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September 12, 2008

Iredell agent's training will be featured in national Webcast

Iredell County Extension Agent Ann Simmons, family and consumer sciences, recently worked with the Thorlo Sock Co. of Statesville to pilot “Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families.” AARP wanted to see how the project would work in a 30-minute lunch time session. Many Thorlo workers only get 30 minutes for lunch, so their wellness workshops have to fit that time frame. Dr. Luci Bearon, aging specialist in family and consumer sciences and program coordinator, asked Simmons to participate in the pilot project.

A camera crew from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a group working with AARP, came to Statesville after the workshop to interview Simmons, Suzanne Black of AARP-North Carolina, the Thorlo wellness coordinator and an employee who benefited from the workshop. The video will be featured during an online training program Sept. 17, 1-2 p.m. The link to the training site is:

“Prepare to Care” is a workplace-delivery program designed to help families prepare for the role of elder care. North Carolina is one of four states piloting the new program through a partnership between AARP-North Carolina and N.C. Cooperative Extension. For more information on the program, contact Bearon at luci_bearon@ncsu.edu.

Posted by Natalie at September 12, 2008 01:50 PM