Day of Caring provides health resources for those in need
Now 2 years old, the Winston-Salem Urban League’s annual Day of Caring gives seniors a chance to gain access to health tests and information, thanks to partners such as Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the AARP.
The 2013 Day of Caring was held at Wake Forest Biotech Place on Feb. 28 as a wrap-up to Black History Month, which was an impetus for the start of the program in 2012, said Alvin Borders, vice president and director of workforce development for the Urban League.
The program was conceived as a way to help the more than 400 people enrolled in the Urban League’s Senior Community Service Employment Program obtain access to health care.
This year, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center provided free screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol throughout the day, and, along with the AARP, offered speakers for sessions called “Early Symptoms of Alzheimer’s,” “Principles of Healthy Living,” “Caregiving” and “Cardiology.”
Seniors and health care
The Senior Community Service Employment Program offers training assistance and places participants in subsidized jobs with the goal of helping them gain long-term employment. About 460 seniors have been placed in such subsidized positions with 132 agencies in Northwest North Carolina.
Borders says, though, that health care is often a problem for seniors—including those in the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
“They’re low income. They may decide not to go to the doctor,” he says. “They may not have the money for a co-pay. This day is allowing them to get some free screenings. That was part of the importance of the partnership with Wake Forest Baptist.”
Last year, Borders says, one person was sent directly from a screening to the hospital because the person’s blood pressure was dangerously high. Although nothing as dramatic occurred this year, “we had some people that were alarmed by their results and said they want to make some (lifestyle and diet) changes.”
The 2013 Day of Caring ended with a performance of the play Mamma’s Girls in the atrium of Biotech Place. All told, more than 600 people attended the event, including more than 300 who watched Mamma’s Girls, which is centered on sisters who are forced to assume the role of caregivers for their elderly mother and how they work together to do it successfully.
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