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 Nutriton Program, Community, Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP), Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA), Medicare Counseling through the SHIIP Program, and others.

Important Announcements
Vision Van: Free Vision Screenings

The Lillington Lions Club, will be providing free vision screenings on March 6, 2015 from 9:00a.m until 3:00pm at the Governmental Complex located at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. This is a walk-in screening and no appointment is needed. For more information click on the title or log onto www.lillingtonlions.com.


Medicine Safety Session

Medicine safety session will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:150 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Erwin Nutrition Site located 110 West F Street, in Erwin. 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.


Dementia/Alzheimer's Caregiver Seminar

The Angier Rotary Club will be hosting a Dementia/Alzheimer's Caregiver Seminar. The event will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm at the Angier United Methodist Church, 278 S Wilma St, Angier NC. There will be an interactive discussion, information, and resources. For more information call Angie Ceroli at 919-656-0963.


Harnett County Needs Volunteers!

The Harnett County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP is need of volunteers willing to serve across Harnett County. The RSVP program started February 01, 1973 to assist residents aged 55 and older with volunteer opportunities throughout Harnett County. The program currently has 277 ‘active’ volunteers providing service to 28 volunteer sites.

Registered volunteers through the RSVP Program have available to them accidental insurance free of charge. Volunteers are honored and recognized for their service to the RSVP Program during the year as well.

Among the volunteer sites are the Courthouse where volunteers serve at the information desk and through Veteran’s Treatment Court as mentors; Harnett Health Systems where volunteers sit at registration desks, serve in the gift shop and with making toys for children that come in through the emergency room; Harnett County Schools where volunteers serve as tutors, proctors, in the library and the offices. Volunteers serve at senior centers, churches, thrift stores, Meals on Wheels Programs and at local libraries and museums in Harnett County too.

LeAnn B. Blackmon is the Director for the Harnett County RSVP Program through the Harnett County Division on Aging. Mrs. Blackmon says that she has volunteer opportunities available for persons with an interest in serving the needs of their communities throughout Harnett County.

“Currently we need volunteers for the Harnett Literacy Program, Habitat for Humanity, Veteran’s Treatment Court, the Harnett County Tax Assistance Program, and delivering with the Meals on Wheels Program.” Please call Mrs. Blackmon at (910) 893-7578 if you are interested in becoming an RSVP Volunteer or for more information about volunteer opportunities in Harnett County.


Lillington Community Blood Drive

The Lillington Community Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The Blood Drive will be held in the Commons Room across from the Department on Aging. The Lillington Community Blood Drive is sponsored by Harnett County DSS, Public Health, & RSVP. Please call 910-893-7579 to schedule your appointment.


Senior Games

The 29th Annual Mid-Carolina Senior Games will be held April 15 - May 4, 2015. Registration fee: Early Bird (by March 4): $10.00; Late Entry (March 27):$11.00- for residents of Cumberland, Harnett, and Sampson Counties. Out-of-County residents: $15.00. To register for this event or for more information please contact Vicky Walden with the Harnett County Division on Aging at 910-814-6072.


The Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick

Flu season in the United States has begun and about half the country is experiencing high levels of flu activity. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. For more information click on the link to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.


Harnett County Tax Assistance for Elderly and Disabled

Tax assistance services will be available for the elderly and disabled starting January 29, 2015 through April 10, 2015. This program is sponsored by the NC Economic Assistance Center under a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) grant, the Campbell University School of Business, and the Harnett County Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Services will be available in Lillington, Erwin, Coats, Smithfield, and Clinton. For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Division on Aging at (910) 893-7578. For more information click on the title.


Support Your Grandkids' Health and Safety

Aging well benefits not only you, but also the people you love. Take steps to live a long and healthy life and guide your grandchildren’s health and safety. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.


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.