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United Way Day of Caring: Four Seasons Hospice & Council on Aging

On September 30, the United Way of Henderson County had their annual “Day of Caring.”  This is a day where the community steps forward and volunteers for special projects at nonprofits and schools. This year the Council on Aging team signed up for the Four Seasons Hospice pillow sewing project in the morning, and their team chose our “Tidy up the COA Grounds” project in the afternoon.  And did they ever! They clipped, mulched, and tamed the wild landscape. Thank you to Lauren, Heidi, Stephanie, Lorraine, Clara, Sheri, Chris, and Debi! Below are just a handful of the before and after shots.

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The Four Season Hospice Day of Caring Team!

The Four Season Hospice Day of Caring Team!


Making butterfly pillows!


That’s one giant bag of fluff!


Community Hero

Richard-snowplowhero-RDLast weekend, after the first big snow of 2016, Richard, a Henderson County resident, was out removing the 12″+ around his residence. After finishing his own driveway, he remembered his neighbors down the road in the St. John’s Commons community, many of whom had no way of digging themselves out without some help. He took himself and his plow down to St. John’s and just started clearing driveways. When people came out to offer him payment he told them he wouldn’t accept payment, but anything they wanted to give, he would donate to Meals on Wheels.

After John’s mother passed away, his father received Meals on Wheels and he said it kept his father alive. This is why he chose to donate the $375 he collected to our Meals on Wheels program. May Richard be an inspiration to us all to consider our neighbors. He’s a real community hero!

Aging Around the World: Spain

by Patti Digh, Council on Aging for Henderson County Board Member

In this series, we are exploring the norms around aging in each of the countries that will be represented at our Wine Around the World event on October 22, 2015. There are only a handful of tickets left, but they’re going fast. Tickets can be purchased at our office or online here: coa.eventbrite.


What if we are all wrong about the brains of older adults? Cognitive neuroscience, a subfield of psychology that incorporates methods from neuroscience, uses measures of brain activity to understand human thought. The emphasis is on how the brain shapes behavior.

Using cognitive neuroscience methods to study aging has unexpectedly revealed that aging brains remain somewhat malleable and plastic. Plasticity refers to the ability to flexibly recruit different areas of the brain to do different jobs.

In contrast to the earlier, largely pessimistic view of aging, neuro­ imaging studies suggest aging brains can reorganize and change, and not necessarily for the worse. Social and emotional abilities are relatively well ­preserved with age, it seems, suggesting that brain regions underlying these abilities may not exhibit the same downward trajectory with age as those associated with cognitive abilities. These brain areas may show different patterns of reorganization and change.


WAW-Spain-blogpostAs it emerges from tough economic times, Spain must confront the challenge of adequately managing the health and well-being of its older citizens in the face of rising medical costs, limited economic growth and changing social and family dynamics.

Along with other countries in Europe, Spain’s population is graying after decades of falling birth rates. Nearly one ­quarter (24%) of Spain’s population was 60 or older in 2013, a percentage that is expected to rise to four in 10 (40%) by 2050.

Purpose Well­Being

  • You like what you do every day
  • You learn or do something interesting every day

Social Well­Being

  • Someone in your life always encourages you to be healthy
  • Your friends and family give you positive energy every day

Financial Well­Being

  • You have enough money to do everything you want to do
  • In the last seven days, you haven’t worried about money

Community Well­Being

  • The city or area where you live is a perfect place for you.
  • In the last 12 months, you have received recognition for helping to improve the city or area where you live.

Physical Well­Being

  • In the last seven days, you have felt active and productive every day
  • Your physical health is near ­perfect

Social well­being appears to be the key to improving health outcomes for older people in Spain, based on findings from the Gallup­ Healthways Global Well­Being Index. For example, Spaniards who are thriving in social well­being are 45% more likely to evaluate their overall lives highly. These effects extend to physical well­being ­­ those who are thriving in social well­being are more than twice as likely to be thriving in physical well­being as those who are not.

Individuals who are not thriving in social well­being, on the other hand, are 30% more likely to say that they experienced stress yesterday.

How is Spain hoping to increase social well-being among older Spaniards?

  • Local and community outreach programs designed to promote health and prevent illness, such as a diabetes care program
  • Programs that emphasize regularly checking in on and interacting with elderly residents and ensuring their wellbeing needs are met
  • Meal delivery or preparation assistance to ensure proper nutritional intake among older Spaniards
  • Help with managing tasks such as home maintenance, cleaning and shopping
  • Improvements in information, transparency, monitoring and evaluation of services
  • Alternatives to traditional hospitalization such as home care for less acute conditions
  • Strategies to reduce inequalities in healthcare, including outreach to poorer communities and populations who are less likely to receive care

How is the work of the Council on Aging for Henderson County in alignment with this framework of improving social well­being in the aging? Through our “Lunch at the Sammy” program, we provide a place for the older adults of Henderson County to socialize and grow a community. Our Meals on Wheels volunteers, don’t just deliver a meal. Our volunteers are a friendly face at the door, 5 days a week, our clients can count on.

Council on Aging Coin Bank Locations

Many businesses throughout Henderson County have joined the Council on Aging coin bank program. Not only do our coin banks raise funds for our programs, they help educate the community about the work our staff and volunteers do. We will be displaying a new message every two months. Below is a list of the participating businesses. Support those who support our seniors!

Council on Aging for Henderson County Coin Bank

Look for our coin banks at the participating locations listed below. Support those who support our seniors!

A Day in the Country
130 Sugarloaf Rd, Hendersonville, NC

Ace Hardware
911 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC

All Saints Animal Hospital
720 N Grove St, Hendersonville, NC

Alykat Deli
635 Spartanburg Hwy Hendersonville, NC 

Animal Care Clinic of Hendersonville
1006 Old Spartanburg Rd, Hendersonville, NC

Animals “R” Us Veterinary Clinic
725 Crest Rd, Flat Rock, NC

Autumn Leaf
3591 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC

Bay Breeze
1830 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC

Black Bear Coffee
318 N Main Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina

638 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville, NC

Crystal’s BBQ
576 Upward Rd, Flat Rock, NC

Dancing Bear Toys
418 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC

1550 4 Seasons Blvd, Hendersonville, NC

Executive 2 Gas Station
701 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC

Fireside Pancake House
295 Sugarloaf Rd, Hendersonville, NC

First Citizen’s Bank
203 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC

Flat Rock Vision
1630 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville, NC

Flowers by Larry
427 N Church St, Hendersonville, NC

Hendersonville Tire and Oil
20 Francis Rd, Hendersonville, NC

Home Trust Bank
228 6th Ave E, Hendersonville, NC

Jim Beaver’s School of Music
576 Upward Rd, Flat Rock, NC

KC Hair Salon
825 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville, NC

Kosta’s Kitchen
4055 Hendersonville Rd, Fletcher, NC

Mast General Store of Hendersonville
527 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC

Merle Norman
80 S Tunnel Rd Suite 100, Asheville, North Carolina

Moose Cafe
59 Highlands Square Dr, Hendersonville, NC

Mr. Pete’s Market
2650 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC

Mustang Café
140 Tracy Grove Rd, Hendersonville, NC

Papa’s and Beer
1821 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC

Pop’s Diner
860 N. Main St, Hendersonville, NC

222 Old Airport Road, Fletcher, NC

Scissor’s Palace
605 S Grove St, Hendersonville, NC

Sherman’s Sports
126 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC

Three Chopt Sandwich
103 3rd Ave E, Hendersonville, NC