Caregiver of the Month

We are pleased to announce our Caregivers of the Month; Jean Bieber, Adele Fitzsimmons, and Becky Messer!

These three ladies with hearts of gold stepped up when they were needed the most. When one of our clients had an urgent need for 24/7 care, these ladies worked as a team to cover the round the clock shifts to help our client and client’s family make the best out of a serious situation. These are the people that make Seniors Helping Seniors of North & East Raleigh so special. Congratulations ladies and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We love sharing stories of our heroes, the caregivers whose life experiences, coupled with their passion and desire to help, make Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh a leading provider of compassionate and relationship-based senior care. If you would like to start your own story, visit seniorcareeastraleigh.com for more information.

North Carolina Alzheimer’s State Advocacy Day 2019 A Success

Advocates with legislative staff of Senator Dan Blue

What a great day turning North Carolina purple to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease! The annual North Carolina Advocacy Day was held on March 14, 2019 and was sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern and Western North Carolina. Huge progress was made in its mission to speak for stakeholders of this dreaded disease; sufferers, their families and loved ones. This year over 60 passionate advocates from across North Carolina converged on the state capital in Raleigh to meet and urge lawmakers and policy setters to support key Alzheimer’s legislative initiatives to foster Alzheimer’s research and support. I myself met with 10 of our lawmakers and policy setters this Advocacy Day. It was encouraging to see their awareness of this public health issue and their commitment to support Alzheimer’s programs. We had a lot of meaningful discussions where the scope and severity of the issue was conveyed along with specific action items to support so many who are impacted by this disease. Advocates shared their personal stories and spoke face-to-face with legislators about addressing this growing public health crisis. Many thanks to Senator Mike Woodard, Representative Joe John, the Legislative Staff of Senator Dan Blue, Senator Jay J Chaudhuri, Representative Cynthia Ball, Representative Don Davis, and Representative Darren G Jackson for their time and attention to this cause.

New 2019 Facts and Figures shows 170,000 North Carolinians are living with Alzheimer’s. It is the 6th leading cause of death in North Carolina and has no treatment or cure. Those affected by this disease are expected to continue to rise by more than 23% in the next 7 years. The time for action is NOW. Become an Alzheimer’s champion in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Be an advocate, join a walk, every small step helps! https://www.actionalz.org/.

Advocates with Representative Joe John

Advocates with Senator Mike Woodard

Caregiver of the Month

We are pleased to announce that Susan Levine is our Caregiver of the Month!

Susan has been an integral part of the Seniors Helping Seniors team for the last 1.5-years. She is originally from Maine and moved to North Carolina to be close to family. We were so lucky and fortunate to meet Susan just when she was looking for enrichment in her life. Susan is purposeful in her interactions and always has her client’s best interests in mind. She nurtures these relationships by going out of her way to meet their needs and always looking for ways to enhance the time she spends with each client. She brings Elvis movies to two of his hugest fans. She reaches out to clients on her own time, just because. She goes above and beyond to find out what is important to her client and engages them. Watch Susan receive her Caregiver of the Month award!

Susan’s warm and gentle heart is contagious with our clients as she develops an instant rapport and friendship which is at the heart of what we do. We love sharing stories of our heroes, the caregivers, whose life experiences coupled with their passion and desire to help, make Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh a leading provider of compassionate and relationship-based senior care. If you would like to start your own story, visit seniorcareeastraleigh.com for more information.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Classes

Seniors Helping Seniors® of North & East Raleigh was proud to be a sponsor of the Powerful Tools for Caregivers class held at the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce in January and February. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based, self-care education program for family caregivers that provides them with tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges they face.

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving is presenting two additional free courses for family caregivers; one in Raleigh and the other in Fuquay-Varina. The six-week curriculum has been shown to improve Self-care behaviors (e.g. increased exercise, relaxation and medical check-ups), Management of emotions (reduced guilt, anger, and depression), Self-efficacy (increased confidence in coping with caregiving demands) and Use of community resources (increased utilization of local services).

Class Details:

Wednesdays, March 6 – April 10, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. The group will meet at Crossroads Fellowship Church, 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Tuesdays, May 7 – June 11, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. The group will meet at Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd PKWY NE, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving is a nonprofit organization that engages the community in providing volunteer services to improve the lives of older adults, caregivers, and adults with disabilities. It has served Wake County residents for more than 25 years. https://volunteercaregiving.org/

For more information about the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, contact Renee Myatt at 919-460-0567 or [email protected].

If you or your loved one need caregiving or a respite from caregiving Seniors Helping Seniors of North & East Raleigh can help. Learn more at inhomecarenc.com or call 919-761-5346.

Caregiver of the Month

Seniors Helping Seniors of North & East Raleigh would like to celebrate and appreciate Jessica Boyd for her dedication and enthusiasm for Seniors Helping Seniors and helping our clients. Jessica hails from Chicago making her a Cubs fan (good lately) and Bears fan (not so good), and a Mom to two lovely teenage girls and a spoiled dog. Jessica’s full-time career is a Teacher’s Assistant for First Graders, but the flexibility of Seniors Helping Seniors allows her to be one of our most requested caregivers when school is out. Jessica’s positive and sunny attitude is contagious with our clients as she continually develops an instant rapport and friendship that is at the heart of what we do. We love sharing stories of our heroes, the caregivers whose life experiences coupled with their passion and desire to help, make Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh a leading provider of compassionate and relationship-based senior care. If you would like to start your own story, visit inhomecarenc.com for more information.

Click here to watch Jessica receive her award!

Kathy Uveges is guest on Aging Matters Radio

On August 25, 2018, Seniors Helping Seniors of North & East Raleigh, was a featured guest on the weekly Aging Matters radio show. Kathy discussed the real health impacts of social isolation in the senior population as well as strategies to combat this. If you missed it here is a link to the show.

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Kathy’s segment starts in the second half of the show at 21 minutes, 15 seconds

Kathy Uveges with Nicole Clagett (Transitions GuidingLights) and Jason Kong (Aging Matters host)

Christy Colebank, Kathy Uveges, Cherie Hylton at SING-WF meeting

Kathy Uveges named to SING-WF Board of Directors

Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh has been an active member of the Senior Information Networking Group- Wake Forest (SING-WF) since July 2016. We were part of the inaugural graduating class in October 2016 to be certified as a Dementia Friendly business, and an exhibitor at the Dementia Education Seminars and related events ever since. Now I am excited to increase my role in serving the seniors of the Wake Forest area by my appointment as a board member of this wonderful organization.

The SING mission is to provide a comprehensive resource for volunteers, non-profit and for-profit Senior-Focused organizations while positively impacting the quality of life of our senior population through education, public awareness, and advocacy. Some examples of the tremendous work SING has done include the dementia education series, dementia friendly business program, and ScamJam event. To learn more about SING-WF and how you can get involved https://www.sing-wf.com/.

Christy Colebank, Kathy Uveges, Cherie Hylton at SING-WF meeting

Christy Colebank, Kathy Uveges, Cherie Hylton at SING-WF meeting

Dementia Education in Wake Forest

The first of a three-part monthly Dementia education series kicked off in Wake Forest on July 26. These seminars are designed to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and each explores a different aspect of this life-changing disease. The first in the series “Know the 10 signs: Early Detection Matters”, explored the warning signs of Alzheimer’s which can often be dismissed as normal aging. The next seminar, “Healthy Living for your Brain and Body”, will be on August 23. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement and how to incorporate these into a plan for healthy aging. The final session “Dementia Conversations”, on September 27, families will learn information and tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members on deciding when to stop driving, going to the doctor, and making legal and financial plans.

If you or someone you know and love is struggling with where to turn for resources in the fight against Dementia, or you just want to be better informed on this serious disease please plan to attend these free seminars. Each session is presented by Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and the Senior Information Networking Group of North Carolina (SING-WF). Admission is free, and families will have the opportunity to learn about dozens of programs, services, products, and resources all in one location- Wake Forest Renaissance Center. For more information and to pre-register go to https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/dementia-awareness-education-series.aspx.

 

 

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Medicare Advantage Benefits for 2019

Exciting news and long overdue for our seniors who want to age in place! Medicare Advantage plans will start covering in-home companion care in 2019. See attached information from our enterprise software provider ClearCare on this development. We will update you as more information develops!

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Caregiver of the Month

We recognize and appreciate Christy Colebank for her dedicated efforts to Seniors Helping Seniors and our clients. She is a valuable asset to our team and we are so thankful for all she does. Christy has been working with Seniors Helping Seniors since November 2017, and in a short amount of time, she has been able to make a big difference in the lives of each client she sees. Christy is from Rhode Island and owns ARtrax, custom designed art instruction that promotes spiritual development. Christy is a gentle soul and will always meet you with a smile. We love sharing stories of our heroes, the caregivers whose life experiences coupled with their passion and desire to help, make Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh a leading provider of compassionate and relationship-based senior care.

Click here to watch Christy receive her Caregiver of the Month award!

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A SIMPLE “THANK YOU” MEANS SO MUCH

Handwritten notes from family members of our clients are treasured at Seniors Helping Seniors. We are passionate about helping families with the challenges they face when providing care for a loved one and these notes help us continue to foster our mission…To enable seniors to maintain an independent lifestyle in their own homes for as long as possible with dignity and respect. Our caring and compassionate senior caregivers are committed to bringing a helping hand and friendly companionship into the lives of our seniors!

How old is too old to ride a camel?

senior riding a camelWe at Seniors Helping Seniors of North & East Raleigh don’t know and our amazing caregivers aren’t helping us find out! Check out our caregiver, Nancy, 81 years young, on her first camel ride ever this past week. That’s why we like to say, “Age is a number, how old you are is a state of mind”. If you are interested in joining our team or want one of our amazing people to help an amazing person of yours contact us at

919-761-5346
[email protected]

Bingo at Northern Wake Senior Center at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church

Bingo!! Fun for one, fun for all. What’s your game?

Add us to your calendar, rides and friends available, call today- 919-761-5346

Caregiver of the Month

Caregiver of the Month Melissa

Everyone- meet Melissa, she makes all our clients happy and she is an essential part of our team.

Need a caregiver for your loved one? Call 919-761-5346 or click

 

 

 

 

North Carolina Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day 2018 a Success

Again, this year the NC Alzheimer’s Advocacy day sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern and Western North Carolina was a huge success in its mission to speak for stakeholders of this dreaded disease; sufferers, their families and loved ones. This year over 50 advocates from across North Carolina converged on the Raleigh state capital to meet and urge lawmakers and policy setters to continue to support the Alzheimer’s key legislative initiatives propelling Alzheimer’s research and support. Kathy Uveges, owner of Seniors Helping Seniors, once again participated, and was very enthusiastic on the results. “I myself met with 6 of our lawmakers and policy setters this Advocacy Day. It was encouraging to see their awareness of this public health issue and their commitment to support Alzheimer’s programs. We had a lot of meaningful discussions where the scope and severity of the issue was conveyed along with specific action items to support so many who are battling this disease.” Thank you to Senator Tamara Barringer, the Legislative Staff of Senator Dan Blue, Senator John Alexander, Senator Chad Barefoot and Representative Jeff Collins, and Representative Larry Yarborough for their time and attention to our cause.

New 2018 Facts and Figures shows 170,000 North Carolinians are living with Alzheimer’s, it is the 6th leading cause of death in North Carolina and has no treatment or cure. Those affected by this disease is expected to continue to rise by more than 23% in the next 7 years. The time for action is NOW. Become an Alzheimer’s champion in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Be an advocate, join a walk, every small step helps! https://www.actionalz.org/.

Advocates with legislative staff of Senator John Alexander

Advocates with legislative staff of Senator Chad Barefoot

Advocates with Senator Tamara Barringer

Advocates with legislative staff of Senator Dan Blue

remembering John on St Pats day

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

In memory of our beloved Bob who made a great impact on everyone he met. We miss you everyday.

“He has taught me so many ways of happiness, more than he could ever imagine. I was the lucky one knowing him and honored to caring for him. I will miss his jokes, laughs, singing, playing his guitar and all our exciting conversations. I love you Bob and will always be your purple lady!”
Allie

“Bob and I enjoyed taking drives together. We would go to Joyner Park, walk around, sit on the benches and enjoy the views and the sunshine. Loved listening to him sing and play the guitar.”
Madeline

Introducing our inaugural Seniors Helping Seniors® of North & East Raleigh E-newsletter!

The arrival of Spring also heralds the debut of our monthly E-newsletter. Each issue will contain information on local events and topics, and where we will be in the community. It also will contain articles and tips for the senior in your life. Whether that is you, your spouse, or a loved one, the E-newsletter will be a great digest of useful information about aging while living a full fulfilling life. This is our mission at Seniors Helping Seniors® and we want to educate and inform as many people as possible. To make sure you, a loved one, or a friend receive a free copy go to: https://inhomecarenc.com/contact-us/, and enter the words subscribe in the “Subject”. We hope you enjoy.

Paint Raleigh Purple for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day

The fourth annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy day in North Carolina will be on March 22, 2018. Seniors Helping Seniors of North & East Raleigh owner, Kathy Uveges, will again be participating in this year’s event which provides an opportunity to meet face to face with state elected officials and communicate the stories, challenges, and needs of the individuals and the families living with this terrible disease. Kathy will join professional caregivers, family caregivers, and those affected with Alzheimer‘s disease as we engage with state officials about bolstering Alzheimer’s policies in North Carolina and making our communities more dementia friendly.

There are at least 160,000 North Carolinians suffering with Alzheimer’s, with many more undiagnosed, and this is your chance to speak up for this ever-growing population. We need to address this impending public health crisis as a top priority. Join us by registering online to participate at:

tinyurl.com/ybfqkdbn or call 980-498-7760

SHS owner, Kathy Uveges with NC representative Garland E. Pierce at 2017 Advocacy Day

SHS owner, Kathy Uveges, with fellow advocates at 2017 North Carolina Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day

 

SENIORS HELPING SENIORS EXHIBITING AT WAKE FOREST AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S SENIOR LIFESTYLE EXPO

SHS owner Kathy Uveges and Pat, one of her clients, at 2017 Senior Lifestyles Expo

Seniors Helping Seniors will be an exhibitor at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Lifestyle Expo presented by Carillon Assisted Living of Wake Forest, to be held Tuesday, March 20, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest. A special Preview Night geared toward adult children of seniors and working seniors will take place Monday, March 19, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The Expo will provide valuable information about the services available in our area to seniors as well as their families and caregivers.

Seniors Helping Seniors will be at Booth # 61. Visit us to enter a raffle for a “Foursome of Golf” at Heritage Golf course and obtain information on the ways we can help care for the ones you love.

Admission is free to the Expo. This third annual event will feature more than 60 booth displays by local businesses and non-profits. There will also be BINGO games and door prizes to be awarded at the conclusion of the Expo. Prizes include a vacation package to Asheville, a Grandparent’s Entertainment Package, and a Cultural Arts Package.

Informative presentations on senior topics will be held throughout the day, and attendees may participate in a variety of free health and wellness screenings. Our owner, Katheryn Uveges will present information and lead a discussion on the recently enacted RAISE Family Caregiver Act. This long overdue legislation directs the Department of Health and

Human Services to determine a national caregiving strategy to support the millions of caregivers in the United States. This will be an opportunity for all involved in Caregiving to provide input on future public policy and support that will impact all of us.

Hylton Joins Seniors Helping Seniors with Focus on Client Care

(Wake Forest, N.C., January 30, 2018) – Cheryl “Cherie” Hylton, R.N., has joined Seniors Helping Seniors (SHS) of North & East Raleigh as a client services specialist. SHS is an in-home care services company that matches seniors who want to provide help with seniors who are looking for help.

In her position, Hylton will ensure that client care plans are aligned with their needs and that the services provided by the senior care company meet and exceed their clients’ expectations.

“Cherie’s expertise will enable our caregivers to better serve clients’ companion care needs. Her nursing background and gerontological knowledge make her a valuable addition to our staff,” said Kathy Uveges, who co-owns SHS of North & East Raleigh with her husband Rich.

Before her position with the senior care company, Hylton worked as a registered nurse for more than 25 years in Syracuse, New York, primarily in nursing facilities.

Other gerontology leadership positions Hylton has held include president of the Area Gerontological Educators; presenter, panelist and facilitator for the Central New York Alzheimer’s Association; and advisory committee member for a certified home health agency that specialized in skilled nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Hylton is an experienced educator and master trainer in spirituality and nursing. She’s certified in non-violent crisis intervention and is an American Heart Association CPR/First Aid instructor. She also trains for the Caregivers Respite Education and Support Tools (REST) program and is a cognitive educator in the Serper Method™, which provides people challenged by memory impairment, cognitive decline and difficulty communicating with structured, language-based cognitive rehabilitation programs.

SHS of North & East Raleigh is a locally owned franchise that provides in-home companion care services to seniors living in North Raleigh and the surrounding areas, including Wake Forest and Rolesville. While SHS does not administer medical care, senior caregivers help seniors with light housekeeping, transportation, medication reminders and meal preparation, among other services.

About Seniors Helping Seniors of North & East Raleigh

SHS of North & East Raleigh matches seniors who need help with senior caregivers who want to help in the Triangle area and surrounding communities, including Wake Forest, North Raleigh, East Raleigh, North Hills, Brier Creek, Wakefield, Rolesville, Smithfield, Clayton, Rocky Mount and Wilson. Husband and wife co-owners Rich and Kathy Uveges’ interest in working with the elderly is a direct result of the care they provided to their own aging relatives. The goal of in-home companion care is to help brighten seniors’ lives and allow them to continue to live independently. Website: https://inhomecarenc.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SHSNorthandEastRaleigh