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.

Maintaining Oral Health: The Gateway to Overall Health for the Mature Population
Thursday, September 22
1:30 pm
The Gathering Place

Periodontal disease and other oral health problems become more common with age, and the longer you wait to take care of an oral problem, the more extensive—and expensive—it gets. Join Karen Tiwana, DDS, as she illuminates important aspects of oral care and modes of current treatment. A member of the Chatham County Dental Society and with a background in clinical practice and education at the UNC School of Dentistry, Dr. Tiwana practices family and cosmetic dentistry in Pittsboro.

Interested in Learning About Telehealth?
Thursday, October 6
1 – 2:30 pm
Fearrington Cares Center
Call 919-542-6877 or send an email to preregister by October 1

Being the “manager” of your own health care can be confusing. Learn how to incorporate telehealth into your health care plan by joining us for this discussion with UNC Healthcare experts.

Telehealth, virtual care, and digital health care can be more convenient for you than driving across town for care and sitting in a waiting room, especially given the ongoing pandemic and the shortage of health care providers.

You’ll learn how patient portals work and how to interact virtually with a health care system. Bring your questions! Fearrington Cares volunteers will be available on an ongoing basis as you begin to use virtual health care services.

Connections Between Nutrition, Hydration, Brain Health, and Well Being
Thursday, October 13
7 pm
The Gathering Place

Ever wondered how a healthy diet and good hydration affect your brain health? Concerned about a loved one’s ability to stay well-nourished? Are you the primary caregiver for a parent or spouse with Parkinson’s, dementia, or other chronic conditions?

Join us for a conversation with Serena Wong, DO, Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at the Duke University School of Medicine and her colleague, Elizabeth Brown, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist at Duke Regional Hospital.

Dr. Wong is interested strives to help patients and families make informed decisions about every aspect of care, considering their personal preferences and priorities. She and Ms. Brown have partnered for years to educate patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals and to improve the nutrition and hydration of older adults.

The Physical Health and Mental Benefits of Pickleball
Thursday, October 27
1:30 pm
The Gathering Place

Art Gonzales, a 76-year-old resident of Fearrington Village, has been enjoying pickleball for the last six years. Along with others, he’s responsible for increasing the pickleball membership in Fearrington to more than 100 residents.

Art will help us appreciate the benefits of pickleball through videos, presentation of published articles, and hands-on experience. His topics will include the growth of the sport in the over-50 age group; physical and mental health benefits; and how pickleball compares to other sports including tennis, ping pong, and racquet ball.

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: 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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