COVID-19 Listening Sessions
Your input is needed to help shape regional COVID-19 communications.
- Did you get your first COVID-19 vaccine in the past two months?
- Are you trying to decide whether to get your child vaccinated?
If either of these describes you, you’re invited to join a 75-minute virtual group listening session hosted by the WNC Health Network to share your thoughts, questions, and concerns related to COVID-19 vaccines. See flyer for more details and link to register. Space is limited!
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.
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.
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
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.