March News and Events
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Alcohol and Medication Misuse 
by Shelly Slaczka

As a caregiver, it is very important to be aware of what medication your loved one is taking and how often. Health issues often found in older adults can create risk for misuse of alcohol, prescription drugs, or other substances. Misuse depends on how your loved one responds to the medications, current health, and what else is going on in their life.
Getting older causes changes in your loved one's body that can make them respond differently to alcohol and medications. These changes mean that there are differences between the way their bodies can handle alcohol. The same amount of alcohol or number of drinks that had hardly any effect before can now make your loved one feel drunk.

Using any prescription or over-the-counter drug in a way that is different
 from how it was prescribed is drug misuse. This includes using too much or too little, or not taking it on the schedule the doctor recommended. With over-the-counter drugs, like cough syrup or aspirin, medication misuse can mean taking more than the package says or taking it too often.

Some medications don't mix well with alcohol or with other medications. Because many medications remain in your loved one's body for many hours, even if the medication was taken in the morning, having an alcohol drink with dinner could still mix with medication and cause problems.

Here are some warning signs of related problems:
  • Anxiousness or irritability
  • Memory loss
  • New problems making decisions
  • Difficulty concentrating or paying attention
  • Lack of interest in usual activities
  • Sadness or depression
  • Mood swings
  • Chronic pain
  • Problems with money or the police
  • Falls, bruises, burns
  • Incontinence
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Poor hygiene
  • Poor nutrition, changes in eating habits
  • Out of touch with family and friends
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Strange response to medication


Please join us as we celebrate a new role and a new employee!

Nancy Murphy
Director of Programs

Nancy grew up in a multi-generational home and had the wonderful experience of being with her grandparents daily. This greatly impacted her passion to work with and care for older individuals. Nancy worked 25 years in state and local government in various positions, always serving as an advocate. She worked with hundreds of residents and family members through the years to help them with the many challenges of aging and long term care issues. Nancy knows first hand the struggles and blessings of caregiving as she helped to care for her father until his death and she continues to be a caregiver for her mother. 

Nancy graduated from Atlantic Christian College with a BS in Social Work.

We have made some  big  changes for HART for 2019. We will be meeting on a monthly basis!

We will hold six luncheon meetings at the North Hills Club in Raleigh where we will focus our time on networking and getting to know each other across the industry. Each luncheon will feature a great speaker who will encourage you, inspire you, or help you with your business endeavors. For those who remember the way HART used to be several years ago these meetings will be in line with the format of the past! We have heard you and are bringing it back  recharged.

The other six meetings will continue with the same format that we have had over the past three years. They will continue to be breakfast meetings held at Renaissance Funeral Home and we will continue our service project format in an effort to try to support area nonprofit and government agencies and fill the gaps for seniors and caregivers in Wake County.

For more information  click here.

Next meeting on March 28, 2019
9:30 am - 11:00 am
You must become a member to attend.
Meeting Location:
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
To register, click here or contact:
Shelly Slaczka

The Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute
Now enrolling students for our NA1 Program

We offer a robust 146-hour curriculum which exceeds the basic standards of the North Carolina State DHSR model. Our curriculum is innovative, 
NA1 students who graduated October 2015.
participatory and interactive, making the experience more thorough and more enjoyable for our students.  We also offer a career fair at the end of each course giving our students an opportunity to be placed in the caregiving field with one of our vetted vendor organizations.
*Clinical rotation is held at Springmoor with additional experiential opportunity. 

Do you have an amazing employee who would make a wonderful NA1?  If the answer to that question is "yes," consider sending them through our program as an investment in your organization.

Radio Show that Focuses on 
Aging Concerns
Did you know there is a radio show that can help you?
Aging Matters  

With co-hosts Jason Kong (WTPF) and Nicole Clagett (Transitions GuidingLights).  Airs Saturday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 on 680 WPTF. You may find the podcasts by clicking here.

If you have a caregiving question that you would love to have answered on air or if you have a topic you think we should cover please email:

Do You Know Who I Am?
7.0 CEU Dementia Training
"Do You Know Who I Am?" is an Alzheimer's Disease training program for both family and professional caregivers. It is a participatory, interactive, and innovative approach to learning how to more  effectively  work with individuals with dementia, especially Alzheimer's. 

Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute

The Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute now offers the DHSR approved Nursing Assistant 1 (NA1) program.  We also have scholarships available to Raleigh residents who qualify.  For more information about this robust and interactive program, please click  here.
Information & Referral

Transitions 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  Click Here To Contact Us 

Caring Matters

Transitions GuidingLights offers CPR/AED training.  This is a two year American Heart Association certification. Contact us if you would like to be certified.  
Interest In CPR

ABC11's Caregivers Corner

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. Please share this page and help connect caregivers with important content that will help them in their caregiving journey!

You can meet Nicole and other caregivers on our Facebook group  here.
Caring Matters

Caring Matters is a 14 video series designed to educate you about the various aspects of caregiving.  

Caring Connections

Caring Connections is a weekly radio show for caregivers about caregiving.  This show has entered its third year of production and can be heard locally on WCHL.  All shows are also available via podcast by clicking 

Skills Lab

Transitions GuidingLights has a skills lab available. Are you unsure of 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 work with you to practice the skills you need to become a more confident caregiver. Contact us by clicking  here.
Thank You!! Community Partners

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