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etirees are better for older adults attracted to who struggle to make this area for its ends meet,” Gina says. cost of living, worldSenior PharmAssist class medical care, also facilitates a cultural events and team responding to opportunities for COVID-19 and aims maintaining a healthy to grow the number lifestyle. Many are of community health attracted to the rich workers as part of diversity of Durham as Durham’s Partnership well as the easy access for Seniors, which to Duke hospitals and advocates for older cultural outlets like adult issues, promotes Durham Performing and facilitates Arts Center and The partnerships, and Carolina Theatre. In identifies opportunities Gina Upchurch collects mask donations to deliver to seniors. fact, North Carolina that may improve gained the third-most the quality of life for retirees of any state according to a recent study by Durham seniors. They maintain an up-to-date central SmartAsset. database of community resources and best practices in A lot of the draw has to do with the unique services order to provide reassurance calls for older adults and offered here. Senior PharmAssist, for example, “helps match volunteers with organizations that need them most older adults with limited incomes thrive in Durham,” says during this time. While COVID-19 affected retirement Executive Director Gina Upchurch. “Most have been in communities in ways Gina couldn’t have imagined, she Durham for years.” The nonprofit maintains and manages says, “it has driven deeper collaboration and more activity much-needed medications in addition to providing in the community.” Senior PharmAssist recently received a health education and Medicare counseling. This service, donation of 1,300 masks to cover its participants who are especially, is popular among their clients. The counseling most at risk of complications from the virus. “We are so includes face time with clinical pharmacists, ensuring thankful to be a conduit and connector of goodwill in the people save the most money possible on prescriptions, Bull City,” Gina says, as they worked with The Forest at while also ensuring that the medicines do more good than Duke to package and deliver the masks to seniors’ homes harm. “We focus on what we can do together to make life along with personal letters and health tips.
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