Department of Aging

Terri Protts, the Director of the Department, gave us the presentation. She made it entertaining and made sure we paid attention by giving us a sheet of words in a Bingo format. Throughout her talk if we heard these words, we were to cross them off the sheet calling out “Bingo” when they were crossed off in a row.

This department has been serving adults over 60 in Moore County since 1984. To date, they have 19 Full Time, 4 Part Time employees and 160 volunteers. Their motto is “To Provide services that promote the well-being of older adults.” They have an annual budget of $1.3 million plus grants and funding through a number of sources including contributions from the community.

Their In-Home Aide Program provides three levels of care, Home Management, Bathing Assistance and Respite for Caregivers. These services include simple laundering, light housekeeping, running errands and meal preparation in the Home Management level. In the next two levels, they help with bathing, dressing, feeding, ambulation and toileting along with relieving the caregivers whenever the nursing assessment believes it is needed.

Congregate meals or “The Diner’s Club” is available to residents 60+ provided Monday through Friday. This affords seniors a social atmosphere along with a nutritious meal, transportation to the center is provided through the Moore County Transportation Services, Inc.. While at the center, each senior has access to exercise equipment, crafts and an RN (quarterly). Home delivered meals are also available to those not able to take advantage of the Diner’s Club program.

Legal Assistance, made possible by a grant from the Triangle J Area Agency on Aging provides those in need with help in the areas of elder law, estate planning including wills, power of attorney, living wills and health care proxyies.

The Aging center has a fitness room available to residents 50+. Orientation is required before using their commercial grade equipment. They also offer exercise classes and have a fully trained staff person on site.

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) provides assistance with Medi D, supplemental insurance and Long Term Care insurance. They can not recommend specific options but can inform them of programs and choices available.

The Family Caregiver Programs provides training and educational services for both the caregiver and professionals. There is a video and book lending library also available at the center that provides tools for the caregiver.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingLimited funding to provide construction of wheelchair ramps, install safety and grab bars is available. They can also provide smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and emergency flashlights for seniors in need.

Don’t toss out those old cell phones, donate them to your local Department of Aging. They distribute them to seniors without home phone service because these phones, when charged, may be used to call 911 in an emergency.

This is another department providing many needed services to County residents using their budget as creatively and efficiently as possible.

Comments

Every single class, every single department

was impressive. They are all committed to their jobs and what they can provide to the community. What's sad is thinking about what could have been, had it not been for this lousy occupation in Iraq. The National Debt counter says that as of today, this occupation has cost North Carolina over $11, 482,000,000. The cost to Moore County alone is over $112,000,000. Just imagine what could have been done for the good citizens of NC, just imagine.

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Wow, Momoaizo

I know more about Moore County than I do about Mecklenburg County. I love the Diner's Club idea. I don't think we have anything like that here.

I'm going to have to research a bit. I'm embarrassed I don't know if some of these services exist in Meck.

Great job as usual. I know the program has ended and I haven't bothered to count your reports, so will just ask - will you have any more reports for us or is this the last?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Many, many more SD

This was the 4th class out of 14 and there were usually two departments presenting each night. I still have a second one for later, The Veterans Department.

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Yay....I'm almost scared about this one

Though, I'm sure they weren't bad mouthing the Republican Congress' piddly-poor job of supporting our nation's veterans.

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Naaa, they just presented the facts

I tried to get them to say something about the war and it's effects on the department, but they wouldn't bite the hand that feeds them.

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If you arent going to run for office

in the next cycle you need to find a neighbor who will and act as their chief of staff. It sounds like you might know more than some elected officials about what is going on with county govt.

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edit- or Maybe we can get Pat Smathers elected and just install you as a county government to state government liason and policy chief. Ready to move to Raleigh?

"Keep the Faith"

Yesterday was our graduation ceremony

and we had lunch with the county commissioners. They said that very same thing, that we probably know more about the county than they do. Sadly, I think that's true. I am volunteering to serve on some boards, need to do that first, get some name recognition first, then I will dip my toes into the political pool. ; )

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Good for you, Mo

Good for you.

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Just jump in.

The world can't wait. Seriously.

Go Go Go!!

(skipping meetings to read this) I will vote for you for anything you do. You know that.

In the top photo, the woman with the long hair to the right of the man with the short sleeved white shirt is my sister-in-law. :) . She's very cool. Runs the Senior Fitness Program.
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Lcloud, I know you have a wonderful job

and with your political knowledge, I wish you would run for commissh, you know I would work my fanny off for ya!

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Me too.

n/t

Hey A, the same goes for YOU

with that marvelous brain of yours you could really make a difference. ( I know, you like being a hermit....but) You've got to know that most everyone here would work to get you elected!

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Sorry, sweetie

I wasn't even librul enough to get re-elected to the town council in Chapel Hill! And now that I'm a mean old blogger? Shoo-ee, my political career is ka-put for sure.

Speaking of passing

Congrats are in order Blue, have you had any nibbles yet?

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not quite yet

I obviously have a first choice, but things are a little quiet right now still.

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"Keep the Faith"

Go Mo!

Your community is fortunate to have you involved in service work locally. And of course, being a Democrat and all...benefits everyone. ;)

Cary McSwain, the INTERIM County Manager

put this program together. I made sure to tell each of the Commissioners that he did a great job with this and that whenever I posted it to BlueNC it was very well received. I also told them that if they don't make him the permanent county manager, there are other counties that will!

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I really hope they have the sense to keep him.

We've needed a manager like him for a long long time. And he needs a board of commissioners that will let him do his job. I think he might have that, now.

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160 volunteers

Wow! That is encouraging.

Thanks for the great post! Very informative, as usual, momoaizo.

Thanks NCDem

and for the reminder.

RSVP or Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is supported by fed funds and Moore County to help people 55 and above to find service opportunities that meet community needs. They help match the volunteer's experience and talents with an agency in need, in return, RSVP offers some mileage reimbursement, supplemental insurance, credit union membership and discounts to many area businesses.

I left so much out. They really do provide many services on their limited budget.

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I'm a caregiver

for my mother, 86 and my dad's brother, 84. I couldn't do it without the help we get from the In-home-aide service Guilford County provides. Mom has bad arthritis and is virtually deaf now. She needs more and more help with everything as time goes on. I am really greatful for their well run operation.