August arrives, and summer moves closer to its close, so it’s time to soak up each moment. With that idea in mind, our theme is “Living Social,” and exploring how remaining socially active benefits many aspects of our well-being. From brain health to ways to lend a hand to a friend in a caregiving role, we’ve packed these pages with information you can employ to age with success.

We venture out to the croquet and pickleball courts, gym and equestrian trail to see how some of our neighbors are making the most of their sports for both their physical and social health.

For those coping with Parkinson’s disease, we head inside Rock Steady Boxing sessions to see the impact the program is making on its participants.

Our salute to World War II veterans continues this month with Laurinburg’s Margaret Covington who served as a nurse in Hawaii and shares a story of love lost.

Those coping with dementia and their family members are finding new ways to connect through memory cafés, and we look at the various programs available in our area. Special thanks to the Levin Jewish Community Center in Durham for allowing us to be part of their memory café. Helping with the new Southern Pines memory café over the past few months has been an honor, and I look forward to seeing it grow and bring more smiles to attendees.

Knowing firsthand the joy pets can bring, we meet Scout, a senior therapy dog, and Cricket, a service dog in training, who both have their paws poised to make a connection with those they serve. Spending quality time petting both dogs for their photo shoots is one of those sweet days to be an editor.

And for beach music fans, we go in the studio this month with “On the Beach” radio host Charlie Brown, who shares some of his favorite songs and how he’s keeping the music alive with “appointment radio.”

Special thanks goes to Kalawi Farms and Ben’s Ice Cream owner Jan Williams and her beautiful grandchildren for bringing our Regional Culture column to life and making a gorgeous cover of peach ice cream!

Since making time for friends enhances quality of life, co-editor Jeeves is ready, set, go for another round of the in-and-out game. Thank you so much for turning these pages with us. Until next month…

Click here to read the August OutreachNC

–Carrie Frye, Editor