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COVID-19 Planning Tool

If you should get COVID-19, Who will notify your family and friends? Where is the spare key to your home? Who would take care of your pets?  Who would communicate with your doctors if you needed to go to the hospital?  We invite you to answer these questions, and more, on this COVID Emergency Plan and Serious Illness Plan (fillable pdf) form and post it on your refrigerator.  This guide is especially useful for the 42% of Orange County seniors 60+ who live alone.

The End of Life Senior Resource Team of the Orange County Department on Aging encourages you to use this time to plan for emergency situations and to talk with your loved ones about your wishes should you become seriously ill. Choose a friend, family member, or other trusted person to make medical decisions on your behalf if you can’t speak for yourself. Make sure the person you choose knows what is important to you.  If you don’t tell them, they won’t know!

Check out the Emergency Plan and Serious Illness Plan documents now. DON’T WAIT!

 

Partnership in Aging Consortium Think Tank (PACTT) Report

On March 28, 2019, the UNC Partnerships in Aging facilitated an inaugural Think Tank to form a consortium around ongoing aging-related work and interests that bridge university and community efforts. The event brought together 32 campus-community partners over dinner to discuss current and future initiatives. With the goals of deepening conversation about existing projects and spurring action toward the creation of new aging-related initiatives, the result of the evening’s work was a set of priorities that PiAP will work to support in the coming year in alignment with our strategic plan.

For a summary of the priority initiatives for 2019-2020 and the complete PACTT report, please click here.

Dr. Jenny Womack guides conversation among partners from UNC and the community to identify strategic initiatives related to partnerships and older adults for the upcoming years.

 

Orange County Master Aging Plan

The Master Aging Plan (MAP) is a five-year plan that provides comprehensive and coordinated delivery of community services and supports that foster lifelong community engagement and well-being for older adults in Orange County. The Department on Aging created its first MAP in 2002 and each new MAP continues to evolve to meet the needs, expectations, and contributions of our growing aging population.  The Plan was developed with input from older residents of Orange County, community leaders from a wide array of sectors, UNC students, and the Department on Aging staff.  Key domains of action include Housing, Transportation, Employment and Civic Engagement, Social Participation and Inclusion, Outdoor Spaces, and Community Supports – Health Services. Click here to view a copy of the 2017-2022 Plan

An example of an elder-friendly neighborhood equipped with accessible housing and green space.

   

2018 Orange County Senior Housing Report

As part of the 2017-2022 Master Aging Plan, Orange County aims to ensure an array of housing options that reflects the diverse preferences and abilities of our older adult population. To accomplish this aim, the Orange County Department on Aging and UNC’s Partnerships in Aging Program have collaborated to 1) conduct an inventory of current and future senior designated housing, 2) engage in research to understand the types, prevalence, costs, and availability of housing currently available in the County and 3) survey Orange County seniors to understand their housing preferences.”

Click here to view the report in PDF form.

 

The Conscious Aging Bookshelf

The Conscious Aging Bookshelf is a partnership between PiAP, Second Journey, and the Orange County Department on Aging. This collection of books, articles, and movies explores the idea of aging with an ethic of mindfulness, service, and community. Works include poetry and non-fiction, practical advice for strengthening communities, and guidance for those embarking on an internal journey of conscious eldering. Donated by Bolton Anthony in 2019, the Bookshelf is a living resource for those seeking a path that defies cultural stereotypes and brings about a new aging narrative.

The Bookshelf is comprised of hard copy books available through the Seymour Center front desk and a collection of digital articles originally published by Bolton Anthony as the journal Itineraries.

To access Itineraries click here.