The High Country Area Agency on Aging is the central hub for resources and support for older adults in the North Carolina High Country. Through our direct services and provider network, we offer home and community based solutions, family caregiver support, a long-term care ombudsman, advocacy, and health promotion and disease prevention classes.

COVID-19 Information

The High Country Area Agency on Aging is actively engaging providers and stakeholders to mitigate and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by following federal and state guidance, which aims to protect our most vulnerable populations. Please click the links below for more information from federal and state agencies regarding their guidance in response to COVID-19. We appreciate your flexibility during this time. We ask you to frequently contact and encourage friends and neighbors who may be lonely, worried, or vulnerable during this time of social distancing. Even a small gesture can make a big difference!

Guidance and Info:

Administration for Community Living - COVID-19 Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - COVID-19 Information

North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services - COVID-19 Response in NC

NC Health News - COVID-19 Coverage


High Country Area Agency on Aging Emergency Resource List

NC211 - Free Resource Database

High Country Area Agency on Aging - Additional Resources and Guide

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief

COVID-19 Flyers and Posters

north carolina lifespan respite projectNorth Carolina Lifespan Respite Project

The North Carolina Lifespan Respite Care Program is an application-based program that reimburses eligible family caregivers caring for individuals of any age for up to $500 in respite care services in a calendar year. Funding is limited, and applications are accepted only when funds are available. Learn more and apply


NC Lifespan Respite Program is no longer accepting applications.  If an unusual emergency arises, please contact Pat Guarnieri at 828-265-5434 ext. 139 and leave a message.

Upcoming events

Date Title Location
Aug 3 Caregiver Academy Wake Forest Baptist Health; Wilkes Medical Center-First Floor Conference Room