Senior Resources in Greensboro
As North Carolina’s third largest city, Greensboro has so much to offer regardless of one’s age! Located in the Piedmont Triad region, which also includes High Point and Winston Salem, Greensboro is home to around 277,000 residents. The city is known as “Tournament Town” because of its popularity on the baseball, basketball, golf and tennis circuit. It also has a very well established parks system and thriving cultural arts scene. The city’s downtown area has experienced a tremendous revitalization and resurgence in popularity, largely due to two fairly new interests: Yadkin Bank Park and the Elon University School of Law. Along with offices and upscale living spaces, downtown has an abundance of eclectic shops, galleries, and dining establishments.
The presence of several colleges and universities add to the city’s character as well. The campus of UNC-Greensboro is the site of frequent concerts and art shows plus theater, dance and opera. Thanks to UNC-G, AT&T State University, Guilford College, Greensboro College and Guilford Tech, it’s easy to pursue a degree or take part in continuing education classes. Compared to many other cities of its size, the cost of living is quite reasonable. According to Sperling’s Best Places, Greensboro’s cost of living is 12.1 percent below the national average. As for housing, the city is filled with one charming neighborhood after another. So how does living here stack up for seniors?
Guilford County Senior Services Roundtable
This dynamic group is made up of several area agencies and organizations that work towards better serving older adults. Through a variety of activities that include timely workshops, guest speakers and hands-on learning opportunities, this community group is focused on addressing the needs of older adults in an effort to make Greensboro a “safe, friendly and comfortable place” regardless of one’s age. To find out what is next up on their very busy calendar, click here.
Senior Resources of Guilford-Since 1977, this agency has been dedicated to, “advocating and providing supportive services that enhance the independence, health and quality of life for seniors.” It is affiliated with the United Way and works in conjunction with Guildford County in sponsoring and implementing a number of programs including Foster Grandparents, Meals on Wheels, Retired and Senior Volunteers, Senior Wheels Medical Transportation and Rural Outreach. Learn about all of the programs and volunteer opportunities here.
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Meet the area movers and shakers born between 1946 and 1964! From trips to tours, to a day in the garden or a night on the town, the Guilford Boomers seem to always have something going on. The group is an eclectic mix of retires, older adults and newcomers who are focused on creating events, sharing helpful information and news about activities and volunteer opportunities for the Baby Boomer set. They also provide support services for caregivers and strategic planning resources for independent living. Meet a few of them and read more by clicking on this link.
Many older adults are stuck in situations that make them vulnerable to poor nutrition. Some may have lost their ability to drive to the super market or take care of basic meal preparation at home. This agency provides information and assessment for food and nutrition services for older adults in Guilford County. Find out more by calling (336) 884-6981 or (336) 333-6981.
A volunteer organization especially geared for retirement-age adults who are interested in using their spare time and talents to assist others. Their main focus is to help other seniors achieve independent lifestyles so that they are able to age in place. Their phone number is: (336) 378-0766 and they are located at 302 W. Market Street/Room 103. Here is their their website.
As we get older, our needs certainly change. Whether you are considering downsizing, would like to live in an active senior community or have the need for assisted living or skilled nursing care, there are a variety of options in the greater Greensboro area. Thankfully, there is one informative online source that serves as a directory for seniors. Here is the link to the SeniorLivingGuide.com.
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