Harnett County, North Carolina
Department on Aging 

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, minor home repair, 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
Flu Season is Around the Corner-Get your Flu Shot

Shorter days and cooler evenings mean it's fall and often the time to get your annual flu shot. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that infects the nose, throat, and lungs and can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. The single best way to prevent the flu is for everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine this season. The Health Department will be providing flu shots starting Monday, September 29, 2014, on a walk-in basis Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm until 4:00pm. The Health Department accepts Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, and Medcost. Please bring your insurance card and photo ID. The cost of the flu shot is $40.00 for those without health insurance. For more information, contact the Health Department at 910-893-7550.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15th and ends on December 07th, 2014. 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, 2015. 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 2015, call our office for an appointment, 910-893-7578.

3rd Annual Family Caregiver Holiday Craft Fair
The Harnett County Family Caregiver Support Program will be hosting the 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Governmental Complex, Commons Area. If you would like to be a vendor at this event, please call Latorius Adams at 910-814-6075 to receive a registration form. Please feel free to share this information with others who may want to participate as well. For more information click on the title.

“Harnett County RSVP SHIIP Volunteers win NC Statewide 2014 Medicare County of the Year Award”

Recently the Harnett County Division on Aging SHIIP Program was presented with the 2014 NC SHIIP Statewide County of the Year for Medicare counseling by the NC Department of Insurance.Volunteers and staff are left to right, Golda Bailey, Patsy Avery, and Georgia Lee Brown. Back row, Jihye Shin, Nicole Kirk, Vicky Walden, LeAnn Blackmon, Barbara Pope and Nancy Wright. Medicare Open Enrollment for 2014 begins October 15th and runs through December 7th of this year. If you would like to call and make an appointment to have your prescription drug plan checked, call our office at (910) 893-7578.

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.