Aging in Place now serves the entire city of Wilmington, NC.
All of our services are free.
We are a non-profit organization in the State of North Carolina.
If you are over age 55, live in Wilmington, North Carolina and are beginning to think about life as a Senior, the AGING IN PLACE Program is meant for you. Regardless of your health, wealth, or type of home, you will be eligible to participate in this innovative program to help you remain in your own home as you age. We began our program in a limited area of downtown Wilmington. But today we serve seniors in the entire City of Wilmington.
AGING IN PLACE enables seniors to remain in their own homes with our service, called “Options Counseling.” We help you identify your current and future needs and assist you in accessing services that will keep you at home. We consider medical, mental health, social, homemaking, legal, technology, safety, home modification and maintenance, financial, nutrition, housing, and transportation factors that are crucial to aging in place.
We inform you of resources in the community and how to access them, and we even suggest ways to pay for them.
Please click on the buttons above for details on our programs and to find ways to help us.
____________________________________________ TUESDAY TALKS - A monthly series of free talks of interest to Agers in Place...
DEMENTIA vs. NORMAL CHANGES IN MENTAL ABILITIES
Dementia is a biologic and behavioral phenomenon. We will learn what that really means and how it progresses. However, dementia is not inevitable, and while our discussion will address the common fear, it will focus, too, on the natural progression toward greater wisdom as we age.
Changes in mental function are perhaps the most feared aspect of aging. Significant mental dysfunction threatens our lives and our independence since we use our brains to perceive and act on risks in the environment. In most people this fear of becoming mentally incompetent is groundless. Much harm results from the assumption that all mental functions decline with age. Every little slip of old people is given the worst interpretation and they themselves begin to believe the stereotype, which encourages social isolation and loss of self-esteem. Depression among elderly people is high.
We will explore how the way we use our mental abilities may change as we age. Some kinds of memory change very little if at all. Research indicates there is a tendency for our reasoning to become less abstract and more concrete and complex. Old people tend to perform less well when stressed or put under time pressure. There may be a change in our coping strategies towards more thoughtful and deliberate action and a greater mastery over emotional responses. With years of rich experience and reflection, some achieve the transcendence of their own circumstances that we call wisdom. Best of all, learning capacity continues throughout life and is strongly influenced by interest, activity, motivation and health. There will be plenty of time for questions.
Mark E. Williams, MD is particularly interested in promoting the health and independence of elderly people. He has an active clinical practice, spending significant time in outpatient, inpatient, assisted-living, and nursing home settings. Holding an Emeritus Distinguished Professorship in Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia, Dr. Williams received his MD degree and Internal Medicine Residency from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of geriatric medicine and is the author of two important books, The American Geriatrics Society’s Complete Guide to Aging & Health” (known as “The Doctor Spock Book for Older People), and Geriatric Physical Diagnosis: A Guide to Observation and Assessment. He is recognized through peer evaluations in American Health and other surveys as one of the best doctors in America.
► December 3, 2019 - 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
► Main Library · 3rd & Chestnut Sts. · New Hanover Room
► FREE! Please RSVP: AgingInPlaceDowntown@hotmail.com
or leave a message at: 910-805-HOME (4663)
► Free 2 hour parking on the ground level of the deck on 2nd
Street entered between Chestnut and Grace Streets