More retirees are moving to North Carolina and specifically to the Charlotte area. Some are following their adult children who are attracted to our area’s growing progressive business opportunities. But many seniors are also drawn to the combination of favorable year-round climate, world famous golf courses, quality health care, shopping with leisure attractions and relatively close access to the beach and mountains.
There are many ways for a senior to become involved within our community. Local senior centers offer bridge tournaments, classes, meals and travel opportunities with new friends. Many churches have active programs for seniors with calendars full of trips, education classes and mentoring programs. Several multi-cultural organizations, specifically the Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Center’s Multi-Cultural Programs, offer information and fun for seniors from different countries. In addition, several organizations serve to link seniors with schools, companies and non-profits in need of volunteer expertise.
HOUSING AND CARE CHOICES
While some seniors choose to purchase a home or condo, some may be interested in exploring the benefits offered by area retirement communities. Some services provided by these communities include transportation, housekeeping and maintenance, daily meals, and planned activities and trips with other residents.
One type of retirement community available in our area is the continuing-care or life-care community that offers a full continuum of care for residents, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Typically, a resident pays an entry fee with monthly fees to live in an independent-living apartment or patio home with the option to move later to a unit with higher care if needed.
Some seniors who need assistance with daily tasks but do not need more intensive nursing care may consider a domiciliary care or assisted-living community. These communities provide both housing and personalized care services to assist individuals requiring help with activities of daily living. Some of these assisted living communities also offer specific memory care for those residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Nursing homes provide care for their residents with extended illnesses, ongoing skilled care needs and rehabilitation. As with assisted living, some nursing homes are free standing, while others are integrated into the retirement communities.
In addition to housing and care choices, Charlotte offers a supportive, diverse array of organizations and services designed specifically to help seniors and their caregivers. These include (but are not limited to):
- Adult day care centers offering members socialization and programs while providing respite for caregivers
- Disability services providing support and education through numerous agencies
- Geriatric care and management groups offering professional help in assessing and identifying solutions for various senior needs and issues
- Home health care, both medical and nonmedical, for personal safety and assistance within a senior’s personal home
- Long term care insurance specialists
- Meals and nutrition programs located throughout the community
- Multi-cultural programs with a wide variety of local programs and education at specific sites
For more information regarding retirement and assisted living in Charlotte, click here.
REFERENCE CONTACT LIST
Centralina Area Agency on Aging (AAA) 800.508.5777 - www.centralina.org Under the Council of Government, this agency covers Mecklenburg as well as eight other contiguous counties with education and services to help and support older and disabled adults and their caregivers. AAA provides family caregiver resources, long term care facility resources, caregiving information, and training and employment opportunities for those aged 55 and older. It also provides educational opportunities and advocacy related to long term care for residents, caregivers and facilities.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Council on Aging 704.391.5216 - www.charmeckcoa.org
This organization is a non-profit information clearinghouse and advocacy group for all aging-related resources and information. It offers training, on-going education, senior programs and an annual conference in May.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers Inc. 704.522.6222 - www.cmseniorcenters.org
Provides resources for recreation, health and wellness programs, information and counseling, and employment services for seniors. Class subjects range from computers to exercise to line dancing. Local and out-of-country trips are coordinated by the centers for participants.
Just1Call 704.432.1111 or 877.889.0323 - www.just1call.org
This free, one-call resource provides information and assistance resources for seniors, adults with disabilities, and their families and caregivers. Services include information and assistance, assessment of need, referral and linkage, and advocacy.
NC care Link 800.662.7030 - www.nccarelink.gov
This is a new statewide and comprehensive resource for senior services and more.
RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) 704.522.6222 - www.cmseniorcenters.org/rsvp
Seniors aged 55 and better volunteer and use their experience to tutor children, counsel small businesses, assist at health clinics and hospitals, distribute food to homeless or volunteer at a variety of one-time community events. The RSVP Program has affiliations with more than 40 different nonprofit agencies in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.
Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte 704.365.1995 - www.shepherdscentersouth.org
Shepherd’s Center South 704.365.1995 - www.shepherdscentersouth.org
Shepherd’s Center East 704.338.1511
With various locations in Charlotte, this organization strives to provide meaning and purpose for senior adults by sharing learning opportunities and social services through many faiths and the greater community.