The Harnett County Division on Aging Coordinates services and programs for older adults, educates the public in successful aging, acts as a catalyst for new programs and services in the interest of older adults. Services for the elderly, including advocacy, information and referral, In-Home Aide-Level I, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Elderly Nutrition Program, Community, Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP), Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA), Medicare Counseling through the SHIIP Program, and others.
People aged 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat. They are more likely to take prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat.
Keep a close eye on those in your care by visiting them at least twice a day, and ask yourself these questions:
•Are they drinking enough water?
•Do they have access to air conditioning?
•Do they know how to keep cool?
•Do they show any signs of heat stress?
For more information on how you or the person you’re caring for can stay safe during the heat click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor's advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous. To learn more about what treatments and devices are available if you are losing your hearing click on the title.
Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Help protect your family, community and environment! Click on the title to view a listing of prescription drug disposal sites in Harnett County. Medication safety tips: Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. Be smart about storage; keep medicines in their original bottles or containers. Review all your medicines with your doctor or pharmacist, do this at least once a year, or when you start using a new medicine. Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children and away from pets. For more information 910-893-7550.To view a list of drug disposal sites located in Harnett County click on the title.
Are you caring for an aging loved one? You are not alone. Attend a free seminar to gain practical caregiving information while loving on your aging loved one. Click on the title for more information and to register.
Do You Have Concerns About Falling? Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This is a free program that emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Classes will be held on August 22, 2017 - September 14, 2017 (Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Coats Senior Center located at 214 East Park Street, Coats. For more information or to register contact Latorius Adams 910-814-6075 or Belinda Rayner 910-814-6196 with the Harnett County Health Department. Registration deadline is August 18th.
The Harnett County Division on Aging -Family Caregiver Support Program is sponsoring a back-to-school supply drive for our GRasP (Grandparents and Relatives as Parents) group. This drive is important to help reduce the cost for grandparents/relatives served through the program with school supplies for their children. If you can contribute new backpacks/ and or supplies, donations will be accepted at the Division on Aging room #109. For more information about our program or to donate contact, Latorius Adams at 910-814-6075. Donations will be accepted through August 5, 2017. For the list of supplies needed, click on the title.