We are happy to share Orange County’s 2018-19 Senior Housing Report. In it you will find information that includes costs and availability for our 55+ independent living communities, adult care homes, nursing homes and home care agencies. You will also learn about senior housing that is coming soon but is still in the planning or development phase . Please feel free to share with friends and family.
Getting this report in your hands was a collaborative effort between:
UNC’s Partnerships in Aging Program http://partnershipsinaging.unc.edu
and Orange County’s Department on Aging http://www.co.orange.nc.us/154/Aging
Janice Tyler, Director, Orange County Dept. on Aging
Cherie Rosemond, Director, Partnerships in Aging Program
Ryan Lavalley, Fellow, Partnerships in Aging Program
From the Orange County Department on Aging:
Retirement is commonly referred to as the “golden years” due to the freedom afforded to seniors after decades of working.
Transitioning to this stage of life may also include relocating from a family home, and there are many options available. Choosing a new living situation requires taking stock of current physical and mental capabilities, and planning for the stresses and changes of continued aging.
It’s important to have the discussion surrounding geriatric, or elder, care as early as possible. Planning makes things go smoother than the burden of crisis-driven decision making. So, what are the signs that it is the right time to start thinking about these decisions seriously?
Caryn Utberg, a professional care manager and owner of Senior Care Management Associates, noted changes in a person’s physical function or mental status may indicate it is time to consider new living situations.
“Poor hygiene, neglecting household responsibilities,” she pointed out. “One thing we see a lot is, if we see a person who’s been on medication and they forget to take it, or they have trouble remembering the names of medications and why they are taking them.”
Medicare open enrollment: October 15th to December 7th.
You can enroll in or change your 2019 MedicareAdvantage (Part C) or Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) coverage during this time only. Here is a great, simple, "infographic" guide to understanding Medicare:
Free Fall Shred-A-Thons - Orange County, Oct. 25th & 27th
Do you have confidential, sensitive, private papers and documents that need to be shredded? Here is a great opportunity to dispose of old papers safely and for free!
Orange County Solid Waste Management and local law enforcement will host two free shred-a-thons in late October:
Both events are 10am to 2pm, and are for residents and small businesses in Orange County
The free shredding is limited to FOUR (4) boxes of documents.
Please only bring papers and documents that are truly confidential in nature including financial or medical records. If a piece of bulk mail contains financial information such as credit card application forms those should be included. Anything with your birth date, social security number, financial account number and information or any medical information are all considered private, confidential information that should be shredded for your protection.
A name and address alone do not constitute confidential information. non-confidential paper such as magazines, bulk mail, envelopes, brochures, and folders should be recycled separately in blue carts or at regular recycling drop-off sites.
Incidental tape and staples are OK, but please NO plastics, metals, digital media, or other non-paper items.
This new article from Forbes.com has a frightening headline, but actually provides some meaningful advice:
"... document EVERYTHING. Do your best to keep important conversations restricted to email but, if you do have an in-person discussion, you can always follow-up with that person and recap everything that was said. Again, this provides you with a paper trail."
Here's another headline to consider:
"Senior Care Management Associates
"For decades, the only dementia story we've heard is one of loss and despair. But there is a new alternative story being told. It is a story of joy and growth. It is a story being told by people living with dementia, for people living with dementia, who want to disrupt the status quo and tell you that they are still here and their lives have meaning."
The Age of Disruption 2016 Tour is a modern day American Chautauqua movement barnstorming the country in a rock n’ roll tour bus to bring communities a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging.
Created by Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative and creative thinkers working in medicine today, the Tour brings a radical new approach — and conversation — to growth and aging. The 2016 tour features Disrupt Dementia, a community-based workshop, and Dr. Thomas’ signature “non-fiction theater” performance, Life’s Most Dangerous Game, featuring the unconventional pairing of a physician (Dr. Thomas) and a musician, Nate Silas Richardson.
Join SCMA & Dr. Bill Thomas and crew for a day of education, entertainment and inspiration.
2:30pm - 4:30pm Workshop - "Disrupt Dementia"
7:00pm - 8:30pm Non-Fiction Theatre - "Aging: Life's Most Dangerous Game"
The Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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