Trust the Council on Aging (COA) to provide personal, caring support to manage the challenges of growing older. At COA you’ll find referrals and advice. Whether you are navigating the Medicare system, looking for services to help you stay healthy and independent at home, or need support in taking care of others, the Council on Aging can help you make the right connections. You will find information about our programs and services on this site or call us at 828-277-8288. We look forward to working with you.

COA Brochure

Community Resources:
Senior Services Directory
LGBT Elder Resources
Buncombe County 2013 - 2017 Aging Plan - Final Report

_______________________________________________________________________________________SHIIP logo Compare and Choose Medicare Plans from Oct. 15- Dec. 7

Your health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year. The Annual Election Period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015. Take advantage of the Annual Election Period, and you may be able to save money, improve your coverage or both.

Get one-on-one help from a SHIIP counselor by calling our office for an appointment. Or attend one of our classes listed in the Upcoming Events section at the bottom of this page.

• Visit to compare your current coverage with all of the options that    are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.
• Review the Medicare & You handbook. It is accessible online at
and it was mailed to people with Medicare in September.

• Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to find out more about  your coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

People with Medicare who have limited income and resources may qualify for Extra Help paying for their prescription drugs. There is no cost or obligation to apply for Extra Help, also called the low-income subsidy. Medicare beneficiaries, family members, or caregivers can apply online at or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. TTY users should call 1-800-772-1213.




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