Senior Resources in Charlotte
Also known as the “Queen City”, Charlotte, NC is the state’s largest metro area. Charlotte’s economy is exploding and after New York, it is the second largest financial center on the east coast. It is also known for its excellent public schools, charming historic neighborhoods, citywide parks and trail system. There are also world-class venues for shopping, dining, and the arts. Located in Mecklenburg County, in the state’s Piedmont region, it boasts a mild climate and is a reasonable drive to the gorgeous coast or scenic mountains. Home to a diverse collection of attractions, such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture and the Levine Museum of the New South, no wonder Charlotte is enticing new comers from far and wide-including large numbers of retirees and empty-nesters. So, how is the Queen City equipped to handle the needs of its older residents? We think very well indeed!
This network of dedicated small-business owners has recently joined forces with Charlotte Senior Resources or CSR. Their goal is to create awareness and foster relationships by serving the needs of Charlotte’s older adult community. Their ultimate mission focuses on providing a strong referral network of local professionals who are dedicated and committed to helping Charlotte’s seniors, adults with disabilities, caregivers, and healthcare professionals! Since they’ve only recently become one, the website is still under construction. However, the calendar is filling up rapidly. For more information on the activities and services offered by SHINE, please call: 704-900-3218.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Center, Inc.
Since 1991, this nonprofit has played a vital role within the Queen City’s senior population. From its four locations, the organization provides services throughout the greater Charlotte area. Offerings include, health and wellness activities such as fitness, cardiovascular and strength-training programs. There is a full roster of educational and social programs in the areas of art, computer skills, dance, and languages. Throughout the year there are also special events and a broad range of other options like classes, seminars and recreational activities. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior center also offers assistance and happenings for multicultural seniors and elderly immigrants of Latino, Russian and Asian backgrounds. Finally, the organization assists those who are seeking volunteer opportunities in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. To get all of the details and see the upcoming calendar of events, please visit their website.
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Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Games and SilverArts
Their mission statement says it all: “The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Games~SilverArts is a private non-profit organization for people age fifty-five and older, committed to providing a comprehensive program of health and wellness through competitive athletic and artistic experiences.” And since they’ve been at it for 30+ years, we think they’ve nailed it! Their programs take place year round throughout the county in an impressive range of venues, including the Dowd YMCA, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club, Levine Jewish Community Center and the Marion Diehl Recreation Center. SilverArts was designed to encourage participants to focus on the joys and benefits of artistic creativity. There are opportunities in the visual arts, performing arts and heritage arts, which includes basket weaving, woodcarving, pottery, jewelry making, woodworking and needlework. Visit their informative website to learn more
The explosive growth that Charlotte has experienced in recent years has created a tremendous demand for safe, affordable housing throughout the area-for folks of all ages. Fortunately, there is an extremely helpful website that includes listings especially for older adults. There is a wonderful selection of properties, including apartments, condos, townhomes and all-inclusive communities. Aging in place, assisted living and continuing care are all options. There are also choices for those dealing with loved ones in need of Alzheimer’s care. Here is the link.
Seniors Helping Seniors
Tracking down services and finding the correct agencies that will address one’s specific needs can be a daunting task. Charlotte’s Seniors Helping Seniors works to match local seniors in need of help with peers who can help! Their services are offered throughout Charlotte, Concord, Huntersville and Mooresville. The senior caregivers provide a wide range of in home care and non-medical services, including help around the house, meal preparation, errands and doctor’s appointments and social outings. Read more here.
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