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 …

Prelude Respite

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Prelude 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. Caregivers tell us it’s their favorite activity of the month! Enroll in Prelude Respite by calling …

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 …

How to Safely Use a Walker

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If you happened to have driven past the Five Points Center for Active Adults in Raleigh last week, you may have noticed a smiling crowd gathered in the parking lot, eagerly watching as Jenny Womack, Clinical Associate Professor for UNC’s Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, demonstrated and offered advice on the best ways help those who use assisted …

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 …

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, …

Celebrating Outstanding Volunteers

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Outstanding volunteers and a community partner were recognized at The Center for Volunteer Caregiving’s annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon held on April 25 at SearStone Retirement Community in Cary. “Since we opened our doors 25 years ago, our volunteers’ compassion and generosity have made our mission possible,” said Lynn Templeton, Executive Director for The Center. The Center Staff recognized the following …