Triangle J Council
of Governments
Many of Wake County’s growing number of older adults are enjoying the benefits of longer life and
are sharing their expertise and wisdom with others.  Unfortunately, other seniors are experiencing ill
health, a lock of social support and financial difficulties.  Wake County seeks to support efforts that
will provide the highest quality of life for all of its senior citizens.  Our policy is grounded in dignity and
self-determination and its framework is designed to offer a continuum of quality options.  All
endeavors must benefit the current elderly, those who care about them, as well as the seniors of the
future.  To that end, implementation will necessitate the wise investment of county resources, while
incorporating the following guiding principles:

  • VALUE POTENTIAL: recognizing, valuing and utilizing the abundant potential of older adults
  • MAINTAIN WELL-BEING: acknowledging the importance of programs designed to maintain well-
    being and forestall any negative consequences of the aging process
  • EMPOWER AND SUSTAIN: providing empowering opportunities as well as supportive and
    sustaining services to address physical, mental, financial and social needs
  • SUPPORT CAREGIVERS: supporting the caregivers of older adults
  • FOSTER EQUALITY: fostering environments which are sensitive to discrimination, ageism,
    impairments of age, and elements of safety
  • STREAMLINE SERVICE ACCESS: streamlining the service delivery system to promote the
    dissemination of accurate information and prompt service delivery
  • ASSURE SERVICE EXCELLENCE: assuring that services are provided in a sensitive, cost-
    effective, responsive and quality manner, with appropriate results, particularly in long-term
    care facilities
  • PROMOTE COLLABORATION: promoting governmental and agency collaboration and co-
    location
  • NURTURE QUALITY EMPLOYEES: providing for the recruitment, training, compensation and
    retention of quality employees to work with seniors, especially for those in long-term care
    facilities

All who live in Wake County are encouraged to partner in this effort to promote the well-being of our
older adults—recognizing that such efforts ultimately improve the lives of us all.
What is the GOLD Coalition?
Growing Older Living with Dignity
  1. Amplify, implement, and monitor progress of recommendations included in the
    Plan
  2. Identify funding, when practical, for implementation of the Plan’s recommendations
  3. Create action plans and individual timelines for implementation of plan
    components
  4. Review, monitor, or assess outcomes of a particular program or program plan
  5. Cooperate with community partners and citizens and provide a means for
    involving people who are willing to give very critical assistance, but have limited
    time
  6. Provide technical expertise as a resource to Wake County by obtaining input
    from service providers, older consumers and their families, and providing
    consensus on various issues that may come before them
  7. Gather input from or serve as liaison with relevant constituencies
  8. Build a corps of outside, experienced experts whose interest and support are
    important
  9. Provide an independent, unbiased sounding board  
  10. Inform Wake County and the community of successes and setbacks in the
    implementation of the Aging Plan.
The Wake County Aging Plan recommended that an ongoing public-private working
group, the GOLD Coalition, be established to address the current and future issues
discussed in the plan. The Coalition is responsible for monitoring and guiding the
implementation of the plan. The formation of the Coalition was a recognition of the fact
that government cannot be expected to solve all problems and meet all needs, and
that all members of the community must participate in finding solutions and challenges.
What are the Coalition's Responsibilities?
Our Commitment