Aging Well Outreach

Aging Well Support Program


Older adults enjoying dinner outside

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 for more information.

Programs for Adults

Class of Older Adults

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 8-week Strong Body, Strong Mind program will be offered March 15 through April 26, 2022. All sessions will take place in the IHHS Interprofessional Clinic on the first floor of the Leon Levine Health Sciences Center. Everyone that is interested should call to schedule a pre-program assessment and interview in order to determine which class will best meet your needs. Participants will be assigned to one of the following class times:
Tuesdays from 9:00 am-11:00 am
Tuesdays from 11:00-12:00


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  

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



Aging Academy

2023-2024 Educational Series

All workshops will be held in Leon Levine Hall of Health Science, Room 103, unless otherwise noted. Free parking! Refreshments will be served!

September 22, 2023, 3:00-4:15pm: Cognitive Wellness - What You Should Know with Kim McCullough

October 13, 2023, 3:00-4:15pm: Technology Tips and Tricks with Tony Grant  

November 17, 2023, 3:00-4:15pm: Aging in Place with Jenny Womack

 February 23, 2024, 3:00-4:15pm: Balance and Gait with Jared Skinner

 March 22, 2024, 3:00-4:15pm: Understanding Dementia and Maintaining Your Brain with Heather McKay

 April 26, 2024, 3:00-4:15pm: Global Perspective of Nursing Homes with Anastacia Schulhoff


Past Aging Academy Presentations and Recordings