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


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).

June is National Safety Month- Stand Up to Falls!

June brings summer to our doorstep, along with National Safety Month. This year’s theme encourages us to “Keep Each Other Safe.” One of the best ways to keep each other safe is to “Stand Up to Falls.”

Adults 65 and older are the most vulnerable for falls and falls are the number one cause of injuries and injury deaths in this age bracket. As 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day, more and more of us will have family, friends, and neighbors who age into this high risk pool.

Older adult falls are truly a growing problem. Although many seniors are more active and living longer, more than 1 in 4 report falling. Emergency departments treat over 3 million older Americans for falls each year while direct medical expenses add up to more than $31 billion annually.” Read more at CDC’s National Safety Month blog post !

The Opioid Menace: A nationwide addiction to opioids threatens older Americans

Explore this AARP special report on how addiction to painkillers has been impacting older Americans, from a description of the problem (doctors overprescribing pain pills without realizing the impact), to the epidemic (22,598 deaths in 2015 from prescription opioid overdoses), to ways to take action (questions to ask and how to help an addicted friend):

Americans over 50 are using narcotic pain pills in surprisingly high numbers, and many are becoming addicted. While media attention has focused on younger people buying illegal opioids on the black market, dependence can also start with a legitimate prescription from a doctor: A well-meant treatment for knee surgery or chronic back troubles is often the path to a deadly outcome.

Consider these numbers:

• Almost one-third of all Medicare patients — nearly 12 million people — were prescribed opioid painkillers by their physicians in 2015.

• That same year, 2.7 million Americans over age 50 abused painkillers, meaning they took them for reasons or in amounts beyond what their doctors prescribed.

• The hospitalization rate due to opioid abuse has quintupled for those 65 and older in the past two decades.


Building Better Balance Screener Training YMCA July 24, 2017

The WNC Fall Prevention Coalition is happy to announce a training opportunity for those interested in raising awareness and screening community older adults for fall risk.

Building Better Balance (BBB) offers fall risk screenings in various community locations throughout the year by teams of certified coaches and screeners. BBB is an excellent gateway program to introduce older adults to evidence-based fall prevention programs and other community programs.

The more trained screeners we have the more screenings we can offer – so please consider attending the training and joining our team! BBB Screeners are asked to assist with 1-3 community screening events throughout the year as they are able and training is free.

A BBB Screener Training will be held on Monday, July 24th from 1:00-5:00 pm at the YMCA-Woodfin Branch. A BBB training flyer and general information sheet are attached for more information and training registration information.

Please share this announcement and the attached documents with others who may work with older adults or may be interested in doing so. For more information or questions, please contact Lori Schrodt, PT, PhD at

BBB Screener Training Flyer

Building Better Balance Overview

We hope you can join us!

Library Cards for Homebound or Disabled Patrons

Buncombe County Libraries . . .

. . . now has a policy in place to provide library cards to folks who are unable to physically visit a local branch. Any homebound or disabled person can call any Buncombe County Library, or e-mail and ask to have a card mailed to them.

Buncombe County Libraries does need a copy of an ID to show the person lives in Buncombe County, and this ID can be copied and mailed, or a photo can be taken with a phone and emailed. A friend or family member may also bring a copy of the person’s ID and have a library card made in the library to take back to the homebound or disabled person.

The free library card that is mailed is good for three years and can be used for the library system’s online services, including downloading books, magazines and music from the digital library.

All of the library locations and phone numbers are listed here.

Not a resident of Buncombe County?
Check with your local library to see if this service is available for you!