Family Bonds Evolve Through Volunteering

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Volunteers who help those in need through The Center for Volunteer Caregiving quickly feel like family. Last year, volunteers in Wake County drove more than 41,000 miles taking seniors and adults with disabilities to the doctor, grocery store and on other essential errands. The bonds on those trips grow. Other volunteer opportunities include friendly visiting, caregiver respite and group projects. …

Lynn Templeton Announces Retirement from The Center for Volunteer Caregiving

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After 12 years of service, Executive Director Lynn Templeton will retire effective December 31, 2017. “Lynn has overseen many accomplishments for The Center including doubling the budget, strengthening infrastructure and growing the number of volunteers serving,” said Charles Crutchfield, Chairman of The Center’s Board of Directors. Lynn said one of her most important accomplishments was being awarded the GSK Community …

Caregiver feature: Nick and Adele

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Nick and Adele were enjoying life as parents of teenage girls when they started noticing changes. Adele was teaching school and Nick worked at IBM. Nick was only 53 years old when doctors diagnosed him with a form of dementia that strikes early and causes progressive changes in personality, language and judgment. Family could see that the Nick they knew …

Prelude Respite

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Prelude Group Respite is held the third Tuesday of the month from 1 – 4:30 p.m. This free service is offered to Caregivers of seniors with dementia and makes it possible for them to take a break while their family member participates in meaningful activities with their peers. Participants enjoy playing games, music, crafts and some holiday-inspired activities. Caregivers tell us it’s …

Friday Feature: Emily’s Story

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The fear of falling keeps many older adults from experiencing life to its fullest. Many seniors need to use a cane or walker to steady their steps. Unfortunately, a walker can feel like a barrier between the frail, elderly and their loved ones. Emily hopes that knee surgery will make it possible to walk across the room without a walker. …

Communication Tips for Caregivers

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Caregiving involves many challenges, some of these require learning new skills. Being flexible and trying new things can help. Caregivers may need to develop new ways to relate to a family member if his or her ability to communicate or remember things is impaired by an illness such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. During a recent Caregiver Academy retreat, Lou Paules, …

Reducing Risk of Falls, One Home at a Time

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The Center for Volunteer Caregiving and Meredith College students are teaming up to reduce older adults’ risk of falls through safety modifications and in-home exercise programs. Funded through a Council of Independent Colleges grant, the students will have the opportunity to form meaningful connections with seniors. “CIC hopes that this pilot project will serve as a first step toward the …

Caregiver Academy

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The Caregiver Academy features Powerful Tools for Caregivers. This self-care education program for family caregivers provides you with tools and strategies to better handle the unique caregiver challenges you face. The Caregiver Academy planned for the fall is postponed. For more information or to register, contact Renee Myatt or call 919-460-0567. About the Caregiver Academy Classes are conducted by professionals from …

Providing Hope in Southern Wake County

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Thanks to the M. Jack and Dorothy S. Stephens Fund of Triangle Community Foundation, The Center is able to offer more programs to address the needs of disadvantaged people in the communities of southern Wake County. The Center engages volunteers to provide escorted and door-through-the-door transportation, assistance with errands, light housekeeping and yard work, friendly visits, telephone assurance, and Alzheimer’s …