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.
If you are 65 or older, you have a higher risk of getting very sick from food poisoning. Take steps to protect yourself—avoid risky foods like raw or undercooked meat, seafood, and chicken, and unwashed fruits and veggies. If you are 65 or older, or prepare food for someone who is, always follow the four steps: Clean: Wash hands, utensils and surfaces often. Germs can spread and survive in many places. Separate: Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs to ready-to-eat foods, so keep them separate. Cook: Food is safely cooked only when the internal temperature is high enough to kill germs that can make you sick. Chill: Refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours. If the food is exposed to temperatures above 90°F (like a hot car or picnic), refrigerate it within 1 hour. For more information click here.
The summer heat is a serious health concern for many senior citizens. People aged 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. The Division on Aging will be distributing boxed fans through Operation Fan and Heat Relief. The goal of this program is to offer heat relief to seniors who cannot adequately cool their homes by providing them with a free box fan. 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. If you would like information please call 910- 814-6074. 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. Hot Weather Tips for Seniors.
We are pleased to announce the outstanding Volunteers recognized included: Project Not Forgotten, Inc received the prestigious NC Governor’s Medallion Award on behalf of the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Jeffery Surles, a local florist reached out to friends to assist with creating and delivering flowers to nursing home residents. William “Bill” and Lynda Turner provided meals to seniors in the Dunn area during the pandemic. Along with Chief Ricky Blackmon, who has served with the Erwin Fire and Rescue, as a firefighter/EMT for 40 years. To learn more click here.
If you are a man with Medicare coverage, now is the time to talk with your doctor about getting screened for prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and cardiovascular disease. Medicare covers prostate screenings once every 12 months for men over 50 and the colorectal screening tests every 120 months, unless at high risk. Cardiovascular screenings can detect conditions that could lead to heart attack or stroke and are covered by Medicare once every five years. For more information click here or call the Harnett County Division on Aging Leann B. Blackmon, Harnett county Medicare coordinator at 910-893-7578.
Stay up to date on your COVID19 vaccinations by getting all recommended doses, including a booster when you’re eligible. For more information click here to view the Health Department’s web site.The Health Department is administering all authorized brands of COVID-19 vaccine; Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen’s J&J vaccine. To make an appointment call 910-814-6582 the Health Department is located at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. Lillington, NC 27546.