Chapel Hill News

‘Aging in Community’ series kicks off Tuesday

HILL The Orange County Department on Aging is holding a three-part series, “Aging in Community: Planning for Our Future,” the third Tuesday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. at the Friday Center.

The kick-off Tuesday, Feb. 18, features developer Tim Carpenter, who will discuss the Burbank Senior Artists Colony. Winner of the 2011 James Irvine Leadership Award, he has been transforming the way people think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning and creativity.

Part two is on Tuesday, March 18, when Dave Wann will outline his prescriptions for transforming existing neighborhoods into sustainable communities. Instead of simply remodeling our homes to “age in place,” Dave speaks about remodeling a neighborhood so that it can, both physically and culturally, support the aging process. David is an author, filmmaker and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs.

The series concludes on Tuesday, April 8, with Paul Klever, executive director of Charles House. He will address the common question: What happens when I need help to manage my daily routines? Even when we may be at our most frail, being part of the community can maintain our quality of life and feelings of connection. Paul will outline a framework for thinking about the last years of our lives and describe Eldercare Homes, the pioneering model for neighborhood-based assisted living.

This series is $10/person or $25/person for all three sessions, and tickets can be purchased online at

This event is being sponsored by the Orange County Department on Aging, Charles House and Second Journey, with support from Carol Woods and Carolina Meadows Retirement Communities.

To register, please visit and click on the link entitled, “Aging in Community” or call the Department on Aging Helpline at 919-968-2070.