May 14, 2020

Nina Christian knows what it means to be a strong, independent woman.  Self-assured and resilient, she’s lived a full and rewarding life and spent the past 25+ years as a resident of Battery Park Apartments in downtown Asheville.   Nina is active, engaged and committed to living the “best life possible” and she knows what it’s like to go through tuff times. 

Born just before the Great Dep...

December 20, 2018

How has the Council on Aging made a positive difference in the lives of elderly citizens in Buncombe County?  A way to find out is to ask local seniors who receive services or support through the COABC. Recently, I interviewed James and Martha Hare, lifelong residents of the Fletcher community and grateful clients of the Council on Aging.   

James and Martha are a cheerful couple whose fa...

August 3, 2018

As a services coordinator for the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, I have witnessed firsthand the dramatic difference socialization can make in the lives of senior citizens.  Just sharing a meal or a conversation with someone can enrich the life of an elderly adult, especially if they are homebound or have little family support.  Finding a consistent way to provide senior citizens this opportu...

Medicare is in the process of issuing new Medicare cards to all Medicare beneficiaries. The new card will no longer contain the person’s social security number, which will decrease the possibility of identity theft if the card is lost or stolen.  The new card will be sent automatically to every person on Medicare and there is NO charge for the new card. If someone calls or comes to your door sayin...

May 14, 2018

Monday through Friday I watch for the mail. My office sits across from the mailboxes at the HUD subsidized senior living community where I serve as a Services Coordinator through the Council on Aging of Buncombe County. I dare to say that watching for the mail is one of the most important parts of my job. My typical day consist of multiple phone calls or office visits from residents seeking assist...

January 31, 2018

Understanding and taking advantage of all the benefits that are available to Medicare beneficiaries can be a challenging and stressful process.  People often are unaware of the programs they may be eligible for.  Understanding how the programs work can be difficult.  Application processes can be complicated, frustrating, and time consuming.  Yet, Medicare beneficiaries, who are often living on fix...

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