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.
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.
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.
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.
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.