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If you are caring for an aging loved one, you are not alone. In WNC there are approximately 56,000 caregivers. Caregivers are often family members providing unpaid care for a spouse, parent, or other relative. They, like the person they are caring for, deserve service, education, and advocacy including respite (time away), wellness and support, access to resources as well as supplemental items for health and safety.

Council on Aging of Buncombe County coordinates Family Caregiver Support Program respite funds for Buncombe and Madison Counties.  Caregivers should call (828) 277-8288, ext. 1303 or email steffied[at]

CAPES – Caring for Aging People Education & Support

Find support by sharing & listening to others as we navigate the caregiving journey together.

The CAPES group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

  • First Baptist Church Asheville at  2:00 pm
    5 Oak St, Asheville, NC Room CB-22.  Enter Charlotte/Woodfin Street Near Church Playground/Free Parking

CAPES Support Groups are

  • Free
  • Registration information is kept confidential 
  • Non-judgmental
  • Non-denominational
  • Open to ALL caregivers of seniors
  • Attend whenever you can

Contact steffied[at] to be added to the mailing list.

Group structure includes easy check-in, the opportunity to offer suggestions to others, and educational topics via community presenters chosen by group members’ needs which could include dementia, legal issues, coping with stress, self-care, community resources, and making difficult life choices. 

Group facilitated by Family Caregiver Support Specialist.

Resources for Caregivers

Respite is a time for you away from your loved one. Respite services can provide someone who stays with your loved one in your home or a place for your loved one to stay for short periods.


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