Area Events

Facing Eviction?

The Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program is a new statewide initiative that may provide rent and utility assistance to eligible low and moderate income renters experiencing financial hardship due to the economic effects of COVID-19. The new program will help prevent evictions and utility disconnections in order to promote housing stability during the ongoing pandemic.  See https://nc211.org/hope/ for more information.

Cybercrime Hotline

NC 2-1-1 has launched a new cybercrime initiative: See news release. For more info, contact NC 2-1-1 Program Manager Sharon D’Costa at (919) 834-5200, ext. 108.

Sit Step Sing

Sit Step Sing is a 30-minute, one-of-a-kind class with curated song lists that encourages expressive movement and participants often sing-along to popular, memorable tunes from their era. Participants in walkers, wheelchairs or anyone that needs gentle exercise are welcome!  Thursdays at 10:00 am, from Sep. 24 through Oct. 29, at The Park at Flat Rock. Register by emailing [email protected].

Estate Planning

The Van Winkle Law Firm has put together an 8 week/16 session Facebook Live series on a variety of estate planning topics. Each webinar will be thirty minutes in length on Tuesdays and Thursdays through mid November. See attached flyer for further details.  See link for details.

Aging Projects, Inc., “Aging in Place. It’s In Your Future.” Virtual Fall National Conference

Six engaging informative presentations, each 20 minutes in length. No need to register!  The six presentations will be recorded and available at www.AgingProjectsInc.org beginning October 8, 2020.

Sessions include:

  • Essential Legal Choices presented by Caroline Knox, CELA, NC Board Certified Elder Law Specialist, Knox Law.
  • COVID-19 — Steps to Protect You and Your Loved Ones presented by Dr. David Ellis, M.D., FACOG and Chief Medical Officer for Pardee UNC Healthcare.
  • Falls Prevention: The Anatomy of Balance and How to Improve Balance As We and Our Loved Ones Age in Place presented by Justin Peterson, MPT, Rehabilitation Director, WNC Kindred at Home.
  • Your Advocate. Needed Now More Than Ever presented by Karen Wolfrom, MSA, RNA-BC, CMC, Holistic Elder Services, LLC.
  • The Power of Physical Resiliency presented by Ellen Kaczmarek, M.D., Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine Specialist.
  • Who are the Councils on Aging? presented by Heather Bauer, Executive Director of the Council on Aging of Buncombe County and Keith Logan, Executive Director of the Council on Aging for Henderson County.

Asheville Art Museum Connections Program

A monthly program for adults with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners, is led by specially trained museum staff, contractors, and volunteers, and includes a guided conversation about art and related activity. While the Museum is now open with limited capacity (https://www.ashevilleart.org/visit/), group programs continue to be offered virtually through fall 2020.

The next program is: October 28 at 1:00pm, Beauty in Black and White, led by Sarah Reincke, master docent. This virtual program takes place via Zoom. Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit https://www.ashevilleart.org/event/beauty-black-white/

Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers

Fridays from 2:30 to 4:00 pm, Oct 9 through Nov 13.  This interactive workshop is designed to empower family caregivers to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class if you need to find more time for you while caring for someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.

Virtual event: https://aarp.cvent.com/PowerfulToolsin2020 or call 828-337-2359

Caregivers Harnessing Tech to Connect

Family caregivers represent an important niche in the health care network. The pandemic has forced society into greater reliance on technology which opens up rich possibilities for caregivers to foster social connectivity, improve health outcomes, and access health care practitioners from home. Join us to be inspired about the possibilities for caregivers to harness technology to connect. This is a collaborative series with AARP NC in Mountain Region, Land of Sky Regional Council, Four Seasons Hospice and the Charles George VA Medical Center.

Session 1: You Are Not Alone
Session 2: Technology for Home Safety
Session 3: Telehealth at Home

Nov. 5, 12, 19. 1:30-2:30pm.  See flier for more info.  Register at https://aarp.cvent.com/TechToConnect

Housing Options for Aging in Place: Accessory Dwellings

What is an Accessory Dwelling? Accessory Dwellings or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) may be associated with different names: garage apartment, granny pod, secondary dwelling, or in-law apartment. Whatever you call them, ADU’s can be a good housing option for a lot of us, including older adults. Learn more about the concept and explore examples in our community at this virtual tour. This event is sponsored by AARP North Carolina in collaboration with the R.L. Mace Institute for Universal Design, and Housing Options for Aging in Place (HOAP), an initiative of Age-friendly Buncombe County and the Asheville Design Center.

Tuesday, November 10, 12 noon – 1:00 pm.  Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/ADUVirtualTour

Hearing Loss Association of America

The next Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) – Asheville Chapter will meet on November 17. The topic will be “Living Confidently with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss,” on Tuesday, November 16, at 6:30pm. See attached flier for more information.

Medicare Education for Caregivers

Understand how Medicare works so that you can better care for your loved one’s needs.  See flier for more information, including how to schedule a SHIIP (Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program) appointment.

Virtual Programming of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Move for Memory

Now through Thanksgiving week; Monday and/or Wednesdays at 10:00am. Exercise program suited for caregivers and their loved one to join together and can be performed standing or seated. Free to the public.  See flier for more details.

Living Healthy

With so much outside of our control right now, and increased concern for older adults’ health, it’s important to stay vigilant in managing chronic conditions.

By keeping healthy and active at home older adults can reduce unnecessary medical appointments and feel more in control of their lives and well-being.

The Area Agency on Aging at Land of Sky Regional Council has a program that can help.
See flier for more details and registration information.

MANNA Mobile Market Food Distribution

Third Wednesday of each month from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, through the end of 2020

Conner Creek Mobile Home Park (20 Ducks Walk Trail, Hendersonville)
This is a contactless, drive through event FREE to all – no questions asked.

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Social Bridging Project

Are you feeling isolated and just need someone to talk to?
The Social Bridging Project pairs isolated older adults with trained student volunteers.
See flier for more details.