It starts with the culture: The Culture Change In Aging Network holds monthly public meetings to develop models to empower the next generation of elders to age in community. Picture, left to right, are CCAN members Lina Giltz, Meg Manderson and facilitator Linda Kendall-Fields.

The modern elder: Reclaiming what’s sacred in life’s later stages

From the Get It! Guide: As the boomer generation moves into elderhood, many are realizing what’s at stake when elders are lost from the social fabric. They’re aghast at the realities of our current model of care and are sparking a movement that seeks to redefine the later stages of life — not just for the benefit of elders but for the enrichment of all generations.

Logo courtesy of the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc.

Nonprofit spotlight: The Council on Aging of Buncombe County relies on the kindness of its community

What do you do? Provide services, support and information to help folks with the challenges of getting older. Services range from Medicare enrollment classes to providing at-risk older adults with emergency 911 cell phones. Annually, as of June 2011, the Council on Aging interacts with approximately 3,500 persons aged 60 and older and their caregivers. […]

Lives well lived: Chad Eaton, director of public affairs for Congressman Heath Shuler, presented three local centenarians with flags he said had been flown above the Capitol in Washington, D.C., in their honor. Photo by Charles Cutler, courtesy of Park Ridge Health marketing

Living treasures and hospital duels

Live long enough to be honored: Three Western North Carolina centenarians were honored May 24 at a Century Club Celebration at Park Ridge Health in Hendersonville. Grace Goodell, 102, Helen Adwin, 100, and Carol Hoyt, 101, received congratulation letters on behalf of Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, as well as Rep. Heath Shuler.  Chad […]