    with other people,” she says. “It‟s
of their life experiences and greater     answering                                                                         nice - people ask questions, you can
involvement in decision-making.           phones for the                                                                    help them find books they really
          It was a great event, and one   nurses. Those                                                                     want, or help them look something up
I will long remember. I returned          volunteer jobs                                                                    for study or pleasure. I think people
energized and proud to be part of         began at the                                                                      really enjoy using the library and use
RSVP, a national organization that‟s      invitation of                                                                     it well.”
helping hundreds of thousands of          Annabel                                                                               Seneca View is a once-a-month
older Americans give back to their        Specchio.                                                                         destination where she helps Nancy
communities through volunteer                 “We do love                                                                   Givens as a Pet Therapy Assistant in
service.                                  Schuyler                                                                          the “Pet the Pet” program. Nancy
         We are putting the finishing     Hospital,”                                                                        Givens brings her therapy animals,
touches on an RSVP “Ambassadors”          Norma says.                                                                       usually three dogs and a cat, to the
program. We‟re looking for folks          “There are many                                                                   facility‟s community room, where
who like to meet new faces and are        opportunities to                    Norma and George Baldassarre                  residents have a chance to interact
passionate about being RSVP               help there. I                                                                     with the animals one on one. “And
volunteers. Our ambassadors will          really liked the gift shop. Nurses and                                            we get to talk to them as friends,”
take the RSVP story of volunteers         doctors would come in to buy            YOUR STORIES:                             Rebecca says of the residents. “It‟s
serving non-profit agencies to service    candy,” she adds, laughing in                                                     nice for them - most of them had
and civic groups, churches and senior     enjoyment of the people she was able
                                                                                  REBECCA                                   dogs or cats while growing up. And
centers. They‟ll spread the word                                                                                            even people who are out of it will
                                          to say hello to on a regular basis.     ABRAHAM                                   respond to seeing an animals,” she
about the impact RSVP volunteers              She‟s been treasurer of the
are having on our communities and         Friends of the Watkins Glen Library By: Karey Solomon, RSVP                       adds.
the types of volunteer opportunities      for a long time, and with her husband Volunteer                                       A master gardener, she assists
that are available.                       George Baldassare, who was                                                        newer gardeners with advice and help
                                                                                                                            through the Community Garden
         Reading buddies will get
together in September for training as
we gear up for another year helping
                                          executive Secretary for United Way
                                          of Schuyler County for more than 40
                                          years, she regularly worked on
                                                                                  A      lpine resident Rebecca
                                                                                         Abraham has been such an
                                                                                  active volunteer since her retirement
                                                                                                                                         (Continued on page 11)
youngsters discover the joys of           United Way fund-raising. United         in 1993, a list of her past and current


                                 Find us on the web at: http://www.counties.cce.cornell.edu/schuyler/rsvp/

                         Yarn and patterns are available for
September/October 2010                                              Golden Glow                                                                           Page 11

                                     RSVP...Your invitation to volunteer
(Continued from page 10)              program. “Some people don‟t want       back to the community. Fortunately I
                                      to talk about it,” she notes.          have a lot of energy.
program. Last year, Rebecca took      “I‟ll talk about it tomorrow ­ or      But I can‟t sit home and twiddle my                      Thank you
training in an environmental          whatever. We encourage people to       thumbs, it would drive me up a tree!”
stewardship program, learning about have health care proxies and
                                                                                                                                      Volunteers!
stream monitoring, recycling,         living wills, and share with
hazardous waste. She and several      families and significant others
other volunteers help a Colorado-     what they want so they have
                                                                                                                       RSVP is funded by the Corporation for National
based government program track        choices when circumstances                                                  & Community Service, New York State, Schuyler & Yates
climate change by daily e-mailing     become dire.” This program                                               Counties, United Way, Grants and the RSVP Advisory Council.
precipitation reports to a larger     has been on hiatus, but there‟s                                              RSVP is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of
                                                                                                                     Schuyler County, which provides equal program and
environmental picture may be          a move to get it going again.                                            employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with
mapped.                                   A retired social worker,                                             disabilities may be requested by calling CCE Schuyler County
    Rebecca has also helped people Rebecca Abraham says of                                                       at 607-535-7161 at least 5 days prior to an event to ensure
                                                                                                              sufficient time to make arrangements. Requests received sooner
delve into the difficult and          volunteering, “I think it‟s a                                                than 5 days prior to an event will be met when possible.
sometimes sticky subject of health    wonderful way to meet
care decision making as a facilitator people. I can‟t imagine living
in the “Share Your Wishes”            someplace and not giving                Rebecca Abraham




   Volunteer Opportunities-Call RSVP at 607-535-7105 for further details!
   Opportunities                                                Duties                                          County                         Details
                                    Hang posters and fliers on bulletin boards at various businesses.
                                                                                                                Schuyler &         Posters are usually distributed
    Poster Distributers           Volunteers are needed in the Penn Yan, Dundee, Middlesex, Hector,
                                                                                                                  Yates               once every 1-2 months.
                                                      Burdett and Beaver Dams.

                                                                                                                                   Volunteers are trained in Tufts
  Bone Builders Group                                                                                           Schuyler &
                                 Lead exercise classes designed to reduce the incidence of Osteoporosis.                            University‟s Strong Women
        Leaders                                                                                                   Yates
                                                                                                                                             program.


Literacy Volunteer Tutors         Tutor adults in basic reading skills or English as a second language.             Yates         Extensive training provided.


                                   Guide participation of support group members, emphasizing group
                                    interaction and non-judgmental atmosphere for sharing with one
                                  another, utilizing educational materials provided by the Alzheimer‟s
                                 Association. Some knowledge of Alzheimer‟s disease ad the impact on                              1-time training, attendance time
    Alzheimer’s Group
                                   families helpful, general care giving knowledge , comfort with the               Yates             and date to be arranged.
        Facilitator               expression of emotions, active listening skills, ability to redirect and                         Criminal screening required.
                                  facilitate discussion. Non-judgmental/Confidential. Routinely meet
                                  2nd Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 (meeting runs from
                                                             2:00-3:00 p.m.).

    Schuyler Housing                                                                                                                   Orientation provided
                                   Home repairs of varying degree of complexity, based on volunteers‟
   Opportunity Council                                          skills.
                                                                                                                  Schuyler         by SHOC volunteers. Criminal
        (SHOC)                                                                                                                          screening required.


                                  Assist in variety of activities of the Schuyler County Humane Society                           Orientation & training provided
     Humane Society                                     (Animal Clinic/Thrift Shop).
                                                                                                                  Schuyler
                                                                                                                                  by Humane Society volunteers.

                                                                                                                                      Training and orientation
                                                       Deliver meals to homebound
   Home Meal Delivery                                  individuals in Yates County.
                                                                                                                    Yates            provided by Yates OFA.
                                                                                                                                    Criminal screening required.

                                 Appointed by family court judges, CASA volunteers are empowered to                                Extensive training provided by
 CASA (Court Appointed
                                    make a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected               Schuyler             CASA staff. Criminal
   Special Advocate)                                           children.                                                                screening required.

                                                                                                                                   Knowledge of retail, local and
 The ARC of Schuyler Art                                                                                                             regional art, very helpful.
                                                    Sales, inventory and other duties.                            Schuyler          Friendly, courteous, able to
        Gallery                                                                                                                     work independently & with
                                                                                                                                               others.

                                 Serve as a reading “partner,” listening to and reading to a child on 1-to-     Schuyler &
     Reading Buddies                 1 basis or in small groups in an elementary classroom setting.               Yates
                                                                                                                                    Criminal screenings required.


                                                                                                                                     36 hour mandatory training
     Long Term Care                 Serve as an advocate for residents of local nursing and adult care          Schuyler &
                                                                                                                                    provided. Criminal screening
      Ombudsman                                                  homes.                                           Yates
                                                                                                                                              required.

                             Find us on the web at: http://www.counties.cce.cornell.edu/schuyler/rsvp/
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                            Schuyler County Office for the Aging
                                           Invites You to Attend the
                        ANNUAL PUBLIC HEARING &
                            Breakfast Fundraiser

                        Date: Friday, October 15, 2010
                    Silver Spoon Café, 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls

              Breakfast                                         HEARING AGENDA:
              Fundraiser
                                                                            10:00 a.m.
                                                          Welcome….Advisory Council
      8:00– 10:00 a.m.
                                                          County Updates:
                                                          Tim O’Hearn, County Administrator
            Cost: $6.00
                                                          Para-Transit System:
                  Menu                                     Amber Simmons, Mobility Manager
                                                           The Arc of Schuyler
            pancakes, sausage,
          scrambled eggs, home                            Public Hearing….Tamre Waite,
          fries, mixed fruit cup,                                                       Director, OFA
             juice, coffee, tea,
              hot cocoa, milk                             Comments…...Public

                                                          Closing…..Advisory Council
          Proceeds benefit the Home
          Delivered Meals program




EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Attention Seniors…..Are you looking for help supplementing your income? Interested in finding employment? Then
the Senior Community Service Employment Program could be for you! Employers value the talents older workers bring
to the workplace and are looking for someone just like you. If you‟re 55 or older, this program will help you refresh your
job skills and prepare you to re-enter the workforce. You‟ll be placed (according to your preferences) in a paid, part-time
community service assignment. SCSEP staff will help you secure a position in one of our Host Agencies that will assist
you in making the transition to a job that‟s right for you. Income eligibility requirements apply. (SCSEP is funded through
the U.S. Department of Labor and Senior Services of America. It is a non-profit organization that provides employment
and training opportunities to seniors across the country). Our program covers Chemung, Tioga, Steuben, Alleghany, Yates
and Schuyler Counties. For more information please call Kelly Duby – Project Director: 1-800-553-2033 x145 or visit :
www.seniorserviceamerica.org

								
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