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Wilmington, NC Aging in Place Resources and Support

The coastal town of Wilmington, NC has a lot to offer. From beautiful nearby beaches to a vibrant cultural scene to warm, friendly people, the draw of this city is strong. That’s why so many seniors choose to spend their retirement years and beyond in this beautiful and friendly city. But if you’re like many other aging Americans, you may be concerned about the number of quality aging in place resources available to you. Fortunately, the “Port City” recognizes this concern and, with the help of several local organizations, is taking strides to develop a community rich with support.

Here are a few great local resources for seniors in Wilmington and the surrounding Cape Fear Region:

Aging in Place Downtown

Aging in Place Downtown is a fantastic resource and support service for elderly Wilmington residents who live in the downtown area. Developed by Wilmington resident Susan Silver, this organization assesses the needs of individual seniors and helps match them with resources within the community.

Since mid-April 2013, Silver has worked to gather a group of nine city transportation directors to look at ways to create more accessible transportation for seniors living in downtown Wilmington. By August, her organization had received its first major grant, $25,000 from PPD, as seed money to fund the groundwork for the group’s early endeavors.

In addition to transportation services, Aging in Place Downtown also strives to complement other senior support needs in the area. To learn more, you can contact Susan Silver at [email protected] or read a recent article about the organization here: http://wilmingtonfavs.com/2013/08/13/aging-in-place-downtown-to-bring-resources-to-seniors-coordinate-with-churc/#sthash.MS0mNVlZ.dpuf. You can also research homes for sale in downtown Wilmington here.

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New Hanover County Senior Resource Center

The Senior Resource Center of New Hanover County is a valuable source for a multitude of senior support services. From home delivered meals to senior games and social activities to a grandparent fostering program, the Senior Resource Center offers a variety of resources to help area seniors age in place. In addition to the fun stuff like bocce ball and sqaure dancing, the Senior Resource Center also promotes senior health, wellness and education by providing prescription drug assistance, family caregiver support groups, informative workshops and seminars, as well as links to various other senior services.

To learn more, visit this link: http://www.nhcgov.com/SRC/Pages/default.aspx

Or, call (910) 798-6400.

North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services

The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services is an offshoot of the NC Department of Health and Human Services focused on the health and wellbeing of aging North Carolinians. Through this agency, seniors can access a wealth of information on senior housing, adult day care, employment, longterm care options and much more.

Because so much of the population will be facing tough lifestyle choices in their senior years, a resource such as this is incredibly valuable. For instance, you may be contemplating the pros and cons of moving into a home with your child or other family member, buying a home in a 55+ community, taking out a reverse mortgage, or entering an assisted care facility. The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services can help you become educated on these choices and can provide you with helpful information on your rights as a North Carolina resident.

For more information, visit this link: www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/agh.htm

Area Agency on Aging

The Cape Fear Council of Governments is the designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for North Carolina Planning Region O. This includes all of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Counties, which means the organization’s reach extends beyond that of just Wilmington. So whether you live within the “Port City,” on the outskirts of Leland, or near Hampstead, the Area Agency on Aging is a great resource to bookmark.

According to the organization’s website, the AAA “assists the counties as they study the needs of older citizens and plan services to meet those needs.” The AAA provides the administration and monitoring related to direct service funding of community-based services that enable older adults to live independently in their own homes as long as possible. If you visit their website you can access information regarding elder abuse prevention, a caregiver Q&A forum, and a thorough resource guide for senior services. Search for area services by county or topic.

Have questions? Give them a call at 800-218-6575 or visit them online by following this link: http://www.capefearcog.org/Area-Agency-on-Aging/Area-Agency-on-Aging-Planning-and-Administration

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