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July 20, 2013

From the Office: OFA hits 40 years of service to older adults in Schoharie County


Today we work to provide services in much the same way. We administer surveys, look at growing trends, and listen to the requests of many of the older adults we hear from on a daily basis. Then, using resources either within the department or in the community, work to get services in place. 

Almost all of our programs are designed for individuals older than 60 and many are for those with lower incomes. But, there are some programs that have eligibility requirements that are not income-based and some that can assist those who are not yet 60. For example, the Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program is not income based but requires you have Medicare. Our Caregiver Respite program will assist a younger individual caring for a senior and has no income guidelines. If you think any of the following programs could help, please call us to find out more and make an appointment to see our friendly staff.

Home Delivered Meals: Meals are provided to homebound eligible clients, three to five times per week.

Congregate Meals: Meals are offered at noon, Monday through Friday, in three locations in the county.

Nutrition Consultation: A registered dietitian will meet with you individually to discuss your particular dietary needs and concerns.

HIICAP: Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program helps with Medicare forms, health bills and other health insurance questions.

EPIC: The Elderly Prescription Insurance Coverage offers prescription cost assistance to New York residents 65 and older.

Legal Aid: Legal Aid offers assistance and referral for legal advice and/or representation for concerns that are non-fee generating.

HEAP: Home Energy Assistance Program assists seniors with applications for heating assistance to supplement their fuel costs. This program has income guidelines.

Health Promotion: Evidence-based services are provided to help promote good health and well-being through activities, information and classes.

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