Aging. Well Crafted.

Hickory, North Carolina is an exceptional place in which to spend your retirement. Hickory is a vibrant city with many active seniors, and many things for those seniors to do. In addition to a peaceful environment with natural beauty and plenty of shopping and community activities, you’ll find many organizations dedicated to improving these years. These organizations and the people who run them are dedicated to bringing more ease and a better sense of community into your life.

SIRSenior Information Resources (SIR): SIR is the Unifour’s newest educational resource for seniors, their families, and their caregivers. In collaboration with the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and the Western Piedmont Council of Government’s Area Agency on Aging, SIR has successfully grown into a 100+ member organization in less than two years! Their mission is to enhance the lives of seniors by providing a comprehensive and collaborative point of contact, focusing on education, resources, and programs for seniors, their families, and their caregivers.

SIR was founded with 3 main purposes:

  1. To provide educational and resource information to seniors, their families, and their caregivers.
  2. To offer a venue for networking and educational opportunities for providers of services for seniors, and
  3. To facilitate collaboration, and avoid duplication, of planning and outreach efforts for seniors in the Unifour Area.

SIR also hosts an annual Prime of Life Expo in August and releases a yearly magazine for area seniors.

 

LogoColorNoTextACAPcommunity: ACAPcommunity is a unique program developed for adult children who have become caregivers for their parents. Their mission is to support adult-child caregivers as they care for our aging parents and for themselves. ACAP offers a variety of supports including face-to-face educational programs presented by experts, podcasts and other web-based resources. ACAPcommunity provides information, resources, support and community for those caring for a loved one.  Although designed specifically for adult-children caring for aging parents, ACAPcommunity programs are open to all who are interested.

This program has been so successful  that new chapters are opening around the country.  ACAP community offers a monthly program and support group for adult children caregivers, and a monthly podcast as well.  You can listen to the podcasts here: http://themesh.tv/caregiver-community/

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 11.07.55 AMThe Western Piedmont Area Agency on Aging (AAA): AAA offers many services to our aging population, including :

  • Information for Older Adults & Families
  • Regional Planning for Aging Services
  • Program and Resource Development
  • Funds Administration & Quality Assurance
  • Advocacy Training & Assistance
  • Resource Directory for Older Adults
  • Video and Publications Library
  • Operation Fan/Heat Relief
  • Reverse Mortgage Counseling
  • Senior Tar Heel Legislature Support
  • Presentations on Aging Issues
  • Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
  • Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Sponsorship of the Unifour Senior Games and SilverArts
  • Technical Assistance to Agencies Serving Older Adults
  • County Aging Plans

Senior Outreach at the Hickory City Libraries:  Hickory Public Library offers a city-wide senior outreach program that provides library materials to senior independent and assisted living facilities, nursing homes and homebound individuals. Tamara Faulker, Senior Outreach Coordinator, visits the library’s outreach customers on a regular basis and delivers library materials, and presents programs for seniors in-house and in the community. She works with community agencies who serve seniors to provide high quality library services to homebound and special needs older adults. Tamara also promote library services to the community through speaking engagements, health fairs, social media, and print and radio outlets.

The City of Hickory’s Parks and Recreation Department is also quite helpful for seniors. Housed at the Westmont Senior Center, the program offers many activities for seniors, including shopping trips, lunches, and the Unifour Senior Games. Please contact Lauren Townson at ltownson@hickorync.gov or 828-324-1200 for more details about the shopping trips or lunches.

The Unifour Senior Games: Unifour Senior Games is sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games and is part of a statewide network of 53 Local Games. The Local Games are held annually to qualify participants for State Finals. The games include both arts and athletics.

NCSG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and education for adults 50 years of age and better, and is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.

 

The Catawba Coalition on Aging is conducting a comprehensive planning process to help older adults live wise and age well. If you live, work, or care for someone who lives in Catawba County, we would appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. You may complete this survey online at www.wpcogaaa.org  or you may complete this paper copy (attached) and mail in your survey. The information is confidential and will be very helpful as we update the Aging Plan for Catawba County. The survey will be available through the end of September.