Aging in Place is the ability for individuals to live in their own homes and communities safely, independently, and comfortably as they age. It includes providing care, support, and services in one’s home and community. Typically we need more supportive services as we age, and it can be hard to find or select such services. Maintaining social connections, staying active, and continuing to use our skills and pursue our interests are also essential.

Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina (JFS) conducted a community assessment related to aging-in-place needs and issues in Buncombe and Henderson Counties (NC) in 2022. JFS initiated and led the project with guidance from an Advisory Committee of experienced professionals from various backgrounds. Dogwood Health Trust provided funding for the project. Project work included conducting a survey, focus groups, and interviews and researching successful programs and models in NC and the US. The study group had residents in Buncombe and Henderson counties ages 50+ who identified as Jewish. Project recommendations, resources, and tools were created to be helpful for the broader population.

Please “click here” to view the report. Our board and staff are reviewing the findings and will work with our community non-profit organizations to determine the next steps. If you have questions, feel free to contact Michael Barnett at