Life Transitions Programs

OLLI at UNC Asheville organizes several unique programs for Asheville locals and newcomers, including:

  • Exploring Continuing Care Retirement Communities: CCRCs are an attractive residential option for active older adults. CCRCs offer a full continuum of independent housing, assisted living and skilled nursing care within a single campus setting. In the Asheville area there are a variety of these kinds of communities, each with a different financial model, various health and wellness options and services, and varied amenities. Navigating your way through all of the choices to find a community that is right for you can be a challenge.
  • The Gift of Time program will encourage you to think about how to plan and communicate your end of life wishes to spouses, partners, children and parents. Take control of what you want for yourself and help others address the myriad issues that face all of us in times of crisis.
  • Advanced Care Planning workshops feature a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues. The discussion will include communicating your treatment wishes to loved ones and to medical personnel, ethical and legal issues, and the uses of advance directives. Ample time will be reserved for questions.

In addition, we offer two national programs:

  • Paths to Creative Retirement (Paths), held twice each year, helps participants create meaningful retirement based on their values and priorities. Sessions are facilitated by trained OLLI members in large and small groups.
  • The Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) focuses specifically on relocating in retirement—whether to Asheville or anywhere else. Our optional Sunday program is for those who are considering Asheville for relocation.

Email us for additional questions or if you would like to have your name added to the interest list for 2023-2024 programs.

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