Harnett County, North Carolina
Department on Aging 

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, minor home repair, In-Home Aide-Level I, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Elderly Nutriton Program, Community, Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP), Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA), Medicare Counseling through the SHIIP Program, and others.

Important Announcements
Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15th and ends on December 07th, 2014. This is the time of year where Medicare beneficiaries and family members can have their prescription drug plans reviewed, enroll into a plan or change plans for the new year, 2015. Medicare counselors are on hand Monday through Friday to offer assistance to beneficiaries in selecting drug plans and make changes to their drug plans. Assistance is also available for persons who are low income and having trouble affording their medicines with Medicare through the Low Income Subsidy program. Counselors will be available to assist in enrolling into this program. If you or someone you know would like to have your drug plan checked for 2015, call our office for an appointment, 910-893-7578.

Fall Prevention Awareness Week

The Harnett County Division on Aging along with the National Council on Aging will observe Fall Prevention Awareness Week on September 22-27, 2014. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65 years of age and over. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. We are hoping to host a “Matter of Balance” fall prevention course in the near future. This program helps older adults gain strength, improve balance, and build confidence to help them live healthier lives and preserve their independence. If you are interested in more information about the “Matter of Balance” fall prevention course please contact Latorius Adams with the Harnett County Division on Aging at 910-814-6075 or lsadams@harnett.org. For more information about Fall Prevention Awareness Week click on the title.

3rd Annual Family Caregiver Holiday Craft Fair
The Harnett County Family Caregiver Support Program will be hosting the 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Governmental Complex, Commons Area. If you would like to be a vendor at this event, please call Latorius Adams at 910-814-6075 to receive a registration form. Please feel free to share this information with others who may want to participate as well.

“Harnett County RSVP SHIIP Volunteers win NC Statewide 2014 Medicare County of the Year Award”

Recently the Harnett County Division on Aging SHIIP Program was presented with the 2014 NC SHIIP Statewide County of the Year for Medicare counseling by the NC Department of Insurance.Volunteers and staff are left to right, Golda Bailey, Patsy Avery, and Georgia Lee Brown. Back row, Jihye Shin, Nicole Kirk, Vicky Walden, LeAnn Blackmon, Barbara Pope and Nancy Wright. Medicare Open Enrollment for 2014 begins October 15th and runs through December 7th of this year. If you would like to call and make an appointment to have your prescription drug plan checked, call our office at (910) 893-7578.

Support Your Grandkids' Health and Safety

Aging well benefits not only you, but also the people you love. Take steps to live a long and healthy life and guide your grandchildren’s health and safety. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.

Medication Safety Tips

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.