Though more Buncombe County residents now have health insurance than ever before, many of the poorest are still falling through the cracks.
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.
“Our goal and passion is to make sure older adults have equal access to the opportunity to age with independence, health, well-being and choice,” says Wendy Marsh, executive director of the Council on Aging.
The Council on Aging of Buncombe County will celebrate its golden anniversary with a gala to raise funds and expand the Council’s mission of linking senior adults and their families with information, opportunities and services that enhance their quality of life.
Caregivers don’t always think of themselves as such. They are simply the husbands, wives and children of loved ones who are ill and need help. But the truth is that caregivers are often spread so thin that they need a little help themselves.
What if this year we also look to make things better not only for ourselves but for our fellow creatures — human or otherwise?
They came with notepads, folders and pamphlets, and many of the more than 100 people who attended the Council on Aging of Buncombe County’s first information session about the Affordable Care Act came with questions on Oct. 17. More sessions are planned through the month of November.
When Don and Betty decided to spend their golden years in Asheville, their eldest daughter Linda Hemstreet says her organized parents only overlooked one part of their retirement plan: their longevity. As a result, like many Americans, she became a caregiver to her parents. (Photo by Julia Ritchey)
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. […]
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 […]