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 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
2015 RSVP Senior Fair Highlights

Over 300 Senior Citizens came out to play “The Game Of Life” last Thursday, May 21st at the 21st Annual Harnett County RSVP Senior Fair in Dunn. There were 35 vendors available with information, door prizes and goodies for the attendees. The vendors included Insurance Companies, Home Health Agencies, Medical Facilities, Hospitals, Medical Supply Companies, Senior Centers, Literacy, Emergency Services, NC SHIIP, Hearing Specialists, Physical Therapy, Radio Stations, Financial Institutions, Nursing Facilities, Pest Control, the Sheriff’s Department, The Clerk of Court and Registrar of Deeds as well. Carolina Packers provided a delicious hot dog lunch which was served by the Coats Kiwanis Club.

The theme of this year’s event was “The Game of Life” and the booths were decorated in game show and board game fashion. Many of the vendors had games at their booths for the seniors to play to win prizes. The ‘Best Exhibit’ trophy was awarded to the Dunn Senior Enrichment Center. This booth was decorated with hand-made crafts and items. The Harnett County RSVP Program wishes to thank the City of Dunn for the use of the facility.

The entire event was free of charge and a wonderful time was had by all. The Harnett County RSVP Program wishes to thank all the vendors and volunteers who came out to make this day a success. If you are interested in more information about the Senior Fair or services and programs through the Harnett County Division on Aging, please call (910) 893-7578.

Home Canning and Botulism

It's almost summer, and home gardeners will soon start to harvest the delicious produce they've been growing this year. Home canning is a popular tradition among many Harnett County families. Canning is an excellent method of preserving garden produce, if it is done correctly and safely. Improper canning methods can cause serious illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click on the title to view the CDC web site, to learn tips to keep your canned vegetables safe to protect yourself, your family, and others when you share your home-canned goodies.

Senior Services Expo

Please join the Senior Services Council of Fuquay-Varina in their first Senior Services Expo. This will be at the Fuquay-Varina Fire Station on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. For more information please contact Stephanie Galloway at 919-762-0358 or 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.