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And the  GuidingLights 2020  Point of Light  Award Goes to     

Anne Browning!

Anne has been a Champion for Guiding Lights since the charity's beginning 10 years ago! 
Since then Anne has been the Volunteer Coordinator for every event held by the Center including our Pig Pickings, our Charity Polo Classic events and our annual Share to Care fund raiser which this year had 425 attendees!! (You need a lot of volunteers to carry that off and Anne does such a great job!)
Anne also is the creator and coordinator of the Triangle's Stockings of Joy program which serves isolated seniors in our community and brings gifts, cheer and support to them during the holidays.
 Anne is a humble, unsung hero who works tirelessly, often behind the scenes, in support of the seniors that we all care so much about.  For all these reasons Anne is this year's 2020 Point of Light Award Winner! Be sure to congratulate her and thank her for all she does! 

Do You Know Who I Am?
7.0 CEU Dementia Training

On February 11 we had 7 professional caregivers participate in our interactive training. Together they came to understand the disease and why those living with Alzheimer's and associated dementias act the way they do and simple tips for providing quality care for them. Following are a few photos from the attendees as they learned about the disease and how to establish comfort and trust between the caregiver and the person living with the disease.  


Classes are scheduled for the following dates this year:

March 10 
May 12
June 9
July 14
September 8
October 13
November 10
December 8

For Family Caregivers our course is available from the comfort of home.

Carla, a family caregiver had this to say about the course:
"Thank you for sharing the GuidingLights training for dementia. WOW!!! I was affected and am helped. I have a much better appreciation for the spectrum of what life can look like and how to better care for my mom. Your training has also helped me toward a profoundly more compassionate and agreeable response to her current needs." 

For family caregivers : Please call 919.371.2062 for a promo code!
Welcome to our Nurse Aide 1 Training Program participants!

For 6 weeks, 3 days a week, students have been participating in a robust 146-hour curriculum which exceeds the basic standards of the North Carolina DHSR model.
Students have shuffled between our skills lab and the classroom under the guidance of Cherie Hylton, our RN NA1 Instructor, learning and practicing techniques which will enable them to work in resident care, complete the state certification exam and meet the requirements for listing on the N.C. Nurse Aide 1 Registry.

As you can see, our curriculum is innovative and interactive, making the experience more thorough and more enjoyable for our students.

If you have any questions or need further details, please contact us at or you may call 919.371.2062 and ask to speak to Shelly Slaczka.
Caregivers HELPER ......

Dreaming of an easier way to manage medications for your loved one?

TIRED of counting pills to fill pillboxes and losing count and having to start over again?

Tired of waiting in line or chasing down refills?

Tired of tables full of medications and reading each one each time and getting confused as to what you have taken when?

Tired of not being able to tell if mom took the meds she was supposed to?

Ask for Pill Pack or Medi Pack which is available on Amazon or at your local pharmacy. Move from multiple pill bottles and loose pills to convenient medication packs.  Each pack has the right dose for the right date/time.

Personalized and simple, the pack can include vitamins and other nonprescription medications, and non-solid or non-pill medications such as inhalers, lotions or injections with a list of instructions.

And it is delivered to your home. And for no charge- you only pay for your medications.

What are you waiting for - take back those hours of medication management - and check with your pharmacist or Amazon today!  


Aging Matters


 "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! 

Guest Speaker: Melissa Elliot 
Guest Speaker: Richard Miller

Richard Miller, Owner and President of Smooth Transitions of Central North Carolina, gives you tips for making a move as a senior. We also chat with Melissa Elliott, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, about how to know when it may be time to sell a family homestead and what options exist.



Caring for a loved one can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. Come to The Caregivers Summit for  respite, resolution, and resources as you navigate life's transitions.
There are multiple conferences available and session topics change for each one! Choose the one - or ones - that best suit your interests, location and/or calendar.
Breakfast Service Meetings
held at
Renaissance Funeral Home
(no charge to attend)

We would love for you to get involved in our service projects! Breakfast meeting dates for 2020 are:

March 19

May 21

July 16

September 17

November 19


Meeting Location:

Renaissance Funeral Home

7615 Sixforks Road

Raleigh, NC 27615


Luncheon Networking Meetings
held at
North Hills Club
$20 for HART members
$25 for non members

Join us at our industry networking luncheon meetings! We can't wait to see you there. Lunch networking meeting dates for 2020 are:



April 24

June 18

August 20

October 15

December 17


Meeting Location:

North Hills Club

4824 Yadkin Drive

Raleigh, NC 27609 

To register for HART, 
click HERE  or contact:

Shelly Slaczka

HART Membership $150
Annual Renewable
Commitment Click  HERE to Join
What if...
we looked at a senior not as a list of diseases but
instead as a spirit housed in a body that has
weathered storms?

The Edge of Aging podcast produces quick, "snackable" episodes that focus on different topics of healthcare to include long-term, acute, and community-based care. We dare to ask: what if we reimagined how we provide care for older adults and their caregivers? Hosted by Nicole Clagett and Cooper Linton.

For recent episodes click HERE.

Caring Matters
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 Click Here To Contact Us.

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.
Caring Matters

Caring Matters is a 14 video series designed to educate you about the various aspects of caregiving.  
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 ยท 919.371.2062