Office for the Aging

The Otsego County Office for the Aging provides several programs and services to residents age 60 and older.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL

Cooperstown         607-547-4232

Oneonta                  607-432-9041

Toll Free                  855-547-4390

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Programs & Services
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program developed for people with arthritis and older adults with balance issues, and is known to increase strength and flexibility, decrease pain in joints, reduce high blood pressure and improve balance. Classes are offered at various locations across the county throughout the year.
  • Osteo-prevention Exercise Program is an evidence-based, moderate intensity, progressive exercise strength training program designed especially for mid-life and older adults, and includes strength adn balance training to improve muscle strength, dynamic balance and flexibility.
  • Line-dancing at Elm Park (Oneonta)
  • Senior Swim is offered at the Oneonta YMCA to allow participants to work with water weights, swim, or simply enjoy the therapeutic water.  Senior Swim is open to member and non-members.
  • Links to Chronic Disease Self Management Education

 

  • Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) assists older adults who want to remain at home, yet need minimal assistance with daily activities such as dressing, bathing, personal care, light housekeeping or meal preparation.  Customer cost sharing may apply based on income.
  • Medicaid Personal Care Services are available to Medicaid-eligible chronically ill or physically disabled individuals who have a medical need for help with daily activities such as meal preparation, housekeeping and shopping.
  • Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) units allow an individual to contact emergency help by pusing a single button.  PERS units provide peace of mind for individuals who may live alone or be at risk of falling.
  • Veteran Directed Care Program provides Veterans the opportunity to self-direct their care and receive home and community-based services to continue living independently at home.  Eligible Veterans determine what servcies best meet their needs and work with an options counselor to set up and coordinate care.

 

  • Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP)
    • HIICAP provides free, accurate and objective information, counseling, assistance and advocacy on Medicare, private health insurance, and related health coverage plans.
    • HIICAP helps people with Medicare, their representatives, or persons soon to be eligible for Medicare.
  • Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC)
    • EPIC is a New York State sponsored prescription program for senior citizens who need help paying for their prescriptions. 
    • New York State residents can apply if they are 65 or older and have an annual income of $75,000 or less if single, or $100,000 or less if married. 
    • EPIC works with Medicare Part D as a secondary payer.  Seniors should make sure their Medicare Part D plan covers their prescription drugs, since EPIC will not pay primary for most medications.
    • You can apply at any time during the year.  Call 1-800-332-3742 or go on-line to http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/epic/. You may also contact Office for the Aging to request an application.
  • Home Delivered Meals are available for seniors who are unable to attend a local dining center or are unable to prepare a meal for themselves.  5-8 frozen meals are available for weekly delivery directly to their home.  This service is available to those who may only need it for a short time (I.e. while recovering after a recent hospital stay) or long term.
  • Congregate Dining  - Senior dining centers are located at 7 sites across the county adn provide a nutritious lunch and socialization to residents age 60 and older.
  • Nutrition Counseling is available from a Registered Dietitian to provide individualized nutrition assessment and counseling.  The RD can work with individuals to create a plan based on specific needs and is accessible to residents age 60 and older, regardless of whether they participate in the Senior Meals program or not. 
  • Farmers Market Nutrition Program offers coupons between July and October each year to allow income-eligible seniors to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables at area Farmers' Markets.

 

  • Legal Assistance availible to residents age 60 and older
    • Civil cases only, such as consumer, etc.
    • Elder law including Power of Attorney and wills
    • Referrals are made to Legal Aid Society of Mid New York
  • Tax Assistance Program is sponsored by AARP.    IRS trained volunteers prepare income tax returns for older adults & low-income residents.  February - April 15

Call Office for the Aging for an appointment

    • Cooperstown: 607-547-4232
    • Oneonta: 607-432-9041

 

  • Non-emergency Medical Transportation is available to and from pre-scheduled medical appointments
  • Transportation is also available for monthly grocery shopping, prescription pick-up or necessary non-medical appointments
  • Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis

 

Entitlement Counseling

  • Help accessing Medicaid, Medicare Savings Program (MSP), SNAP (food stamps), public assistance, etc

 

  • Provides a one-time financial benefit during the heating season to persons 60 & older based on income eligibility.

     

Information and Assistance accessing services and programs

  • Information and Assistance is provided to help older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers and family members navigate various services and supports.

 

Caregiver Services

  • Services, information and education are available to assist caregivers (spouses, adult children, other family members, friends and neighbors) in their efforts to care for older persons who need help with daily activities.
  • Information and Assistance
  • Caregiver Respite can be provided in the home, through Adult Day Services or short-term facility care.
  • Supplemental Services