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February 3, 2021 | Jenny Womack

wAGING change was on hiatus during the month of January due to website updates. Thank you for checking in with us again for our February 2021 segments: Embodied Aging & Intimate Lives   When was the last time you skipped? Skipped in the hop-step, happy way children sometimes move themselves …Read More

At Year’s End: The Link Between Communication and Dying with Dignity

December 31, 2020 | Jenny Womack

For the month of December 2020, we have focused the wAGING change blog on dying with dignity, considering the topic primarily from the perspective of people who are thinking about their own dying process or that of a loved one. We occupy an especially poignant context for this conversation, however, …Read More

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: End-of-Life Senior Resource Team

December 16, 2020 | Jenny Womack

On that day, the graduate students leaned forward a bit closer to hear what was being said; their eyes widened at the stories they were told, and their questions, though hesitant, were poignant and profound. The topic was death. In front of the class that day were five folks with …Read More

Winter Comes: Dying with Dignity

December 2, 2020 | Jenny Womack

I have had the privilege twice in my life of being at the bedside of loved ones as they drew their last breath. The journeys of these two people – one who died much too young and the other, who though old, died much too early – were examples of …Read More

CARING RESOURCE: Stories from the Diverse Elders Coalition

November 29, 2020 | Jenny Womack

As we close out the month of November 2020, a raging pandemic has changed long-standing holiday traditions of family and friends gathering to connect with one another over shared meals and visiting in each other’s homes. Distance between people extends far beyond the 6 feet of recommended physical space as …Read More

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History

November 11, 2020 | Jenny Womack

In honor of November’s designation as National Family Caregiver Month, the UNC Partnerships in Aging recognizes the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History (MCJC) in Chapel Hill, NC, for their soulful approach to eldercare, grounded firmly in their overall mission: To honor, renew, and build community in …Read More

Giving, Taking, Partnering, Caring…The Nuanced Language of Eldercare

November 4, 2020 | Jenny Womack

November is National Family Caregiver Month as recognized by Mental Health America: “This is definitely NOT a partnership!” said the woman with tired-looking eyes when I casually referred to her and her mother as ‘care partners’ during a meeting for family caregivers of older adults. My desire to use what …Read More


October 26, 2020 | Jenny Womack

Chapel Hill, NC by Dr. Jenny Womack, Campus Coordinator: UNC Partnerships in Aging Program  /     Every five years for the past two decades, the Orange County, North Carolina Department on Aging (OCDOA) has undertaken the task of strategic planning to optimize the county as a place where structures …Read More

Welcome to wAGING change!

October 21, 2020 | Jenny Womack

The mission of the UNC Partnerships in Aging Program (PiAP) is to facilitate vibrant University-Community collaboration, academic exploration, and creative solution-building to cultivate age-embracing people and communities. Toward those ends, we offer a new conversation born out of the chaotic context of 2020, housed here on our website and extending …Read More