November 27, 2018

Chatham County Round-Up & The Council on Aging

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

Today on the Chatham County Round-Up, we will be recognizing November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Our guest will be Dennis Streets, the Executive Director of  The Council on Aging.  Key Components of The Council on Aging are as follows;  -For those seeking to stay actively engaged, some opportunities include our wellness, recreational and educational programs offered at our two Senior Centers (both State certified as ‘Centers of Excellence’); a hiking group; group travel, Senior Games and Silver Arts, evidence-based classes such as A Matter of Balance (for falls prevention), Arthritis Exercise and Geri-Fit. --We also hold special events, some of which serve as fundraisers for Meals on Wheels and other services where we have wait lists for assistance. We just held a Salute to Veterans event and our 2nd all-day Senior Education Conference with 16 workshops on a wide array of topics. Tony Williamson, a 2018 NC Arts Council Heritage Award winner, will again be hosting a musical event for our Council this coming spring. --Our Council was just honored by GSK for one of its 2018 IMPACT awards. It recognized the Council for working hand-in-hand with the community to improve health.--Maybe most importantly, the Council offers many opportunities to volunteer. We have over 250 active volunteers. Some are right now very busy providing Medicare counseling through the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program. We could not do all that we do without these outstanding volunteers. And there is always a need for more.--Finally, our Council led development of Chatham’s 2018-2023 Aging Plan.  With community partners and the help of a team of graduate students from the UNC School of Public Health, this Plan is helping shape a positive future for Chatham seniors and their families.