Elder Ministry

From the letter of Pope John Paul II to the Elderly…he said “the teaching and language of the Bible present old age as a “favorable time” for bringing life to its fulfillment and in God’s plan for each person, as a time when everything comes together and enables us better to grasp life’s meaning and to attain “wisdom of Heart”…sign of God’s blessing.

Elder Ministry is about enhancing the lives of seniors who in turn enhance the lives of others. Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte is gifted with the presence of many seniors who have an abundance of knowledge, talent and expertise to offer to ministry. We also have many seniors who would benefit greatly from a ministry geared toward them.

Elder Ministry provides leadership and guidance to parishes and older adults within the Diocese to enhance their well-being and to promote the development of programs.

Development of Parish Programs:

Elder Ministry is available to share models of ministry opportunities to, for, by and with older adults.

Education:

In collaboration with parishes and vicariates, a series of classes and workshops can be created to address the needs and issues associated with aging.

Health Fair:

In various regions of the Diocese, fairs have been held to highlight safety and health. Representatives from diverse groups in the local community, who work toward wellness, health and issues of interest to the senior adult population are present to offer information, consultation and demonstrations.

Outreach:

Education and support in developing parish outreach to home and hospital are available by request.

Recreation and Culture:

Collaboration with parishes and vicariates to assist in planning of special events is available.

Information & Referral:

Elder Ministry provides information and referral to community resources.

Elder Ministry offers annual events such as the Spring Fling.

Spring Fling:

The Spring Fling is a day filled with fun, friendship, food, music, bingo, crafts, entertainment, educational classes, health & wellness programs, chair exercises, line dancing, zumba, and much more. The day concludes with a Closing Mass.

Comments from participants:

“I look forward to the Spring Fling as it allows me the opportunity to reconnect with friends around the Diocese.”

“The Spring Fling is “GREAT!” Each year it just gets better. The friendliness of the staff, the diversity of the programs and activities offered. Please keep them coming!”

“I enjoyed spending the day with new and old friends…the variety of activities to choose from…the entertainment…and especially the Closing Mass…what a perfect way to end a wonderful day.”

For further information, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Elder Ministry Program Director at 704-370-3220 or email her at sbreakfield@ccdoc.org.

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Elder Ministry Events:

Long-Term Care Medicaid – Free Webinar

Catholic Charities Elder Ministry would like to invite you to attend the “Long-Term Care Medicaid” webinar on Thursday, Sept. 8th from 2-3 p.m. featuring Zahra Coleman, Quality & Training Specialist for Long-Term Care Medicaid with Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services.  Join us as we explore Medicaid eligibility requirements, coverage provided, countable and non-countable assets, penalties and lookback periods for Long-Term Care Medicaid as well as information about State & County Assistance Programs.

To Register for this webinar Click Here. Or Contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or sandrab@ccdoc.org.

Tuesday, September 20th   2-3 p.m.
Webinar:  “Working Together to Reduce Falls”

Thursday, September 29th   2-3 p.m.
St. Luke Catholic Church:  In-Person Presentation “Working Together to Reduce Falls”

In recognition of “Fall Prevention Awareness Week”, Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte is offering a Virtual and In-Person presentation “Working Together to Reduce Falls”  featuring Kelly Moriarty, Injury Prevention Coordinator with Novant Heath Presbyterian Medical Center.

Join us as Kelly addresses common factors that can lead to a fall and steps that we can take to help reduce the risk of falling.  Kelly will identify medical problems and medications that can make falls more prevalent and will share information about simple home modifications and exercises that can help prevent falls.

Two Options to Choose From:

  1. Webinar “Working Together to Reduce Falls”

Tuesday, September 20th

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Please click  Here to register for this webinar or for additional information and assistance with registering, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or email sandrab@ccdoc.org.

  1. In-Person Presentation “Working Together to Reduce Falls”

Thursday, September 29th
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
St. Luke Catholic Church (Family Life Center)
13700 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill

Please call 704-370-3220 or email sandrab@ccdoc.org to register for the in-person presentation.

For additional information or questions, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or email sandrab@ccdoc.org.

Tuesday, September 27th     1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Webinar:  “Medicare Choices Made Easy”

Join Catholic Charities Elder Ministry as Bruce Birdsall, Director of Insurance with Council on Aging of Buncombe County provides an overview of Medicare, how it works, when to sign up, and how to save money.  This presentation is for individuals who are already on Medicare, those turning 65 and new to Medicare, for those leaving employer insurance for Medicare and for those who help Medicare beneficiaries with their insurance. 

Please click  Here  to register for this webinar or for additional information and assistance with registering, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or email sandrab@ccdoc.org.

Accessing Available Benefits for Seniors with the Help of BEC’s

Did you know that there are millions of eligible seniors who are missing out on public and private programs because they don’t know about the benefits or how to apply? Join Catholic Charities Elder Ministry as Vance Goodman, Benefits Enrollment Specialist with the Council on Aging of Buncombe County shares information about the Benefits Enrollment Center. Learn how the BEC’s can help you by providing free screening and enrollment services into programs that provide access to needed medical care, prescriptions, healthy food, Medicaid, heating assistance as well as other supportive services.

In-Person Program
Topic:  Accessing Available Benefits for Seniors with the Help of BEC’s
Date:  Tuesday, October 25th
Location:  Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte
1123 South Church Street, Charlotte, NC – Room 1-89, Time:  2 – 3 p.m.

Please register by Thursday, October 20th 

For additional information or questions, please contact Sandra Breakfield at 704-370-3220 or email sandrab@ccdoc.org.

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