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
Fall Prevention Awareness Week September 22nd - 28th

Fall Prevention Awareness Week is observed September 22-28, 2016. This year’s slogan is “Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016.” Each year, millions of adults aged 65 and older fall. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable. For more information on fall prevention, click on the title


Senior Fun & Fitness Day

Come join us for the Senior Fun & Fitness Day (50 & older) on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Al Woodall Municipal Park in Erwin. This event will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. plan to join us to learn some new games , find some easy ways to stay fit, learn more about Senior Games, and have a good time. For more information or to register call Vicky Walden at 910-814-6075 by September 27th. Click on the title for more information.


Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15th and ends on December 7th, 2016. This is the time of year where Medicare beneficiaries and family members can have their prescription drug plans reviewed, enroll into a plan or change plans for the new year, 2017. Medicare counselors are on hand Monday through Friday to offer assistance to beneficiaries in selecting drug plans and make changes to their drug plans. Assistance is also available for persons who are low income and having trouble affording their medicines with Medicare through the Low Income Subsidy program. Counselors will be available to assist in enrolling into this program. If you or someone you know would like to have your drug plan checked for 2017, call our office for an appointment, 910-893-7578.


Roll up your sleeves---Its time for flu shots

Getting a flu shot is easy and it is the first and most important step you can take in protecting yourself and your family from the flu. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. By getting a flu vaccine now for yourself and your entire family, you can help prevent flu-related illness, missed school, and missed work. The Health Department provides flu shots each Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-11:00a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. for children and adults. Some adults and children may qualify to receive the flu shot at no cost. Residents are encouraged to bring all insurance information including Medicare and Medicaid. For more information, regarding flu shot schedules call the Health Department at 910-893-7550 or click on the title.


Harnett County Caregivers Summit

Introducing the Caregivers Summit in Harnett County on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. This will be a full day conference that will provide education and support to caregivers. The conference will be held at Campbell University, Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences Building from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. $10 caregiver or $50 professional (4 CEUs available) registration includes lunch and choice of sessions. For more information call 919-719-6772. Click on the title for more information.


911 Day of Service and Remembrance

2016 Day of Service and Remembrance. Click on the title for more information.


Dispose of Unused or Expired Medicines

Get a head start on spring cleaning – take your unused, unwanted, or expired medications to a Medicine Drop box locations in your community, during National Poison Prevention week which is recognized from March 20-26, 2016. Public Health officials with the Health Department, Healthy Harnett and the Child Fatality Prevention Team are working to use this month to raise awareness about the important safety issues of the safe storage and disposal of prescription medicines.


2015 State of the County Health Report

The 2015 State of the County Health Report focuses on the health factors for Harnett County communities. This report provides a look at what has been affecting the health of the community in order to move forward and make healthy effective and safe changes for all. This report provides a snapshot of how Harnett County compares with the state across a variety of health objectives. In addition, this report focuses on progress made for various health indicators, a review of mortality and morbidity data, a review of health concerns selected as priorities and other changes that affect health concerns. To view the report, click on the title.


LawHelpNC

Understand your legal issue, solve your problem. This website provides information and links about your legal rights, the law, the courts, legal forms and more. Matters such as family and juvenile, housing, consumer, goverment benefits, veterans and millitary, work and jobs. Click on the title for more information.


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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