Sharing is Caring

Story by Amber Tyner

The SHARE Team’s next seminar is titled “Dementia. What
it is. What it is Not. Dispelling the Myths.” and will be held
10:30 a.m. to noon March 5 at Spout Springs Library. For more
information, email theshareteamrsvp@gmail.com.

Senior citizens hold a significant place in the lives of many people, but they’re especially important to individuals involved with the SHARE Team. “We just have a passion for older people,” said Judy Paul, Realtor and seniors real estate specialist with Keller Williams. “We all have a heart for serving seniors.”

Paul, along with 10 other individuals from local businesses, formed the SHARE Team in spring of 2019 in hopes to educate senior citizens and their families within the South Hall, Flowery Branch and Gainesville communities. The acronym stands for Senior Healthcare Area Resource & Education.

“Our goal is to get knowledge to seniors and their loved ones so they can make informed decisions about their future,” she said. “We also want to be a reliable, trusted source if they have questions.” She said members of the group either own a business or work for one that provides services to seniors. “We have all met at different times because we’re all members of a senior-provider network,” Paul said. “In our networking group, we have speakers who come in and educate us on different things that we may not know about. What we realized is that this information needs to get into the hearts and minds of the seniors and their adult children who are going to be making decisions for them.”

The SHARE Team’s next seminar is titled “Dementia. What it is. What it is Not. Dispelling the Myths.” and will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon March 5 at Spout Springs Library.

For more information, email theshareteamrsvp@gmail.com.

Michelle Withrow, master’s level social worker and owner of Golden Years Services, echoed the need for education provided by the SHARE Team. “As a social worker having worked over 20 years in medical and senior-related settings like assisted living, the reality is you see how very challenging it is for seniors and their families to understand happen to be our businesses,” she said about the team. “We want people to know we’re nonprofit. We want to have something where people get to know who we are, they know that we care and if they do have questions that they can reach out to us.”

She said the group will have a table at the Healthy Aging Expo hosted by The Times in February in hopes to get opinions for the future, such as the best time for seminars. “It’s probably going to be somewhat of a survey day just to talk to people,” she said about the expo. “Right now, we’re trying to figure out whether we do it [the seminars] later in the day maybe to capture some of the adult children who work.”

Emily McCord, community relations director at Manor Lake Assisted Living & Memory Care, said the team hopes to draw more interest this year. “Within a year if we had a following of 50 adult children or seniors themselves, we would be incredibly happy,” she said. “We know that where these people live and go to church and go to the doctor that they’re going to be helping us spread the word to give others hope that there are these amazing resources available to help them.”   

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