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  • Elder Abuse: You Can Help and Here’s How
    June 15th marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This day was designated by the United Nations to encourage the people of the world to voice their objections to the abuse of older adults and insist that it comes to an end. The Council on Aging of Buncombe County hopes that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day…
  • Independent, Strong, and 94 Years Young
    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…
  • Meet Our New Director, Heather Bauer
    Greetings! I am Heather Bauer, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County’s new Executive Director, effective January 15, 2020. It has been an honor to begin work with the Council after nearly a decade of service to older adults and their families in western North Carolina. In my first few weeks, I have already met…
  • A Person Belongs Wherever They Find Themselves
    Barbara Roth has been told on numerous occasions, “You don’t look like you belong here.” She becomes tearful as she explains, “People who say that… don’t know my story.” Barbara moved to Western North Carolina in 2007 and, shortly after her arrival, she experienced domestic violence that “forever changed [her] life.” The abuse imposed on…
  • A Helping Hand in a Time of Need
    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…
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