Partnerships in Aging Program

Linking Carolina with communities to foster new possibilities in later life

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SALT: Building Community and Looking Out for Each Other

Twice per month, volunteers and staff from Orange County’s SALT program—Seniors and Lawmen Together—gather to share stories, concerns, and to problem solve about older adults aging in their Orange County community. The group of Orange County 25 or so resident volunteers visit over 200, often isolated, older adults in Orange County each week. Many of the people they visit have limited mobility and resources, and live in rural parts of Orange County where services are more difficult to access and visitors and neighbors may be few and far between.

The SALT program is supported by the Orange County Department on Aging and the Sheriff’s Office. Archie Daniel, semi-retired Captain, provides leadership to SALT.  Volunteer members include a retired pharmacist, several retired public sector employees, retired nurses, local handymen, and many others. When the group of volunteers gathers to share stories and problem-solve for the needs of the residents that they visit each week, amazing things happen. In addition to building community through friendly visits, the group connects them with appropriate community resources, identifies accessibility and safety changes that can be made to the homes of the residents they visit, and organizes labor to ensure residents get the changes they need to stay safe and comfortable at home.

The work that SALT volunteers do is a shining example of what it means to be part of a community. These unsung heroes are quietly doing the work that makes Orange County a great place to live for people of all ages and circumstances. To learn more about the SALT program and other volunteer opportunities in Orange County dedicated to improving quality of life for older adults, click here.

Beyond Clinic Walls Kicks Off New Year

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In early September, UNC undergraduate and graduate students from 10 disciplines gathered at the auditorium in the School of Social Work for an informational meeting to learn about Beyond Clinic Walls. The Partnerships in Aging Program is joined by Carol Woods Retirement Community, UNC’s Student Health Action Coalition, and Orange County’s Department on Aging to support this service-learning program. Beyond Clinic Walls matches teams of 6-8 UNC students with older adults or young children with complex social and healthcare needs living in Chapel Hill and Orange County. Teams meet with their client each month throughout the academic year, getting to know their clients as people, not cases, and giving students insight into the gaps in services and challenges that many people face. Kelly Richardson, student in the School of Pharmacy is the Program Director. The program is coordinated by Elizabeth Hart, an Occupational Therapist and former Beyond Clinic Walls participant.

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On Sept. 19, the official kick-off meeting was hosted at Carol Woods Retirement Community. The event brought over 80 UNC students together with 10 senior mentors for an evening of asking tough questions about why aging is so often associated with loss and decline in our society. Student teams are connected with their clients and will start their monthly meetings soon. The Partnerships in Aging Program is excited to provide leadership for this interdisciplinary project.  We expect Beyond Clinic Walls to inspire the next generation of practitioners to think holistically about aging, redefining elderhood as a time for growth and giving back.

Arts and Aging: Bringing Local Leaders Together

As the Partnerships in Aging Program advances a new narrative about aging and what it means to be an older person, art and creativity-centered activities have become a core component of its programming. This summer, the artists shown below gathered with Director, Cherie Rosemond, to connect with one another and build enthusiasm for programs and events at the nexus of aging and art. Creating art, no matter the medium, provides opportunities for connection to others, connection to self, and personal exploration.

We are very excited to bring together a group of people as deeply passionate as we are about creating a community in which every age is celebrated. Our group is comprised of artists from many disciplines, including photography, fashion, theater, film, radio and visual arts.

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Pictured from left to right:

Lee Anne McClymont: Director/Producer of Courage Cocktail Radio Show. With funding from the Partnerships in Aging Program, Lee Ann is producing a 5 part radio series entitled:  Long Lives Long View. Click here to visit the show’s website

Sue Coppola: UNC professor in Occupational Therapy/Science – Sue uses literature in her classes to promote student’s understanding of “occupation” in later life

Chris Adamczyk: photographer – Sponsored in part by The Partnerships in Aging Program, Chris is developing an exhibit for display at local venues called Living Long Lives. Click here to learn more about the Living Long Lives program

Bolton Anthony: Bolton is an aficionado of film. He uses film to spark discussions about later life. Bolton is the founder of Second Journey. Click here to learn more about Second Journey

Amy Elliott: Amy is the founder of Acting is Awesome. This fall, Amy will introduce Play Back Theater for older adults through the Ollie Program. Click here to learn more about Acting is Awesome

Morgan Adams: Inspired by Gene Cohen’s work on Creative Aging, Morgan is developing art programs for elders living in congregate housing.

Deb Suchoff: Deb is a Project Engage graduate who has been inspired to use her artistic talents to offer new programs at local Senior Centers. Click here to learn more about Project Engage

Cherie Rosemond: Director, Partnerships in Aging, is a dancer and loves to create beauty using second hand “stuff.”