Your letters, Nov. 10

November 10, 2013 

Joan’s Hillsborough Hustlers raised $5,730 for The National Parkinson Foundation’s “Moving Day.”

COURTESY OF AGNES DACOSTA

Aging can be a rich time of life

Thank you to Carlton Koonce for his article reporting on the panel discussion in Chapel Hill on Aging in Place, also known as Aging in Community (CHN, Nov. 6, bit.ly/1hmUOBx). It was outstanding!

The discussion was so reinforcing. Meadowmont and Falconbridge in Chapel Hill have up-and-running aging in community projects (four to five years strong) showing how successful grassroots, senior initiated and created programs can be. As a founder and major volunteer of Meadowmont seniors aging in community, seeing the new groups forming and hearing their hopes and enthusiasm for their programs was so rewarding!

Aging is a rich time of life when shared with the community. Your story reported on the essence of the gathering and the movement. I hope The Chapel Hill News’ sharing the news will inspire other neighborhoods to get together and enable our newly aging population to age well, effectively and safely while contributing to the entire community as we grow.

Check it out and learn from us. The Meadowmont aging in place public website is mapp27517.org. As we say in Meadowmont, WE ROCK!

A. Yvonne Mendenhall

Chapel Hill

Join the Garden Club

Organized in 1931 and federated with the N.C. Garden Club in 1932, the Chapel Hill Garden Club’s goals are to educate members in the areas of horticulture, floral arrangement and landscape design.

Historically, our club, with its large, diverse and talented membership has participated in numerous state and local activities. Over $173,500 has been donated to the N.C. Botanical Garden and other community organizations.

Since 1996 our Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour is held biennially (even years) and is a favorite among both locals and visitors to our area. Watch for our next Tour May 3 and 4, 2014.

Meetings are held monthly on the last Tuesday of the month at the Visitor Education Center of the N.C. Botanical Garden. Our meetings inform, inspire and entertain us with varied programs and nationally-known speakers.

Events throughout the year include our Fall Coffee, Floral Design Workshops, Field Trips, Community Service Projects, Holiday Tea, Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour, Spring Picnic and Auction.

Membership is open; dues are $35 annually. Members enjoy an informative monthly newsletter and many opportunities to socialize as well as serve.

Jan Dean

Chapel Hill

Indian heritage

North Carolina is home to the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi River, and Carolina’s American Indian Center is one of many ways to explore the state’s American Indian cultural, social and economic issues.

This year, the American Indian Center will celebrate American Indian Heritage Month through lectures and symposia, film viewings, cultural demonstrations, and food celebrations.

The UNC American Indian Center’s mission is to bridge the richness of American Indian cultures with the strengths of Carolina in research, education and service. The Center engages its mission through a dedicated approach to: (1) student engagement, (2) native community engagement, (3) engaged scholarship, and (4) campus community engagement. This includes academic programs including lectures and symposia, outreach to the community through events like films and cultural demonstrations, and serving native communities through technical assistance and capacity-building workshops.

Join us and the rest of the nation as we celebrate the indigenous people and culture! For more information, go to bit.ly/16JRs4G or contact the center at 919-843-4189.

Amy Locklear Hertel

American Indian Center

Military families

Our service members make many sacrifices for our nation, but they are not alone in putting their country before themselves. Our brave men and women who serve have wives and husbands, daughters and sons, mothers and fathers who endure difficult deployments and pray that their loved one will return home safely. They pack up and move from base to base, leaving their lives and friends behind. And their resilience too often goes unnoticed.

Since I joined the U.S. Senate, I’ve been proud to support military families in any way possible. Each year in Fayetteville, my office co-hosts a ceremony to honor military spouses, and I helped reinstate the grant program for spouses who enroll in college courses or seek career training. I’ve urged the Department of Defense (DoD) to exempt teachers at North Carolina’s 18 DoD schools from furloughs so that children of service members continue to receive the best education possible. And in any discussion of tax reform, I will seek to preserve tax credits that 140,000 military families depend on to make ends meet.

As the wife, daughter, sister and aunt of veterans, I hold deep admiration for the courageous military families in North Carolina, across the country and around the world, and I thank them for the countless sacrifices they make each and every day.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan

Washington, D.C.

People with Parkinson’s

“People who move change the world.” For over half a century, The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has focused on meeting the needs in the care and treatment of people with Parkinson’s, the second most common neuro-degenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. Some 1 million people in the United States alone are affected by PD.

North Carolina participated for the first time in The National Parkinson Foundation’s “Moving Day,” an event to raise awareness and funding for the fight against Parkinson’s Disease both nationally and in the Triangle. The event took place Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Teams from the Triangle participated in Parkinson’s beneficial exercise classes including dance for PD, Yoga, LSVT Big/Loud and Tai-Chi. There were bouncy castles, a magician, face painting for the children and 10 minute chair massages for care partners. Many people with PD did the 2-mile walk through the fall-colored woods and around the lake, some with canes, walkers or wheelchairs.

Joan’s Hillsborough Hustlers, a small team formed in honor of Joan Terry, founder of The Hillsborough PD Support Group, was a huge success placing second among all the teams represented. And four of its members were among the top donors recognized.

The goal for this first Moving Day was set at $50,000 with a stretch goal of $60,000, but North Carolina responded with $106,539.17, of which $5,730 came from Joan’s Hillsborough Hustlers.

If you want more information about the Hillsborough PD Support Group, please contact Susan Gerbeth-Jones by phone at 919-373-4103 or by email: sgjones@duke.edu.

Agnes DaCosta

Joan’s Hillsborough Hustlers

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