At the Duke University School of Nursing, preparing for the nursing profession involves the active transformation of knowledge into practice.

Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans 60 and over in every local community. By providing a range of options that allow older adults to choose the home and community-based services and living arrangements that suit them best, AAAs make it possible for older adults to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible.

The Durham County Community Resource Connections for Aging and Disabilities (Durham CRC) links resources within the community and strengthens relationships among existing providers through partnerships and collaboration to facilitate a “no wrong door” approach to providing services for older adults and adults with disabilities.

In 1992, a task force of the Durham County Hospital Corporation conducted a needs assessment and feasibility study for a pharmaceutical assistance program for senior adults. They concluded that two public health issues needed to be addressed:

Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL) is a private nonprofit agency existing for over 65 years in Durham County. Known as the Golden Age Society from 1949-1953, DCSL was first incorporated as the Coordinating Council for Senior Citizens in 1954, officially changing our name again to Durham Center for Senior Life. Durham Center for Senior Life is the only agency in Durham County authorized by the Older American’s Act to provide its services. Durham Center for Senior Life is recognized as a Center of Excellence, as designated by the state of North Carolina.