The AARP (All About Real Possibilities) NC Mountain Region supports the safety, health, and well-being of older Americans living in Western NC through free educational, social, and networking events.

WHO Eight Domains of Livability

AARP and the Buncombe County Commissioners in 2017 adopted an aging plan that incorporates the domains of livability incepted by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Network.  It represents Age-Friendly Cities and Communities that have identified eight domains of livability to influence the quality of life of older adults and all residents.

The domains are also used as a framework and starting point by the U.S.-based towns, cities, and counties that belong to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

As a centralized source for information, examples, and strategies about how programs and policies that work can help a community become more age-friendly, the following links will connect you to fact sheets, toolkits, guides, reports and more about each of the domains.

Domain 1: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

Domain 2: Transportation

Domain 3: Housing

Domain 4: Social Participation

Domain 5: Respect and Social Inclusion

Domain 6: Civic Participation and Employment

Domain 7: Communication and Information

Domain 8: Community and Health Services

20 Western North Carolina Counties of Coverage

  1. Avery
  2. Buncombe - https://localwiki.org/asheville/NC_Buncombe_County
  3. Burke
  4. Caldwell
  5. Cherokee - https://localwiki.org/cherokeeconc/
  6. Clay
  7. Cleveland
  8. Graham
  9. Haywood
  10. Henderson
  11. Jackson
  12. Macon
  13. Madison - https://localwiki.org/madisoncountync/
  14. McDowell
  15. Mitchell
  16. Polk
  17. Rutherford
  18. Swain
  19. Transylvania
  20. Yancy - https://localwiki.org/yanceyconc/

NC Associate State Director - Mountain Region

The NC Associate State Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy is Rebecca Chaplin for the Mountain Region (Western North Carolina).

TEK Volunteer

AARP-NC-Mtn Region Technology Education Knowledge (TEK) advocacy and leadership are by Marc Czarnecki through UnITeWNC.io (WNC tech resources) and the Silver to Gold initiative of matching tech skills to the golden needs of the aging population.

Region - Council Of Government (COG) Coverage

  • A - Southwestern
  • B - Land of Sky
  • C - Isothermal
  • D - High County
  • E - Western Piedmont

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.

With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment.

AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name.

As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP, @AARPadvocates, @AARPNC, @AARPNCMtn on social media.