The experienced life: Celebrating Older Americans Month

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Cover Design Credit:

Norn Cutson

Cover Photography Credit:

Emily Nichols
Xpress offers a number of stories in this issue in honor of Older Americans Month — including a look at oral history projects documenting the lives and wisdom of WNC’s elders, keys to successful aging, volunteer efforts, profiles, creative retirement and more. On the cover: tai chi instructor Liz Ridley.




  • Upcoming workshop to focus on tools and equipment for the small farm

    -by Maggie Cramer
    Learn about walk-behind tractors, a simpler, cheaper and surprisingly versatile alternative to full-sized farm tractors, at a special workshop presented by Living Web Farms in Mills River on May 27.…
  • Profiles of active aging

    -by Laurie Crosswell
    Athlete defies age For 90-year-old track and field athlete Cory Hartbarger, the greatest competitor he has defeated in sports is age. “I’ve had a lot of health concerns [heart surgery,…
  • Asheville author offers tips for creative retirement

    -by Virginia Daffron
    Asheville author Suzanne Shaffer writes and speaks about strategies for creating a fulfilling life path in retirement. Shaffer shared some insights and tips on successful aging with Xpress.
  • Advocates aid in chronic disease awareness

    -by Kate Lundquist
    Nearly 20 percent of Buncombe County's population is over 65, and most of those have one or more chronic health conditions. Local agencies are stepping up efforts to prevent and…
  • Keys to successful aging

    -by Leslie Boyd
    Successful aging consists of a number of variables. Diet, exercise and socializing are key, but a local couple points to humor and attitude as equally important. The bottom line, says…


  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    Grail Moviehouse hosts multiple screenings of a women's mountain biking documentary, High Hampton Inn celebrates the Dirty Dancing remake and more.


  • Muddy Water Watch app celebrates first anniversary

    -by Nick Wilson
    It’s been just over a year since the locally developed Muddy Water Watch app was launched, enlisting citizen watchdogs to help protect their communities’ waterways. Conceived by the environmental nonprofit…
  • Dedicated elders help nourish their neighbors in Leicester

    -by Xpress Contributor
    Supported by local churches and the Asheville-based MANNA FoodBank, the Leicester Community Welcome Table served almost 10,000 meals last year, delivered about 80 meals a week to shut-ins and generated…
  • Oral history records heart and soul of mountain culture

    -by Max Hunt
    Seeking to preserve the region’s history and traditional culture, local organizations and researchers are working to document the lives and wisdom of WNC’s elders, believing that this provides invaluable context…
  • Asheville Council closes in on city budget

    -by Virginia Daffron
    At its May 9 meeting, Asheville City Council grappled with the challenge of creating a city budget in a time of plenty. "Oddly," said Mayor Esther Manheimer, this year's budgeting…