Aging Well Clinical

Aging Well Support Program

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AGING WELL SUPPORT PROGRAM

The Aging Well Support Program is a collaboration between Appalachian State’s Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services and the High Country Area Agency on Aging, along with numerous other community collaborators for various projects. Our goal is to work with other community partners to support healthy aging in adults throughout the High Country. To do this, we offer Community Health Screenings, Caregiver Workshops, and programs to support mental and physical wellness. In addition, we offer Individualized Aging Support Services to provide ongoing Care Coordination for concerns related to memory, fall risk, nutrition, and behavioral health. Please read more about each offering on this site and call 828-262-8658 or email ipc@appstate.edu for more information.

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Individualized Support Services & Assessments

Individualized Aging Support Program

The goal of the Individualized Aging Support Program is to provide ongoing assessments (typically annually) for adults around the age of 60 and over to:

  • Establish baseline measures for physical, cognitive, and behavioral health 

  • Chart changes in these areas over time

  • Identify areas of potential concern

  • Provide education, support, and referrals within the community 

Annual assessments are typically brief and include:

  • Physical Assessments

    • Gait & Balance Analysis 

    • Survey on physical activity level (SIMPAQ-R) 

    • Centers for Disease Control Assessments- (Timed Up and Go (TUG), Sit and Stand, etc) 

    • Handgrip strength

    • Blood pressure 

    • Speech/Voice Perceptual Analysis

  • Cognitive Assessment

    • MoCA - Montreal Cognitive Assessment

  • Nutrition Screen

  • Behavioral/Mental Health Screen

  • Perception of Aging Assessment

Additional assessments and/or referrals are made as needed. Information can be shared with primary care physicians with participant permission.

Call us at 828-262-8658 or email ipc@appstate.edu for information on the support we can provide or to make an appointment.


Programs for Adults

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Strong Body, Strong Mind Program

It’s never too early or too late to focus on cognitive wellness. Research evidence suggests that the more cognitively fit you are throughout your life, the better armed your brain will be against the assaults of aging. You might even be able to prevent certain brain problems from occurring in the first place, rather than having to combat them when they arise. Good brain health is more than the absence of disease. It’s optimizing your brain function as you age. 

The Strong Body, Strong Mind program focuses on two science based pillars that can help sustain brain function and cognitive fitness (the ability to learn, reason, remember, and adapt your thinking processes).  These pillars are physical exercise and cognitive stimulation.

The 6-week Strong Body, Strong Mind program will be offered October 4 through November 12, 2021.  All sessions will take place in the IHHS Interprofessional Clinic on the first floor of the Leon Levine Health Sciences Center. Two class times are available:
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 -11:30
Mondays & Fridays from 10:00-11:30

The program is free and open to anyone looking to integrate wellness practices into their lives in order to strengthen cognitive performance.

For additional information or to register for one of the classes, contact the IHHS Interprofessional Clinic at 828-262-8658 or ipc@appstate.edu.  

This program is offered by the ASU IHHS Interprofessional Clinic and the High Country Area Agency on Aging

Community Health Screenings

On hold due to COVID-19

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