Region A Senior Celebration

The Southwestern Commission’s Area Agency on Aging is hosting the Region A Senior Celebration on September 7, 2018.

When: 9 AM to 2 PM
Where: WCU Ramsey Center
92 Catamount Road
Cullowhee, NC 28723

You must be a participant at a senior center to attend.  Please sign up at your center.  Contact the Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging at (828)586-1962 if you have any questions.

Click HERE for information on sponsoring this event.

Register Now for the Spring Aging Conference

The Area Agency on Aging is hosting its Spring Aging Conference on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Burrell Building at Southwestern Community College.  The conference will begin at 9:00 AM and will end at 3:30 PM.

4 CEU’s will be offered.

You will benefit from attending this conference
if you are:
… a professional, an advocate, a family caregiver, and/or a consumer.
… interested in understanding how organizations that provide critical
services for seniors can survive in the face of reduced funding and escalating demand for services.
… interested in learning about and sharing best practices in aging services.

Registration Fee: $25.00*
*A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact Sarajane Melton ( to request a scholarship.

Respite care will be available. If you are a family caregiver who needs respite for your loved one so you can attend the conference, please indicate your need on the Registration Form, which can be found using the brochure below:

Spring Aging Conference Brochure

New “Harvest” Video is Released

The newest in a series of videos from the Southwestern Commission along with with the Mountain West Partnership is now available to view online.  This film grew out the Rural Food Business Assistance Project, which ran a series of community meetings in small towns across WNC last year, and also provided over $20,000 worth of scholarships to over 80 local food businesses in the region. That project aimed to both capture a snapshot of what was happening in the local food scene across WNC’s western counties, and also connect farmers and food businesses with their local Small Business Centers to ensure that they could grow and prosper.

Click HERE to see the video.

Transportation Priorities Survey Open until April 30

The Southwestern Rural Planning Organization provides transportation planning services for the six far western counties of North Carolina – Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain.

We are seeking YOUR opinion on which potential transportation projects should be prioritized for future funding from NCDOT.

Click HERE to access the survey.

Southwestern Commission’s Area Agency on Aging is Hiring

The Southwestern Commission’s Area Agency on Aging is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Family Caregiver and Dementia Support Coordinator.   An application for this position can be obtained from the NC Works Career Centers or by visiting THIS SITE.

For more information, please see the job description attached below.

Family Caregiver and Dementia Support Coordinator Job Description

Several Dementia Friends Workshops to Be Held In Region A

A Dementia Friendly Community is one that cares about its neighbors; one that listens to the feelings of its residents with dementia; one that recognizes the signs; one that understands the needs; and one that acts.

It’s a place where people with dementia will live as independently as possible and be valued and respected. Where they can engage in activities that we take for granted and be supported as these activities become more difficult. Where these changes will be noticed, understood, and accepted.

This Spring, various community partners are sponsoring Dementia education events in both Jackson County and Macon County.   These events are for anyone interested in learning about dementia and how to make our community a more Dementia Friendly Community.

For more information on dates, time, and locations, please click on the flyers below.

Macon County Flyer

Jackson County Flyer

Congratulations to this Year’s Busse Award Recipient!

The Busse Award was established to recognize an individual or organization that has had a significant impact on enhancing the health status of older North Carolinians through efforts to direct health-related policies and/or to provide leadership in developing innovative solutions to health care problems. The award is named for Dr. Ewald W. Busse, who was president emeritus of the NC Institute of Medicine and a founding director of the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.

This year’s Busse Award is presented to the Macon County Community Paramedic Program. The Community Paramedic Program started as a way of bringing healthcare to people’s homes. The program now includes 60 patients and paramedics make weekly home visits, perform blood draws, manage medications, give flu shots and provide other procedures. When the program started, it began with no extra funds. Later, various grants helped the program expand. Because of the program, there has been a reduction in hospital readmissions, a reduction in 911 response to high utilizers of the service, improved quality of life for recipients and reduced transport for participants for both medical and behavioral health related issues. The Macon County Community Paramedic Program makes a significant impact on the health of Macon County’s seniors through direct health related services and is a shining example for other emergency medical services across the State.

Hank Bowers, Assistant Director for Aging and Adult Services, will present the award to Macon Community Paramedic Program at the monthly meeting of County Commissioners on Tuesday, February 13.

Congratulations to the Macon County Community Paramedic Program!  And thank you for all you do for your community!

NEA Announces Challenge America Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is soliciting projects that will begin on or after Jan 1, 2019, under its Challenge America program. This category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to under-served populations.

Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

Click HERE for application information and program details.

EDA Grant Opportunity

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) invites applicants to submit proposals and applications for construction and technical assistance projects that advance economic development activities.

Proposals and Applications are accepted throughout the year.

To discuss potential projects and learn more, please contact Hillary Sherman at404.730.3013 or