Community News for Caregivers

June 2019

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019
Each June we take a day to recognize and remember the abuses committed against older adults in our communities.  According to the Administration for Community Living, "as many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected each year and only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities."

This year's theme is 'Speak Out.'  The USC Center on Elder Mistreatment lists a few ways we can all take action to 'speak out' against elder abuse.  How can these strategies apply to caregivers?

Engage Older People

  • Check in with yourself as a caregiver, or caregivers that you know, to make sure adequate rest and breaks are being taken.  We're at our best for supporting others when we have rest breaks, and caregivers are no different!
  • Be observant of the people in your circle who are needing care - listen not just to their words, but also their tone and body language, for things that don't seem to add up.

Empower Communities

  • Share your caregiving needs with members of your community - ask a neighbor to be an extra set of eyes in your neighborhood or suggest your favorite grocery store become a Dementia Friendly Business.

Involve Youth

  • Start a conversation with your children or grandchildren about caring and looking out for older friends and family members.  Encourage them to take an active role in these individuals' lives.


For more information, check out.....

From the National Center on Elder Abuse

From the North Carolina Department of Justice

From the Orange County Department on Aging Faith Outreach Team

  • Faith Outreach Breakfast Series
    • AARP & Fraud Protection
    • Tuesday, June 11 at 9am
    • UNC Hospital, Hillsborough Campus - Room HBT 11002 Admin
    • Please RSVP to Shenae McPherson via email or 919-245-4243.


Congratulations 2019 SHARP Awards Winners!

2019 SHARP Award Nominees

Orange County Department on Aging and the Senior Health Advocacy and Resource Partners of Orange County (SHARP) honored thirty-one individuals for their outstanding service in long-term care on May 9 during the SHARP Award ceremony.

Commissioner Renee Price represented the Board of Orange County Commissioners and recognized all nominees, including seven individuals who received the following 2019 SHARP Direct Care Worker awards:

Client Impact Award: Pearl McGill and Christina Rich 
Going the Extra Mile Award: Chastity Bullock-Sassone and Tom Riley
Leadership Award: Lynette Moore and Melvin Brodie
Longevity Award: Patricia Miller
Rising Star Award: Evelyn Zacatenco-Trejo and Mariah Littlejohn
Direct Care Worker of the Year: Rodah Samuel

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New Program: Care Partner Collaborative

For people experiencing early stage memory loss, and their care partners. This is a new collaborative project that will include a weekly gathering at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill (Wednesdays, 10:00 – 2:00) and relies on the input of care partners, who are invited and expected to participate on a limited basis. Through their involvement in various aspects of the collaborative, care partners gain connection, community, comfort and confidence for their journey ahead.

Participation is free for Orange County residents and registration is required. For more information and to discuss whether this is a good fit for you and the person you are caring for, please contact Lisa Meinert at or 919-245-4251.

Upcoming Events

Social Events

Memory Cafe at Cup-a-Joe

Tuesday, June 4 at 12:30pm
120 W. King Street, Hillsborough
Contact Kim for more information

Memory Cafe at Bruegger's Bagels

Monday, June 10 at 2pm
1800 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Contact Kim for more information

Memory Cafe on the Move

Honeysuckle Tea House
8871 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill
Tuesday, June 11 at 11am
Contact Kim for more information

Memory Cafe on the Move

RambleRill Farm
913 Arthur Minnis Road, Hillsborough
Thursday, June 27 at 10am
Contact Lisa for more information

Pickleball for Parkinson's

Seymour Center: Wednesdays at 2pm
See Flyer for more information

Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group at Passmore

Thursdays, June 13 and 27 at 1pm

Caregiver Support Group at Seymour

Fridays, June 14 and 28 at 10:30am

**No Registration Required - Contact Kim for more information.**

Educational Opportunities

What Can We Expect? - A Dementia Basics Education Series

UNC Wellness at Meadowmont
Mondays, June 3-24 at 5:30pm
See Flyer or contact Marie for more information.

Special Events

Sensory Friendly Move Night - Ferdinand

LeBauer Park, Greensboro
Friday, June 14; lawn opens at 5pm
See the UNCG Campus Weekly and Greensboro Downtown Parks Calendar for more information.

Parkinson's Wellness Recovery

UNC Wellness Centers: New program each month
See Flyer for more information.

Rhythm Kinetics

Irwin R. Holmes Jr. Recreation Center @ Campus Hill
Summer Program: Thursdays at 10:15am
See Flyer for more information.

Upcoming at the Senior Centers

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The doors to the senior centers are open to anyone who wishes to participate, but below is a selection of low-stress programs that could easily be enjoyed by caregivers and those they care for.

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Please note each event’s location and call the respective senior center to register. Passmore Center: 919-245-2015            Seymour Center: 919-968-2070

In honor of Father’s Day, we will be celebrating all the special men in our life. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while listening to the jazzy sounds of performer, Gary Brunotte. Our guest speaker, Marion Phillips, will give some encouraging, motivational words to take with you as Father’s Day weekend approaches.
Register by: Wed, Jun 5
Seymour Center
Wed, Jun 12                (333028-01)                                       9 – 10:30 am  
Benefits of honey - HONEY Tasting
Did you know that a spoonful of honey a day is good for you?  Learn the surprising health benefits of honey.   You will have an opportunity to taste a variety of honeys from our area and across the county.  We will give ideas on foods to pair with honey. Min: 10/Max: 25
Register by: Tue, Jun 18
Passmore Center      
Tue, Jun 25                 (233048-01)                            3 pm
Swing into summer with some lively Jazz by Hammond organist & vocalist Gary Brunotte and drummer George Hindenach.  They will perform some classic jazz by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Oliver Nelson, John Coltrane and Dave Brubeck along with music from the ‘Great American Songbook.’  Be ready for some serious toe tapping.  
Register by: 1 week prior to show
Seymour Center
Fri, Jun 28          (313104-02)                                     2 - 3 pm
Our little band, Anna’s Trio, is comprised of a very skilled, all-style guitarist, Rick Keena; a very original bass player, John Sparks, who leads us in rhythm with his folky washtub; and the Polish native singer, Anna Klein. The show, This is Us, will feature songs in 8 different languages. Meet the artists over light refreshments immediately after the show.
Register by: Sat, Jun 22
Seymour Center
Sat, Jun 29      (333064-01)                                                                            2 – 3 pm
Village Revue brings Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence to life through powerful readings accompanied by patriotic songs. This memorable performance is one not to be missed as it speaks to our country’s aspirations and will certainly remind everyone why we celebrate the 4th of July. Special refreshments will be served immediately after the show. Min: 50/Max: 80
Register by: Tue, Jun 25
Seymour Center
Tue, Jul 2        (333074-02)                                                                                        3:30 – 4:30 pm

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