The Moore County Tax-Aide program assists nearly 2,000 individuals and families each year with preparations of their state and federal income tax returns. This free service by IRScertified tax counselors is available to the elderly and middle- and low-income taxpayers. Servers are available from Feb. 1 to April 15 at the Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, Habitat for Humanity (February only) in the Southern Pines Recreation Center and the Southern Pines Public Library, at the days and times posted and published in The Pilot during the tax season.
Aging Outreach Services
Aging Outreach Services (AOS) is a fullservice elder care firm with services available 24/7, including private duty caregivers, geriatric care management and 24-hour accessibility. From companions to registered nurses, the caregivers Moore Registry represents have a range of skills that can be matched to meet your needs. At Moore Registry, the only accredited caregiver registry in North Carolina, each caregiver is screened, credentialed and personally interviewed. Assistance with transportation, medication reminders, meal preparation, shopping, laundry and linen changes, light housekeeping, activity engagement, personal care assistance and other customized services are available. AOS care managers are certified geriatric care managers with more than 50 years of experience. Care manager services include care advocacy, family liaison, consultation, dementia care, crisis intervention, placement assistance, resource location and setup, attendance and navigation of medical appointments, and ongoing planned care management. AOS Cares provides access to one of the AOS team members day or night. All program members have a secure online profile of key information that is easily accessed by health care providers during a crisis. Call (910) 692-0683 or visit www.agingoutreachservices.com.
Moore County Department of Aging
The Moore County Department of Aging was created in 1984 to provide services that promote the well-being of older adults. The agency serves those 60 years of age and over. There are no income requirements. Among the services offered are transportation for medical needs and in-home aide services, featuring two levels of home management and personal care. Caregiver support also is provided. Other programs include nutrition, including both congregate and home delivered meals, as well as several others. Information and referral are important components of what the department offers, as well as Medicare counseling. The office is located in the Moore County Senior Enrichment Center, 8040 U.S. 15-501, two miles north of the Traffic Circle. Call (910) 215-0900.
Moore County Health Department
The Moore County Health Department oversees an array of essential programs and services to control communicable diseases, prevent and monitor environmental hazards, and educate and inform citizens on a variety of health behaviors to improve and protect health. Personal health programs offered include maternal and adult health services, communicable disease, family planning, WIC nutrition program, vital records (birth and death), case management and foreign travel. Environmental health services include permitting and inspection of food establishments, nursing homes, day cares, institutions, individual watersupplies, on-site sewage treatment and disposal, public swimming pools and spas. Some services are free; however, most services charge a fee. Many clinical services use a sliding fee scale based on income and family size. Appointments are required for some services. The Health Department is located at 705 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. Environmental Health is at 1042 Carriage Oaks, Carthage. Animal Operations is located at 5235 N.C. 15-501, Carthage. Call (910) 947-3300 for the Health Department; (910) 947-4541 for Personal Health Services; (910) 947-3271 for WIC; and (910) 947-6283 for Environmental Health or visit www.moorecountync.gov/health.
Moore County RSVP
RSVP offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the county. Whether you have one hour per month or several per week to give back to your community, there is something to fit everyone’s interests, talents or skills. The office works to meet community needs by providing assistance through volunteer service in more than 44 nonprofit and public agencies. As a volunteer, you will find that your experiences, knowledge and life skills are a rich resource. In return for your gifts, volunteering offers the chance to make new friends, participate in social activities and receive recognition for a job well done. Residents 55 years of age or older are eligible to register in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP is a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored locally by Moore County. A local advisory council assists and supports the staff in forming local policy. RSVP offers additional benefits to Moore County volunteers such as supplemental volunteer insurance, tax vouchers, eligibility for membership in the local government credit union, a quarterly newsletter and invitations to special activities and events throughout the year. Contact Tommy Deese at (910) 215-0900.
Moore County Senior Enrichment Center
The Moore County Senior Enrichment Center provides programs, classes, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and programs, all of which are available to adults age 50 and over. The Center is home to the Moore County Department of Aging and its miscellaneous services, including the senior volunteer program known as RSVP. One of the many amenities offered at the Center is a 1,450+ square-foot fitness room that plays a vital role in providing healthy lifestyle education and exercise resources, such as state-of-the-art strength training and cardiovascular equipment. A qualified staff member is available at the center Monday through Friday to assist fitness room users. The Moore County Senior Enrichment Center is at 8040 U.S. 15-501, two miles north of the Traffic Circle. Call (910) 215-0900.
Moore County Veterans Office
The Moore County Veterans Office is located at 707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. This location provides easier access for residents and larger offices for the Veterans Office team. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Call (910) 947-3257 or (910) 947-3334 (fax).
North Carolina Division Of Aging and Adult Services
The Division of Aging and Adult Services works to achieve successful aging for North Carolina’s older population by providing a system of services, opportunities and protective supports. These include supporting home and community services to promote independence and self-sufficiency; promoting opportunities for citizen involvement to allow seniors to contribute in civic affairs and public policymaking and through volunteerism; ensuring the rights and protections of older people for their social, health and economic well-being; and preparing younger generations to enjoy meaningful lives in their later years. Call (919) 855-4800.
Sandhills Center For Creative Retirement
Whatever your age, keeping your mind actively engaged is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a fulfilled lifetime. Exercise your mind with Creative Retirement courses at Sandhills Community College. Whether you want to enhance your skills in a new hobby; get into shape with nutrition; expand your creativity through drawing, painting, and photography; learn a new language; sharpen your communication skills; or expand your view of the world, your time is now to enjoy any of the multitude of classes currently offered through Creative Retirement. Sandhills Community College is dedicated to helping students achieve their personal goals by offering a bounty of diverse classes. Contact Teresa Reynolds at (910) 695-3775.
Sandhills SCORE Chapter
SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, is a nationwide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing experience-based assistance to entrepreneurs and small business. 13,000 volunteer SCORE counselors provide educational workshops and one-on-one counseling dedicated to the founding, assistance and growth of small business. The Sandhills SCORE Chapter is very active in counseling, mentoring and presenting free business workshops in Moore County. It is currently expanding these free services and is seeking motivated volunteers with business experience. Call the Sandhills Chapter at (910) 420-0121 or visit www.sandhillsscore.org.
The Social Security Office closest to Moore County is in Sanford at 401 Tiffany Drive. For information, call (800) 772-1213 or (877) 319-5774. There also is an office at 145 Rowan St. in Fayetteville. The phone number is (866) 964-6485. Office hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. They are closed for federal holidays.
Quick Facts about Social Security
- Approximately nine out of 10 individuals age 65 and older receive Social Security benefits.
- In 2014, more than 59 million Americans received approximately $863 billion in Social Security benefits.
- Social Security is the only source of income for approximately 22 percent of the elderly.
- By 2033, the number of elderly Americans will incrase from 49.1 million today to 77.4 million.
- In 2003, the average monthly benefit for North Carolinians who receive Social Security was $820 monthly.
Administration on Aging:
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Formerly HCFA):
Department of Health and Human Services:
Moore County Department of Aging:
Senior Health Insurance Information Program (Also called SHIIP):