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Resource Materials from September 03rd Emergency Preparedness Program

With all eyes on the possible approach of Hurricane Dorian, Fearrington residents learned emergency preparedness techniques from Chatham County Emergency Response (CERT) team member Andy Foshee at a September 3 presentation sponsored by FearringtonEdge.  Focusing on how to minimize health and safety challenges in the event of major and widespread power outages and other emergency situations, Mr. Foshee urged residents to follow FEMA guidelines for maintaining seven-day food and water supplies and preparing “go bags” in the case of forced evacuations.  The full slide deck and other recommendations are posted here. 

FHA Health, Safety & Security Director Carl Angel, who assisted in arranging the program, noted that Chatham CERT offers free training for volunteers interested in learning how to help themselves and their neighbors in the event of local emergencies. Residents interested in developing a Fearrington cadre of trained volunteers should contact Carl for more information.
Resource Materials from September 03rd Emergency Preparedness Program 2019-09-04T08:07:43-04:00

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

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

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,, or Dennis Streets, director of the Chatham County Council on Aging, at 919-542-4512,

Chatham County Seeking Alternate to NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature 2019-01-04T21:57:35-05:00
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