Initiated in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), Active Aging Week takes place each year during the last week of September. The weeklong campaign calls attention to and wholeheartedly celebrates the positivity of aging today. It showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society and spotlights the role models that lead the way.
Healthy Aging NC is a project of the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW) at UNC Asheville. Their mission is to help people meet the challenges of aging through partnerships with AAA's, nonprofit organizations, government, and businesses in order to provide innovative, community programs and services that meet the needs of North Carolina Older Adults and Adults with Disability. The current focus is on Evidenced-Based Programs in the areas of Fall Prevention and Chronic Disease Self Management.
Lots of new Tai Chi for Arthritis classes are being offered in Watauga, Ashe and Wilkes Counties - beginning the week of January 9th, 2017. Visit the High Country Area on Aging Face Book page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/pg/highcountryaging/events/
At least 8 million adults over age 50 are affected by isolation, a problem that can impair mental performance, compromise the immune system and increase the risk of vascular, inflammatory and heart disease. A campaign launched Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and the AARP Foundation aims to raise awareness of the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness in older Americans.
The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on September 22, 2016—the first day of fall. This day is meant to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. The theme of this year’s event is Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016. The official social media hashtag is #FPAD2016.
Mark your calendars for the High Country Care Transitions Summit - Friday, September 23rd at the Grandfather Golf & Country Club in Linville, NC. Care transitions simply refers to someone moving from one care setting to another. One of our goals, as a network of providers and community agencies, is to improve the effectiveness of these transitions. This event is designed to share effective practices at the national, state, and local levels, highlight available resources, and develop and strengthen partnerships.
Thank you to the Women's Health Circle for bringing attention to the issue of falls among older adluts. Nicole Hiegl, Aging Services Coordinator, was honored to be the guest presenter for the recent women's circle. The evening included a falls risk screening, discussions around preventing falls, and concluded with group tai chi.
May is a month of fresh beginnings. Perennials bloom once again, blazing a trail of bright color. May is also when we celebrate Older American’s Month (OAM), acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation. This month is an opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. We will also highlight the ways that older Americans are advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities. Be on the look out for events in your area!
The North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition and Center for Health & Wellness (NCCHW) is a state hub for the coordination and promotion of healthy living initiatives that contribute to the prevention of disease among all North Carolinians. The new falls prevention website will provide class information, location and resources for evidence based programs proven to reduce the prevalence of falls among older adults.