Broome County Office for Aging Senior News March Senior News Kathleen Bunnell, Director Barbara J. Fiala, County Executive 1 MARCH 2010 Volume 38 Number 3 Visit Our Website at www.gobroomecounty.com/senior Mission In Motion Mobile Mammography While most women understand and appreciate the need for annual women’s health screenings such as mammograms, access to these services often poses a problem for many women throughout our area. Busy, working women find it difficult to take time for these tests, while many women in rural areas do not have transportation to facilities where these services are offered. Lourdes Mission In Motion Mobile Mammography brings comprehensive health care to women where they live and work. Women schedule their appointments directly through Lourdes Central Scheduling Department. Lourdes will bill the patient’s insurance carrier directly. Mammogram results are sent directly to the patient’s health care provider, regardless of the provider’s or the patient’s affiliation with Lourdes. Women are eligible to use the Mission In Motion Mobile Mammography van if they: • Have no current breast problems or symptoms. • Had a biopsy over one year ago with benign results and no further problems. • Are of an eligible age for a mammogram, typically 40 or older. Pre-registration is required for a mammogram. Please bring the order from your primary care provider if available. Visit us at one of the following locations during the month of March: Newark Valley Fire Station, 7151 Route 38, Newark Valley Lourdes Primary Care Associates, 276 Robinson Street, Binghamton Lourdes Family Practice, 500 5th Ave, Owego Lourdes Primary Care Associates, 415 E. Main Street, Endicott Broome Senior Center, Whitney Point Lourdes Primary Care Associates, 153 Oakdale Road, Johnson City Greene Community Services Bldg. 29 N. Chenango Street, Greene Lourdes Center for Family Health, 13293 Routes 38, Richford Waverly Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Call Lourdes Central Scheduling at (607) 798-5723 to make an appointment or to find a location near you. The Start Of March Madness The first public basketball game was played on March 11, 1892. In December 1891, Canadian-born James Naismith, a physical education teacher at the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) training school, took a soccer ball and a peach basket into the gym and invented basketball. In 1893, James Naismith replaced the peach basket with iron hoops and a hammock-style basket. Ten years later came the open-ended nets of today. Before that, you had to retrieve your ball from the basket every time you scored. Continued on page 2 Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period Is Now In Full Swing Attention Medicare beneficiaries: Now is the time to join, drop or switch your Medicare Advantage plan. The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period runs January 1st to March 31st. But before you make any changes to your current situation, consider these Medicare Advantage basics: What is a Medicare Advantage Plan? There are two ways you can receive your Medicare coverage: (1) through Original Medicare, which allows you to go to any doctor, hospital or other health-care provider that takes Medicare and you pay a deductible and a part of the cost of the services you receive; or (2), you can get your Medicare coverage through a “Medicare Advantage” plan. (These plans are sometimes called “Medicare Health Plans.”) Locally, there are more than 45 different Medicare Advantage plans available in 2010, with three major kinds to choose from: Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), and Private Fee-for-Service Plan (PFFS). All Medicare Advantage plans are private plans that provide Medicare benefits. If you join one, you will receive your Medicare coverage through a private company, not the federal government. Although Medicare Advantage plans are private plans, they are required by law to cover all medically reasonable and necessary care/services that are covered by Medicare Parts A and B. Some plans may also offer services that Medicare doesn’t cover, such as eye glasses, hearing aides, and/ or health club memberships. MediContinued on page 3 IT-214 Real Property Tax or Rent Rebate You may be eligible for a rebate from New York State on real property taxes or rent you paid for your residence during 2009 if you meet the following conditions: • • • • • • • • Household gross income was $18,000 or less. You occupied the same NY residence for at least 6 months. You were a NYS resident for all of 2009. You couldn’t be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s federal income tax return. Your residence was not completely exempted from real property taxes. The current market value of real property owned (house, garage, and land) was $85,000 or less. If a homeowner, you or your spouse paid real property taxes and any rent you received for nonresidential use of your residence was 20% or less of the total rent received. If a renter, you or a household member paid rent for your residence and the average monthly rent was $450 or less, not counting charges for heat, gas, electricity, furnishings or board. You can apply for the credit by filling out a Form IT-214, Claim for Real Property Tax Credit for Homeowners and Renters. If you file a NYS Income Tax Return for 2009, you can submit the IT-214 with your tax return. If you don’t have to file a NYS return, you can submit the IT-214 by itself no later Continued on page 2 Senior News March Aging With Attitude IT-214 continued from page 1 Stay connected…and never act your age! A column dedicated to encouraging social connections. than April 15, 2013. Only one credit is allowed per household. The IT-214 rebate is separate from the Senior Citizen’s Partial Real Property Tax Exemption and the STAR Program. Eligible households may apply for all three programs in one year. What Causes Stress And What Stress Causes What causes stress, with some exceptions, is pretty universal. When we are unable to cope with the environment as well as we would like we bring about stress. For example, if we worry that we will not get something that we want or that we may get something we do not want we generate some level of stress. If you didn’t file Form IT-214 for previous years, you may still be able to apply for: Year Last date to file 2006 April 19, 2010 2007 April 15, 2011 2008 April 16, 2012 Need help applying for the rebate? Contact the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance at www. nystax.gov or call 1-800-462-8100 (to get forms) or 1-800-225-5829 (for personal income tax information center). You can also visit an AARP Tax Aide site which is a volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service offered during the tax season. Its counselors can answer most tax issues faced by middle and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. To locate Tax Aide sites in Broome County, call the Office for Aging’s Senior Resource Line at 778-2411. Daylight Savings Time Begins Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March (3/14) and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time. Many fire departments encourage people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks because Daylight Saving Time provides a convenient reminder. “A working smoke detector more than doubles a person’s chances of surviving a home fire,” says William McNabb of the Troy Fire Department in Michigan. More than 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors, but one-third are estimated to have dead or missing batteries. 2 PAID ADVERTISEMENT March Madness continued from page 1 James Naismith was born in Ramsay township, near Almonte, Ontario, Canada and attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. After serving as McGill’s Athletic Director, James Naismith moved on to work at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891. The game of basketball was inspired by a children’s game James Naismith knew called duck-on-a-rock, in which players throw a small rock at a “duck” placed on top of a large rock in an attempt to knock the “duck” off. While at Springfield, James Naismith invented basketball as a sport to play indoors during the cold Massachusetts winters. The first game of basketball was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets used as goals. After changing the peach baskets for open hoop nets, James Naismith soon wrote thirteen official rules for the game. The first ever college basketball game was played on January 18, 1896, when the University of Iowa invited student athletes from the new University of Chicago for an experimental game. Final score: Chicago 15, Iowa 12, a bit different from the hundred-point scores of today. In 1963, college games were first broadcast on national TV, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that sports fans ranked basketball up there with football and baseball. With the current situations in the world, we certainly worry about what is happening around us. We worry about war, having our water supply contaminated, or a host of other potential dangers. According to the doom and gloom of some newscasters’ comments, one could easily believe that the end of the world is near. But, let’s put this into perspective. Many Seniors can recall the stress connected with World War II. We survived then and undoubtedly we will now. Some years ago the comedian Flip Wilson coined a famous phrase that is appropriate for today, “What you see is what you get.” If we see the glass as half-empty we can become depressed. But if we see the glass as half full, the future looks brighter. We are not ignoring reality by taking a positive outlook rather; we’re putting things into perspective and coping. Consider this. What if you go to the shopping center and buy a suit that you think looks terrible. The next week, you buy a shirt or blouse that also is ugly. Later you buy a pair of shoes to match the ugly suit and shirt. Shortly, your closet is filled with very ugly clothes and you have nothing suitable to wear. This is a result of attending to what you don’t want and making bad decisions and bad choices. While this may sound foolish, too often this is how we conduct our lives. We spend so much time attending to what we don’t want, we fail to see what we do want. Assuredly, whatever we focus on and attend to will be exactly what comes to us. To combat this warped attention, sit down with a pencil and paper and write your list of what you desire for today. On a second list write down what you want for this week. On a third list write what you want for this month. Each morning review your lists and see what you can do to bring about these events. The first and foremost thing to do is focus on the desirable events, and ignore the undesirable. Believe you will get what you want -- because you will. Life is too important to be taken so seriously. Relax! Balance Clinic Wednesday, April 14 from 1 – 4 pm Northern Broome Senior Center, 12 Strongs Place, Whitney Point The Broome County Office for Aging along with Aging Futures is offering people 55 years and older the opportunity to participate in a free Balance Clinic. People lose their balance for many reasons including medications, vision and blood pressure, just to name a few. This clinic will help you determine your risk for falls and give strategies to prevent future falls. The clinic will take each person a little over one hour to complete. Pre-registration is required so call the Office for Aging at 778-2411 to register (deadline is April 5). Call soon, the clinic will fill-up quickly. Interesting statistics… • More than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States. • The majority of these falls happen while people are doing regular activities. • Approximately 1.8 million people age 65 and older are treated in emergency departments from non-fatal fall related injuries. • Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older adults. • Falls are NOT a natural part of aging. Senior News March Medicare Advantage Enrollment continued from page 1 care Advantage plans that include Part D drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage-Prescription Drug plans, or “MA-PDs.” Other Medicare Advantage plans that do not include Part D drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Only or MA-Only plans. Can Anyone Join a Medicare Advantage Plan? To join a Medicare Advantage plan, you must have both Medicare Parts A and B. Most plans also require that you live permanently in the area served by that plan. Some plans have additional restrictions. If you do join a Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll also have to follow certain rules to be sure you receive your Medicare coverage and pay the least amount for your health care services. For example, some Medicare Advantage plans require you to stay within a particular network of providers; otherwise, they won’t cover you if you go to a doctor’s office or a hospital outside of that network. Other plans might cover you, but require you to pay more out-of-pocket if you get care outside of their network. Other Questions About Medicare Advantage Plans? For help comparing the costs and coverages of Medicare Advantage plans available locally, for assistance with enrolling or dis-enrolling in a plan, and/or to discuss special considerations for Medicare beneficiaries of low-income, call Action for Older Persons (7221251) to make an appointment with a senior health insurance counselor. This free, private, confidential service is available to all Broome County residents. Making A Difference By: Donna Gavula Stephanie has a daily routine after her coffee, exercises, and the morning. She calls a family member to see how they are doing, checks in on a neighbor and then sees if anyone at the bus stop wants a lift to the post office. Stephanie is making a difference each day without even realizing it. It’s just in her nature. What Stephanie doesn’t realize is that making a difference in the lives of others can result in significant both physical and mental health benefits. Studies show that helping others can diminish diseases and disorders. Making a difference can enhance feelings of joy and can reduce the unhealthy sense of isolation. Have you ever heard of a “helper’s high?” It is the feeling of well-being the body experiences after performing an act of kindness. As this initial “feeling” is prolonged, your emotional well-being is improved. Making a difference has no boundaries. No matter what your age or stage of life, you can perform the simple acts of kindness. Even if you are homeor wheelchair-bound, you can find meaningful ways to touch the hearts of others. It takes time and creativity and maybe talking to others to figure out what is the right method for you. A high school student made this observation. “The value of kindness cannot be measured in human terms. An act of kindness enriches the heart of both the giver and the receiver.” How do you make a difference to others today, and how has that affected your own life? Email us at SeniorNews@co.broome.ny.us or write us at Broome County Office for Aging, PO Box 1766, Binghamton, NY 13902, and tell us your story. Inspire others to do their part in making our world a better place to live. PAID ADVERTISEMENT Positive Aging Academy How are you doing with the dayto-day aspects of retirement? Positive Aging Academy is a 6-week series that both presents information and has built-in time to discuss the topic of the week. The topics are relevant--things like what to do with the new-found time or how to live on a fixed income. The series had a new topic each week: • • • • • • Finch Hollow Nature Center Brown Bag Lunch Program: Bears Adults aged 50 and up are invited to participate in Finch Hollow Nature Center’s “Brown Bag” Lunch Program Series. The next program will be held on Thursday, March 11, from noon until 1:30 p.m. Participants will bring along a “brown bag lunch” to enjoy in the company of fellow seniors, with the program to follow. The program topic, “Bears”, will address some fascinating facts about these large animals that are becoming more common in the Broome County area. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided. Admission is free, but reservations are required. The Nature Center is located at 1394 Oakdale Road, Johnson City. For additional information or to reserve space in this program call (607) 729-4231. Weight Control Tip - Start Meals with Soup or Salad. People tend to eat less when they precede a meal with a low calorie soup or salad (with fat-free dressing). PAID ADVERTISEMENT 3 Blue Zones: The factors that contribute to longevity. Memoir: The value of reflecting on your life and legacy. Living on Purpose: Activities and causes that satisfy, fulfill or guide you. Health through Social Connections: Revisiting the importance of relationships. Money Issues: Know what you value, then “money” will come. Streamlining for Purposeful Living: How to downsize life and leave more time for purpose-driven activities. Get the most out of retirement— hear what others had to say. Get inspired so the second half of life is great.! One participant got his dusty trumpet out of hiding, started recording his life stories into a tape machine, and joined a cooking class for men. Sign up for the next session at 778-2411. Classes are Wednesdays, March 17 through April 21 from 3 to 5 pm at Town of Chenango Offices, 1529 NY Route 12, Binghamton, just one half mile north of Hillside Gardens. Senior News March TRIPS TRIPS Broome West March 18 Tioga Downs, NY April 22 Mount Airey Casino, PA First Ward March 17 Irish Festival at Turning Stone April 20 “Joseph” at Sight & Sound May 3 Monticello Gaming & Raceway May 18 Penn’s Peak Johnson City March 18 St Patrick’s Festival, Erhardt Resort March 23 “Joseph” at Sight and Sound April 17-25 New Orleans April 19 Polka Palooza, Woodland Resort May 25 Joanne Castle at Villa Roma June 22 “Drowsy Chaperone” at Merry-GoRound Dinner at Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles July 15 Wonders of Rochester Artisan Works, Strong Museum of Play, Lake Ontario Luncheon Cruise July 26-30 Ottawa Equipment Demos Announced Don’t be intimidated any longer! The exercise room is open during the hours the center is open and is available to you at no charge! Check out the new recumbent bike which has been added to the collection of machines there for your use. Stop in to the Broome West Senior Center exercise room during any of these times to learn how to use the fitness equipment. Monday, March 8, 10 – 11:30 am Tuesday, March 16, 10 – 11:30 am Monday, March 22, 1 – 2 pm Monday, March 29, 1 – 2 pm Did you know that both Eastern Broome and Northern Broome Senior Centers also have fitness rooms? Check them out as soon as possible! Eastern Broome is open from 9 am – 2:30 pm and Northern Broome is open from 9 am – 4 pm. This is a great opportunity to get exercise during these cold months, don’t miss out! Stretch Band Exercise Class Join us for a new kind of exercise class that uses resistance band tubing! Stretch bands can improve flexibility, endurance, strength, and tone of muscles. What more could you ask for from a 6 ft long piece of rubber tubing? 4 EVENTS at the CENTERS Potato Bar! March 10, 11 and 12 at Participating Senior Centers You can enjoy a Baked Potato w/Fixings including broccoli, chili, light sour cream, cheese, chives and bacon bits. It comes with a salad, dessert and beverage. All that for just $3.00 if you age 60+ and only $4.00 for those who are not yet age 60. Participating centers are Broome West, Johnson City, Eastern Broome (10 & 12), Greenman (10) and Northern Broome. No reservations needed for the Potato Bar so stop by and give it a try. Another perk of the potato bar is that potatoes are very good for you. They are fat and cholesterol free; a good source of vitamins, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants; and low in sodium. Be sure to eat the skins too, they contain many of the vitamins, minerals, and fiber in potatoes! The Shape of Pasta Wednesday, March 3, 11:30 am East Side Senior Center Learn how pasta shapes get their names, why some have ridges, which ones are best for soups and more. Nutrition tips as well. Joan Sprague/OFA is the speaker. Friday, March 19 Oak Street Senior Center Celebrate the Green twice this year. We’ll have corned beef and cabbage. Wear your green. Celebrate for the first time or celebrate again!! St Patrick’s Day Breakfast Saturday, March 20, 12:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern Broome Senior Center Come on over for a delicious homemade meal with dessert, then relax and enjoy the music of Bluestone Creek Ramblers from 1 to 2:15 pm. Take-out also available. Proceeds benefit senior center activities, entertainment, and outreach efforts. Adults: $4.00; under 12: $2.50; and under 5: free. Spaghetti & Meatballs Dinner Saturday, March 6, 8 am – 11 am Join us before the parade! Also enjoy these special activities: digital piano music by Charles Russell, Red Hat Society bake sale and Senior Club basket raffle. Pay at the door, reservations not necessary. SALE: Inside Garage Sale Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday March 9, 10 & 11, 9:30 am – Noon Vestal Senior Center You are invited to our spring fundraiser. New and used items! 39th Anniversary Dinner Dance This is an excellent way for both beginners and seasoned fitness veterans to exercise your muscles. And as you get stronger, you can start using a more resistant band to keep building up your strength. All fitness levels are welcome; just wear your sneakers and comfortable clothes. If you do not have a stretch band yet, they will be provided. So grab a friend or come meet some new friends and let’s get a great workout after lunch! Stretch Band Exercise will be Tuesdays, beginning March 9, from 1 – 2 pm at the Vestal Senior Center. An Old Irish Toast May you never forget what is worth remembering, or remember what is best forgotten. St. Patrick’s Day “Again” Thursday, March 25, 5 - 8:30 pm First Ward Senior Center Beef tenderloin dinner catered by Cline’s Catering at 5. Dancing to the music of The Night Sounds from 6:30 to 8:30. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased prior to March 22nd. For information call 797-2307. Bag Auction Thursday, March 11, 1 pm Deposit Senor Center Find a bag; put a fancy item inside; fancy-up the bag and bring it to the center. We will auction it off to benefit the center. Public is invited. “Pot o’ Gold” Sweepstakes Game Friday, March 12, 11 am North Shore Nutrition Center Toss “gold” coins into a pot and win Irish Sweepstake scratch-off tickets. All are welcome to play. St. Patrick’s Sing-a-long Monday, March 15, 11:00 Johnson City Senior Center Our Guitar Players have been practicing and are ready to show their skills. Open House Saturday, March 27, 10 am to Noon Northern Broome Senior Center Come and tour our modern facility and find out about programs and activities. Visit our exercise room and library (where computer classes are held). Learn about the nutrition program and volunteer opportunities. Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded every half hour! Bus Trip to Mt. Airey Casino Thursday, April 22 Departing Shafer’s Bus in Endicott This trip costs only $40 per person and includes $25 Free Play and $10 for food. Come join us for a fun day! You may sign up at Broome West. Full payment at time of registration guarantees your seat. For information, please call 798-0826. Senior News March Caregiver Corner Alternative Treatment for Chronic Prostatitis ... ideas and information for people caring for others. Should you try acupuncture to relieve the pain of chronic prostatitis? Results from a recent study provide the answer. The Benefits of Vibrational Healing and Other Therapeutic Modalities The Caregiver Chat Discussion Group will host Sara Delafield who is the manager of the Center of Community Health at United Health Services. Sara is also a Holistic Health Practitioner at Painted Dreams Healing Arts Center which is located here in Binghamton. Sara will share with us what Vibrational Healing is and how it can work with traditional medicine to heal the mind, body and spirit. Sara will also review other healing modalities such as Therapeutic Touch, Aromatherapy, Light Therapy and how colors can affect our mood and energy levels. Her discussion will also include interactive exercises to help us gain insight in to the state of health of our inner self. The Caregiver Chat will meet on Monday, March 1st from 1-3 p.m. at the Stay Healthy Center—Oakdale Mall. Contact Judy Bobinski, Facilitator, with questions. She can be reached by calling the Broome County Office for Aging-778-2411. Weight Control Tip Know Your Portion Sizes. There’s a difference between serving size and portion size. A serving is a standard amount of food containing a set amount of calories; a portion is what you actually put on your plate. So a portion could be a lot more than a single serving -- and therefore contain a lot more calories than you might expect. 5 Like other forms of chronic pain, chronic prostatitis is a complex condition with no simple solutions. Successful management depends on treating the original source of the pain as well as the neurological and psychosocial problems that often accompany it. PAID ADVERTISEMENT The Buzz on Vitamin D Vitamin D, which your body creates through sun exposure, helps you absorb calcium and prevents the brittle-bone disease osteoporosis. But with a host of new research linking vitamin D deficiency to other conditions, the nutrient’s potential benefits have multiplied, says Gerald Mullin, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. A European study of 752 women age 75 and older, published in Neurology, found that participants with low vitamin D levels performed worse on cognitive function tests than those with normal vitamin D levels. Another study of 3,400 men and women 645 and older found that participants with vitamin D deficiency were three times more likely to die of coronary heart disease than those with adequate levels of the vitamin. Other studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to some cancers. As you age, your skin becomes less adept at converting ultraviolet light from the sun into vitamin D. Ask your doctor for a blood test to check you vitamin D levels. If deficient, take a supplement and aim for 800 IU of vitamin D a day. As a result, your doctor may prescribe several different types of medication. Some men also benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, which can help improve coping strategies and psychological well-being. But what if you’ve tried medications and they haven’t helped? Should you give acupuncture a try? Results from a small study in The American Journal of Medicine suggest that acupuncture may provide relief to men with chronic prostatitis. The study compared the potential benefits of acupuncture versus sham (inactive) treatments in 89 men who had symptoms of chronic prostatitis for three or more of the past six months and who had a score of 15 or higher on the National Institutes of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index. The men were randomly assigned to receive two acupuncture treatments or two sham treatments a week for 10 weeks. The sham treatments were nearly identical to genuine acupuncture needle insertions except for the location and depth of placement. True acupuncture was nearly twice as effective as the sham procedure in relieving chronic prostatitis symptoms. Moreover, patients treated with acupuncture were more than twice as likely as the men given the inactive treatment to experience long-term prostatitis relief. Few of the men experienced complete resolution of their symptoms. This study supports findings from other trials showing a benefit from acupuncture for chronic prostatitis. More study is needed before the treatment can definitively be recommended, but if nothing else has worked for you, a trial of acupuncture might be worth considering. Source: Johnshopkinshealthalerts.com Be A Balance Coach Here’s a volunteer idea for you, or to pass along to a friend, relative or neighbor. Broome County has been trained to conduct an evidence-based program called “A Matter of Balance.” It’s an 8 week series, 2 hours each session to help older people learn how to be safe when they might feel wobbly. It teaches them how to fall safely. The class will be offered free to the public at various sites throughout Broome County. The class is taught by two volunteers who are trained to become Coaches. The coach training is two half days and will be held Thursday, March 25th from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and on Friday, March 26 from 9:00 am 1:00 pm at the Broome West Senior Center at 2801 Wayne Street in Endwell. If you are looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity “A Matter of Balance” is for you. See what participants of the class have said: - 97% are more comfortable talking about their fear of falls - 97% feel comfortable increasing their activity - 98% would recommend A Matter of Balance to others - 99% plan to continue exercising PAID ADVERTISEMENT Call Rita at 778-2411 to register for the coach training. Senior News March Dented Food Cans Is it safe to eat food from a dented can? It depends on how deep the dent is. A small dent in the can is no cause for alarm, if the seal has not been broken. But if the seams along the side and ends have been damaged, the food may be spoiled. Certainly, if the can is leaking or bulging, or if there is a sharp dent along any of the seams, don’t buy it – or throw it out if you own it. Finally, if liquid explodes out of the can when you open it, that’s a sign of contamination, possibly by the bacteria that cause botulism, which can be deadly. Don’t even taste food you think may be spoiled. Source: Wellness Letter, May 2008, University of California, Berkley Medigap: When You Have the Right to Buy If you have Original Medicare and do not have supplemental insurance from a former employer, you may be able to buy a supplemental coverage policy called a “Medigap.” Medigaps fill gaps in Original Medicare by covering deductibles, coinsurances and some additional benefits. It is important to know when you have the right to buy a Medigap policy. If you miss your window of opportunity, your costs may go up and you may not be able to buy a Medigap at all. If you are 65 or older, you have a right to buy a Medigap at certain times. When you have this right, known as “guaranteed-issue,” an insurance company cannot deny you insurance coverage or place conditions on a policy, must cover your pre-existing conditions, and cannot charge you more for a policy because of your health status. You have guaranteed-issue rights to buy a Medigap in all states: 1. For six months beginning the month you are both 65 or older and enroll in Part B (your Medigap “open enrollment period”); and 2. Within 63 days of when your coverage from a current or former employer is terminated through no fault of your own. People who join a Medicare private health plan (like an HMO, PPO or PFFS plan) may also have guaranteed-issue rights if their plan terminates, if they leave the plan’s service area or if they want to return to a Medigap within 12 months. There are additional circumstances that may qualify you for guaranteedissue rights to Medigap, and some states have stronger protections, including for people with Medicare who are under 65. To learn more about Medigap policies in your state, call your State Department of Insurance or your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). To learn more about Medigaps, and to view a list of questions to ask before purchasing a Medigap, log on to Medicare Interactive Counselor at www.medicareinteractive.org. Medicare Interactive Counselor is a resource provided by the Medicare Rights Center, the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. 6 Getting Ready For Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery Considering hip or knee replacement surgery? Because hip or knee replacement surgery is rarely an emergency, you have plenty of time to set your house in order before you go to the hospital. Here’s no-nonsense advice from Johns Hopkins doctors. The weeks before hip or knee replacement surgery are a good time to check your health insurance coverage to avoid any unpleasant surprises later on. This includes inquiring about or verifying coverage issues such as: • • • • • • • • • Need for a second opinion on your hip or knee replacement surgery Hospital and health care providers’ status as “in-network” or “preferred” Deductibles for hospital services Limits on length of stay Coverage for hospital rehabilitation services After-care services for your hip or knee replacement surgery, such as physical or occupational therapy (Ask whether the therapists must be from an approved list and how many visits or sessions are covered.) Equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches, and whether they must be obtained from approved vendors Home health care coverage, what type, and for how long Coverage of follow-up visits with your physician Ask your doctor to explain the hip or knee replacement procedure, the type of device being implanted, and what you should expect in terms of rehabilitation. You should discuss pain management, time on crutches or a walker, length of physical therapy, type of home assistance required, time off from work, restricted activities, and time until you can resume full activities. Prepare your home for your recovery. Take a look at the rooms in your house to identify potential problem areas. To increase safety and convenience: • • • • • • • • Remove throw rugs and small items from the floor. Tape down electrical cords. Rearrange furniture to create wide pathways to accommodate a walker or crutches. Set up a bedroom downstairs. Place kitchenware and other frequently used items within arm’s reach. Buy a long-handled grabbing device. Consider installing handrails and grab bars in the bathroom and shower. A shower bench and elevated toilet seat are also helpful. Place a sturdy high-backed chair with arms in the room where you will spend most of your time. Set up a recovery center. Place a table and wastebasket near your chair. Include a phone, T.V. remote control, tissues, medications, water pitcher and glass, and reading material. Use a carpenter’s apron or shoulder bag to carry items around the house. Make or buy frozen casseroles, soups, and other easy-to-prepare foods. Above all, don’t hesitate to ask friends and neighbors for help with groceries, transportation, or other tasks. With your new hip or knee, you’ll be able to return the favor down the road. Source: Johns Hopkins Health Alerts 7/6/09 Weight Control Tip - Divide and Conquer. Research shows that the bigger the plate, bag, or container of food, the bigger your eyes -- and it appears that the eyes have more control over how much you eat than your stomach. PAID ADVERTISEMENT March Senior News Marci’s Medicare Answers 7 Bet You Didn’t Know Marci’s Medicare Answers is a service of the Medicare Rights Center (www.medicarerights.org), the nation’s largest independent source of information and assistance for people with Medicare. To speak with a counselor, call (800) 333-4114. To subscribe to “Dear Marci,” the Medicare Rights Center’s free educational e-newsletter, simply e-mail email@example.com. To learn more about the services that Medicare will cover and how to change plans, log on to Medicare Interactive Counselor at the Medicare Rights Center’s website at www.medicareinteractive.org. The origin of the name Stella Ireland Road dates back over 150 years to when the road’s original name was Stella to New Ireland Road. Stella was named after the daughter of an early postmaster of the area that today we call Prospect Terrace. New Ireland was an area near the Greater Binghamton Airport where a large settlement of Irish farmers located in the 1840’s and 1850’s. Over the years residents have continually shortened the name until today only Stella Ireland remains. Dear Marci, I’m at risk for osteoporosis. Does Medicare cover bone density tests? Shirley Kirkwood Shootout Dear Shirley, Yes. If your doctor believes you are at risk for osteoporosis and orders the test, Medicare will cover 80 percent of the cost of one bone mass measurement (sometimes called “bone density tests”) every two years (24 months), after you pay your annual Part B deductible. Medicare will also cover follow-up measurements or more frequent screening if your doctor prescribes them. Bone mass measurements show if you need medical treatment for osteoporosis, a condition that causes “brittle bones” in many older adults. Those at high risk for the disease include people who have a family history of the disease, have spinal abnormalities, have certain conditions (such as thyroid disorders) or have taken certain medications for a prolonged period of time (such as a steroid anti-inflammatory). Marci Our first apartment was over a two car garage on Willow Road in Kirkwood. Willow Road was west of Joe O’Brian’s “Dance Land” and east of St. Mary’s church, in an area that was not really rural and not really suburbia. There was a lawn big enough to play football on; long enough that I could not throw a pass from the creek end to the road end: and our neighbor on the other side of the lawn was a New York State Trooper Barracks. Normally we went to sleep feeling well protected. By: Don Litchko Sometimes living next to the Trooper Barracks was exciting – not often you can be sitting on your living room couch – looking out your picture window – and see a Police helicopter drop out of the sky unexpectedly on your lawn – and feel the down draft rattle the glass - but we could – every now and then. It would get the whole neighborhood excited. A helicopter landing was mild excitement compared to the night I got up to use the bathroom and looked over towards the barracks. It was about one in the morning on a snowy night: Good Vision In A Downpour How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour...... We are not sure why it is so effective but it works, try this method when it rains heavily. It’s useful......even driving at night. Most motorists would turn wipers on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad. In the event you face such a situation, just try putting on your SUNGLASSES..(any model will do), and behold, a miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain. Make sure you always have a pair of SUNGLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but alsomight save your friend’s life by giving him this idea.. Try it yourself and share it with your friends! Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling. You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the “blindness” from passing semi’s spraying you too. Or the “kickup” if you are following a semi or car in the rain. There were seven or eight cruisers parked near the barracks – two had lights flashing. From my elevated view I could see two troopers hiding behind two differed cars – another officer was laying on the ground – flat on the ground in the snow – looking under the vehicles. Two other officers were on the opposite side of the barracks – the guy in front was peeking around the corner and using his right hand – motioning to the other to remain back and be still. It was most obvious to me that they were bringing in a bad guy and he must have escaped when getting out of the car. Not knowing if he had access to a gun – I quickly checked to make certain our doors were locked – than ran back to the window – at the same time thinking maybe I should get my Winchester out of its case in our closet; just in case someone tried to break in. Just as I was about to go and get it one officer raised his head over the hood of a car - and got shot – I saw it all – didn’t hear a sound – but to this day I can remember seeing his hat fly in the air and across the car behind him. Then all heck broke loose – there was yelling – men running and ducking – some trying to find cover – others brazenly standing up and firing at will. Additional officers stormed out of the barracks. I witnessed some of New York States finest having the darndest snow ball fight ever. Apparently I woke up right at the shift change – and there was some rivalry between the guys going out and the guys coming in. A couple were pretty good shots, but a little slow when it came to reloading. PAID ADVERTISEMENT Weight Control Tip - Emphasize What You Can Eat, Not What You Can’t. Positive thinking extends to weight management, too. After all, diets often fail because we feel deprived. By focusing on what you can eat, you’ll feel better about your weight loss program than if you focus on all you’re missing. March Senior News 8 Sudoku Answers Eat Right To Extend Your Life Face-lifts, Botox injections, and other anti-aging procedures are all the rage — yet doctors still haven’t developed a surgical procedure that will add years to your life (angioplasty doesn’t count). “With enough money, you can always look good on the outside,” says Ralph Felder, M.D., Ph.D., coauthor of The Bonus Years Diet. “Reversing the aging process internally is much more difficult.” And while a healthy diet won’t necessarily make you look like Demi Moore, it can extend your life. To get some perspective on what proper nutrition and diet can mean for your health, think of your body as an engine — a machine. The higher the octane of the fuel you put into it, the better it’s going to run. Now consider what might happen to your internal machinery after ten years of fueling up on double burgers, fries, and milkshakes: painfully slow blood flow, and hardened arteries. Not pretty. Here’s the good news: By changing your diet and starting to eat right, you can increase your chances for enjoying a longer life. Here’s how to start: Quit focusing on the obvious culprits (think steak with béarnaise, buttery mashed potatoes, and full-fat ice cream) and start loading up on healthful foods. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, eating seven “super” foods daily (red wine, dark chocolate, fruits, vegetables, garlic, fish, and nuts), in the appropriate portion sizes can reduce your heart disease risk by 75 percent and add an average of six years to your life. Slash your calorie intake. Since the 1930s, studies have shown that calorie-restricted diets improve the health and extend the life spans of rodents. Now researchers are learning that slashing calories may have similar beneficial effects in humans. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, for instance, found that two markers of longevity (fasting insulin level and body temperature) were lowered in humans through prolonged calorie restriction. Nutritionists consistently report that a Mediterranean-style diet — including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and a daily glass of red wine — promotes longevity. In fact, studies show that this type of diet lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation, and protects against serious health conditions ranging from cancer to stroke. In two separate studies, researchers found that “going Mediterranean” not only protects against Alzheimer’s disease but also enables people who have the disease to live an average of four years longer. The more closely participants adhered to the diet, the greater the benefit they saw. Emphasize a plant-based diet. You’d be hard pressed to find a nutrition expert who would argue against eating more fruits and vegetables. Plant foods are loaded with antioxidants, powerful disease-fighting chemicals that help counteract damage from free radicals, oxidation, stress, pollution, and other environmental toxins. They’re loaded with flavonoids, phenols, polyphenols, and thousands of other chemicals we haven’t even discovered yet — and all of them help prevent disease. Source: Everydayhealth.com 8/17/09 PAID ADVERTISEMENT St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon Wednesday, March 17 (3/18 at Deposit Senior Center and 3/19 at Oak Street Senior Center) at participating Broome County Senior Centers. Wear your green and join us for this special lunch of corned beef, O’Brien potatoes, cabbage & carrots, and a shamrock cake. A variety of St. Patrick Day inspired activities will be happening at the centers. Lunch reservations are needed – please call a participating center to make your reservation and find out what special activities you can enjoy (phone numbers are listed in the activity section of this paper). Just $3.50 age 60+; $4.50 for people under age 60. We hope to see you on the 17th! Positively Getting Older We hear much about the negatives of aging - the pull of gravity and wearing down of systems. Here are a few of the positives: • Creativity learned early, does not diminish with age. • Stimulating living causes brain cells to grow more branches. • We are sexually more relaxed. • Our ability to cope increases and stress levels decrease. • We take more responsibility for our health. • We understand ourselves with better perspective. • We are more confident and care less what other people think. • We know better what it takes to satisfy ourselves. • Our capacity to love increases, as does curiosity and altruism. • Levels of anxiety diminish. • Gratitude deepens. • Sense of humor is heightened so keep your Aging Funny Bone tuned. Source: Seniorresource.com Help For Your Memory We’ve all forgotten a name, where we put our keys, or if we locked the front door. It’s normal to forget things once in a while. Changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain, as people get older. As a result, some people may notice that it takes longer to learn new things. They don’t remember information as well as they did, or they lose things like their glasses. These usually are signs of mild forgetfulness, not serious memory problems. Some older adults also find that they don’t do as well as younger people on complex memory or learning tests. Scientist have found, though, that given enough time, healthy older people can do as well as younger people do on these tests. In fact, as they age, healthy adults usually improve in areas of mental ability, such as vocabulary. The following are tips to help improve your memory:’ • Learn a new skill. • Volunteer in your community, school or place of worship. • Spend time with friends and family whenever possible. • Engage in physical activity and exercise. • Use memory tools such as big calendars, to-do lists, and notes to yourself. • Put your wallet or purse, keys and glasses in the same place each day. • Get lots of rest. • Eat well. • Don’t drink a lot of alcohol. • Develop interests or hobbies and stay involved in activities that help both mind and body. March Senior News County Resident Prescription Discount Program now provides vision and hearing benefits Broome County recently announced that the Broome County Resident Prescription Drug Discount Card Program, offered through a partnership with ProAct Inc., has recently been expanded to include vision and hearing benefits. All county residents are eligible to participate regardless of age or income. With the expanded program, participants will be able to save on hearing aids, contacts, glasses and even Lasik eye surgery. The program also covers discounts on medication for pets if that medication is also prescribed for humans. Vision and Prescription Benefits The Eye Benefits Provider Network offers significant savings on eye exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye care prescriptions. Local providers include Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Sterling Optical, Empire Vision, Walmart Vision Center and Boscov’s Vision Center as well as other vision centers across the country. For vision and prescription benefits, participants should visit www.nyrxdiscountcard.com to print a card or they can call 1-877-776-2285 and ask that a Broome County ProAct card be mailed to them. The same card is good for both vision and prescription benefits. Participants may receive discounts of up to 50% on frames and lenses and up to 20% on eye exams. Hearing Services Benefits The discount hearing benefits are provided through EPIC, Hearing Health Care. EPIC has a national network of local ear physicians and audiologists. Participants will receive discounts on testing, evaluations and hearing aid fittings by licensed audiologists and brand name hearing aids and products. Participants do not need a card for hearing benefits and need only call 1-866-956-5400 and mention that they are an Eye Benefits Member through ProAct’s Discount Card to find a provider and to set up an appointment. Currently, the only participating provider in Broome County is Southern Tier Hearing Services in Vestal. LASIK Benefits For LASIK procedures, participants should call 1-877-201-3852 and mention that they are an Eye Benefits Member through ProAct’s Discount Card to set up an appointment and to find a local provider. No card is needed for this benefit and participants may receive up to 50% off the national average pricing. Currently, the closest participating provider is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. There are no enrollment forms to fill out, no membership fees, no income requirements and absolutely no cost to the user for this program. The card cannot be used in conjunction with other insurance programs. Users should contact their providers to calculate the difference in savings between using their current insurance and the ProAct plan. In some cases, the users will see some savings on their out-of-pocket expenses related to the Medicare Part D Donut Hole. 9 “No country in the world, in the history of the world, has endured the hemorrhage which the island endured over a period of a few years for so many of its sons and daughters. These sons and daughters are scattered throughout the world and they give this small island a family of millions upon millions…in a sense, all of them who visit Ireland come home.” John F. Kennedy The Irish In America 4.8 million Immigrants from Ireland have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence since fiscal year 1820, the earliest year for which official immigration records exist. By fiscal year 1870, about half of these immigrants were admitted for lawful permanent residence. Thirty four and one half million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry. This number is almost nine times the population of Ireland itself (4.1 million). Irish is the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, trailing only those of German ancestry. John F. Kennedy was the first President of Catholic Irish heritage, but there had been several Presidents of “Scotch-Irish” ie Protestant Irish, ancestry. The first was Andrew Jackson, followed by James K Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson and Harry S Truman. There is also some thought that President Obama is of Irish decent. Ronald Reagan was of Catholic Irish ancestry (originally O’Reagan) but his family converted to Protestantism after moving to America. A Few Famous Irishmen: • Eamon deValera, one time Prime Minister and President of Ireland was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1882. • The hand of Irish-born Charles Thomson wrote the Declaration of Independence and nine men of Irish ancestry signed it. • John L. Sullivan was the first national sports hero in America and became the heavyweight champion in 1882, when boxing was illegal in most states. He represented hope for many of the Irish, who were for the most part poor and on the bottom of America’s social ladder at the time. He was undefeated for a ten year period, until he met his match at the age of 34, against “Gentleman Jim” Corbett in 1892. • Davy Crockett fought under Andrew Jackson (also of Irish descent), served in Congress and died when the Alamo fell in Texas. • Henry Ford was the son of an Irish immigrant who married during the American Civil War. He started the Ford Motor Company and the rest is history. • Henry McCarty: (changed his name to William Bonney AKA “Billy The Kid.” ) Made into a legend through the fiction of Hollywood, “The Kid” accepted a pardon, but was double-crossed in the process. He escaped only to be killed at the age of 21, in the dark and unarmed . • Marrion Morrison: (who changed his name to John Wayne.) John Wayne has become a legend of American Film, mostly Westerns. He is best remembered by his role in “The Quiet Man”, filmed in Ireland and co-starring Maureen O’Hara. Prescription drug discount cards are available at local pharmacies and at certain county departments including the County Clerk, the Binghamton and Endicott DMV’s, County Public Library, Health Department, Social Services and Workforce New York. Residents can also print their own card by visiting the County’s homepage, www.gobroomecounty.com and clicking on the ProAct card at the bottom of the page. Questions regarding how to obtain a membership card or other questions on the program should be directed to Christopher Marion in the County Legislature’s office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 778-2129. Questions related to the specific benefits should be directed to the phone numbers listed above. ProAct Inc. is a Pharmacy Benefit Management Company based in Central New York and a division of Kinney Drug. PAID ADVERTISEMENT Senior News March 10 Look What’s Happening at the Centers! 785-1777 3/20 Lunch served at Noon 3/22 BROOME WEST ....................................... 2801 Wayne St., Endwell, NY 13760 Center Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm Breakfast for Lunch: Every Monday 10:30am – 12:30pm Sandwich and Soup Bar: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 11:15am – 12:30pm Weekly Activities (call for info and times): Daily: Exercise Equipment, Wii Play, Cards, Billiards, Table Shuffleboard, Bingo Mon: Quilting, Chorus Tues: Oil Painting Class Wed: Scrabble, Floor Shuffleboard Thur: Tai Chi, Social Connections, Ping Pong Fri: Line Dancing M/W: Bonesaver Class M/W/F: Walking Club, Progressive Pinochle T/Th: Stay-well Chair Exercise Special Activities 3/3 Medicare Advantage Plans w/Cathy Tulloch (AOP), 11:00 am 3/8 Exercise Equipment Demo w/ Jocelyn, 10-11:30 am Special Breakfast: Cheese Strata, 10:30 am-12:30 pm 3/10 Advanced Directives Program (AOP), 11:00 am 3/10, 11 & 12 Baked Potato Bar, 11:15 am-12:30 pm 3/15, 22 & 29 Broome West Chorus Practice, 1-3pm 3/16 Exercise Equipment Demo w/Jocelyn, 10-11:30 am 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Party w/ Irish Dancers, 11 am-1 pm 3/22 Special Breakfast: Belgian Waffles, 10:30 am-12:30 pm Exercise Equipment Demo w/Jocelyn, 1-2 pm 3/24 “The Shapes of Pasta” w/Joan Sprague, 11:15 am 3/29 Exercise Equipment Demo w/Jocelyn, 1-2 pm DEPOSIT 3/24 3/25 3/26 3/29 3/31 Spaghetti and Meatball Fundraiser Dinner, 12:30 – 2:30 pm The Bluestone Creek Ramblers, 1:00 – 2:15 pm Audibel Hearing Care, appointments appreciated, 9:30 – 11:00 am Harpursville’s Jazz Band, 10:45 or 12:30 – call for time “Heart at Home” w/Twin Tier Home Health, 10:45 am Game Day, 1 – 3 pm, Dinner anytime from 3 – 4 pm Movie and popcorn, 10:00 am Senior Sounds, live music, 11:00 am “Alzheimer’s 101” w/Michael Massurin, 10:30 – 11:30 am EAST SIDE 723-4292 ................................................ Lunch served at Noon 254 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY 13904 Center Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Weekly Activities: Shanghai Rummy, Pool, Scrabble and Craft Classes. Please call center for days and times. Special Activities 3/3 “The Shape of Pasta” w/Joan Sprague, 11:30 am 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon & Celebration, 11 am – 1 pm Medicare Advantage Plans w/ Cathy Tulloch (AOP), 11:30 am Information & Assistance Rep. Lucia Esposito, 12 noon 3/22 Spring Time Celebration, 11 am 3/24 & 25 AARP Driver Safety Program, please pre-register, 9:30 am – 2pm 3/29 Birthday of Coca Cola: Coke Floats at Lunch, 12:30 pm 467-3953 ................................................... 14 Monument Street, Deposit, NY 13754 Lunch served at Noon Center Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Weekly Activities (call for info): T/Th: Cards 9 - 12 (Pinochle, Rummy, Kings in the Corner), Scrabble 9 - 12, Live Piano Music 10:30 Thur: Chorus 11 - 12 Special Activities 3/2 3/4 3/10 3/11 3/16 3/18 3/23 3/25 3/30 Site Council, 11:45 am Blood Pressure Screenings, 1 pm Ice Cream Day, 1 pm Meadow Park Luncheon, 12:30 pm Nickel Bingo, 11:15 am Bag Auction, 1 pm Southern Tier Food Bank (Waiting Area), 12 pm St. Patrick’s Day Celebration w/Senior Sounds, 11 am Information & Assistance Rep. Lucia Esposito, 12 pm Bingo, 1 pm Birthday Celebration, 12 noon Volunteer of the Month, 12 pm EASTERN BROOME ............................ 27 Golden Lane, Harpursville, NY 13787 FIRST WARD 797-2307 ............................................. 226 Clinton St., Binghamton, NY 13905 Center Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Lunch served at 11:45 Weekly Activities: Pool, Shuffleboard, Cards, Osteoporosis Exercises, Exercises w/equipment, Bingo, RSVP Sewing & Knitting, Art, Ceramics, Chorus, Computers, and Monthly Blood Pressure Screening. The Craft Store is open from 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Please call for days and times. Special Activities 3/3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 Spring Craft Store Sale, 9 am – 2 pm 3/4 Medicare Advantage Plans w/ Cathy Tulloch, 11 am 3/5 Men’s Club Fish Bake, 4 – 6 pm 3/10 “Fabulous Flake of Oxford” Snowflake Design Presentation, 12:15 pm 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon 3/18 “Heart at Home” Managing Cardiac Care at Home, 11 am 3/24 Information & Assistance Rep. Lucia Esposito, 11:30 am 3/25 39th Anniversary Dinner Dance, 5 – 8:30 pm 3/30 “Shower of Hope,” bring a baby gift, 1 pm 693-2069 Lunch served at Noon Center Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Breakfast: Every Tuesday 8 - 9:30 a.m. and Every Thursday 10:30 a.m. – Noon Sandwich and Soup Bar: Wednesday & Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Take-outs available Weekly Activities (call for info and times): Daily: Exercise Equipment, Computers, Coffee Hour Thurs: Acrylic Painting Class, Bonesaver Class Fri: Movie & Popcorn M/W/F: Cards T/Th: Senior Stretch Class Special Activities 3/1 Medicare Advantage Plans w/Cathy Tulloch (AOP), 11:00 am 3/3 “All About Potatoes” w/Michele Constable, 12:30 – 1:15 pm 3/5 Wii Bowling – Practice & Play, 10:45 – 11:30 am 3/8 March Birthday Party w/Bob Jensen, 11:30 am Information & Assistance Rep. Lucia Esposito, 11:30 am 3/10 Site Council Meeting, 11:00 am 3/12 Rainbow Table Raffle, 9:30 am Movie & Popcorn, 10:00 am Yankee Trade, 12:30 pm 3/15 Storytelling (family & community) w/Eileen Ruggieri, 10:45 – 11:30 am 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Party w/ReBecah Kilbury, 10:45 – 11:30 am 3/19 Wii Bowling – Practice & Play, 10:45 – 11:30 am GREENMAN .............................................. 37 Pine St., Binghamton, NY 13901 Center Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm. 772-7166 Lunch served at 11:45 Reservations for Lunch are needed by noon the day before. Sandwich and Soup Bar: Mon, Wed & Thurs, 11:30am -12:30pm Weekly Activities (call for info and times): Mon Texas Hold’em, Floor Shuffleboard Tue: Exercise Class, Progressive Pinochle Wed: 30 Min. Computer Q&A, Bingo Thur: Bonesaver Class Fri: Dominoes T/F: Ceramics Special Activities: 3/6 St. Patrick’s Day “Before the Parade” Breakfast, 8 am – 11 am 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, 11:45 am 3/20 Birthday Celebration 3/26 Information & Assistance Rep. Lucia Esposito, 11:30 am Old Irish Saying May those that love us, love us. And those that don’t love us, May God turn their hearts. And if He doesn’t turn their hearts, May He turn their ankles So we will know them by their limping. Senior News March JOHNSON CITY 797-1149 ........................................ 11 OAK STREET ............................................ 724-1220 30 Brocton Ave., Johnson City, NY 13790 Center Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Oak Street, Binghamton, NY 13903 Lunch served at Noon Center Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wed., Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Weekly Activities (call for info and times): M: Knitting/Crochet, Medicare Counseling, Line Dancing, Guitar Class T: TOPS, Bonesaver Class W: Quilting, Pinochle, Chorus Th: Shuffleboard, Oil Painting, Legal Aid Counseling F: Movie M/W: Bingo M/F: Watercolor Weekly Activities (call for info and times): M/W/F: Gym Walking, M/W: Card Game- Scat, T/F: Osteo-Exercise, Fri: Bingo Lunch served at 11:45 Special Activities Tuesdays Meditation, 10 am 3/2 Senior Sounds, 11 am 3/3 Massage Therapy, 11 amPamper Yourself, 12:30 pm 3/5 Movie: “Public Enemy”, 12:30 pm 3/10 Members Birthday Celebration, 11:30 am Information & Assistance Rep. Lucia Esposito, 11:30 am 3/11 Cobblestone Crossing at Dinner, 5 pm 3/12 Movie: (to be determined), 12:30 pm 3/15 St. Patrick’s Sing-a-Long & Guitar Concert, 11 am 3/16 Hearing Screening, 9:30 am Advance Directives w/AOP, 12:30 pm Red Hat Society, 6:30pm 3/17 Blood Pressure & Glucose Screenings w/Medicine Shoppe, 10am St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 11 am 3/18, 19 AARP Defensive Driving, 1 pm 3/26 Rummage Sale. 9 am – 3 pm 3/27 Rummage Sale, 8:30 am -1 pm 3/30 EPIC Questions/Answers, 12:30 pm NORTHERN BROOME .............................. 12 Strongs Place, Whitney Point, NY 13862 Center Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 692-3405 Lunch served at Noon Soup & Sandwich Bar: Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 11 am – 12:30 pm Weekly Activities (call for info and times): Mon: Computer Class Beg. & Int., Bingo Wed: Quilting Group, Shuffleboard, Thu: Osteo-Exercise, Wii Bowling Fri: Bingo Special Activities www.northernbroomeseniors.org Tuesdays Tai Chi, 9:30 – 10:30 Thursdays Tai Chi, 4:30 – 5:30 3/3 & 10 Adaptive Chair Yoga, 4:30 – 5:30 pm 3/3 “Heart At Home” w/Twin Tier Home Health, 11:15 am Information & Assistance Rep. Lucia Esposito, 12:00 pm 3/9 Evening Dining w/Bob Sea Live! after the 5 pm meal 3/10 “Medicare Advantage Plans” by Cathy Tulloch, 11:15 am 3/11 Rummage & Bake Sale, 9 am – 2 pm 3/12 Rummage & Bake Sale, 9 am – 1 pm. Bag Sale, 12:30 pm. 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Party including Karaoke, 11 am 3/24 Senior Sounds, 11:30 am 3/27 OPEN HOUSE, 10 am – Noon 3/31 Brown Bag Auction, after lunch. NORTH SHORE ........................................ 772-6214 24 Isbell St., Binghamton, NY 13901 Lunch served at Noon Center Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00am - 1:45pm Weekly Activities: Mon: Food Bingo, 10 – 11, Wed: Decorating or Crafts, 10:30 – 11:30, Thur: Joker Eno, 10 – 11, Fri: Bagel Breakfast, 8 - 11 Special Activities * Chair Yoga (Basic Exercises), look for Posters Mondays, Food Bingo, 10-11 Thursdays, Joker Eno, 10 – 11 am 3/4 Decorating for St. Patrick’s Day, 1 – 2 pm Information & Assistance Rep. Lucia Esposito, 1 pm 3/5 Site Council Meeting, 10:30 am 3/11 Blood Pressure/Glucose Screening w/Joan Behill, 11 am – 12 pm 3/12 Pot o’ Gold Irish Sweepstakes Game, 11 am 3/16 Residents’ Meeting, 10 am 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon w/Green “Beer” Punch, 11 am 3/26 Boat Races & Pistachio Ice Cream, 11 am 3/31 Breakfast for Lunch, 10:30 – 12:15 pm Special Activities 3/1 Book Review w/Cheryl Ebert, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay, 11 am 3/2 Senior Soup for Our Kids Day, 11 am “The Shape of Pasta” w/ Joan Sprague, 11 am 3/17 CENTER CLOSED – St. Patrick’s Day 3/19 St. Patrick’s Day Party (wear green!), 11 am 3/21 – 3/26 Spring Week: each day a new game with a Spring Theme 3/23 Information & Assistance Rep. Lucia Esposito, 11 am VESTAL ................................................... 754-9596 Old Vestal Junior High School Cafeteria Lunch served at Noon 201 Main St., Box #4, Vestal, NY 13850 Center Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Activities (call for info and times): Daily: Coffee Klatch M/W/F: Walking Group M/W: Fitness After 50 Aerobics, Men’s Volleyball M/Th: Wii Open Play T/W: Pinochle Tues: Quilting, Stretch Band Fitness Class Wed: Crochet, Computer Instruction, Painting, Writing Seminar Thur: Bingo (1st & 3rd) Fri: Pickleball, Chair Exercises, Chair Yoga, Ice Cream Cones Special Activities www.tier.net/vsc *New* Tuesdays starting 3/9 Stretch Band Fitness Class, 1 – 2 pm 3/3 Blood Pressures w/ Kay, 10:30 am Audibel Hearing Screening, 10 am 3/9, 10 & 11 Inside Garage Sale, 9:30 am - Noon 3/12 Four Veggies Every Garden Should Have w/Tony Antes, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 11 am 3/16 & 17 Wee Bit O’ Irish Reading w/Peggy Mersereau, 11:30 am 3/17 Clann Na Cara Dance Group, 11:45 am St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, Noon 3/19 Information & Assistance Rep, Lucia Esposito, 11:30 3/23 Breakfast for Lunch: Biscuits & Gravy, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Birthday & Anniversary Recognition, 10:45 am Vestal Senior Citizen’s Club Business Meeting, 1 – 2 pm 3/24 *New* Crochet for Fun w/Rose, 9:30 – 10:30 am March Senior News 12 MARCH MENU Sudoku Each Sudoku Puzzle has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, and every 3x3 square. Broome County Office for Aging County Office Building 60 Hawley Street PO Box 1766 Binghamton, NY 13902 Answers on Page 8 The Senior News is a monthly publication of the Office for Aging funded by Broome County and the NYS Office for Aging under Title III of the Federal Older Americans Act. Direct mail subscriptions are available for $8.00 per year by calling 778-2411. This contribution helps defray the cost of printing and postage. Senior News Editorial Policy Broome County Office for Aging (BCOFA) reserves the right to review and approve all articles and paid advertising submitted for publication. There are no implied or actual endorsements by BCOFA of the products or services advertised in this publication. Activities sponsored by senior clubs and other senior organizations are printed on a space-available basis. 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