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Project EngAGE

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Project EngAGE is 13-week senior leadership program, whose mission is to recruit and train Orange County older adults to become community resource leaders, and to ultimately make their communities ideal places to age.
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 Goals                     Program Overview    
 Senior Resource Teams  In the Media!
 Contact Us  Death With Dignity


Project EngAGE seeks to meet the growing needs of Orange County older adults by tapping into their existing talents and skills.

Please click the following link to learn more about Project EngAGE’s goals.

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Program Overview:

Through an innovative, experiential learning program, consisting of 13, five to six-hour weekly sessions, Project Engage focuses on relationship building between participants, and with local leaders, visits to local organizations and agencies, and learning from relevant guest speakers.

Each session focuses on a different topic related to the needs of older adults.

Click on the following link for our most recent curriculum overview.

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Senior Resource Teams:

The ultimate goal of Project EngAGE is for senior leaders to form self-directed senior resource teams, and to return to their communities, equipped and motivated to share information and fill resource gaps with their own unique projects. These teams play an integral role in helping achieve our mission of making Orange County an ideal place to age well.
Project EngAGE collage of class 1 & 2.                      Project EngAGE Inaugural Class                     Project EngAGE Class Two

ProjectEngAGE_Class3Project EngAGE Class Three

Click here to learn more about our Senior Resource Teams, and their outcomes.

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In the Media!

Death with Dignity Panel Discussion: Thursday, March 17, 2016, a discussion about what it means to die with dignity, and whether North Carolina should enact a Physician Assisted Suicide or Death with Dignity law. Keynote speaker: Barbara Mancini. Panelists:  NC Legislators, and religious, legal, ethics, and medical leaders.

Barbara Mancini, "Death with Dignity Panel Discussion" keynote speaker, March 17, 2016. Caring Connections with Nicole Bruno 97.9 FM WCHL, archived at
Caring Connections with Nicole Bruno: November 8, 2014, Nicole Bruno talks with guests Yvonne Mendenhall and Yvette Garcia Missri about project EngAge.

Click on the following link to hear the 
Project EngAGE interview.

Project EngAGE video: NC Department of Health Behavior's Capstone Project from UNC Health Behavior.

TUNC Dept of Health Behavior ProjectEngAGE video opening image of an older man in a corn field.his video showcases how health behavior students helped one of our partner capstone agencies, the Orange County Department on Aging, improve the quality of life for seniors.


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 Contact Us:

To learn more about Project EngAGE, or to nominate a Senior Leader to participate in our nhext class, please contact: 

Yvette Garcia Missri, J.D., MPH
Project EngAGE Coordinator & Facilitator
Orange County Department on Aging
919.338.6377 |
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