Harnett County,
North Carolina

Department on Aging 

Welcome

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.

Important Announcements
Preparedness Tip: Cold Weather and Older Adults

Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism. Dress warmly. Check the home temperature often. Click on the title for more information.


Waht to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids

Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. Prescription opioids are powerful pain-reducing medications that include prescription oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine, among others, and have both benefits as well as potentially serious risks. These medications can help manage pain when prescribed for the right condition and when used properly. But when misused or abused, they can cause serious harm, including addiction, overdose and death.What should you ask? Click here or on the title to view the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids: A Checklist.


Sailing into Better Health Senior Fair

We are proud to announce that plans are underway for the "Sailing into Better Health" Senior Fair sponsored by Harnett County RSVP. Area senior citizens are already asking when it will be held and vendors are ready to register so mark your calendar for Thursday, May 11th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00pm at the Dunn Community Center on 205 Jackson Road in Dunn. We invite you to join us as an exhibitor to showcase your business, agency or organization. Each exhibit space is 10’ x 10’ with electricity provided upon request. The registration fee for a Local Business is $100 and $65 for a Government/Non-Profit Organization. For questions and more information contact the Harnett County Division on Aging at 910-893-7579 or click on the title.


IRS Certified Volunteers Providing Free Tax Preparation

Tax assistance services will be available for the elderly and disabled starting January 31, 2017 through April 13, 2017. This program is sponsored by the NC Economic Assistance Center under a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) grant, and the Harnett County Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Tax preparation is available at the following locations:

Lillington

The Harnett County Library will have tax assistance available to the public on Wednesdays beginning February 1, 2017 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and ending the end of March 2016. No appointment necessary. Bring photo ID, W2s, 1099s, etc. Sponsored by Campbell University School of Business.

Erwin

The Erwin Library offers free tax assistance on Thursdays beginning Thursday February 2, 2017 running through mid-April from 9:00 am – 12:45 pm. These sessions are by appointment only. The appointments are made through the Division on Aging at (910)893-7578. Sponsored by the NC Economic Center under a VITA grant and the Harnett County Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Coats

The Coats Senior Center will offer free tax assistance beginning January 31, 2017 on Tuesdays from 9:15 am – 12:30 pm. These sessions are by appointment only. Call the Coats Senior Center at (910)897-4616 to make your appointment. Sponsored by the NC Economic Assistance Center under a VITA grant and the Harnett County Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Smithfield/Clinton

There will be tax assistance offered on Wednesdays in Clinton at the Employment Security Commission beginning on February 2, 2017 and running through mid- April. For more information and to make an appointment call (910)592-5756.

On Fridays beginning February 3, 2017 and running through mid-April 2 there will be tax assistance offered in Smithfield at First Baptist Church. Call (910)891-4004 for more information and to make an appointment. Sponsored by the NC Economic Assistance Center under a VITA grant and the Harnett County RSVP Program.

All of these sites offer free tax preparation and electronic filing of federal and state tax returns.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Division on Aging at (910) 893-7578. For more information click on the title.


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.


 
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