By Bob Cleveland
Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging (PTRC AAA) is excited to participate in Home for the Holidays, a national campaign led by USAging and the Eldercare Locator. Launched every year during the holiday season, Home for the Holidays is intended to help families and friends discuss difficult topics with their loved ones.
A new consumer brochure is the centerpiece of this year’s campaign, Healthy Aging in a Pandemic World: What Older Adults and Caregivers Need to Know Now. The brochure focuses on supporting older adults and caregivers as they navigate healthy living during a pandemic and assess the impacts of the pandemic on their health and well-being.
“After nearly two years of living with COVID-19, the older adults we serve could benefit from checking-up on healthy aging habits. The programs and services we offer meet this critical need,” said Adrienne Calhoun, AAA director. “By providing connections to services that help older adults age well at home, PTRC AAA is a starting point for those who are looking to emerge from the pandemic but are unsure of where to start, safely.”
PTRC AAA can help you connect with services such as meals, transportation, in-home help, adult day services, Age Well classes, in-home vaccinations for homebound individuals, and other information on available services and support.
In addition, if you have questions or concerns about care for loved ones living in nursing homes, assisted living, or family care homes, PTRC AAA has specialized staff to assist you. Services are also available to help family caregivers with their caregiving role. These include: respite care to help caregivers obtain a break in their caregiving, support groups, Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes that equip caregivers, and other assistance.
Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging (PTRC AAA) serves adults age 60+ and their caregivers in the counties of Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin. PTRC AAA works with a network of agencies to help people remain in their communities and be allowed to live their lives with dignity and independence in the setting of their choosing. For more information, visit www.ptrc.org.
Bob Cleveland has over 30 years of experience in the field of aging. Currently, he serves as an Aging Program Planner with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging (PTRC AAA), whose mission is to improve the lives of older adults in our community through creative regional solutions. He works with county aging planning committees that allocate funding for services for older adults and their caregivers.