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.
Stay up to date with your vaccinations to stay healthy. National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You are also at risk for different diseases as an adult. Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available. For more information click here.
People aged 65 or older are more prone to heat-related health concerns. Older adults can’t adjust to sudden temperature changes as fast as younger people. This may happen because of certain medicines they take or chronic illnesses that affect their ability to regulate body temperature. When not treated properly, heat-related illnesses can lead to death. But you can take steps to stay cool during hot weather. Drink water regularly. Do NOT wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking water. For more tips 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.
Proper storing of food in a refrigerator at 40 °F or below helps to reduce the risk of food poisoning. After age 75, many adults have weakened immune systems, increasing the risk of contracting foodborne illness. Keep home refrigerator at or below 40 °F as measured with a thermometer. For more information click here.
Unvaccinated older adults are more likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19. Risk increases with age. This is why CDC recommends that adults 65 and older receive COVID-19 vaccines. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step to help prevent getting sick from COVID-19. The Health Department is administering all authorized brands of COVID-19 vaccine. To make an appointment call 910-814-6582 the Health Department is located at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. Lillington, NC 27546.