An initiative of The N.C. Center for Health & Wellness at UNC Asheville


Congratulations to Pitt County Council on Aging!

Pitt County Council on Aging has been recognized nationally in the 2017 web publication by the National Council on Aging, along with the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, as one of Eight “Best Practices in Home Modifications”!

HERE is the URL with the information (Pitt County featured on p.7). Included is a link to their Healthy Aging and Injury Prevention website!

Congratulations on this prestigious recognition!

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Nearly 15 million people are caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In honor of them
and their loved ones, HERE is an article that describes 10 ways in which you can help both those with
the disease, and their caregivers.

NC Gov. Roy Cooper Declares Sept. 18-23 “Falls Prevention Awareness Week”

Today is the first day of Falls Prevention Awareness week in North Carolina.  We celebrate the entire week, not just the first day of Fall, Sept. 22, 2017.  Read our Governor’s proclamation for Falls Prevention Awareness Week.  National participation has grown from 11 states to 48 states and the District of Columbia.  More great resources, handouts, videos, marketing and media materials can be found at  NCOA Falls Prevention Awareness Day .


NC DHHS Newsletter – Healthy Aging Summit 2017

The NC Healthy Aging Summit 2017: Integrated Strategies for Community and Clinical Connections gets a write-up in the NC Department of Health and Human Services newsletter!  The article features comments by Christen Linke Young, DHHS Deputy Secretary.

Using Alternative Treatments to Curb Opioid Use

The Living Healthy Chronic Pain Self Management Program (CPSMP) can be considered an alternative method of helping people cope with ongoing pain. Learn more about how Carolinas HealthCare System is trying to curb the amount of opioid medicines patients are introduced to while in the hospital with alternative treatments.

Top 10 Chronic Conditions in Adults 65+

and What You Can do to Prevent or Manage Them

You might wonder if there is anything you can do to prevent the onset of a chronic condition, or make managing an existing condition easier. The answer is yes. Click on this link to find out more about ten common chronic conditions adults 65+ on Medicare were treated for, and what you should know about each.


Register for the Healthy Aging Summit-Early Discount Ends Soon

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NC Healthy Aging Summit 2017

Integrated Strategies for Community and Clinical Connections

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 8:00AM – 4:00PM

UNC Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC


Keynote Speaker:  Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH

Secretary, NC Dept. of Health and Human Services

Register now for the Early Bird Discount

Summit Website with draft agenda, hotel information maps

The Healthy Aging Summit is supported by the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Divisions on Aging and Adult Services and of Public Health; the UNC Asheville Center for Health and Wellness; Wake AHEC; and the NC Mental Health, Substance Use, and Aging Coalition.

Funding Opportunity: Walk With Ease

OAAA Mini-Grants to Support Delivery of Walk With Ease Program

Request for Applications – Grant application process closes October 16th, 2017

   The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) is pleased to release a Request for Applications for the WALK WITH EASE EXPANSION GRANTS.  Funding support for this effort is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Arthritis Project.

OAAA is conducting this mini-grant initiative to support expanded dissemination and delivery of the evidence-based, cost effective, and arthritis-appropriate Walk With Ease (WWE) programs (instructor-led group and self-led individual). Over the next 5 years, we will extend WWE by reaching a minimum of 25 states that will embed the delivery of the programs and develop models for sustainability and ongoing funding.

This year, OAAA anticipates awarding up to 12 grants for up to $5,000 each, with a project period of up to one year. Funds may be used for instructor training fees, purchase of workbooks, printing of marketing materials (e.g., brochures, posters), pedometers and for administrative costs (staff support at no more than 20% time) in managing the mini-grant project. Grantees in the 2017 cycle are NOT eligible.

Key Deadlines:

Email of Intent due: August 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET (REQUIRED)
Applications due: October 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET. This year applications will be completed online.

Learn More and Apply       Application Request (PDF)       Application Request (Word)

Informational Webinar: July 19, 2017, 12:00PM ET

Don’t forget to register and attend our upcoming webinar! 

Members of the OAAA staff team, Dr. Mary Altpeter and Serena Weisner, will host a live webinar to provide a brief overview of the Walk With Ease program and requirements, followed by guidance on the online application process including the grant goals, budget, and more related to this funding opportunity. This webinar will be archived and available on the OAAA website.

The webinar is FREE; please follow this link to learn more and register.

The Healthy Aging NC resource center would like to offer support to NC-based organizations that wish to apply.   In particular, we can help with data collection, reporting, and class recruitment (via online registration).