The Friends of Aging is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
In a recent study by AARP, 90% of all seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “aging-in-place.” Even if they begin to need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, most (82%) would prefer to stay in their homes. U.S. Census data shows Carteret County will have the 6th highest median age in the state by 2016. Demand for programs and services that extend wellness and aging-in-place have never been higher. However, federal and state funding designated for programs like home-delivered meals or transportation that help seniors achieve independence has been consistently reduced to the point of breaking. That’s why the Friends of Aging was formed, ensuring that those who have spent years contributing to our todays are not denied quality of life in the future.
The Friends of Aging collaborates with the Carteret County Department of Aging and the Leon Mann, Jr. Enrichment Center, located in Morehead City. With this partnership, we are able to maximize important services to older adults in Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Cape Carteret, Newport and all surrounding municipalities of Carteret County.
We’re working to relieve the distress of seniors in need by supporting in-home services, wellness programs, and community connectivity. We champion specialized activities and counseling on primary needs such as nutrition, healthcare, housing, financial security, education, and employment. Carteret County Friends of Aging was founded in August of 2013 by Janet Grainge, Mary Kurek, and Ted Goetzinger.