Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 86 SENIOR RESOURCES Resources for Seniors Finding senior resources in any town can be daunting, but Charlotte tries to make it less formidable than most cities its size. With an ever- expanding network work of senior services from which to choose, Charlotte is a beautiful place to grow older and retire. From a medical standpoint at least ten hospitals service the area including a rehabilitation hospital, orthopedic hospital, and mental wellness hospital. Traveling to and from Charlotte is as easy as moving around within the city. By automobile, Interstates 77 and 85 intersect Charlotte with I-40 located less than an hour north. Charlotte Douglas International Airport offers more than 700 daily flights including more than 160 nonstop flights to international and domestic destinations. 3 Amtrak routes are serving the city daily: The Piedmont connects Charlotte and Raleigh, the Carolinian runs to New York, and the Crescent travels from New York to New Orleans. There are even special excursions for events like Carolina Panthers and college football games. Daily Greyhound service to and from Charlotte is available with connections to Raleigh, Atlanta, Richmond and more. Inside the city, Charlotte's light-rail, bus, trolley, rail, and shuttle transportation systems - CATS and LYNX - make it a very walkable city. If you're a senior, there are even more transportation options. For instance, Centralina Volunteer Transportation Service (or VTS) was created in 2013 to fill the transportation gap for adults with permanent or temporary disabilities, veterans, and individuals 50 and over, to enhance the quality of life by providing access to daily life activities. VTS is just one of the services Centralina provides seniors. Centralina Area Agency on Aging (AAA), though located in Charlotte, actually serves a nine-county region and is an "on-the-ground" organization charged with helping vulnerable older adults and people with disabilities live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities. Some of AAA's community-based services include Adult Day Care/Health Caregiver Support Program, Health and Wellness Education, Home Delivered Meals; Housing and Home Improvement, Information & Options Counseling; In-Home Aide, Legal Assistance, Lunch Bunch/ Group Meals, and Senior Centers. Another great resource is the Charlotte Mecklenburg Aging Coalition (CMAC). CMAC facilitates community and agency collaboration, identifies critical issues, and promotes response strategies about aging population. Long viewed as a collaborative collection of professionals and advocates who care passionately about seniors, CMAC remains committed to seamless, concerted focus on making the world a better place for both seniors and their caregivers. At the MECKNC.GOV Services for Aging seniors can find a wealth of information with everything from news about home-delivered meals to supplemental nutrition programs to details on senior centers like the North Meck Senior Center, the Shamrock Senior Center, and the Tyvola Senior Center, who all provide solid foundations for breaking into senior living. They have exercise and educational programs, meet- and-greets, lunches, and expos for different events in the senior world. The MECKNC.GOV site even has information about social activities and trips like those associated with the Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Department, The Shepherd's Center of Charlotte Travel Adventures, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers, Historical Sites to Visit in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the Levine Senior Center in Matthews, the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department, and the Town of Huntersville. Most of MECKNC.GOV information can be obtained with just one phone call. Just1Call (J1C) is the single portal of entry for information, referral, and initiation of services. The J1C process begins with an inquiry from a prospective client, family member, a member of the community, or an agency. Highly skilled intake social workers then screen and assess urgent, complex requests for assistance via telephone, office, and home visit interviews and help the client access the needed resources. If you need some extra help with your computer or are interested in classes, there are numerous avenues available in Charlotte. You can check with area community colleges and universities about enrolling in a course or just "auditing" BY LAUREL HYATT

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