Office for the Aging

The Otsego County Office for the Aging provides a host of Programs and Services to those in the community that are age 60 and over.

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Programs & Services
  • Osteo-prevention Exercise Program
  • Links to Chronic Disease Self Management Education
  • Line-dancing at Elm Park (Oneonta)
  • Provides a one-time ($) benefit during the heating season to persons 60 & older based on income eligibility.
  • Health Insurance Information Counseling Program (HIICAP)
    • Helps educate the public about Medicare and other health insurance issues.
    • Provides counseling & advocacy relating to Medicare, private health insurance and related health coverage plans.
  • 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 http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/epic/  You may also contact Office for the Aging to request an application
  • Provides reduced cost of basic telephone service and connection costs.  You are eligible if you are now receiving:
    • SNAP (Food Stamps)
    • Public Assistance
    • VA disability Pension
    • VA spouse Pension
    • Safety Net
    • HEAP
    • SSI
    • TANF (temporary assistance for needy families)
  • Help accessing Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), public assistance, etc
  • Legal Assistance availible to persons 60 yrs. and older provided by the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York
    • Civil cases only, such as Consumer, Entitlement etc.
    • Referrals to attorneys are made when appropriate.
  • Tax Assistcance Program is sponsored by AARP.    IRS trained volunteers prepare income tax returns for elderly & low income people.  February - April 15

Call Office for the Aging for an appointment

    • Cooperstown: 607-547-4232
    • Oneonta: 607-432-9041
  • Tax Exemption
    • STAR savings up to 50% to qualified home owners (primary residence) - Applicants must file each year before March 1.
    • Veterans exemption
    • Other exemptions
    • OFA Staff provides assistance with forms
  • Otsego Express  "Gus the Bus"
    • Service throughout the County
    • Seniors 1/2 fare
    • For INFO 1-800-388-9853
  • Oneonta Public Transit   "OPT"
    • Between Oneonta & Cooperstown & City of Oneonta
    • INFO: 432-7100
  • O.F.A. Medical Transport & Shopping
    • For those unable to access public transportation on an availibility basis
  • Expanded In-home Service for the Elderly Program (EISEP)
  • Homemaker/Caregiver/Respite
    • Case Management, personal care and/or housekeeping service in your home
    • Cost sharing depending on client's financial status and program designation
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Information and Assistance accessing services and programs

Caregiver Services

  • Services to assist caregivers to  help maintain their loved ones in the community
  • Information and Assistance
  • Respite
  • Supplemental Services
  • Sponsored by AARP
  • A hour safe driving course for people 50 years or older
  • Insurance companies offer a three (3) year insurance premium discount on completion of the course.
  • An Ombudsman is a trained volunteer who visits long-term care facilities on a regular basis.
  • To help residents understand and exercise their rights
  • To help resolve a wide range of concerns or complaints made by or on behalf or residents.
  • To assure care with dignity and respect.
  • Volunteers needed
  • Training is available

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL

Cooperstown          547-4232

855 547 4390

Oneonta                   432-9041