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Karen Metzguer, Executive Director and Nurse Awarded Certificate of Appreciation

The Fearrington Cares Board of Directors awarded Karen Metzguer a formal Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of her outstanding and remarkably dedicated service to Fearrington Cares and the many village residents served by Fearrington Cares and our several hundred dedicated volunteers.

Karen has been a practicing nurse continuously since 1976 and is a retired Professor of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine, who spent 35 years working in infant mortality reduction at the local, state and national level. She worked as a Red Cross Disaster Nurse from 1995-2002 and assisted in emergency operations across NC, in VA, PA and at the Pentagon, September 11, 2001. She is also experienced as a Hospice Nurse, a Geriatric Care Manager and is currently the Nurse and Executive Director of Fearrington Cares.

This award was presented to Karen at the May 13, 2019 meeting of the Board of Directors and coincided with the recent 2019 Annual National Nurses Week sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA).

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The ANA theme this year is honoring America’s 4 million registered nurses and members of our nation’s most-trusted profession.

We hope you will join us in recognizing the invaluable contributions Karen adds daily to the lives of many Fearrington residents of all ages, as well as the contributions nurses in other communities and facilities make where they serve.

Thank you, Karen!

Karen Metzguer, Executive Director and Nurse Awarded Certificate of Appreciation 2019-05-15T21:12:45-04:00

Free Seminar Raises Awareness About Scams & Fraudulent Schemes Targeting Seniors

Event Also Recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Each year North Carolina recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Month from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Increasing awareness of one of the most vulnerable populations is now more important than ever. The Adult Services Division of Chatham County Social Services Services, Cooperative Extension and the Council on Aging and NC Cooperative Extension jointly host a free event on the dangers of scams to bring awareness of elder abuse to you and your loved ones.

The seminar will be held on Thursday, May 30, 9:30 AM to Noon at the Council on Aging;-Western Senior Center at 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City. [MAP]

The program will include such topics scams and fraudulent schemes through the internet, sweepstakes, lotteries, home repairs, phone and telemarketing scams, reverse mortgages and Medicare fraud. Presenters include Hugh Harris with NC Department of Justice, Stephanie Bias with NC Department of Insurance, and the Chatham County Council on Aging.

Free Seminar Raises Awareness About Scams & Fraudulent Schemes Targeting Seniors 2019-05-06T13:26:04-04:00

Alternative to Throwing Away Unwanted CURRENT Unused Rx Medications

[Contributed by Elizabeth Krijgsman] You may not know of the Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy [CCCP]  in Siler City, but it is a wonderful place to donate medical items you no longer want or need. CCCP is a non-profit community-based organization committed to reducing health disparities by providing access to quality pharmacy services to the low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of Chatham County.

They accept new and gently used medical equipment and supplies of all kinds, such as waterproof or disposable bed pads, adult underwear, urinals, disposable gloves, compression socks, bed risers—anything you can buy at the drugstore or medical supply store.

  • They accept personal care items: soap, shampoo, body lotion, deodorant, etc.
  • They accept unopened OTC [over-the-counter] medications of all kinds, and if only a tiny bit of the tube has been used, or most of the pills are still in the blister pack, they accept those too.
  • And they also accept ALL CURRENT prescription medications (except opiates and other controlled substances), even if they have been opened! If you have two pills left in the bottle or the blister pack, that’s two more than they have now. Their licensed pharmacists will take your leftovers and add them to other leftovers to make up a supply for our less-fortunate neighbors right here in Chatham County.

Instead of turning these (sometimes very expensive) items into the pharmacy or the police for destruction, please consider taking them to the CCCP. They are doing wonderful work, and they will be so grateful. For questions, office hours, and location.

IMPORTANT: note that by state law, the prescription drugs must be personally delivered to the pharmacy by the person whose name is on the prescription. They cannot accept prescriptions medicines brought in by anyone on behalf of someone else.

Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy

127 E Raleigh St, Siler City, NC 27344

Phone: (919) 663-0177

You are no doubt thinking, Siler City?? What a lot of trouble! But Siler City is no farther than Southpoint or Costco, and the drive is prettier, with less traffic.

  • The DMV office in Siler City is more accessible and less busy than the one in Carrboro. Combine your license renewal or application for official government REAL ID drivers license with a trip to the CCCP.
  • Siler City also has a full-service post office with lot parking, very near a used book store: Paperbacks Plus, 208 E. Raleigh Street, 919-742-4033.
  • Ask a friend or two to go with you, and make it a road trip. Stop for lunch in Pittsboro on your way home—or go exploring and find a place to eat in Siler City!
Alternative to Throwing Away Unwanted CURRENT Unused Rx Medications 2019-05-03T21:47:58-04:00

Fearrington Cares Activities Day! Monday, May 20, 2019

#1 Free Swim Party 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Swim and Croquet Club

Fearrington Cares is collaborating with the Swim and Croquet Club to have a Fearrington Cares Day at the pool! Club membership is not necessary on this day! Put on your sunscreen and splash with your neighbors! Floating “noodles” are available for use while at the pool and a hot tub and toddler pool are also available. You can also play croquet, ping pong, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and cornhole. Bring your towel for the pool and please do not bring glass into the pool area.

#2 Free Medication Consultation 10:00 a.m. – noon at the Fearrington Cares Center

Have you ever wanted to discuss a medication or medication interactions with a pharmacist? Han Su, Chief Pharmacist at 501 Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, will be available for FREE curbside consultations. Please bring a complete list of all your medications; alternately, you can bring your bag of medicines.

#3 Free Skin Cancer Screening 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center

The Dermatology and Laser Center of Chapel Hill is providing FREE skin cancer screenings by a dermatology-trained Physician Assistant, Leighanne McGill. If you have moles or spots that you are concerned about, this screening is for you!

Fearrington Cares Activities Day! Monday, May 20, 2019 2019-05-01T21:55:35-04:00
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