COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities: Would you like to share your skills and gifts with older adults in Orange County. Leaders from Orange County’s Department on Aging and UNC’s Partnerships in Aging have created a list to match volunteers with the needs and changing circumstances of individuals and organizations that serve older adults. To volunteer, please add your name to the COVID-19 Volunteer List.
Emergency Plan & Serious Illness Plan: When we make health decisions ahead of time and put those wishes in writing, we bring peace of mind to our families and to ourselves. The Project EngAGE End of Life Choices Senior Resource Team has created a document to aid in beginning your process for emergency planning during this COVID-19 health crisis. This form is not intended to be or to replace your advanced directives document, but is to be used as a tool to provide additional information for quick access should you need it. Access the form here.
Grocery Delivery Service: If you are in need of grocery delivery, or if you know an older adult who would benefit from this service, Volunteer Connect 55+ is now offering this resource. To register for this program, complete the online request form or contact the Aging Helpline at 919-968-2087. This service is being offered to Orange County residents age 60 and over. Ordering requirements apply.
Seymour Tech Remote Learning: We are offering FREE remote technology courses via Zoom. Find the schedule and sign up for these remote learning courses at www.seymourtechcenter.org. Find the course you want and simply click to enroll for each class.
Supplemental Food Box Program: A FREE monthly Commodity Supplemental Food Program food box is available for qualifying for Orange County residents, age 60 and over who meet income requirements. Contact us for information or to apply
Tax Assistance - Virtual Services: The Orange County VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program) has transitioned to a Virtual Service providing assistance with 2019 tax returns for some taxpayers. The tax filing deadline for both Federal and NC State returns has been delayed to July 15, 2020. To learn more visit our VITA website.
Telephone Reassurance: As we continue to enforce social distancing, and social gatherings aren’t possible, we want to make sure you’re doing okay. Would you like a daily phone call just to check on you? We are actively enrolling new Orange County adults age 55 and over. If interested, contact us today!
Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED): A little Known End of Life Option
As modern technology prolongs our lives, a life well-lived can often end with a long and painful struggle. Increasingly there are choices available about end-of-life options that afford greater personal control over the time and manner of death. A “good death” is more likely when medical practitioners and those supporting the dying person are more informed about these options.
The Project EngAGE End of Life Choices Senior Resource Team proudly hosts Elliott and Susan Schaffer for a discussion of the medical, ethical and legal issues involving VSED, Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking. They will share with us the end of life story of Susan’s mother, Beatrice Belopolsky, a resident of a retirement community in New Jersey.
- Elliott Schaffer, MD, retired geriatrician and former Medical Director at Martins Run Life Care Community in Media, Pa.
- Susan Schaffer, JD, retired attorney and former Senior Counsel at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.
The event will take place on Thur., Sept 22, from 4 – 5:15 pm via a virtual platform. The room will accept entry beginning at 3:45 pm to assist with any questions or issues with using the platform prior to the start of the program.
Information for joining the discussion:
VSED (Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking) Tue, Sep 22, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
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For information please contact Shenae McPherson. If technology assistance is needed, contact Shenae at 919-245-4243 by Thursday, Sept 17.
Voting Safely in the 2020 Election
Make sure you make your voice heard and your vote count in the 2020 election! Watch the presentation recorded on Thur., Aug. 13, to hear a presentation from You Can Vote about how to safely vote this fall. The presentation will cover how to vote by mail, including the new rules about how to complete the absentee ballot request form and how to complete the absentee ballot.
Information is provided on how to find your sample ballot, check your voter registration, and tools to share with all eligible voters to successfully vote on November 3, 2020. You Can Vote is a nonpartisan voting rights group that works to educate and empower voters each year.
Watch, Voting Safely in the 2020 Election: https://youtu.be/l7aiFZi36m4
The Orange County Department on Aging can connect you with a variety of volunteer opportunities through our Volunteer Connect 55+ Volunteer Program. You can become a community resource leader through our Project EngAGE 13-week senior leadership program, assist with tax preparation through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program), provide Medicare counseling through SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance and Information Program), help teach computer classes at The Seymour Technology Center, and so much more!
Volunteer Connect 55+ (VC 55+) is a program of the Orange County Department on Aging to enrich the lives of people 55+ in Orange County by connecting them to meaningful volunteer experiences in the community.
Handy Helpers is a volunteer based minor home repair program through the Orange County Department on Aging. Repairs and ramps are completed to code by volunteers, often older adults, throughout Orange County.
Project EngAGE is 13-week senior leadership program, whose mission is to recruit and train Orange County older adults to become community resource leaders, and to ultimately make their communities ideal places to age.