Stop up at CAARE headquarters in downtown Durham on 214 Broadway Street most any Thursday. It’s senior aerobics day. Sometimes, more than 80 silver foxes show up to shake their booties. And, judging by a photo at Monday’s presentation, there’s a whole lot of shaking going on.
You would be correct if you believed you were witnessing a vibrant fitness program for seniors. You would also have but one tiny piece of a much broader social-assistance story of service above self. The story began small, as such stories do, with two sisters in Durham nearly 20 years ago. The sisters were concerned about troubling disparities in health and mortality rates among the Durham region’s adult population. So they launched CAARE mindful that statistics have faces and sometimes tears behind them. [Read more...]