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                                                                  FORUM WORKSHOPS – Choice of Two
    Save the Date for                              1.) ―How to Learn Anything on the Internet for Free,
   this Popular Event!                                     Plus Websites for Free Internet Games‖
                                                   You can learn almost anything on the internet: learn to speak a new
                                                   language, fix a leaky faucet, or teach a dog how to behave. All for free!
 Date THURSDAY,                                    Also discover free games you can play online!
          SEPTEMBER 16, 2010                       Presenter: Frank Zimoulis
 Time     8:30 am – 9:00 am                        2.) "Out to the Soldiers' Home; A Look At the Early Years of the
             Registration and                      New York State Soldiers' and Sailors' Home"
             Continental Breakfast                 Robert Yott will talk about the Soldiers' Home and how it evolved since
          9:00 am – 9:40 am                        its humble beginning in 1879 until 1929 when it was transferred to federal
             Public Hearing                        control. We will also look at life at the Soldiers' Home and the nine
          9:50 am – 12:30 pm                       officers who had the honor of serving as its commandant during those
             Workshops                             years.
          12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
             Lunch & Entertainment                 3.) ―Waterfalls of the Finger Lakes‖
                                                   For the past three years John and Sue Babbitt have been pursuing their
 Place Presbyterian Church,                        passion for waterfalls in the Finger Lakes Region. Their beauty changes
       Pulteney Square, Bath NY                    with the seasons. Come join as we explore together the natural beauty in
           Pre-Registration Required.              our own backyard, and we promise you won't get wet!
        Please call Office for the Aging at        4.) ―Frazzle Free‖
          607-664-2298, 607-776-7813,              A panel including Belinda Rawleigh, Reiki Master; Mary Hess, LMT,
             324-4891, or 936-4661.                Massage Therapist; and Victoria Tilbe, LCSW-R, expert in visualization
         Luncheon served by ProAction              exercise, will teach you alternative therapies for stress and relaxation.
           with donations requested.               5.) ―The Crystal City: The Hows and Whys Corning Is Called That‖
                                                   This workshop will feature Thomas P. Dimitroff, glass expert and author
 Lunchtime entertainment provided by               who will discuss the history of glassmaking in the Crystal City. Join
     the Hon. Joe Latham at the piano.             Tom for a rare look at how various factors contributed to the start of glass
                                                   production in Corning.
         No charge for workshops.
   Workshops (choice of two) available on a        6.) ―Aging Is Not a Disease‖
        first-come, first-serve basis.              Popular local presenter, Dr. Randy Weidner, will discuss normal aging,
                                                   its consequences for how we function, the effects of disease, and how we
 Parking lot attendants available to assist you.   might deal with the process.

September – October 2010                                1                                                  Second Season
                             RSVP……Lead With Experience!
                            Planning for a (spectacular) Fall

We have had a busy summer, making sure that you have the opportunity to have a great Fall, with many
opportunities to socialize, travel, gain more knowledge, and learn about all the different ways you can
become involved in your community.

The line-up for this Fall includes the OFA Public Forum on September 16th (more information on how
to register in this newsletter), and Aging In Place and You on September 30th, at the request of Steuben
County Legislator, Phil Palmesano, for Corning residents. The event will be at the Corning Senior
Center and will include a welcome from Phil Palmesano and Linda Tetor; a talk by the New York State
Regional Director for AARP, William Armbruster; vendors from local agencies sharing information
about their services, refreshments and an opportunity to win some door prizes.

In October, RSVP will be hosting a series on Civic Engagement. With us for that event will be Michael
Burgess, Director of the New York State Office for the Aging, and William Armbruster, NYS Regional
Director for AARP. Every Friday, starting October 1st, there will be a special workshop on some aspect
of our community – family, health, arts and culture, and education. You will also hear about programs
at Corning Community College (CCC), how to get trained in CPR, Neighborhood Watch, the role of
advocacy and much more. You will even get a chance to visit the Planetarium at CCC. If you heard
about the Planetarium but never had the chance to visit, this is your opportunity. Call the RSVP office
at 664-2298 for more information.

                           A Dickens’ Victorian Village Christmas
RSVP Group Travel is on the road again (well almost!) with an exciting three-day trip
planned to Cambridge, Ohio. There you will experience a Victorian Christmas along
with tours, shows, special dinners and, of course, opportunities to SHOP! Some of the
highlights of this trip include a guided tour of the Dickens’ Victorian Village display,
dinner and candlelight tour at the Colonial Taylor Inn, a visit to the National Museum
of Cambridge Glass, and ―A Coal Miner’s Christmas‖ presentation and train ride. You
will also tour the Longaberger Basket Factory and visit the Longaberger Homestead shops. Along with
this you will see a holiday music and light show and much more! It’s hard to believe that all this will
happen in three days. Call Deanna at 664-2298 for more information.
                           Welcome to all new volunteers!
                                                                    To contact us at RSVP:
                                                                    Bath      #664-2298
                Marcella Voss, Michael Cervoni, Babette Kovtun,     Corning #936-4662
                Kenneth Quick, Kay Kenion, Sylvia Brown, Bob        Hornell    #324-4892
                Brown, MaryLou Horne, M. Sharon Abbott, Lura      Web addresses to check out:
                Huckabone, Camilla Nessle, Richard Johnson,
                Susan St. John-Jarvis, and Barbara Frank. 

September – October 2010                           2                                      Second Season
    ProAction Senior Dinner Clubs       Comments from those who Dine
            open for Lunch             at ProAction Senior Dinner Clubs
        Monday through Friday
     Please make reservations one   Each year people who attend the Dinner Clubs are
            day in advance          asked to participate in completing customer
                                    satisfaction questionnaires. Here are some of the
                                    comments we have received:
       Addison Place Apartments           It is convenient, handy and nearby.
            43 William St.                I need the balanced meals.
            (607) 359-9297                The meals provide variety I might not
                                          otherwise have, especially veggies and fruit.
                Bath                      I really enjoy the meals and the company.
      No reservations required            I enjoy the people.
   Clyde F. Simon Lakeview Apts.          It gets me out of the house.
            105 Geneva St                 Keep up the good work.
           (607) 776-4310                 I’m concerned that not more attend the
                                          Senior Dinner Club.
                Corning                   We are happy to join this program from our
         Corning Senior Center            home for the food and fellowship.
              1 Park Lane           The results of the most recent survey show us that
            (607) 962-2009          the majority of the people who responded to the
                  and               questions feel the dinner clubs increase their contact
        Dayspring II Apartments     with others and ease meal preparation. They also
            220 Tioga Ave           believe that the meals help maintain or improve
            (607) 769-9786          their health, and they enjoy the activities provided at
                                    the dinner clubs. Many feel that the dinner clubs
               Hornell              help them remain in their own homes and make
       Church Street Court Apts.    grocery shopping less burdensome.
            71 Church St.           You know the saying ―the more the merrier‖. If
           (607) 324-0814           you haven’t yet visited any of our dinner clubs,
                 and                perhaps this is the year for you.
        Hornell Senior Center
          20 Broadway Mall          Food Safety Tip: Discard any food if you are in
           (607) 324-8609           doubt as to whether it is safe to eat. Do not take the
                                    chance. Sometimes foods may taste fine when
                                    spoiled or unfit to eat.
             Little House Café      Sponsors: Steuben County Office for the Aging,
              3rd Avenue Ext.       New York State Office for the Aging,
              (585) 690-0300        Administration on Aging

September – October 2010             3                                       Second Season

  "All my life I've never sat around doing nothing," says Lou Fell, age 75 of Bath. He is the winner of the
  2009 Louise Argentieri Award for volunteering over 1200 hours during that year. He is instrumental in
  the success of the Glenn Curtiss Museum both throughout the facility and in the restoration shop.
  "We bought a brand new house, and there is really nothing to do around here. So instead of sitting here
  all day long, twiddling my thumbs and watching TV, I decided to get involved in something. It really
  didn't make any difference where I went to volunteer, but the Curtiss Museum happens to be something
  that I can handle. It's not a very pressing job. You come and go as you please; you set your own hours.
  For somebody that's mechanically inclined, that's the place to go. Nobody's on anybody's case—you just
  do your own thing. And if you like what you're doing, you keep going down there."
  "The Curtiss Museum is close to home, it's mechanical work, and it's building things, so that when you
  build something, yeah, you can say–look what I've done that works. It's a challenge and an opportunity.
  If you like to think for yourself, like to work with your hands, and be your own boss, by all means
  volunteer at the Curtiss Museum."
  Dolores Billings, age 69 of Prattsburgh, is a winner of this year's Spirit of Volunteerism Award. She
  serves as volunteer Treasurer of the Prattsburgh Free Library. This includes all purchasing and billing
  responsibilities. She also volunteers for the library's children’s programs, either reading or manning a
  glue gun during craft time!
  "I have a real feeling for the library," she says. "I wanted to do something for them, so I became a
  Trustee and the Treasurer. I don't need a part-time job fortunately—a paying one, so I can volunteer and
  do things at my convenience."
  "I really believe in these small libraries and what they do for the communities. They make such a good
  connection with people. You have everything there. Internet service—people get on there and do
  resumes, look for jobs, play games. We have a lot of activities for children, which are really needed in a
  small community. There's not a lot offered otherwise."
  Dolores is also a Bone Builders volunteer leader, has assisted in putting the Office for the Aging
  newsletter, "Second Season", together and performs other jobs for RSVP. "There's a lot of self-
  satisfaction in doing something just out of the goodness of your heart. It's quite rewarding to know
  you're helping somebody else out."
  This year's second Spirit of Volunteerism Award recipient, William Mattice, age 73 of Wayland, has
  volunteered with the V.A. for over 10 years in several capacities. He currently manages the Clothing
  Room. This program assists homeless or indigent veterans as they come into the V.A. programs by
  providing them with new blue jeans, socks, underclothing, hats, belts, and sweatshirts. He sorts, stocks,
  and keeps track of all incoming and outgoing merchandise for the program. He also volunteers for V.A.
  special events. He is committed to the veterans, the V.A. staff and volunteers, and community partners.
  He is a veteran himself.
  "I like volunteering because I see the guys and I like to help people. They appreciate it. They say—we
  just love you guys. A lot of them (veterans) live out in the bush or something, and a lot of people think
  nothing of it. They have fought for their country, and they deserve better than what they get.
  Sometimes people just don't care about what they did."
  William feels that talking about what you do as a volunteer brings others to volunteer as well.

September – October 2010                            4                                               Second Season
   First of all, I would like to make a correction in the information provided in my last article in the ―Second
   Season‖. There was a typo for the oldest group. 79.6 is the average age for the Lakeview II group (not 59.6).

   We continue to grow, adding new folks each month. Our enrollment as of June 30th is 323 people. There are
   presently 17 groups.

   Looking ahead to September…The Leaders’ Training is scheduled for Wednesday, September 15th. It will
   again be held at O’Malley Hall in the former St. Mary’s School on E. Morris St. in Bath. The time will be
   9:00 am until 2:30 pm. It is required that all present leaders attend if at all possible. If there is anyone who
   might be interested in taking the training with the idea of starting a new group in Steuben County, please let
   me know.

   I can be reached by phoning ProAction at 776-2125 or 1 800-553-2033.
   Darlene Auckland, Exercise Program Coordinator

        GROUP NAME         CLASS LOCATION                            EXERCISE DAYS                    TIME
        Arkport            Village Hall - 6 Park Ave.                Tuesday &Thursday          10:00 - 11:00
        Avoca              Jacob’s Ladder UM Church                  Tuesday & Friday           9:00 - 10:30
        Bath ARC           ARC Building, off Rte 54                  Tuesday & Thursday         4:30 - 5:30
        Buena Vista        Buena Vista Church 6034 Cty Rt. 69        Tuesday & Thursday         10:00 - 11:00
        Campbell           Town Hall, 8529 Main St.                  Monday & Thursday          9:45 - 10:45
        Canisteo           10 Maple St.                              Monday & Wednesday         9:00 - 10:00
        Corning            Senior Center, 1 Park Lane                Tuesday & Thursday         2:30 - 3:30
        Hammondsport       St. Gabriel’s Church, 78 Shether St.      Mon, Weds, and Fri.        9:00 – 10:00
        Hornell I          Glad Tidings AOG Church 342 Seneca        Monday & Wednesday         9:45 - 11:00
        Hornell II         DeSales Hall, 440 Monroe Ave.             Monday & Wednesday         9:15 - 10:15
        Hornell III        20 Broadway Mall                          Tuesday & Thursday         10:00 - 11:00
        Bath               Lakeview Apts. I, 105 Geneva St.          Mon., Weds., and Fri.      8:00 – 9:00
        Bath               Lakeview Apts. II, 105 Geneva St.         Tues. Community Room       9:00 – 10:30
        Painted Post       United Methodist/First Presbyterian       Tuesday & Thursday         1:00 - 2:00
                           Church 201 N. Hamilton St.
        Prattsburgh        UM Church 4 Porter St.                    Tuesday & Thursday         9:00 - 10:00
        Pulteney           Fire Station 8875 Brown Rd.               Monday & Wednesday         9:00 - 10:00
        Wayland            Library-101 W. Naples St.                 Monday & Wednesday         9:00 - 10:00

September – October 2010                                5                                            Second Season
Office for the Aging Locations                        Seniors, get on-line
      County Office Building, Bath, NY, Open            with your life!
      Monday – Friday (except holidays), 8:30
      – 5:00. Call 607-776-7813 for an               FREE Computer Training
      Corning Senior Center, 1 Park Lane, call
      607-936-4661 for an appointment.
      Hornell Senior Center, 20 Broadway
      Mall, call 324-4891 for an appointment.
$250 Medicare rebate scam:                                (Open to all older adults)
                                                     You do not need to be in the SCSEP
     Those reaching the Medicare Part D
                                                      program to benefit from the free
     ―donut hole‖ this year will receive a $250                  trainings!
     check to help defray prescription costs,
     but beware! Reports are out that scam                    4 Training sites:
     artists are contacting Medicare                 Bath = Dormann Library & ProAction
                                                       Corning = CSS Workforce & the
     beneficiaries and requesting social                       Corning Library
     security and bank account numbers, or
     asking for up-front fees before rebate            (please call our office for times)
     checks can be mailed. As always, never                 Do you want to:
     give personal info over the phone unless                 learn computer skills;
     you know to whom you are talking.                        earn money;
                                                              serve your community;
Steuben County Residents:                                     find employment?
     If you’d like to be alerted in the event of a
     life threatening emergency in your area,           Also available: Paid educational and
     register for the Emergency Notification             job training opportunities to low-
                                                           income seniors 55 and older.
     System at
     Call 607-664-2991 for more info.                  Learn more by calling (800) 553-2033

DO YOU WANNA DANCE? Learn Western                         The Senior Community Service
 Square Dancing. Bring a Partner and Join the                   Employment Program
                                                          ProAction of Steuben & Yates, Inc.
Champagne Whirl-a-Ways’ Open House – Free                         117 E Steuben St.
Lessons October 7th & 14th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm             Bath, NY 14810, 607-776-2125 x118
    Vernon Wightman Cafeteria, Bath, NY
    Call 527-4487, 776-6990 or 566-2573

September – October 2010                      6                                     Second Season
Steuben Senior Services Fund, Inc., is an endowment created to provide additional resources to enable our older
residents now and in the future to age in place—to continue living in their own homes with appropriate
supportive services. For the past 10 years our board has been working to build our endowment, and we are
thrilled to announce a recent bequest given specifically for in-home services through the EISEP Program. This
generous gift will allow us to provide in-home services through the Office for the Aging now and in the future.
Additionally, we have been given a gift of appreciated stock from another generous, anonymous donor. Listed
below are ways that you can help us to build this Fund.

Thank you.                                                     Peter Robbins, Chair
                                                               Board of Directors

CASH --Cash contributions are tax deductible as an itemized deduction in the year you make the
donation, up to a total of 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. Any excess over 50
percent can be deducted over the next five years. You may donate through our website, or via check.

PLEDGE--A pledge is a commitment to make a gift in the future. A pledge can consist of a single donation or a
series of donations over a specified period of time. Pledges cannot be claimed as a tax deduction until the gift is
actually made.

MATCHING GIFT--Many employers match employees’ or employee spouse's charitable donations. If your gift
is eligible for matching, please include the appropriate submittal form.

MEMORIAL GIFT--Cash, pledges, and matching gifts may be made in honor or memory of a friend, family
member, or loved one.

STOCKS AND BONDS—If you donate stock that has risen in value and that you've held for more than one year,
you pay no capital gains tax on the transaction and are entitled to a charitable deduction for the full fair market value
of the stock. Your income tax deduction is limited to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. Any excess can be
carried forward for five additional years. Be sure to contact your financial advisor before making any gift of
stocks or bonds.

In the next issue of ―Second Season‖ we will examine in more detail ways to invest in Steuben County seniors
for the future, including bequests, retirement savings, and life insurance.

September – October 2010                               7                                                Second Season
                             EPIC changes for October 1st
 Most people with EPIC also have a Medicare prescription drug plan. Medicare, as the primary
 payer, is billed first, and EPIC then bases your co-pay on what’s left over after Medicare. If the
 drug is not covered by your Medicare drug plan, EPIC is billed as the primary payer. Starting on
 October 1st, this will change.

 After this date, if your prescription is not on the list of drugs covered by your Medicare drug
 plan, your pharmacist will receive a message that EPIC will likewise not cover the drug. At this
 point, you’ll have the option of either changing to a drug that is covered by your Medicare plan
 (after which EPIC can be billed as a secondary payer), or agreeing to appeal the decision of your
 Medicare plan (after which EPIC will cover a 90-day supply of your prescription to last through
 the appeal’s process). If you lose your appeal to your Medicare plan, EPIC will then again cover
 the prescription as primary payer.

 If within the last few months you’ve used EPIC as the primary payer for a drug not covered by
 your Medicare plan, you’ll soon receive a letter from EPIC explaining these upcoming changes.
 You should show this letter to your pharmacist or doctor to see if a drug that is covered by your
 Medicare plan can be substituted for what you’re currently taking. Your may also look into, if
 possible, changing to a Medicare drug plan that covers all of your prescriptions.

 For more information, call the EPIC Hotline at 1-800-332-3742.
September – October 2010                     8                                      Second Season

September – October 2010   9   Second Season
                           NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE
                           DIRECTOR—LINDA M. TETOR

                           You may notice a change in this issue of “Second

September – October 2010
                           Season”. For the past 14 years Shirley Chapman,
                           among many other duties, designed, typed and
                           laid out this newsletter. Shirley recently retired
                           from the Office for the Aging and is enjoying the

                                                                                RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
                           summer with her grandchildren. Many thanks to                                   TIME SENSITIVE MATERIAL
                           Shirley for her exemplary service to our
                           department and to the seniors of Steuben
                                                                                                                                     Phone 607-664-2298
                                                                                                                                     Bath NY 14810-1510
                                                                                                                                     3 East Pulteney Square

                           County, and congratulations on a well-deserved

                           The Ombudsman Program of the Steuben County
                                                                                                                                              “The new age of aging –
                                                                                                                                     Steuben County Office for the Aging

                           Office for the Aging recently celebrated 30 years
                                                                                                                                     Your “Second Season” newsletter from

                           of service to the residents of the long-term-care

                           facilities of our county. Congratulations to staff
                                                                                                                                         working together for innovative solutions”

                           and volunteers of this program past and present
                           for a job very well done! A special thank you to
                           Vicki Grace, Coordinator for the past 14 years!

                           Check out page one of this newsletter for
                           information on our upcoming forum. We have a
                           continental breakfast planned to start out the
                           day, six wonderful workshops and presenters lined
                           up, and we will finish the day with a delicious
                           luncheon served by the staff of OFA and RSVP.
                           Come join us for a great event. You’ll be glad
                           you did!

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