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.
Explore the progression of dementia while talking about safety, communication, info on placement options, and tips on communication and interaction. Please join us on Tuesday, July 11th at 10:00am for a free interactive discussion with Lisa Levine, Program Director of Alzheimer’s North Carolina at the Harnett County Division on Aging Commons Area. For more information click on the title or call Jamie Gleaton at 910-814-6077.
Larvicides are products to help control mosquitoes, they work by killing mosquito larvae. The Health Department is providing free mosquito insecticide to county residents. The briquettes, also known as “Mosquito Dunks” which are round-shaped product that are placed in water, where it floats. Each dunk will be effective for 30 days in standing water and will cover 100 square feet of surface. It can be used in bird baths, flower pots, drainage ditches, aquatic gardens, decorative ponds, and other areas where standing water creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Printed instructions on how to use this product will be provided. In addition, the Health Department is encouraging residents to eliminate standing water to decrease mosquito populations. For more information contact the Health Department at 910-893-7547 or 910-893-7550 or click on the title to view the “Tip and Toss” brochure.
Operation Fan/Heat Relief, a summer fan distribution program that operates each year throughout North Carolina, is now under way. Contributions from groups, including Dominion Resources, Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress and the Valassis Giving Committee, have donated generously to support this important program. Harnett County residents who are 60 or older or individuals younger than age 60 with a qualifying disability and have a home situation where a threat to their health and well-being exists, may be eligible to receive one fan per year. According to Mary Janes Sauls with the Harnett County Division on Aging, “This Program helps our seniors who often do not have any means of cooling their home. The hot, summer weather is hard on everyone, but it is especially difficult on our senior citizens.” If you would like information on how to receive a fan, contact Vicky Walden at the Harnett County Division on Aging at (910) 814-6074.
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 May 23, 2017 - June 20, 2017 (Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Governmental Complex- Commons Area located at 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd, Lillington. 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 May 19th.