One of the most difficult transitions we face is the slow and subtle change from middle age to senior life. The awareness does not sink in overnight but through a series of life events such as the birth of grandchildren or the 16th birthday of a grandchild with a driver’s license. It is then one begins to realize just what stage of life they are in.
Fortunately, we have many resources that help us make the transition and even enjoy the journey. Never before have we had so many specialists in the area of aging. Accessibility comes through online resources as well as community efforts. One of the most informative events will be taking place Aug. 8. The 14th annual Senior Extravaganza will be taking place one again, but this year’s event will be online. In order to keep everyone safe but informed, we have recreated the event. Our Platinum sponsors, Northside Hospital Cherokee and The Holbrook at Woodstock as well as many other sponsors and individual vendors have signed up to make this event even more effective. Sign up at www.saltcherokee.com and you will be eligible for one of two $100 gift card drawing. The event will be broadcast at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. You will be able to see familiar entertainment from Woodstock Senior Center dancers as well as demonstrations from Woodstock Police Department K9 unit. You will also hear the winners of numerous door prizes.
Vendors will be sharing information concerning:
♦ Senior living options and what is the difference between Assisted Living, Memory care, Skilled Nursing and Independent Living
♦ When should I start looking into services?
♦ If I cannot afford these services, what are my options?
♦ Where and how do I discuss care for:
♦ Dementia/Alzheimers, cardiac/stroke, diabetes, COPD etc.
♦ Mental health services
♦ Durable medical equipment providers and home modification.
♦ Funeral homes.
♦ Elder care law.
So, save the day, Aug. 8, 10-10:50 a.m.
Online at our website www.saltcherokee.com
Some of the resources provided are: Informative monthly lunch and learn programs, Rescue and Restore funds for local municipalities, File of Life prescription packets for First Responders, Bethesda Clinic support, Elder Abuse Task Force support and on-going alerts concerning scams and frauds affect ting our senior population.
Triad/SALT was originally tasked with identifying and developing programs to address the needs and concerns of seniors in our community. The organization has continued to support its original purpose as well as expand its reach. Listed below is a list of helpful numbers:
♦ Adult Protective Services (APS) 404-657-5250.
♦ AARP 1-888-687-2277
♦ Cherokee Area Transit (CATS) 770-345-6238.
♦ DFCS (Food stamps) 1-877-423-4746.
♦ Family Violence Hotline 770-479-1703.
♦ Cherokee County Health Department 770-345-7371
♦ Canton Housing Authority 770-479-4969.
♦ Meals on Wheels 770-345-7440.
♦ MUST Ministries 770-479-5397.
♦ Poison Control 404-616-9000.
♦ Probate Court 678-493-6160.
♦ Cherokee County Senior Services 770-345-5320.
♦ Suicide/Crises Counseling 1-800-784-2433.
♦ United Way Helpline 211.