The Partnerships in Aging Program has both led and supported a variety of initiatives aimed to foster intergenerational dialogue and civic engagement among students, aging professionals and researchers, and the surrounding community.
Solo agers are older adults who make decisions about their future independently. PiAP works with a small group of community members who identify as solo agers to explore the unique legal, health, financial, and social issues of living life beyond traditional notions of “family.” Learn more about our Solo Agers initiative.
Interprofessional Education in Geriatrics
More than 235 UNC-Chapel Hill students work in interdisciplinary teams to explore complex social and medical issues common to older adults. Sharing expertise in nursing, medicine, social work, dentistry, pharmacy, PT, OT, nutrition, and speech & language pathology helps students expand their understandings of aging.
Arts Across Ages Carolina Seminars
The Arts Across Ages seminar series builds knowledge and strategies for UNC-Chapel Hill students and older adults to connect through visual arts, theater, dance, and more. The seminar series is a joint venture among UNC faculty and community leaders in aging.
Folks of Every Age Sharing a Table (FEAST)
FEAST creates an intentional, intergenerational space where people can cultivate age-embracing perspectives and joyful wisdom. Dinners bring together college students, faculty, older adults, and community leaders in aging. FEAST is currently on hold due to COVID-19. Learn more about FEAST.
Diversity in Aging Symposium
On January 21, 2021, PiAP hosted the inaugural Diversity in Aging Symposium. The 2021 theme was Eldercare: Diverse Perspectives and Diverse Needs.
The Diversity in Aging Symposium is designed to spark conversation about contemporary issues in aging. For our first event, we addressed the intersection of aging, race, ethnicity, and eldercare with opening remarks by Dr. Tamara Baker (UNC Department of Psychiatry) as well as a discussion led by panelists Carolina Avary (Piedmont Health), Chasity Hunt (Carolina Compassion Care), and Kathy Atwater (Marian Cheek Jackson Center).
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is building Crescent Magnolia, a first-of-its-kind community offering affordable homeownership for older adults in Hillsborough, NC. UNC-Chapel Hill students are studying processes of community building and home transitions. Read the 2021 Crescent Magnolia Resource Report.
Partnerships in Aging Consortium Think Tank (PACTT) Report
On March 28, 2019, the UNC Partnerships in Aging facilitated an inaugural Think Tank to form a consortium around ongoing aging-related work and interests that bridge university and community efforts. The event brought together 32 campus-community partners over dinner to discuss current and future initiatives. With the goals of deepening conversation about existing projects and spurring action toward the creation of new aging-related initiatives, the result of the evening’s work was a set of priorities that PiAP will work to support in the coming year in alignment with our strategic plan.
We invite you to review a summary of the PACTT priority initiatives for 2019-2020.
Stories and Reflections during the COVID-19 Situation
In spring 2020, the PiAP team collected brief audio recordings from people who shared their stories of managing during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. These stories offer interesting insights into how experiences over a lifetime influence adaptation to situations like this. We invite you to listen to the recordings and/or read the accompanying transcripts that bear witness to this moment in time.
COVID-19 Support for Rural Seniors
In March 2020, PiAP was looking forward to two big events: the Diversity in Aging Symposium and the Power of Partnership Party. But COVID-19 had other plans. Thanks to our terrific PiAP team members and our ready partners, Orange County Rural Alliance (OCRA), Maple View Farms, and Latta Eggs, we were able to make a fast pivot and partnered with Orange County Rural Alliance to provide milk, butter, and eggs to rural Orange County seniors. As if isolating in self-quarantine isn’t hard enough – going without hot food delivery was especially difficult for 42 seniors served by OCRA’s meal program. Through the food delivery initiative, fresh milk, butter, and eggs were delivered every other week alongside 10 frozen meals provided by OCRA.
Long Term Care Collaborative
Led by Orange County’s Department on Aging, community advocates, and PiAP, seven long term care organizations participated in a year-long effort to improve the quality of their care. The final theme was “The Comfort Zone” and focused on palliative care and everyday joys for clients and staff. At the end of the year, participating organizations were eligible for a Quality Service Award and were recognized by the Board of County Commissioners.
Living Long Lives
Photographer Chris Richman explored the passion and vibrancy of living a long life. What do we do with passion and meaning? How do we address abilities that have become diminished? How do people of different ages perceive the aging experience? The photographic exhibit was displayed in fall 2016. UNC-Chapel students in the English and Comparative Literature Department assisted Chris with the narrative to support her photographs.
Courage Cocktail Radio Series: Long Lives Long View
Partnerships in Aging enjoyed working with the Courage Cocktail Radio Hour. Producer and host Lee Ann McClymont created a five-part radio series broadcasting over WCOM LPFM, Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC, which featured five, hour-long radio shows examining current experiences in aging in Orange County through the lens of innovators, academics, volunteers, and artists. The series featured live interviews with guests of different backgrounds all of whom share a common interest in leading vibrant and productive lives throughout the entire course of their lifespans. Click here for a description of each episode plus links to the podcasts.
Fighting Ageism: Be Bold, Claim Old Campaign
The project, led by Amy Gorely, Vice President of Strategy and Outreach at Carolina Meadows, challenges ageist views of youth as the gold standard. The campaign suggests that we all get to decide how “old” is valued. It starts with accepting and celebrating every age. UNC’s Partnerships in Aging Program is collaborating to advance and disseminate the campaign. Be Bold, Claim Old was launched in a two-minute TED-inspired talk. The campaign aims to spark a new way of thinking about aging.
Aging in Community: Planning for Our Future Series
Led by Orange County’s Department on Aging with support from the Partnerships in Aging Program, Aging in Community was a series of community conversations about key issues related to transportation and housing for older adults. Launched in 2012, PiAP has hosted community events to learn about and discuss topics such as budgeting in later life, innovations in senior housing, and becoming a creative genius (again!).