Ten at the Top to Hold Workshop Focused on Household Needs for Seniors December 3rd

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

As part of an ongoing series addressing issues facing seniors in the Upstate, Ten at the Top will be hosting a workshop focused on non-medical home care needs on Tuesday, December 3rd from 9:30-11:00 a.m. The session, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Park 37 Community Building located at 250 Executive Center Drive in Greenville. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

With the number of Upstate residents over the age of 65 projected to rise from roughly 12% of the total population in 2010 to more than 25% by 2030, the Ten at the Top Senior Issues Committee is focusing on educating and raising awareness amongst community stakeholders around important issues facing our seniors today and into the future.

Surveys repeatedly show a majority of seniors prefer to live at home, even if that means living alone. In fact, the portion of homeowners across the country over the age of 65 has been increasing in recent years. Seniors who choose to age in their homes can face unforeseen challenges with home maintenance, isolation from the community, and vulnerability to fraudulent scams. The workshop panelists will cover a range of topics relating to these issues.

The panel will be moderated by James Bennett, Owner and Manager of Upstate Homecare Solutions. Panelists are Dorinne Dubois, Homecare Manager, Appalachian Council of Governments; Vee Daniel, President & CEO, Better Business Bureau of the Upstate; Annette Cook, Director of Senior Adult Ministries, Christ Church Episcopal; and Dayle Stewart, Assistant Director, Rebuild Upstate.

James Bennett, Owner of Upstate Homecare Solutions, hopes to encourage participation in this event and stresses the importance of this issue, saying, “Data has already proven that people are living longer than ever before. Aging in place is not only the most desired option for seniors but it’s also the most effective way for seniors to age in place with dignity and grace. Now is the time to think about and plan for long-term care as it pertains to your senior relatives. Join us as we take a deep dive and discuss the current issues surrounding home care for seniors and hopefully provide you with a game plan to help your senior family members live out the best of their golden years!”

This is the fourth and final senior issues workshop to be hosted by Ten at the Top in 2019. The workshop series is sponsored by Upstate Homecare Solutions and the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate.

Though there is no cost to attend the workshop, advanced registration is requested. You can learn more about the workshop and register at www.tenatthetop.org.