Education Programs

The Fearrington Cares Education Committee presents programs each month from September through June. Special programs are held throughout the year.

Lectures cover a wide variety of health-related topics, such as hypertension, macular degeneration, healthful cooking, exercise, long-term care insurance, hospice, and diabetes.

Occasionally we sponsor a Lunch and Learn or a one-time seminar on a particular topic of interest.

If programs are on Zoom, please join the conversation ten minutes before the starting time and please mute your audio.

Please check your class location carefully and observe our COVID safety protocols at the Fearrington Cares Center.

It Takes a Village: Share Your Ideas on Our Education Programs
Thursday, February 9
7 pm
The Gathering Place

Join us for a conversation about what Fearrington Cares education programs have been the most helpful to you, which have not, and what other programs you’d like us to develop. Please wear a mask for this event. If you’re not comfortable attending an in-person event, send your thoughts to Terry Lucas, Vice President of the Fearrington Cares Board of Directors and head of the Fearrington Cares Education Committee.

Updates on Hearing Technology
Thursday, February 23
1:30 pm
The Gathering Place or via Zoom

Hearing loss is gaining widespread attention. Treating hearing loss in middle adulthood can help prevent cognitive decline later in life.

This presentation by Caitlin Whitson, AuD, clinical audiologist and clinic manager at the UNC Hearing and Communication Center. Dr. Whitson will review prescription based and over-the-counter hearing aids and other technology to improve hearing.

Join us either in person or from the comfort of your home via Zoom.

Important Update:
Emergency Preparedness Work Group

The Fearrington Cares Education Committee presented two educational sessions this past February and March which focused on emergency preparedness. Those sessions, led by resident Steve Krasnow, addressed both personal and community responses to emergencies that Village residents could experience.

Following those sessions, a work group met to discuss the potential role of Fearrington Cares in helping residents to be better prepared for emergencies. It was decided at the first meeting that it was important to gauge residents’ knowledge of existing resources and their desire for an emergency kit. A questionnaire was developed to address those two topics, and residents were canvassed in person at various events during the months of April, May, and June.

Of the 52 residents who responded, nearly nine out of ten do not have a written emergency plan for communication that is reviewed annually for relevance or changes. Almost the same number do not have a “grab & go bag” with important medical and close contacts information and necessary items for evacuation or emergency hospitalization. Only a little more than half of the respondents have read the Emergency Preparedness Guide in the FHA Directory.

At its June meeting, the group identified these useful resources for emergency kits to help residents be more aware and prepared for emergencies:

www.ready.gov/kit
www.fema.gov/blog/10-items-include-your-emergency-kit
www.redcross.org/store/preparedness
www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for emergencies/types-of-emergencies.html

The Education Committee will share its results with the FHA Health, Safety, and Security Committee. Questions? Contact Terry Lucas.



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