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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

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

Parkinson’s Disease: Seeking a Cure Together … A Walk Around the Park

October 27, 2018 participants in the 3rd annual Walk Around the Park.

Fearrington Cares Parkinson’s Support Group held its third annual “Walk Around the Park” for a cure for Parkinson’s Disease on Saturday morning, October 27, 2018. See the photo gallery.

The goal of the Walk is to raise awareness of  Parkinson’s and funds for a cure. This year’s Walk included 80 family, friends, village neighbors, a yoga class, and Fearrington Dutch folk who all joined members of the Parkinson’s Support Group. Donations of $1,500 were accepted for the Parkinson’s Foundation but were not requiredTo also donate, go to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, use this link.

The group is now raising funds to participate in the Parkinson’s Moving Day NC Triangle Walk on November 03, 2018. For more details, to join their team (Beltie MOOvers), go to movingdaywalk.org/MOOvers, or email Doug Zabor at the address below.

Beltie MOOvers team members will be able to purchase a Beltie t-shirt for half-price!

28 Fearrington supporters and people living with Parkinson’s Disease walked in the 2017 “Moving Day, NC Triangle” an annual fundraising walk event for Parkinson’s support. They plan to walk in 2018; contact Doug (jdzabor@gmail.com) for details.

For information contact Doug Zabor
JDZabor@gmail.com
919-929-2301

Parkinson’s Disease: Seeking a Cure Together … A Walk Around the Park 2018-10-29T15:52:51+00:00

Fearrington Cares Elder Innovators of the Triangle Group Helping to Reimagine the Startup Culture

‘Experience fuels innovation:’ Elder Innovators aims to boost Triangle entrepreneurship | WRAL TechWire

DURHAM – In a popular post on Medium, Ryan Holmes, the founder and CEO of Hootsuite, raised a question about whether the entrepreneurial economy may inadvertently be ageist. A new group known as Elder Innovators is tackling that issue in the Triangle.

Fearrington Cares Elder Innovators of the Triangle Group Helping to Reimagine the Startup Culture 2018-10-04T10:00:51+00:00

The neighborhood With the Longest Life Expectancy in the Entire Country Around Fearrington Village, North Carolina

Analysis | Two places in Maryland where people can expect to live longer, on average, than almost anywhere else in the U.S.

When we reported on a comprehensive new dataset of life expectancy in neighborhoods nationwide, local readers noticed that Maryland has a few neighborhoods where folks are expected to live longer than almost anywhere else in the country. They asked for more details.


Read about Fearrington Village near the end of this article.

The neighborhood With the Longest Life Expectancy in the Entire Country Around Fearrington Village, North Carolina 2018-10-03T21:02:07+00:00

September and October 2018 Free Computer Classes at Chatham Community Library

Learn a new skill this fall! Chatham Community Library is offering a series of free computer classes in September and October. 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  September 12Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM 

PowerPoint Basics, Part 1  September 18Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

PowerPoint Basics, Part 2  September 25, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Internet Basics, Part 1  October 2, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Drop-in Computer Assistance  October 10, Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Internet Basics, Part 2  October 16, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

NEW!  Genealogy 101 October 24, Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

The Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (September 12 and October 10) 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.

September and October 2018 Free Computer Classes at Chatham Community Library 2018-08-30T12:48:36+00:00
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