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Community Resources for Seniors

Community Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center - The COVID-19 vaccine help center can be reached at 888-675-4567, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Callers can get help with general COVID-19 vaccine questions, information on eligibility groups, clinical questions about the vaccine, how to find vaccine locations and transporation services. Additionally, they have a Find My Spot vaccine location search tool that lets North Carolinians enter their ZIP code or current location to find nearby vaccine providers, using the latest available data.


Fraud and Scam Alert! The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert to seniors in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties. See the official alert here.


AgingCare.com provides resources on finding home care, housing for seniors and tips, advice and support from their Caregivers Forum. There is also an extensive list of topics related to aging that provides great resources.

Are You Okay - The Are You Ok Program is a free service by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office that places a daily phone call to each person enrolled, at a specified time.  If no response is received a Deputy is dispatched to the residence to ensure the person's safety.

Brunswick County's COVID-19 Information - Get the most up to date information on the corona virus, as well as vaccine information.

Brunswick County Emergency Services maintains a database of residents who may have additional needs before, during and after an emergency event (such as a hurricane) in functional areas which may include but are not limited to: maintaining independence, communication, transportation, supervision, and medical care. Residents in the Access & Functional Needs (AFN) Registry will be contacted by our staff when an emergency event is anticipated or has occurred; in particular, events that trigger evacuations. If you or someone you know would like to be included in AFN Registry, please complete this form. For further information, please contact Kelley Currie, AFN Coordinator at 910-253-5383 or kelley.currie@brunswickcountync.gov.

Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. - a comprehensive guide to the adult services available to seniors living in Brunswick County

Brunswick Senior Resources-Southport Senior Center and AARP can assist you with your tax preparation. This year, taxpayers are required to schedule an appointment; no walk-ins will be allowed. Tax returns will be processed offf-site. Call 910-477-3994 for your first appointment to get started; you will get a call back to schedule your appointment, as well as instructions on what documentation you need to bring to your first appointment.

Brunswick Transit System (BTS) is a non-profit community transportation system that coordinates general public and human services transportation for the residents of Brunswick County. The transit system operates a fleet of 17 vehicles, including ADA equipped vehicles to assist persons with special needs. BTS offers rides for $3-$5 (one way), depending on the destination.

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) - is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. They provide a wide variety of caregiver services, including their Family Caregiver Toolbox.

Compassion & Choices is committed to empowering people to get the care they want during a serious illness or at the end of life. They have some valuable resources available to help people become good advocates for themselves and their loved ones.

DocuBank has an Emergency Card that helps to ensure that your medical wishes are known and respected when it counts.  DocuBank SAFE allows you to upload and store those documents that you want quick, convenient, access to online. Keep your important documents within reach, round the clock, from anywhere.

Duke Energy's 2021 Emergency Preparedness Guide - This booklet contains important emergency planning information for people who live within 10 miles of our nuclear power plants (also known as the emergency planning zones or EPZs). The information was developed by state and local officials in conjunction with Duke Energy and is updated annually. The booklet provides basic information about radiation and how to prepare for a nuclear emergency.

Hurricane Preparedness - The Town of St. James offered a hurricane preparedness webinar in June 2021. You can find a recording of the webinar here. Additional information on hurrican preparedness can be found on the Town of St. James' website.

National Council on Aging has a great tool to help you determine how likely you or a loved one might be to fall and how to prevent that. They also have a great conversation guide for caregivers on how to discuss fall prevention with a loved one.

Project Lifesaver - The Project Lifesaver program is a free service by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office for Brunswick County residents who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimers's Disease, Autism or other conditions that make them likely to wander away from caregivers or have difficulty communicating with rescuers. Project Lifesaver bracelets can help rescuers find a loved one who has wandered away.

Senior Equipment Loan - Senior Gear has a list of equipment that residents will loan you if you need something while recuperating from an operation or taking physical therapy, such as a wheelchair, walker, shower chair, knee scooter, crutches, etc. Contact Teri Harrison, Chair, 910-253-9962 or tharrison0104@gmail.com; Diane Moss, 910-610-3124 or dmoss27@nc.rr.com; or Cheryl Gardner, 973-819-8814 or cheryldgardner@gmail.com. 

St. Jame Fire Department's Vial of Life provides lifesaving information for medical emergencies.  Everyone in St. James should fill out a form for each member in the household. Even if you are healthy, no allergies and take no medication PLEASE Fill in your Name and Birthdate and state "No Allergies and No Medications".  This information is vital in an emergency if you cannot speak or are unconscious.

The National Institute on Aging (part of NIH) has a wealth of resources to help you extend your healthy, active years of life. One example is their Workouts to Go program, which gives you some great ideas on easy ways to ease yourself into getting active and healthy.