Food Stamp Benefits to Increase by More Than 25% in October
President Biden’s administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food aid available to needy families — the largest single increase in the program’s history. Starting in October, average benefits for food stamps — officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. The increased assistance will be available indefinitely to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries. For more information click here.
September is Senior Center Month
Every day, senior centers around the country offer an exciting array of programs for older adults. Learn more about ways to celebrate here. NC Division of Aging and Adult Services has prepared North Carolina Senior Center Fact Sheet and Benefits of Participating at a NC Senior Center, if you are looking for state specific information.
At Home COVID-19 Vaccinations
COVID-19 vaccinations are now available across NC for those who cannot leave their homes. Call 866-303-0026 to schedule. See attached update for more information.
FEMA Funeral Assistance Policy
On June 29, 2021, FEMA amended the funeral assistance policy to assist with COVID-19 related fatalities that occurred in the early months of the pandemic. This policy change will allow applicants to submit a statement or letter from the death certificate’s certifying official, medical examiner, or coroner, that attributes the death to COVID-19 fatalities that occurred between Jan. 20 and May 16, 2020. More information at: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that the Emergency Broadband Benefit program will be available to participants beginning May 12, 2021. FCC created a website for participants to apply: https://getemergencybroadband.org/. Alternatively, individuals may access the program through a participating internet services provider. For more information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, please visit: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
Rental and Utility Assistance
The HOPE Program is once again taking applications for rental and utility assistance. Visit hope.nc.gov or call 888-927-5467 to apply. This application round is limited to applicants who are 50% of area median income (AMI) or below. This round of applications will cover 12 months of rental payments (9 months of arrears, 3 months of rent).
Alzheimer's Association September Education Programs
Attached is a flyer that has the full list of Alzheimer’s Association September public education programs. Virtual program highlights include the Wednesday Lunch and Learn series as well as Advancing the Science and New Advances in Alzheimer’s Treatments. All programs are free but registration is required.
Hard to Recycle Event
Saturday, September 18, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Blue Ridge Community Collete, Patton Parking Lot. Bring all kinds of items for disposal. See flyer for more details.
Tech Chat: Enhancing Your Memory
Saturday, September 18, 11:00 am. Our memory is an incredibly powerful tool that can be vastly improved with practice and proper techniques. Leader of this Coffee Chat, Michael Friedman, is an AARP volunteer and Neuroscience major at Washington University in St. Louis. He will share his research and thoughts on how you can train your brain and enhance your memory. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/zmqxcz/
Falls Prevention Awareness Week
Sept. 20-24. Falls continue to be a national public health concern. National Council on Aging (NCOA) is encouraging older adults to learn about their falls risk during Falls Prevention Awareness Week. NCOA’s 2021 Falls Prevention Awareness Week campaign features a new Falls Free CheckUp, a digital screener where older adults can answer 12 simple questions to get their falls risk score and steps to reduce their risk. Download the Fall Prevention Awareness Week Toolkit which includes: infographics, social media posts, public relations guides, and advocacy alerts to promote falls prevention.
Connections: Every Picture Tells a Story
Wednesday, September 22, 1:00 pm, in-person at Asheville Art Museum. Connections is an arts-based program serving community-dwelling adults with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners. Led by specially trained Museum staff, contractors, and volunteers, each monthly Connections program includes a guided art conversation. Register here.
MemoryCare Caregiver Education Series
MemoryCare offers twice annually an education series that takes a deep dive into topics often requested by caregivers of those who are affected by dementia. The upcoming 3-part series includes the following sessions:
- September 24 (2-3:30pm) “The Problem of Alzheimer’s” presented by Dr. Jason Karlawish
Tech Chat: Safe Computing
Saturday, September 25, 11:00 am. In this chat, we will discuss actions that you can take to promote your privacy, security, and overall well-being when using technology. Among other things, we’ll discuss viruses and the importance of backing up data on all your devices. The talk will be led by Michael Friedman, an AARP volunteer and a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/fmqxc4/
Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers
Mondays, Sept 27 – Nov 1, from 2:00-3:30 pm. This interactive workshop is designed to empower family caregivers to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class if you need to find more time for yourself while caring for someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. Participants must commit to attending a minimum of four out of the six sessions. Register at https://aarp.cvent.com/PowerfulToolsSept2021 by September 20 for receipt of program materials.
Diabetes Prevention Program
From the YMCA of Western North Carolina: The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month, group-based program that encourages participants at risk of Diabetes Type II to eat healthier, increase physical activity, and lose a modest amount of weight in a supportive, virtual environment. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed. To register for a class or to receive more information, please contact: Diabetes Prevention Programming, Jordan Owenby – Community Health Coordinator, [email protected], (828)-652-5903. See flyer for more information. The following class options are currently available for registration:
- Virtual MDPP – Starts September 30 – Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Instructor: Anika Williams
- Virtual DPP – Starts October 5 – Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Instructor: Ellen O’Conner
- Virtual MDPP – Starts October 13 – Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Instructor: Anika Williams
- Virtual DPP – Starts October 19 – Tuesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 am – Instructor: Mike Hanlon
Fall Cooking Ideas and Recipe Exchange
Saturday, October 2, 11:00 am. Holiday rituals and traditions give us something to look forward to and treasure for years after. In this informal chat, we will share fall recipes and traditions as we reflect on how different groups celebrate and what makes these events so enduring. The talk will be led by Michael Friedman, an AARP volunteer and a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/smqx4y/
AARP Getting to Know You Events
- Getting to Know You: New Members – October 14, 1:00 pm. Learn about AARP and meet others like yourself who are part of the AARP NC family (1.1 million strong)! Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/wmq4fm/
- Getting to Know You: Long-Term Members – October 21, 1:00 pm. Learn the ways that AARP is active in your community. Bonus: meet others like yourself who are part of the AARP NC family. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/fmq4fd/
- Getting to Know You: Non-Members – October 28, 1:00 pm. AARP wants to know more about your first impressions, your interests, and needs. Learn the ways that AARP is active in our community. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/xmq4ff/
- Getting to Know You: We hope we haven’t missed out. – November 4, 1:00 pm. You recently chose to end your membership or not renew it. AARP would like to meet you and learn more about your experience. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/6mq4vj/
Duke Caregiver Community Event
Tuesday, October 26. Duke is hosting a free caregiver community event or patients and families living with memory loss. See flyer for more information and registration link.