For years, the 18,000 square foot YMI building was the social and economic center of Asheville’s Black community. Currently YMI is a cultural center operating with support from the City of Asheville. Its impressive Tudor-style structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features four galleries and a 300-seat performing arts theatre.
Buncombe County Council on Aging is a non-profit corporation consisting of senior citizens groups, organizations, and individuals that provide services to older people. Visit this site to find a list and descriptions of local programs for older adults.
The alumni association for Leadership Asheville and Leadership Asheville Seniors. It’s purpose and mission is to advance leadership in the Asheville – Buncombe County, NC community and to provide public forums on issues critical to the future well-being of the region(Alumni Association).
The College for Seniors offers a wide range of classes to people over 50. With full access to the resources of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, College for Seniors members keep mentally and physically fit through participation in classes and possibly even teaching. Educational travel opportunities are also available.
Eliminating racism, empowering women — it’s what the YWCA is about and what it intends to do. The YWCA of Asheville offers programs in Aquatics, including swim lessons, lap and open swims, water aerobics, lifeguard training, and more.
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Seniors are invited to participate in planned activities and fellowship, and receive a hot, delicious meal at any of four sites in Buncombe County (Black Mountain, Weaverville, downtown Asheville, and Shiloh). There is no set price for the meal, but donations are gladly accepted. Transportation is available for most people through Mountain Mobility with advance notice.
NCCCR has the threefold purpose of promoting lifelong learning, leadership, and community service opportunities for retirement-aged individuals. Most of NCCCR programs are in the Asheville area, but some are carried out in collaboration with other organizations in other parts of North Carolina or across the country.
Leadership Asheville Seniors is a program for retirement aged people in Buncombe County. During seven day-long sessions in a variety of locations around the community, participants meet with community leaders, activists, and politicians to gain in-depth understanding of the area’s history, people, institutions, challenges, and opportunities. Leadership Asheville Seniors participants often use the program to reevaluate their choice of volunteer roles or to find new ones.
Grandview Peaks is a private gated community offering dramatic views and natural seclusion in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Homesites range from 1 to 17 acres, starting at just $29,900. Located close to Asheville, and surrounded by great small towns. Properties have access to community lake & beach, large timber-frame pavilion, and hiking trails all in a peaceful natural setting.
Low impact hiking club for seniors with leisurely paced hikes from Asheville Parks and Recreation Outdoor Program.
Hikes for Seniors
Hikes for seniors every Friday! Hikes are usually near Asheville and they are about a hour in length.