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, 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
Health Fair

Health Fair to be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Lillington Community Center. There will be information about prescription medications, home health, nutritional needs, and fitness. This is a free event so stop by for food, fun, and great information. For more information about this event click on the title.

"The Game of Life" 21st Annual RSVP Senior Citizens' Fair

We are proud to announce that plans are underway for the 21st Annual RSVP Senior Citizens’ 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 21st, 2015 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.

Harnett County Needs Volunteers!

The Harnett County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP is need of volunteers willing to serve across Harnett County. The RSVP program started February 01, 1973 to assist residents aged 55 and older with volunteer opportunities throughout Harnett County. The program currently has 277 ‘active’ volunteers providing service to 28 volunteer sites.

Registered volunteers through the RSVP Program have available to them accidental insurance free of charge. Volunteers are honored and recognized for their service to the RSVP Program during the year as well.

Among the volunteer sites are the Courthouse where volunteers serve at the information desk and through Veteran’s Treatment Court as mentors; Harnett Health Systems where volunteers sit at registration desks, serve in the gift shop and with making toys for children that come in through the emergency room; Harnett County Schools where volunteers serve as tutors, proctors, in the library and the offices. Volunteers serve at senior centers, churches, thrift stores, Meals on Wheels Programs and at local libraries and museums in Harnett County too.

LeAnn B. Blackmon is the Director for the Harnett County RSVP Program through the Harnett County Division on Aging. Mrs. Blackmon says that she has volunteer opportunities available for persons with an interest in serving the needs of their communities throughout Harnett County.

“Currently we need volunteers for the Harnett Literacy Program, Habitat for Humanity, Veteran’s Treatment Court, the Harnett County Tax Assistance Program, and delivering with the Meals on Wheels Program.” Please call Mrs. Blackmon at (910) 893-7578 if you are interested in becoming an RSVP Volunteer or for more information about volunteer opportunities in Harnett County.

Save the Date!

Senior Helpers Presents: Essentials for Your Journey Together. Nationally renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow is coming to our area to present a special Alzheimer's and dementia seminar for families caring for loved ones with dementia. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 910-892-2224. Click on the title for more information.

Harnett County Tax Assistance for Elderly and Disabled

Tax assistance services will be available for the elderly and disabled starting January 29, 2015 through April 10, 2015. This program is sponsored by the NC Economic Assistance Center under a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) grant, the Campbell University School of Business, and the Harnett County Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Services will be available in Lillington, Erwin, Coats, Smithfield, and Clinton. For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Division on Aging at (910) 893-7578. For more information click on the title.

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.