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January 4, 2014

From the Office: Office for the Aging offers numerous services for seniors, others

Schoharie County Office for the Aging’s mission is to assist and advocate for county residents ages 60 and older and their caregivers through programs and services designed to promote health, safety, dignity, independence and community involvement. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Although we can see you if you just drop by, it is best to make an appointment so that the individual with the expertise you need is available.

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 provided to homebound eligible clients, three to five times per week.

Congregate Meals: Offered at noon, Monday through Friday, in three different 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 assistance to New York residents 65 and older with prescription costs.

Legal Aid: 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.

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