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

North Carolina Organizations

NC organizations offering Healthy Aging NC programs:

Carolina Geriatric Education Center

Since 1999 the mission of the CGEC has been to improve the health of North Carolina’s older adults by providing evidence-based and culturally competent geriatrics education and training, and enable health professionals to better serve the state’s increasingly diverse older adult populations. Our goals under the newly formed Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (2015 – 2018) include integrating geriatrics into primary care, promoting interprofessional education and bringing continuing education to communities across North Carolina.

Fall Prevention Coalitions in NC

Fall Prevention Coalitions around N.C. bring together a variety
of stakeholders with the shared mission of reducing falls and
fall related injuries in their regions. Communication through coalitions increases coordination of effort, reduces overlap and provides a network of leadership working locally on matching issues.

High Country Regional Coalition (Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Allegheny, Wilkes counties)
Nicole Hiegl
Aging Services Coordinator
High Country Area Agency on Aging
468 New Market Blvd.
Boone, NC 28607
828-265-5434  x 113

Metrolina Falls Prevention Coalition (Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union counties)

Annette Demeny
Aging Specialist
Centralina Area Agency on Aging Centralina Council of Governments
525 North Tryon Street – 12th Floor Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-348-2736
Toll Free: 800-508-5777

Guilford County Chapter of the NC FP Coalition Leigha Shepler, MS
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Safe Guilford/ Safe Kids Guilford County
Cone Health
1200 N. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401

Eastern FP Coalition
Sharon J. Elliott, DHS, GCG, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA
Falls Prevention & Home Safety Coordinator
Pitt County Council on Aging
4551 County Home Road
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 752-1717 x 14
Website and Email

Piedmont Area FP Coalition
Adrienne Calhoun
Winston-Salem Office
400 West 4th Street, Suite 400 Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101
(336) 761-2111

Western NC Falls Prevention Coalition
Brian Ellis, Co-Chair
Perfect Balance Physical Therapy
260 Merrimon Ave, Suite 100
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-785-4700 Fax: 828-552-5566
Brian Ellis

Region A Health Promotion Coalition
Jeanne Mathews
828-586-1962, x 217

Dare County FP Coalition
Liza White
Dare County Department of Public Health

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Federally qualified health centers (FQHC) provide primary care services to traditionally underserved areas and populations regardless of ability to pay.

NC Area Agencies on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging are offices established through the Older Americans Act that serve to facilitate and support the development of programs to address the needs of older adults in a defined geographic region (see map) and support investment in their talents and interests. In N.C., AAAs are located within regional Councils of Government. These AAAs have functions in five basic areas:
  (1) advocacy; (2) planning; (3) program and resource development; (4) information brokerage; and (5) funds administration and quality assurance.

NC Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM)

Through its partnerships with government agencies, social groups and Baptist churches, NCBAM serves to help aging adults 65+ maintain their independence in their own homes. The ministry’s “Priority #1: Prevention” outreach focuses on fall and fire prevention education and medication management programs. The NCBAM Call Center (877.506.2226) provides information and resources and can also refer specific needs to Baptist volunteers across the state. Call Center assistance (877.506.2226) is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 am– 5:00 pm.

NC Centers for Independent Living

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are non-residential, 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporations.  They are consumer-controlled, community-based organizations that provide programs and services for people with all types of disabilities and their families.  The goal of CILs is to promote and support opportunities for people with disabilities to fully participate in an integrated community and search for the possibilities to live as they choose. Because peer support is an integral part of Independent Living the majority of the staff and board of directors of every CIL  are people with disabilities.

NC Council of Churches

The North Carolina Council of Churches was founded in 1935 and is a statewide ecumenical organization promoting Christian unity and working towards a more just society. While the Council is itself overtly Christian, many of the committees and task groups are interfaith, including members from non-Christian faith communities. Several committees also include members of Christian denominations which are not part of the Council of Churches. Through this work, we live our motto: Strength in Unity, Peace through Justice.

NC Senior Centers

Connect with support systems, classes and experts through local senior centers. To find a nearby senior center, contact the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services.

PDF: Falls Prevention Patient Information
PDF: AMOB Local Implementation Doc

NC YMCA’s – Moving for Better Balance

Also, to find a Healthy Aging class at a YMCA near you, please visit NC Alliance of YMCA .

Gaston County Family YMCA
201 S Clay St
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 865 8551

YMCA of Western North Carolina
53 Asheland Avenue Suite 105
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 251 5909       Moving for Better Balance Class Information

YMCA of the Triangle
801 Corporate Center Drive Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 719 9622     Moving for Better Balance Class Information

YMCA of Southeastern NC (Wilmington)
2710 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 251 9622    Moving for Better Balance Class Information

Wilkes Family YMCA (YMCA of Northwest NC)
801 YMCA Blvd
Wilkesboro NC 28697
(336) 838 3991    Health & Wellness Class Information

YMCA OF Greensboro
3216 Horse Pen Creek Rd.
Greensboro NC 27410
(336) 387 9622

Cleveland County Family YMCA
411 Cherrydale Rd.
Shelby NC  28150
(704) 484 9622