Harnett County,
North Carolina

Department on Aging 

Welcome

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.

Important Announcements
Preparedness Tip: Cold Weather and Older Adults

Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism. Dress warmly. Check the home temperature often. Click on the title for more information.


Waht to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids

Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. Prescription opioids are powerful pain-reducing medications that include prescription oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine, among others, and have both benefits as well as potentially serious risks. These medications can help manage pain when prescribed for the right condition and when used properly. But when misused or abused, they can cause serious harm, including addiction, overdose and death.What should you ask? Click here or on the title to view the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids: A Checklist.


A Matter of Balance

Do You Have Concerns About Falling? Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This is a free program that emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Classes will be held on January 24, 2017 - February 16, 2017 (Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Anderson Creek Senior Center located at 6808 Overhills Road, Spring Lake. For more information or to register contact Latorius Adams 910-814-6075 or Belinda Rayner 910-814-6196 with the Harnett County Health Department. Registration deadline is January 20th.


Medicine Safety Session

Medicine safety session will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Coats Senior Center ( 214 E. Park Street Coats). Seniors are encouraged to bring prescription and over-the-counter medications to the session to receive a free medication review. The Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences staff and students will provide the medication reviews. This program is free and open to the public. For more information or questions about the Medicine Safety program, please call the Harnett County Health Department through the Division on Aging, Debby Vaughn at 910-814-6072.


Medication Safety Tips

Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Help protect your family, community and environment! Click on the title to view a listing of prescription drug disposal sites in Harnett County. Medication safety tips: Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. Be smart about storage; keep medicines in their original bottles or containers. Review all your medicines with your doctor or pharmacist, do this at least once a year, or when you start using a new medicine. Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children and away from pets. For more information 910-893-7550.


 
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