A lack of planning for long-term health care has left many Asheville seniors and their families unprepared to meet end-of-life medical needs. But local experts in advance planning say there are many resources available to help with such planning and suggest starting as early as possible.
Looking back on 2017, Xpress highlights some of the hundreds of stories we covered in our print editions and online over the year.
A “health-meets-social” approach to aging rolls out this month at the YMCA of Western North Carolina, in collaboration with AARP. The partnership has created a three-month program, dubbed Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge, that combines a fitness challenge with social involvement for people 50 and older. The YMCA of WNC was one of 10 YMCAs across the country […]
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 treat chronic diseases.
In a digital age in which we’re purportedly more connected than ever, loneliness is a an epidemic, leading many Asheville residents to seek connection in new and surprising ways.
It’s known as the silent killer, capable of annihilating a person’s cognitive function within a matter of years. Destroying brain cells and wiping memories, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5.4 million Americans each year. It affects people as young as 35, though they’re usually past 65. In short, this is a killer that must be […]
Not that I want to talk too much about the ravages of aging, but some obvious differences between us at 18 and us at 45 include more adipose tissue and less hair. And those 25,000 beers we’ve drunk over the past 30 years? Some of them stuck around to pad our middles — making us more huggable, right?