Caring Matters
May 2020

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation's observance of Older Americans Month. This year the 2020 theme is:

Make Your Mark

This year's theme highlights the difference everyone can make - in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.

Share Your Stories

Stories build community, connect us even when we can't be physically together, and provide sweet memories and entertainment when we can't get away. Caregiving can be all about organization, planning, feeding, dressing, driving, all taking away from time to learn and share.

Try to spend some time just being together and sharing - whether on the sofa, over the phone, on the computer, in a letter, with old photos or over the backyard fence. Ask about or recall and share adventures about childhood friends, that family weekend at the beach, a teacher who helped guide your life, or how you learned you would become a grandparent - all of those stories connect you with the past and the people who have mattered along the way. Not only do they help people you love feel closer to you but looking back at how we got through other tough times can help us manage this challenging time. Sharing what we love about our friends and family members helps them feel stronger and more connected.

We can make a mark on people's lives with the stories we share.
"An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered." 
- G.K Chesterton

We all know we can't GO anywhere but what's to stop us from TRAVELING the WORLD from our living room??? How about a little ARMCHAIR TRAVEL?  Here are some ideas for places you may have never been....

For 12 Virtual Walking Trails Around The World That You Can Experience Right Now go to

Have you always dreamed of seeing a wild grizzly bear in Alaska? Check out the live bear cam that is set up near Katmai National Park in Alaska. Here are a few more fun examples:

If you would like to explore the Amazon, or sail along the Nile, or stroll the Champs Élysées, then National Geographic is the site for you.

To travel anywhere your heart desires go to YouTube Travel Videos

Happy Traveling!

We think it is appropriate to try to come together to support one another during this difficult time.  Each of you represents an organization that is keeping guard of the most vulnerable during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  At Transitions GuidingLights we hear you...we hear that you are getting tired and are working so hard as healthcare professionals, parents, and friends.  We would like to bring you together for an opportunity to receive some replenishment and validation.  

Join us on May 21 at 9:30 am for a Zoom call

Cumulative Loss and Grief Response due to COVID-19
Speaker:  William Holloman, Manager Bereavement & Family Services at Duke HomeCare & Hospice  
The COVID-19 pandemic brings new loss and grief on a daily basis. Many of the losses center on our individual way of life.  Whether the loss is in the area of employment, finance, socialization, safety, predictability of the future, or death the cumulative nature of these daily losses can feel overwhelming.  Complications can arise when grief exhausts individual coping skills.  Understanding the grief process opens avenues of opportunity to develop or enhance effective coping skills and assist in identifying the multidimensional impact of loss on our daily lives.    

Register for the next meeting by  clicki n g   here .

You will receive a Zoom invitation with the meeting details closer to the meeting date.  Thank you.
REMEMBER Share to Care............ 
Chef Challenge and Casino Night? 

It was only a few weeks ago when hundreds of area caregivers gathered to celebrate Transitions GuidingLights' 10 th year!  THANKS to all of our Chefs for a DELECTABLE evening!

Congratulations to the evening's winners:

Chef Jody McLeod of Carolina Meadows won the 
Silver Spoon award!

And Chef Bryan Minton of Waltonwood Lake Boone won the People's Choice award!!  

Here is a photo of the evening's Platinum Sponsor, 
Home Life Care!

and just a few ladies having FUN! 

To view more happy faces, visit the 

Plan early to join us next year! 

We are in need of volunteers for the Caregivers Summits.
We have three conferences this year where we will need your help with greeting, registration (checking in our guests), "people moving" (helping our guests find their way to sessions, lunch, restrooms, etc.), and moderating sessions.

Choose the one - or ones - that best suit your location and/or calendar.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
100 Friday Center Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 22, 2020 
McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Monday, December 14, 2020 
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

To Volunteer, please click here and complete the Volunteer Form.

Aging Matters
Saturday, 7pm - 8pm

 "Aging Matters" helps you navigate the many choices and issues we face as we care for an aging loved one.
Join hosts Jason Kong (WPTF) and Nicole Clagett (Transitions GuidingLights), along with special guests, as they discuss the issues affecting the aging population in North Carolina and America.
Following is the link to our most recent podcast and below you can connect to ALL EPISODES! 

Information & Referral

T ransitions GuidingLights is pleased to offer information and referrals to caregivers seeking resources for a loved one. Caregivers may drop in or call during regular business hours to receive personally tailored referrals to meet their specific care needs. Transitions GuidingLights provides referral services FREE of charge to family caregivers. Call (919) 371-2062 for help TODAY or 

Join our Facebook support group when you can't leave home.

ABC11's Caregivers Corner is a place where you can connect with fellow people giving long term care to a loved one, be it a grandparent, parent or sibling. This group is moderated by ABC11 and Nicole. Simply search for "Caregivers Corner" in your Facebook search bar.

You can meet Nicole and other caregivers on our Facebook group  here.
Skills Lab for Family Members

Are you unsure of the best way to manage transfers or how to provide assistance with activities of daily living for a loved one? If so, contact us and we would be glad to set up an appointment with one of our nurses who will meet with you to practice the skills you need to become a more confident caregiver. Contact us by clicking  here.

3739 National Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27612 · 919.371.2062