By Beth Lawrence
The Jackson County Department on Aging will on Tuesday mark 10 years in its 100 County Services Park facility.
Part one of the celebration is an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“I think we have one of the nicest facilities in the state,” Director Eddie Wells said. “The open house is during the day because we want people to see people involved in the program participating. Our hope is that individuals who have not heard about our programs will come to learn about all we do to help seniors have a higher quality of life in our community.”
Tours of the facility and its programs will be available during the open house.
Part two begins at 5:30 p.m.
Several speakers will present information on the importance of what the Department on Aging does, programs offered and a presentation of construction of the facility. Speakers include county Commission Chair Brian McMahan; Helen Bryson, a former executive director; Charlotte Cowan, Senior Tar Heel Legislature delegate and former Council on Aging chairperson; and Sara Melton, area agency on aging director.
There will be refreshments and door prizes. Both sessions are open to the public, and tickets are not required.
The program was founded in 1980. The first iteration was as the Council on Aging with members appointed by Jackson County Board of Commissioners. The Department on Aging facility opened in 2009 with the goal of creating a one-stop service center for the elderly in Jackson County.
Now known as the Jackson County Department on Aging, the group offers a number of programs designed to help seniors maintain their health and independence.
Programs include the Adult Day Program, Ani-meals, Cashiers Senior Center, Council on Aging, Dementia Friendly Community, health and wellness programs, Information and Assistance, In-Home List, Jackson County Senior Center, Lending Closet, Liquid Supplement, Meals on Wheels, Options Counseling, Project CARE, Project FIRE, Project Lifesaver, Senior Christmas Boxes, Senior Games, Senior Fan Program, Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program and Sylva Senior Café.
“We are dedicated to providing services and support to the aging population of Jackson County,” Wells said. “Older adults can meet some social, physical, mental and financial needs through programs offered at the Department on Aging.”