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 …

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, …

The Two Sides of Volunteering

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Life often takes us on a roller-coaster. I was caring for my father in 2006, while working, plus going to school full-time. I had no idea how physically taxing all this would be. It took a toll on my emotional and mental health. I was alone in caring for my Dad, as family did not live in the area. Although …

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 …

Unexpected Benefits

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Do you know what color chicken lays green eggs? The answer is just one of the many unexpected things that came when Marge was matched last fall with a volunteer named Jade. Marge is 73 and has lived in the same home for more than 25 years. She raised a family in the home and was the primary caregiver for …

Help End the Summer Slump

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Summer time is especially harsh on the volunteer force at The Center for Volunteer Caregiving. Volunteers are taking on extra activities or going on extended vacations. This can leave a large gap – called a summer slump – on our volunteer teams. There are several people waiting for a volunteer including 76-year-old Annie, pictured above. Annie’s story is remarkable. Four …

Celebrating Older Americans

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Guest blogger: Elena Muller, pictured above with a Care Receiver, is one of The Center’s guest bloggers. Elena has been a volunteer with The Center for Volunteer Caregiving since 2013, She has helped several Care Receivers and most recently began helping with Prelude Respite, a no-fee program designed for Caregivers. Older. Americans. Month. Three separate words but when combined they …