Speaking on the August 31 edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, with an encore airing on September 7, Broome County Office for Aging Program Manager, Lisa Schuhle talks about diverse programs offered locally to support seniors, their families and caregivers focused on senior issues.

O.F.A. supports local senior centers as well as the Meals on Wheels programs and can even offer information on dealing with the touchy topic of: 'should your senior loved one still be allowed to drive?'.

In September, the agency is hosting two education programs for family caregivers focusing on dementia issues.

September 10 from 1-3 p.m. The Basics of Alzheimer's will be presented at the Broome County Library on Court Street, Binghamton with the Associate Program Director of the Central N.Y. Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, Jessie Cornell covering a variety of issues ranging from a definition of dementia to an overview of programs and services available.

September 19 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., author Martha Stettinius will talk about her own personal journey in an uplifting message about caring for a loved one with dementia.  The presentation will be at the Broome West Senior Center, 2801 Wayne St., Endwell. Stettinius' book is entitled Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter's Memoir.

Schuhle suggests reserving a place at either or both presentations by calling Caregiver Services at O.F.A. at (607) 778-2411. Seating is limited for both.

Caregiver Services can also be contacted concerning all other programs or referrals offered through the agency.  More information is also available at www.gobroomecounty.com/senior

Southern Tier Close Up can be heard Saturday afternoons at 12:10 on News Radio 1290 WNBF.