Events to honor Florence Soltys, advocate for aged

From the Raleigh News & Observer:

Florence Soltys, a pioneer of the aging movement in North Carolina and the nation, will be remembered Thursday by the renaming of an Orange County adult day health center in her honor.

Soltys died in September 2007 after many years of a multitiered career that included social work, nursing, hospice care and occupational and physical therapy. From 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, the Orange County Department on Aging will hold a reception to mark the name change at the day health center, at 515 Meadowland Drive.

In addition, a scholarship fund is being set up that will meet Soltys’ wish “that everyone, regardless of ability to pay, will be able to attend our program if they need adult day health to stay at home,” said Jack Chestnut, president of SeniorCare of Orange County, operator of the center.

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