COAACH Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament

Please join COAACH at the beautiful Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro, N.C. for our Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament on Wednesday, August 1. Prizes will be awarded to men's and women's teams.
To register for the event or to become a sponsor, visit today!
COAACH Featured
New COAACH Caregiver College Broadens Alzheimer's Outreach

On June 11, the Center launched the COAACH Caregiver College, also known as C3, with 24 participants. A Lay Health Advisor Model of Care was used to implement this initiative.

Church members from across North Carolina were the first to take part in the four-day C3 training, June 11-14. They were equipped to be lay health ambassadors. Now, they can help to educate the community and their congregations on how to better understand and manage Alzheimer's and diabetes, and share new skills and strategies with caregivers.

As the Center expands its reach, the goal is to ensure health access and bring knowledge and awareness to communities across North Carolina and beyond.

Congratulations and Thank You to the 2018 C3 Lay Health Ambassador Graduates!

COAACH Community Advisory Board

The Center held its Community Advisory Board (CCAB) meeting in March. The CCAB provides leadership, support and direction as we continue to promote healthy aging throughout North Carolina.  The 12-member advisory board includes representatives from faith-based organizations, the Alzheimer's Association and those who are legal advisers, financial planners, health care providers, researchers, educators, and caregivers.

Thank You Community Advisory Board Members!

WANTED: Aggies Against Alzheimer's Students
DID YOU KNOW: Millennials make up 25 percent of the estimated 44 million  caregivers in the United States? 

JOIN: Help create Alzheimer's awareness among your peers on campus, increase support and health outcomes for Alzheimer's patients and millennial caregivers, and create a pipeline of researchers to establish long-term community partnerships to combat the disease.

To join  Aggies Against Alzheimer's contact Takiyah Starks,  Aggies Against Alzheimer's Advisor at or (336) 285-2172.

Piedmont Triad Regional Council Provides Aging Sensivity Training for COAACH Staff

The COAACH staff took part in an "Aging Sensitivity" training in May.  Warren Wilson, the l ong-term care ombudsman  from the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging, provided the training.  The interactive session offered the COAACH staff several simulation exercises to help better understand the challenges some seniors face as they age, and how best to enhance the aging experience.


Welcome to the COAACH Team

Karen Williams, D.Min.
Dr. Karen F. Williams, a writer and an editor, recently joined the COAACH team and serves as a consultant for the Oral History Project. Dr. Williams has a diversified career in book publishing and Sunday school curriculum and previously served as Children's Editor for the Sunday School Publishing Board in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Journalism from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Communication (Creative Writing) from Regent University, a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry (Arts and Theology) from Wesley Theological Seminary.  The focus of her doctoral research was Arts and Theology for Older Adults.

COAACH in the Community

Tornado Relief Effort

On April 18, the COAACH team responded to the needs of the surrounding community in the aftermath of the tornado disaster. Devastated, many residents lost their homes and were in need of food, water and other essentials. As a partner and good neighbor in this community, the staff mobilized resources and partnered with area churches that were providing front-line support. Through them, the Center was able to determine the most critical needs of the community and how to help. Generous COAACH staff donated funds to purchase several cases of water and small food items for those impacted by the storm.The COAACH interns also donated to North Carolina A&T Student Government Association (school supplies, toiletries, and water).

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with these families and communities.

COAACH Interns... Congratulations and Farewell

Ronqeiya Luther  completed her master's degree in  gerontology  on May 4, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Congratulations Ronqeiya!

Tyrone Bethune will be attending Texas A&M University, where he will pursue a master's degree in health policy and management in the fall, 2018.  Farewell and best wishes, Tyrone!

Brenton Robinson is enrolled in the master of arts in teaching program at North Carolina A&T State University and has accepted a new position with UNC Health Care.
Brenton, we wish you well in your new endeavor!

Healthy Recipe

 Arugula Pecan Pesto

A simple, inexpensive variation of pesto using peppery arugula and sweet pecans. Use it over baked fish or chicken, spread on sandwiches, toss pasta in it, or make pesto pizza!

  • 12 oz. (5 heaping cups) arugula leaves
  • ⅔ cup pecans1 clove garlic
  • 2 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, broken up into pieces
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • salt, to taste


Pulse the first four ingredients in a food processor. As the ingredients blend, slowly add the olive oil. Continue blending until it becomes smooth and add more olive oil, if needed. Add salt, to taste. Pesto will keep up to a week covered in the refrigerator.  

Yield: about 1.5 cups.  Find this and other healthy recipes at  Inquiring Chef .

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Caregiver Tips

Are you having trouble getting a person with Alzheimer's to enjoy mealtime? Check out these tips for making mealtimes more relaxing:
  • If the person is use to eating breakfast, lunch or dinner at specific times, continue to serve meals at those times.
  • Serve meals in a consistent, familiar place and manner whenever possible.
  • Be patient and give the person enough time to finish his or her meal.
  • View mealtimes as opportunities for social interaction. A warm and happy tone of voice can set the mood.

Upcoming Events

Healthy Aging Lunch & Learn -Monthly Series
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (Events are free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided)

-Legal and Financial Issues - July 12, 2018
-Senior Tarheel Legislature 2018 Priorities - August 2, 2018
-Mindfulness Caregiving - September 6, 2018

N.C. A&T Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.   

-Educating Children about Alzheimer's - July 16, 2018

-Choosing a Long-Term Facility - August 20, 2018

-"Vida Pour" Tea Party - September 17, 2018


For more information about the Lunch & Learn and Support Group meetings, please contact Dora Som-Pimpong at 336.285.2200 or click on the link below: 


10th Annual Caregiver Education Conference 
"10 Years - Transforming the Lives of Caregivers...The Journey Continues"
Saturday, October 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Alumni-Foundation Event Center
200 North Benbow Road
Greensboro, NC  27411

COAACH Mission

The mission of COAACH is to improve the health and well-being of communities by providing education, community empowerment and evidence-based research so that individuals, particularly the most vulnerable, can live life with quality, dignity, and independence.

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