By Sarah Williams –
According to a 2004 report from the National Alliance for Caregiving, approximately 44 million Americans serve as primary caregivers for loved ones or other adults.
An issue that goes unaddressed and receives limited media exposure is the need for support for those caregivers. Many of them are not prepared to serve in that capacity, do not have the training needed, and often are plagued with health issues of their own. And more than 50% of caregivers are also employed in full-time jobs (AARP, 2015).
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Gamma Gamma Omega Chapter is working to provide needed support with a Care for Caregivers event on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the PARC facility at Eliada Home. Gamma Gamma Omega is partnering with the Land of the Sky Regional Council to provide vital information to caregivers and their loved ones.
The LOSRC offers a wide variety of community programs related to community well-being, ranging from the Area Agency on Aging and Congregant Nutrition Sites to Dementia Friendly WNC, Fall Prevention, Project C.A.R.E., and the Senior Companion Program [see About LOSRC for complete list]. Each of these vital services is open to the public, and Gamma Gamma Omega is committed to making sure that the people who need these services will have easy access to them.
Among the goals of the Care for Caregivers is to provide access to basic health screenings, the opportunity to engage in stress-relieving techniques, and chair exercises; Gamma Gamma Omega Chapter will also provide healthy recipes and lunch to event attendees. Organizations involved in healthy aging services are encouraged to participate; staff and/or volunteers may attend and share information about their programs.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the first Greek-letter sorority brought into being in 1908 as a support network for women of color. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind.”
Land of Sky Regional Council offers these healthy aging programs: Active Aging Week, Aging Advisory, Aging Related Trainings, Buncombe County Aging Plan, Congregant Nutrition Sites, Cultural Change in Aging Network of WNC, Dementia Friendly WNC, Fall Prevention, Family Caregiver Support Program, Foster Grandparent Program, HCCBG Services, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Living Healthy, Local and Regional Planning, Local Contact Agency (LCA/CRC), Operation Fan/Heat Relief, Ombudsman Program, Project C.A.R.E, Senior Centers, Senior Community Services Employment Program, Senior Companion Program, Senior Tar Heel Legislature, SHIP, TRIAD, and Volunteer Advisory Council.