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Aging & Accessibility

According to the 2021 North Carolina Aging Profile, there were 9,033 residents that were 65 years old or older in Jackson County (NC Department of Health and Human Services). The total population of Jackson County in 2021 was 42,613, making the senior residents about 21% of Jackson County’s population. Seniors are a vulnerable population, especially in rural Jackson County.

The services offered in Jackson County and the Western North Carolina region aim to assist seniors that may be homebound, have a hard time accessing vital resources, and combating isolation. The agencies in this county and region have a far-reaching impact on the struggles that seniors in Jackson County face. Caregivers to seniors are also in need of education and resources to help them serve their loved ones, especially if their loved ones have intense healthcare needs.

Community Partners that actively work with WCU in the Aging & Accessibility focus area are listed below. If you are interested in working on a project with one of these organization, please contact the CCESL office. For all volunteer opportunities, visit the CCESL Engage page.

Autumn Care of Waynesville

A long-term aid facility for the elderly, Autumn Care provides one-on-one care, serving meals, and provides craft and exercise classes and special events services. Autumn Care also offers short-term rehabilitation services. Volunteers may help with Bingo, visit residents one-on-one, and assist with craft classes.

Project F.I.R.E.


Project F.I.R.E. (Fuel Intervention for Rural Elderly) is a heating assistance program that cuts, splits, and delivers firewood to elderly in need. This project is part of the Jackson County Department on Aging.

Skyland Care Center



Attentive care  in a home-like setting. You can rest assured that your loved one will receive superior quality care with us. As a part of our approach, we strive to ensure each resident, family  and staff member feel welcome in our home away from home.

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