Volume I; issue xvii | December 2020
Submitted by the Executive Director's office.

Eastern Carolina Council of Governments (ECCOG) would love to share your news with the Region. Email your stories to eccadmin@eccog.org
COVID-19 Related
Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings
The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.

Upcoming Training
Development Finance Toolbox - December 8-10
How do local governments use public-private partnerships for development? What finance tools are available to local governments to revitalize Main Street? North Carolina communities can select from a wide array of financing tools in their efforts to attract and grow businesses, improve real estate, and build community assets. In order to select the right approach for your development project, it helps to understand the options. Participants in this course will learn the basics of development finance tools used by North Carolina local governments to achieve their community and economic development goals. The registration fee includes a workshop on Day 1 designed to teach you basics of calculating an estimated return on investment and different ways of thinking about debt and equity, so you can heighten your intuition about worthwhile projects.
Technology for Seniors

In this episode of the Caregiver Community, January Brown, Family Caregiver Support Specialist for the Area Agency on Aging, Eastern Carolina Council of Governments, shares insight about current technology for seniors and their families: “low tech” and “high tech” resources and devices; technology that can be particularly supportive for those caring for a loved one with dementia; strategies for encouraging seniors to become comfortable with the resources; and ways to learn about technology applicable to one’s specific situation.

Local Senior Centers
Nutrition providers across the region are still providing much needed food to seniors in our region. For the month of November, 5,627 eligible older adults received 25,799 meals. If you know an older adult in your community that needs a meal, please recommend they contact the local senior center. If help is needed to locate the local senior center, please call us at 252-638-3185.
Town of Emerald Isle
The Town of Emerald Isle, one of North Carolina’s top rated beach communities, needs your expertise and energy to enhance its internal/external communication efforts. Using a wide range of media, the Public Information and Media Director will share the story of Emerald Isle.

Town of Snow Hill
The Snow Hill Public Works and Utilities Department has an immediate opening for a Utility Maintenance Worker.Duties include but are not limited to assisting with the daily operation and maintenance of the water / wastewater system, building and lawn maintenance, and customer service.
Regional Happenings
November 2020 Area Agency on Aging Regional Distribution Project
Eastern Carolina Council staff came together to support caregivers and residents in long-term care facilities across the region.
National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help and care for a family member in need. Their selflessness and sacrifice that they give every minute, every day to their loved one shows devotion and strength. Many family caregivers provide services to people in need to include meal preparation, shopping, finance management, transportation, personal need assistance, and companionship. ECC staff assembled 250 Caregiver COVID bags with soup kits, blankets, spoons, resources, activity sheets, touchless keys, stress kit, personal journals, and much more to support them in their caregiving roles.  

Eastern Carolina Council Embraces Technology
In a world of social distancing communities are having to seek new and inventive ways to engage older adults and caregivers. Support for older adults, their families, and their caregivers is an essential part of the country’s comprehensive response to the pandemic. As professionals we need to begin thinking outside of the box to solution seeking approaches to assist older adults in remaining independent in their homes. Individuals need to look at technology as a person-centered approach to care and aiding in independence. Technology can transform the experience of growing older by connecting individuals with friends and family, engaging older adults in our communities, assists with communication and engagement, and most of all technology can build confidence and independence among older adults.
National Flu Vaccine Awareness Week-December 6th – 12th.

(NEW BERN, N.C.) – In 1960, the US Surgeon General, in response to substantial morbidity and mortality during the 1957-58 pandemic, recommended annual influenza vaccination for people with chronic debilitating disease, people aged 65 years or older, and pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have chosen the week of December 6th thru the 12th this year to bring awareness to the fact that it is not too late to get a flu vaccination. 

Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency FY 2020-2021 Monitoring

Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging will be conducting FY 2020-2021 provider monitoring beginning January 2020. Due to new COVID-19 restriction, ECCAAA will be conducting programmatic and unit verification desk top monitoring reviews with all regional providers. Our agency will begin to notify regional providers throughout the month of December to begin obtaining all required documentation for monitoring reviews. ECCAAA will be monitoring Older Americans Act services, Family First grant services, and CARES Act grant services.  
  • Approved Letter of Support for Duplin County Transit in their application for a 5310 Operational Funding grant.

Next Scheduled Meetings
General Membership Board
January 14, 2021
3rd Floor Conference Room at ECC