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Chatham County Seeking Alternate to NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature


A follow-up to our July 05, 2018 News item on this policy advising group.

The Chatham County Council on Aging seeks someone to serve as an alternate representative to the NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL), which provides a united voice for older residents on important state policy and funding issues. The deadline to express interest is January 28, 2019.

After serving as Chatham County’s delegate to the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) for many years, Dr. Anne Kissel resigned effective January 1, 2019. In reflecting on her service, Kissel shared that “the NC STHL is a valuable organization which serves as a consistent voice for the needs, rights, and interests of our state’s older population, particularly its most vulnerable elders.”

Ed Regan, who had been serving as alternate to the STHL, has been appointed as a delegate. Regan brings to this volunteer position extensive experience in human services and intergovernmental relations. Among his many volunteer roles, he is a counselor for the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).

With Regan’s appointment as STHL delegate, there is now an opportunity for appointment of an alternate. The alternate will also serve as one of Chatham’s representatives to the Regional Aging Advisory Council of the Triangle J Council of Governments.

What is the NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature?

The North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in July 1993 to:

  • Provide information to seniors on the legislative process and matters being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly;
  • Promote citizen involvement and advocacy concerning aging issues before the North Carolina General Assembly; and
  • Assess the legislative needs of older citizens by convening a forum modeled after the North Carolina General Assembly.

Each of North Carolina’s 100 North Carolina counties is entitled to one delegate, and most counties also have an alternate delegate. Delegates and alternates must be age 60 or older. The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services provides staff support for the Senior Tar Heel Legislature in cooperation with the 16 Area Agencies on Aging, which are responsible for conducting the selection of delegates and alternates. In the case of Chatham, the Area Agency on Aging at the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) appoints the STHL delegate and alternate.

The Senior Tar Heel Legislature, which celebrated its 25th year of advocacy in October, meets three times a year, usually in Raleigh. To get a sense of the issues they consider, see http://www.ncseniortarheellegislature.org/.

The Regional Aging Advisory Council holds a luncheon meeting every other month at the TJCOG office in the Research Triangle Park (near the Sheraton Imperial).

Who to Contact?

By January 28, persons who would like to be considered for the STHL alternate position may contact Mary Warren, the Area Agency on Aging Director, at 919-558-9398,mwarren@tjcog.org, or Dennis Streets, director of the Chatham County Council on Aging, at 919-542-4512, dennis.streets@chathamcoa.org.

Chatham County Seeking Alternate to NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature 2019-01-04T21:57:35+00:00

When It Comes to Exercise, Every Movement Counts

When It Comes to Exercise, Every Movement Counts

For many, the phrase physical activity conjures sweaty runs or powerlifting sessions at the gym. But the latest federal guidelines support a much broader definition of what it means to be active: one that includes less obvious pursuits like taking the stairs, raking leaves and even bird-watching.

This article was curated and recommended by Carol Kurtz.

When It Comes to Exercise, Every Movement Counts 2018-12-12T00:31:16+00:00

A Service Provided FREE by Fearrington Cares Volunteers Along a Great Deal More!

Retirees are making friends – and money – with this new handyman service created by millennials

Last year, Gerstenzang co-founded Umbrella, a service that helps older adults stay in their homes by connecting them to a vetted group of mostly retired handy-people who help them with chores that can become more difficult with age. Umbrella’s part-time workforce ranges from age 25 to 72, while customers range from age 65 to 98.

A Service Provided FREE by Fearrington Cares Volunteers Along a Great Deal More! 2018-12-06T22:12:29+00:00

You Snooze, You Lose: How Insurers Dodge The Costs Of Popular Sleep Apnea Devices

You Snooze, You Lose: How Insurers Dodge The Costs Of Popular Sleep Apnea Devices

Last March, Tony Schmidt discovered something unsettling about the machine that helps him breathe at night. Without his knowledge, it was spying on him. From his bedside, the device was tracking when he was using it and sending the information not just to his doctor, but to the maker of the machine, to the medical supply company that provided it and to his health insurer.

You Snooze, You Lose: How Insurers Dodge The Costs Of Popular Sleep Apnea Devices 2018-11-21T16:44:46+00:00

Chatham County Library Announces Free Computer Classes for November & December

Chatham Community Library is offering a series of free computer classes in November and December. The names, dates and times of the classes are listed below. You can find a full description, including topics covered and prerequisites for attending, by clicking on the class name.

Drop-in Computer Assistance November 14Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM 

Intro to Facebook November 15Thursday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Microsoft Excel Basics, Part 1 December 4Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Microsoft Excel Basics, Part 2 December 11Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Drop-in Computer Assistance  December 12Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

The Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (November 14 and December 12) do not require registration. For all other classes, space is limited and you must register in advance if you wish to attend.  Register online by clicking here. For more information, call 919-545-8086 or email reference@chathamlibraries.org.

All classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.

Chatham County Library Announces Free Computer Classes for November & December 2018-10-31T20:27:30+00:00
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