Mission and Vision

Helping to shape the future


The High Country Area Agency on Aging is dedicated to improving the lives of older adults, family caregivers and people with disabilities by providing support, education, advocacy and choices throughout their continuum of care.

man hiking with dogVision

A community where all older adults enjoy independence with dignity and respect as a result of community collaboration among all stakeholders involved in the health and wellbeing of older adults, caregivers, and people with disabilities.

Our region

Our region of focus includes the seven northwestern counties of North Carolina, commonly referred to as the High Country. These counties include Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey. The High Country Area Agency on Aging is part of a larger aging network created by the Older Americans Act.

Statement of Compassion

2020-2024 Area Plan on Aging

The High Country Area Plan on Aging provides an overview of the agency’s goals and objectives for 2020-2024. This plan was created to help the agency better understand the needs of those we serve. A year-long data collection and analysis process was completed, which involved seeking feedback about the current needs of older adults, caregivers, people with disabilities, and other stakeholders who reside and work within the seven-county High Country region. To read the plan, click on the image below: