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Rowan Public Library to host Senior Healthcare & Wellness Workshop

SALISBURY – Rowan Public Library and its Adult Outreach Services have teamed up with Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Comfort Keepers and McIntyre Elder Law for a workshop on senior health care and wellness.

The workshop will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 in Stanback Auditorium at the headquarters library, 201 W. Fisher St.

The Senior Healthcare & Wellness Workshop will celebrate seniors and their families, offering opportunities to ask questions and get answers. There will be fun activities and refreshments.

“Hopefully, having the opportunity to learn answers to questions about health, mobility, health care costs, caretaking, wills, probate, and the like can ease some stress and anxiety during a time in people’s lives when they’ve earned the right to relax,” said Abigail Hardison, adult services supervisor at the library.

The workshop came about through a conversation between the library’s Amanda Brill and Comfort Keepers representative Melody Reid. Both travel throughout Rowan County talking to seniors, and they said their experiences exposed a clear need.

“This open event will help seniors and caretakers learn what services can make their lives easier and what groups and organizations are out there that they might enjoy and/or learn from,” said Hardison.

Participants can learn how to deal with isolation — particularly isolation caused by physical immobility or lack of transportation.

“Many don’t know about services such as the Rowan Individual Transportation Assistance bus, which can be a lifesaver when trying to get to doctors’ appointments,” said Hardison.

The RITA bus operates in different parts of the county on different days. On Aug. 24, it will be in eastern Rowan County. Those who live there and want to attend the workshop but lack transportation can arrange transportation by calling RITA at 704-216-8888. The deadline is 1 p.m. Aug. 23.

“There are also agencies that will assist seniors in installing ramps or other mobility necessities and even help folks who need emergency repairs on their homes,” Hardison said. “We hope to provide as much useful information as possible.”

The Senior Healthcare & Wellness Workshop is free and open to all ages.

For more information, contact Hardison at Abigail.Hardison@rowancountync.gov or 704-216-8248 or visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org.

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