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Kay Decherd, director of outreach for APPEL

Originally published: 2013-08-06 18:19:11
Last modified: 2013-08-06 18:19:55

APPEL presents the ‘Stay In Your Own Home’ Fair, August 17

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Avery Partnership for People at the End of Life is presenting the Stay In Your Own Home Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Williams YMCA Chapman Center from 1 to 4 p.m. The purpose of the fair is to connect senior citizens with information and services in order to “age in place.” The event is free of charge.

“Aging in place,” according to APPEL Director of Outreach Kay Decherd, is choosing to age in your own home.

“Home is defined as ‘a familiar setting offering security and happiness.’ As we approach the encore years of life, the comfort, warmth and safety of home increase in importance.” 

APPEL provides informational services throughout the year, with the fair providing a one-stop overview.

“We had a survey done of the needs in the community. And what they came up with was one of the biggest needs was for care-giving help and for education about what’s available as people age,” Decherd said.

APPEL, which developed out of Hospice of Avery County, is a nonprofit charity organization based on strengthening end-of-life care. Its mission statement is “to work with citizens, agencies and organizations through education and research, to provide resources for the emotional, spiritual and financial support of people facing the end of life.”

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