The Partnerships in Aging Program (PiAP) is currently collaborating with key institutions and organizations to find innovative solutions to issues around aging and longevity.  We are interested in talking to people who are ready to engage in conversations, and actions, that are aligned with PiAP’s mission.  We want to challenge stereotypes and current thinking that frames later life as a time of diminishment and loss.  We know that with appropriate support, older age can be a time to adapt, grow, and give back.  Please contact us if you are interested in forging a new partnership.

Current Partners

Orange County Department on Aging

The tagline of this county department is Endless Possibilities. How fitting! The Department on Aging serves as a focal point for coordinated community and individualized programs designed to foster the well-being and engagement of older adults at all levels of ability.

PiAP partners with the Department on Aging to support the Master Aging Plan, Project Engage, the Long Term Care Collaborative, Complete Streets, and the Aging in Community Speaker Series.

Northside Community and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center is dedicated to preserving the future of historically Black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, NC.  Our mission is to honor, renew and build community in the Northside & Pine Knolls neighborhoods of Chapel Hill.  We do this work through community-driven change that engages the wisdom of youth voices; the power of civil rights history; the struggles and strengths of generations of long-term residents; the insight of all who work, live, play, serve, and worship in Northside neighborhoods; and partnership across multiple lines of difference. Today, Northside and Pine Knolls are among the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods in the region.

The Partnerships in Aging Program and the Jackson Center are collaborating to explore opportunities for intergenerational housing that brings UNC students together with Northside elders who need some assistance but do not want to move out of the neighborhood.

Charles House Association

Charles House, the nonprofit Center for Community Eldercare (CORE), is dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors. Charles House supports individual families caring for their elders, and communities that are preparing for a growing number of older residents. Charles House operates a Daytime 
Eldercare Program and is pioneering neighborhood eldercare homes as a Culture Change model for long-term care. The CORE Program supports family Caregivers with Orientation, Resources and Education. The Program in Learning & Service engages students, interns and community members in experiencing the positive Charles House approach to working with elders.

PiAP and Charles House are engaged in collaborative efforts to:

  • Re-think the design of homes and neighborhoods so that they become vibrant places in which to age
  • Offer learning & service opportunities for students and interns to explore careers in aging,  and to experience a  powerful and positive approach to working with elders, even the most frail
  • Support research collaborations in the field of community based long-term care and family caregiving.
Fearrington Cares

Few places have a community care organization as dedicated to its residents as is Fearrington Cares. Fearrington Cares was founded by Fearrington residents who believed that when neighbors help neighbors, everyone benefits. Today, Fearington Cares is recognized as one of the oldest, most dynamic and effective non-profit community care organizations in the nation. At Fearrington Cares, our goal is to provide information, services and activities that foster the health, well-being and independence of the residents of the Fearrington community.” Our core values, “service-oriented, knowledgeable, financially responsible, community-funded and powered by volunteers” are at the heart of everything we do.

Fearrington Village is a naturally occurring retirement community (NORC) and is delighted to be partnering with the Partnership in Aging Program. Fearrington is a Village of Elders, predominantly, and as such we are positioned to provide learning opportunities for students as we address important issues facing seniors and their families. In 2017 we are partnering with a Partnerships in Aging student from public health to develop a deep knowledge about transportation in our rural area that is not currently served by public transportation. Please click here to visit our web site to explore current services and to contact us with questions or comments!

Carol Woods

Carol Woods Retirement Community has joined with Partnerships in Aging and UNC to support the Beyond Clinic Walls program. Residents from the local non-profit retirement community will help mentor teams of UNC students as they work with older adults throughout Chapel Hill and Orange County. Beyond Clinic Walls students will learn about the issues facing older adults in their efforts to age in community….and more. To learn more about Carol Woods, click here.

Chatham County Council on Aging

The Chatham County Council on Aging, founded in 1974, promotes and supports independent living and the physical and mental wellness of persons aged 60 and older. The Council also supports family caregivers of older people who prefer to remain living at home. The Council has partnered with Partnerships in Aging and UNC to provide learning opportunities for students and to address important issues facing Chatham seniors and their families. In 2017-18, a Capstone Team of UNC public health students will facilitate a process for engaging Chatham residents, public officials, health and human services organizations, the business and faith communities, and other stakeholders to produce a comprehensive plan for optimal aging in Chatham that will guide future work of private and public entities. To learn more about the Chatham County Department on Aging, click here.

UNC Center for Aging and Health

We are facing a huge shortfall in preparing a workforce specially trained in geriatrics and gerontology.   The Center for Aging in Health has recently expanded its reach to ensure that professionals from many disciplines are trained to care for older adults.  Particularly, the Center is crafting new initiatives to train emerging practitioners to work in teams.

PiAP partners with the Center for Aging and Health to evaluate educational programming in Interprofessional Education.

Community members outline their healthcare goals

Community members document their healthcare goals