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 …

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 …

Go the Distance with The Center

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On Father’s Day the Center for Volunteer Caregiving will be participating in the Charity Distance Festival! Will you go the distance with us?  Please join us on Sunday June 18 from 8 – 11 a.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park to run, walk, or stroll in support of the Center for Volunteer Caregiving with your friends and family. So, pick your distance – …

The Center is Celebrating 25 Years: Remembering John M. Meares, Sr.

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The earliest recorded meeting for The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, formerly known as Wake Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, was held on May 6, 1992 at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. It was a “Dutch” luncheon that cost participants $2.75. The agenda items included reviewing materials for submitting a grant proposal that John Meares brought to the group. It was part of …

Lessons from Caregiver Academy: How to Manage Conflict

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The Center’s Caregiver Academy participants finished their course last week and are already seeing results. Being a Caregiver involves many challenges that require mastering new skills. The biggest challenge is learning to take care of yourself and not trying to do it all. These are two of the reasons The Center offers Caregiver Academy that is based on “Powerful Tools …

Friday Feature: Helping Others Helps Our Community

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Helping older adults live safely and with dignity helps our community. That’s why for the last two years, The Center has been excited about the Cary Chamber’s Day of Service. This year, several businesses adopted six of our Care Receivers and provided them with services including raking, cleaning and yard waste removal. “I spent the morning doing some house work …