PKS Council on Aging Meeting Minutes – September 2022

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PKS Council on Aging seeks to improve Pine Knoll Shores’ residents quality of life and ability to age in place.

We reviewed discussion points from the initial August meeting.

The focus is on creating a list of key contacts that will serve as an easy reference for PKS residents in need of help with specific activities.

The list reflects suppliers/ vendors/ agencies that are in PKS and/or who service our area.

John Clarke has constructed a review form that allows the homeowner to comment on the quality of service received across the list of vendors (think: Amazon reviews).

These comments are anonymous and provide qualitative information to help the end user in making their choices. The comments are integrated into the list of services.

Phone numbers and contact names for each entry must be vetted before the list will be distributed. Updates should be done at least once every 2 years.

A copy of the list will reside on the Town’s website and will be made available in hard copy at Town Hall.

Member Survey to Identify Needs

Each Council member was asked to read through the open-ended responses to the 1-question survey to become familiar with the words used by residents to describe their needs. Based on these comments, each was asked to identify the 1-2 issues that most interested them and outline how they would address the need.

We recognize that not all issues have comprehensive solutions. At a minimum we hope to make life in PKS easier/less stressful. While each member will lead their issues of interest, all council members and volunteers will aid the effort to make solutions a reality.

Medical Care

John and Anne Clarke identified with the need to be prepared as much as possible for the future in terms of medical care – including mental health care: The survey highlighted the lack of medical specialists in the area.

While attracting medical personnel to the area is best left to the professionals, as citizens we can influence the decision makers. We can provide a channel of communication with the communities that the hospital serves.

John and Anne are exploring options with the help of Dr. Brevik, former head of Carteret General and PKS resident.

Individuals with questions/comments or with an interest in being a part of this effort can contact John Clark at jclarke52@live.com or 252-269-1802.

Additional community resources were identified – including, but not limited to – Home Helpers, Companion and Home Care, PT Advocates, Mobile Crises Management. If there is interest in learning more about these or other local agencies, please let us know.

PKS Gathering Places

John Macheca was most interested in reaching out to residents who wanted more local opportunities to meet and interact with neighbors over a cup of coffee, to play cards, discuss the latest book, etc.

We know that staying connected with friends and family positively contributes to a quality of life and can extend our life spans. Interaction with others in a safe and comfortable environment is key.

John began thinking of ways PKS might create these types of gathering places. His initial conversations have been with local hotels. Stay tuned.

Individuals with questions/comments or with an interest in being a part of this effort can contact John Macheca at mrjohnmacheca@gmail.com or 847-858-3299.

Going Forward

Work on the service provider list is ongoing.

We will continue to develop the dialogue with Carteret Health Care (and other medical agencies as appropriate) to provide a community perspective on current needs.

We look to other Council members to identify the 1-2 issues that most interest them and outline how they would address the need.

We recognize that not all issues have comprehensive solutions; at a minimum we hope to make life in PKS easier/less stressful.

Our next meeting is at Town Hall on October 11, 2022 at 10:30 AM. All PKS residents are welcomed.

Thank you to all of you who are following the development and implementation of this effort within PKS.

Official Document

Download a copy of the official PKS Council on Aging Meeting Agenda and Minutes for September 2022.

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