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Trust the Council on Aging of Buncombe County to provide personal, caring support and to assist you with the challenges of growing older. At the Council on Aging of Buncombe County you will find referrals and help. Whether you are learning 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 of Buncombe County can help you to make the right connections.

Making a Difference in our Community

Our Vision:

A community where everyone has the opportunity to age successfully.

Our Mission:

Promote the independence, dignity, and well-being of adults through service, education, and advocacy.


The Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc. is a charitable organization 501(c)(3) registered with the Secretary of State of the State of North Carolina. You can find out more about our organization at the Secretary of State of North Carolina website and click on Search Our Registry to look up the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc.


History

  • Established in 1964 as Buncombe County Committee on Aging, Inc.
  • Renamed in 1973 as Buncombe County Council on Aging, Inc.
  • Renamed in 2003 as Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc.
  • In 2014, the Council On Aging of Buncombe County celebrated its 50th anniversary!
  • Secured more than $2 million dollars in benefits for clients in 2017.
  • We provide more than 10,000 services a year to individuals.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Council on Aging of Buncombe County (COAbc) is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion. For over 50 years, our organization has recognized the value of equity and anti-discrimination in the health and well-being of our community. Our mission to promote the independence, dignity and well-being of adults through service, education, and advocacy describes our investment in Buncombe County and the tremendous impact that we believe unbiased access to support has on the individuals and families we serve. Did you know that older adults are THE MOST diverse group of people in our society?

We are committed to equity beyond the physical presence of people of different backgrounds and perspectives, enabling this diverse population with diverse solutions that set them up for success in a culture where all are welcomed, valued and respected. We believe that equity means fair and just treatment, using intentionality to address how to build and sustain an environment where all people can thrive. We know that systemically individuals have vastly different access and experiences of opportunity, that all people therefore need different tools to succeed.

All are welcomed. All are included. All are invited to participate.

We believe that equity is a process – an ongoing commitment – that involves listening and getting uncomfortable with systems of oppression and micro-aggressions, anti-blackness, anti-semitism, xenophobia, model minorities and white supremacy. We believe equity means that race and other constructs should not predict or determine resources, opportunities and burdens. We stand against dehumanization, myths and stereotypes. Equity is a practice.

The way that equity specifically plays out for us is shaped by our commitment to our vision where everyone has the opportunity to age successfully. This term “successful” is unique from person to person. We aim to address what matters most to the individual – ensuring access to resources and providing unbiased support in a person-centered model of care for aging well in community.

You will find information about our programs and services on this site.

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