Henderson County has enjoyed a reputation as an exceptional place to retire for decades. The climate, stable economy and excellent healthcare and retirement options continue to make Henderson County a top choice for people 55 and older. The community is a welcoming place where retired and semi-retired adults enjoy a wonderful quality of life and can continue to play a vital role in the community.
Retirees stimulate our economy with their assets, pensions, Social Security income and their needs for goods and professional services. They keep our health and human services organizations vigorous through their demand for services and by volunteering, serving on boards and being philanthropic.
Retirees contribute greatly to our strong arts scene by attending, sponsoring and participating in theater, music, dance and visual arts. Their avid interest in recreational activities helps makeHenderson County a haven for a variety of outdoor fun, including outstanding golf.
To complement this wide range of lifestyles and every stage of retirement, Henderson County is home to a large assortment of housing options for retirees – including an ample number of adult communities. Some communities offer both single-family and attached homes with the convenience of one-level living. Most, but not all, are condominium operated and provide all exterior and grounds maintenance for a monthly fee. Most retirement communities also include emergency call systems and 24-hour security.
Carolina Village in Hendersonville is a Life Plan Community offering independent living, assisted living and skilled care all on the same campus. A one-time entrance fee provides residents with a place to live that guarantees they will be taken care of for life, with access to long-term care in the assisted living or skilled nursing area if the need arises. The monthly fee varies with the size of apartment or cottage the resident chooses and includes an impressive array of services, amenities, dining options and utilities, as well as social, educational, wellness and fitness programs. The monthly fee doesn’t change when you access additional levels of care.
Fletcher Park Inn, an age 55 and older adult Christian retirement community in Hendersonville, offers a variety of independent lifestyle options: villa homes and studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments. Residents enjoy an alcohol-free and tobacco-free campus conveniently located across the street from AdventHealth Hendersonville and adjacent to an aquatic/fitness center. A vegetarian lunch buffet with meat and vegan options and light soup supper are included along with planned activities and excursions. Scheduled transportation to shopping, errands and medical appointments also is available.
Heritage Hills in Hendersonville offers a full spectrum of independent living and memory care services administered by a specifically trained and experienced staff. Residents enjoy the convenience of restaurant-style dining, housekeeping and transportation services among many other benefits. Heritage Hills offers a variety of floor plans. Residents pay a monthly fee that includes such on-site amenities as a hair salon/barber shop, a library/reading room, an arts and crafts hobby room, a game room with billiards and bar, a computer center with Internet access and walking paths.
Lake Pointe Landing with its adjacent Life Care Center of Hendersonville offers several levels of care on one campus. Many amenities, services and activities are included or available if needed or desired. For independent living, private ownership villas and rental patio homes are available. The Harbor apartment building houses a swimming pool and theatre/auditorium as well as independent-living rental apartments. The Bridge at Lake Pointe Landing offers assisted living services. Intermediate and skilled nursing care for rehabilitation or long-term care are available at the adjacent Life Care Center of Hendersonville.
Legacy at Mills River is a new proposed continuing care retirement community with an innovative, forward-thinking approach to senior living. Opening in 2021, Legacy is now accepting pre-construction reservation deposits for residents to reserve their homes. Legacy aims to advance the concept of senior living through its “Equity Model” – giving its residents the option to not only live in their own home, but to own it – in turn creating “next generation retirement living.” Life at Legacy will include a continuum of care with assisted living and nursing options, a physician-staffed health and wellness center, transportation services, 24-hour security, picturesque walking trails and more.
As a premier retirement destination, Henderson County offers not only exceptional living choices but also a great range of services and activities to enhance retirement.
Council onAging for Henderson County
Celebrating 50 years of service in Henderson County, the Council on Aging continues to engage, connect and support adults in our community as we age. This mission is achieved through programs such as Meals on Wheels, Liquid Nutrition, Caregiver Services, Congregate Nutrition at the Sammy Williams Center and Resource Coordination. In addition, the agency operates two thrift stores which provide valuable financial support.
Sammy Williams Center for Active Living
“Lunch at the Sammy”
301 N Justice Street
“Lunch at the Sammy” is a sociallunch program for older adults,managed by the Council on Aging for Henderson County. Held at the Sammy Williams Center for Active Living in downtown Hendersonville, the program is open from 9 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday with lunchserved around 11:45 am.In addition to a meal and socializing, members can participate in fitness classes, bingo, crafts, celebrations and other special programming. “Lunch at the Sammy” membership is available to Henderson County residents who are 60 years of age and older forno charge. Voluntary contributions are encouraged to help cover the cost of the program.Apple Country Public Transit provides limited transportation to the center within the service area. Walk-ins are welcome.
Mills River Life Enrichment Center
United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
137 Old Turnpike Road, Mills River
Each Thursday, Mills River Life Enrichment Center offers senior adults a place for fellowship and to enjoy a wide range of programs from talks on healthy aging to entertainment. A meal is served following each program. MRLEC is a non-denominational outreach ministry of the Mills River United Methodist Church. Lunch reservations are required.
MountainCare Adult Day Services
114 College Drive, Flat Rock
MountainCare Adult Day Services offers a safe and enjoyable place for aging and impaired adults to stay engaged during the day. Compassionate staff at MountainCare’s three centers offer an affordable alternative to staying home alone or entering a nursing home. Adult Day Health/Day Care provides much-needed time for caregivers to work or manage other responsibilities during the day. It also provides peace of mind that loved ones are surrounded by friends and a team of professionals who monitor conditions, safely administer medications, provide nutritious meals and offer meaningful activities that stimulate mind, body and spirit. Offering a high quality, affordable program for adults with impairments, this center is open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. MountainCare Adult Day Service is an award-winning member of the North Carolina Adult Day Services Association.
LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning
Located on Blue Ridge Community College’s Flat Rock campus, Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning offers a full slate of enrichment and educational programming. Participants can select from courses on a wide variety of topics including U.S, international and Appalachian history, current affairs, technology, literature and more. The program also hosts occasional brown bag lunches on various topics and has launched a new series called “For Your Health” which brings in various medical professionals to discuss topics related to healthy aging. BRCLL’s EdVentures (Educational Adventures) program sponsors motor coach trips to local and regional places of interest and self-drive trips to tour local industries. For BRCLL’s schedule of classes and events, visit brcll.com or call 828-694-1740.
A program of Western Carolina University (WCU), LIFE@ offers noncredit classes for adults 50 years old and older. Courses range in topics from history and culture to health and science to geopolitical and legal issues. Current and retired WCU faculty, as well as other experts in their fields, teach classes. Membership in the program includes 24 weekly sessions from September through April. Lectures are from 10 am to noon on Tuesdays at the Cullowhee campus and on Thursdays at the Biltmore Park instructional site. Visit life.wcu.edu or call 828-227-7397 for more information and class schedules.
Osher Lifelong Learning Center at UNC-Asheville
A nationally acclaimed learning program for older adults, the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at UNC-Asheville offers opportunities for lifelong learning, leadership, community service and continued growth in a variety of settings. Founded in 1988 as the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, OLLI’s programming includes intellectual and cultural pursuits as well as social, physical and practical life courses such as life transition and retirement relocation planning, including its Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW). OLLI’s College for Seniors (CFS) program offers more than 350 courses in four terms every year. To find out more and get involved, visit olliasheville.com or call 828-251-6140.