Elder Awareness-Keeping you informed

Keeping our active aging LGBTQ+ family informed is part of our purpose with Generation Plus and Blue Ridge Pride. Please know this is only a sample of services and programs available.

Generation Plus LIVE– Join us for our monthly segment on Wednesday, January 3rd at noon.

We will be discussing what you want to bring into 2021- Goodbye to 2020.

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Generation Plus-PRIDE Time -a social chat.  Let’s connect in this virtual world. We all need some chat time to laugh, engage and see other’s smiling faces. Join us Wednesday, January 10th at 6:30PM.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91657724995

From our partners:

You Are Not Alone – This session offers ways to decrease social isolation by providing step-by-step guidelines to virtual worlds such as Zoom and Face Time. It also outlines caregiver re-sources available in our community including tech tools available for veterans through the VA.

Go to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=904278173440643&ref=watch_permalink

Go to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvdILVKk6JQ

Technology for Home Safety – Family caregivers represent an important niche in the health care network. The pandemic has forced society into greater reliance on virtual tools which opens rich possibilities for caregivers to foster social connectivity, improve health outcomes, and access health care practitioners from home. Join us to be inspired about technologies that promote safety at home.

Go to Facebook:


Go to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUOuVmaEskQ

Telehealth at Home – Access to appointments to one’s doctor or therapist may be limited because of health, weather, and COVID-19. Thankfully, telehealth is an excellent way one can access the care of one’s doctor or therapist from the comfort and safety of one’s own home. Join us to learn more about how telehealth can be a convenient and effective part of one’s health care.

Go to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=685403942120517&ref=watch_permalink

Go to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8pMJsuKKYw

A collaboration of the Family Caregiver Program; Project C.A.R.E.; Four Seasons
Compassion for Life; AARP Mountain Region; Charles George VA Medical Center; Bob
Krollman, Private Technology Consultant; and MAHEC Social Bridging Project.

Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers

Are you one of North Carolina’s 1.2 million caregivers? It is time to stop and take a breath! The busy lifestyles of most Americans today can make caring for a loved one challenging. Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers can empower you to take care of YOU. This interactive workshop is designed to empower family caregivers to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class if you need to find more time for you while caring for someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. Like all AARP programs, this program is free to all and completely non-commercial. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Fridays, January 22 – February 26, 2:30 – 4 p.m. online via Zoom.

Register online at: aarp.cvent.com/powerfultoolsjanuary2021 or call 828-337-2359.


Understand How Medicare Works.  Contact a SHIIP Representative.

 Buncombe:  Council on Aging, 828-277-8288

 Madison: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, 828-398-7700

 Henderson: Blue Ridge Community Health Center, 828-277-8288

Transylvania: Transylvania County Cooperative Extension, 828-884-3109 

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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