Senior Adult Opportunities

Senior Voice Newsletter
Summer 2018

Next Door Group Respite Program
Council on Aging is accepting registration for participants for our group respite program located “Next Door” to our office.  Group respite is an opportunity for individuals with memory loss to engage in social and recreational activities while their family caregivers receive needed relief from caregiving.  Participants will be involved in meaningful activities and be served a nutritious meal and snacks.  Group Respite will be offered Monday - Thursday from 10am-3pm.  For more information or to register someone for group respite, call 704-292-1797.
Volunteer Opportunities at Council on Aging
Next Door Group Respite Program:  Individuals and groups of volunteers are needed Mon-Thurs, daily, weekly, or monthly to help as follows:
  • Companionship - Having conversations, playing games, reminisce, and reading.
  • Meals - Prepare or sponsor meals for about 8 individuals weekly or monthly.
  • Leading/Planning Activities - Share your talent of crafting, painting, sing-a-longs, gardening, music, games, plan a holiday party, etc.
  • Entertainment - Play musical instruments, educational/history programs, show off your pet, show-and-tell, singing, dancing, storytelling, etc.
  • Ambassadors - Collect or fundraise for needed supplies for activities, cleaning, meals, and games.
Home Safety Repairs: Volunteers are needed for minor home safety repairs including installing grab bars, changing lightbulbs, installing handrails, building wheelchair ramps, etc., for seniors unable to do the work themselves.  Volunteer hours are flexible!

SHIIP Medicare Counseling: Assist Medicare beneficiaries with understanding their Medicare options.  Volunteers are trained by the NC Department of Insurance. 
If you are interested in volunteering, call Council on Aging at 704-292-1797.
Supplies Needed – Next Door
Supplies are needed to implement our group respite program including arts & crafts supplies, music, picture books, games, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, kitchen items, etc.  To donate items, please call us at 704-292-1797 or check out our amazon wish list below.  Needed items start at just $5!  
Amazon Wish List

Monthly Food Program

Council on Aging in partnership with Common Heart is taking applications for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors with a low income.  Monthly food packages include cereal, juice, milk, cheese, meat, beans or peanut butter, rice/pasta, vegetables, and fruit. Income limits apply.  To apply or for more info, call 704-292-1797.

United Way Day of Caring

The 26th annual Day of Caring will be Saturday, August 25, 2018.  Teams of volunteers will do outside chores including cutting grass, weeding, pruning, trash pick-up, window washing, cleaning gutters, and small painting jobs. Keep Reading

Memory Loss “Effective Communication Strategies” Seminar

The Alzheimer’s Association and Council on Aging will offer a free educational program at Union West Regional library in Indian Trail on Thursday, August 23rd from 2pm to 3:30pm. This presentation will include information on dementia and communication skills when caring for loved ones with memory loss. To register, call 704-292-1797.

Advance Directives Workshop

Make Plans to Document Your Healthcare Choices in an Advance Directive: Free workshop will be held at Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center: 327 South Hayne St, Monroe on Sept. 25th at 10am. An advance care planning facilitator and notary will assist with completion of Healthcare Power of Attorney and/or Living Will documents. Registration not required. For more info call Atrium’s Your Care Your Choice 704-512-4714.

Monthly Senior Programs


Good Medicine: Healing Power of Story - Since the beginning of time, people have had to respond to hurtful situations that leave invisible scars. Bullying, trauma, and the loss of loved ones create an unbearable sense of mental anguish. Many people have discovered that storytelling is the salve that can soothe the broken heart, soften anger, and nurture emotional strength.  Join storyteller Linda Goodman for this mini-workshop that will open your eyes to the healing power of story.
July 24 Tues. 10:00am Wingate United Methodist Church – 111 Hinson St, Wingate (Lunch-Ginos)
This program focuses on how to safely select appropriate dietary supplements.  Dr. Cortney Mospan & Dr. Geoffrey Mospan, clinical pharmacists at Wingate University, will discuss common dietary supplement uses and interactions with medications.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about their own dietary supplement use.
Aug 7 Tues. 10:00am Waxhaw Community Room at Atrium – 2700 Providence Rd S., Waxhaw
Aug 14 Tues. 10:30am Langford Chapel – 113 S. Johnson St, Monroe (light lunch)
Aug 21 Tues. 10:00am Indian Trail Town Hall – 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Rd, Indian Trail
Aug 28 Tues. 10:00am Wingate United Methodist Church – 111 Hinson St, Wingate (Lunch-Ginos)
Do you think Medicare options are confusing?  You’re not alone! Choices are great but sure can be overwhelming. Andrew Friend, SHIIP Coordinator at Council on Aging in Union County, will discuss the different parts of Medicare and the many options for secondary insurance. Unbiased information will be given. No insurance is sold or endorsed.   
Sept 4 Tues. 10:00am Waxhaw Community Room at Atrium – 2700 Providence Rd S., Waxhaw  
Sept 11 Tues. 10:30am Langford Chapel – 113 S. Johnson St, Monroe (light lunch)  
Sept 18 Tues. 10:00am Indian Trail Town Hall – 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Rd, Indian Trail
Sept 25 Tues. 10:00am Wingate United Methodist Church – 111 Hinson St, Wingate (Lunch-Ginos)
Day Trips
July 26 - Mt. Airy to see Mayberry
$50, includes tour but does not include lunch

Aug 8 - Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre
$80, includes lunch & play

Sept 27 - Lake Lure Riverboat Cruise
$70, includes lunch & tour

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 2, 2018
Day Trips - More info
Save the Date



Council on Aging in Union County is a nonprofit organization that gratefully accepts donations for our programs.  To show us some love, please consider the options below.
Next Door Wish List



NCBAM is pleased to sponsor a Bible-based workshop for caregivers or those wishing to support caregivers!



Sept. 26



NC Baptist Aging Ministry

201-A Idol St. 

Thomasville, NC 27360



Your $10 registration includes:
  • The 90-minute workshop by Mary Tutterow
  • The Heart of the Caregiver book
  • Morning coffee and light snacks

Seating is limited to 40 people!  REGISTER TODAY!


Are you overwhelmed as a caregiver? Do you know caregivers in your church or community and desire to support them emotionally and spiritually? Join us Sept. 26!


NCBAM is pleased to sponsor Mary Tutterow, author of The Heart of the Caregiver, to share with you the proven process of transforming your life from overwhelmed to overjoyed!


From Mary: “Over the years of caring for our daughter as well as my mother-in-law, we came to realize that God didn’t do this to us, rather there is something important and beautiful He is doing through us. It is my mission to help you perceive the beauty and honor of your calling to love and serve someone with exceptional needs."  


From NCBAM Director, Dr. Sandy Gregory: "NCBAM endorses quality outreaches that provide practical support to caregivers. Mary's work reaches deep to offer spiritual support that is truly transformative."


Who will benefit from this workshop?

  • Caregivers
  • Senior adult ministers or lay leaders
  • Anyone wishing to spiritually support caregivers

Seating is limited. $10 reserves your space today!







North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry
P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC  27361

A ministry of Baptist Children's Homes -- Michael C. Blackwell, President/CEO & NCBAM Founder








Mark your calendar to attend one of the three Senior Adult Ministry Regional Leadership Gatherings planned for this fall!  


The Gatherings will encourage ministers and lay leaders to recognize the value of their leadership as well as the world-changing value of missional senior adults!


Attendees will be inspired to affirm seniors to value their experiences, knowledge, and wisdom--and to infuse them with the knowledge that their neighbors, their families, and the world desperately need them!


Dr. Sandy Gregory, director of NCBAM, along with local senior adult leaders, will share insights on motivating, disciplining, and empowering seniors to continue blessing others and living in the irrevocable gifts and calling of God.


Each Gathering will also include music, regional highlights, round-table discussions, and a delicious lunch. Cost is only $10.




Reserve your space today!






Opportunities to be the Solution in 2018 with NCBAM: 

Sept. 20, Oct. 9, Oct. 16: Senior Adult Ministry Regional Leadership Gatherings 

General Volunteer Information and Opportunities 

Contact the NCBAM Regional Director in your area (see list below) or call 877-506-2226 to schedule your event and be the solution! 

Central West Area

Debra Kuykendall,, 828.496.6106 

Far West Area

Anita Davie,, 828.450.1834 

South Central Area

Robert Leonard,, 704.699.7519 

North Central Area

Samantha Allred,, 336.307.1181 

East Area

Yvetta Smith,, 919.452.6069 

Call Center Director

Melanie Beeson,, 877.506.2226 


NCBAM wants to help meet needs in your church and community!


Contact us today!   877.506.2226


GREAT Fellowship. GREAT Food.
GREAT Activities. GREAT Worship. 

Join us for the Fall Festival of Fellowship, October 15 - 18, 2018 at Caraway.  


For more details, and to download your Fall Festival flyer, please click below:

Register by calling Shelly at 336-629-2374
Only a few spots remain!


Get Help for the Journeywith NCBAM's enrichment workshops!


The following is a list of workshop categories and titles. For more information or to schedule a training, contact the NCBAM Call Center at 877.506.2226. 

30-60 Minute Workshops    Aging and Spirituality                         

My Prayer Life for All My Life

The Spiritual Practice of Simplicity

Living Forward: New Horizons in Life

Pastor Appreciation


NCBAM’s CareAble Curriculum

FACES—Seeing the Aging in Your Community

The NCBAM Care Team Model of Ministry

The Christian Art of Caregiving



SOS for Caregivers

Caring for the Caregiver

The Five Love Languages for Caregivers

Dementia and the Faith Community 

Down, But Not Out! (addressing depression in aging adults)


Healthy Aging

Aging and Health (medication management)

Benefits of Volunteerism in Aging Adults  

Better Sleep BINGO!

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 

Laughter Is the Best Medicine

The Five Love Languages for Aging Adults

Reducing Stress in the Golden Years

Shake, Rattle and Roll (recreational ministry)

Soul Stretch Exercise


Intergenerational Ministry                            

Two Peas in a Pod - Similarities between Aging Adults and Teenagers

Generation to Generation (generational mindsets)



NCBAM Brief Overview 

In Good Faith: Co-Laborers For Aging Adults (NCBAM’s community partnerships)

Together We Serve (meeting needs of the aging) 

We Got This! (Baptists meeting needs)

Up, Up, But Not Away!  (combating ministry fatigue)


Planning Ahead

Living with Less (downsizing)

Make Retirement Years Your “Bonus Years”

Skirting a Train Wreck (preparing to care for aging parents)


Priority #1 Prevention

Fire and/or Fall Prevention Classes

Building Better Balance  (screening process)

Not Living in Neverland: Removing Barriers in Your Home

Beware: Scams and Frauds


Six-to-Eight-Week Evidence-Based Classes

(Limited availability, but we can direct you to a training in your area.)


Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition 

Living Healthy with Diabetes 

Matter of Balance  (fall prevention)

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention 

NCBAM’s regional directors are available to speak with you about classes or other NCBAM ministry outreaches.  

Central West Area

Debra Kuykendall,, 828.496.6106

Far West Area

Anita Davie,, 828.450.1834

South Central Area

Robert Leonard,, 704.699.7519

North Central Area

Samantha Allred,, 336.307.1181

East Area

Yvetta Smith,, 919.452.6069

NCBAM wants to help meet needs in your church and community! 

Contact us today!

North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC  27361

A ministry of Baptist Children's Homes -- Michael C. Blackwell, President/CEO & NCBAM Founder 



To learn how AAIM can help strengthen your ministry to aging adults, contact a member of the AAIM Leadership Board. They'll love to hear from you!

AAIM Chair, Stan Heiser,

Co-Chair, Norman Melton,

Secretary, Barbara Blood,

West Region Leader, Glenn Davenport,

NCBAM Western Regional Directors

Debra Kuykendall,, 828.496.6106

Anita Davie,, 828.450.1834

Central Region Leader, Christa Warise,

NCBAM Central Regional Directors

Robert Leonard,, 704.699.7519

East Region Leaders, Phil and Phyllis Crane,

NCBAM East Regional Director

Yvetta Smith,, 919.452.6069

For more infomration about AAIM or the Fall Regional Gaterhings, contact the NCBAM Call Center at 877.506.2226.

Leaders of aging adult groups -- are you ready to join us for encouragement, information and fellowship?

 Register here today!