A Partnership of Caring

Why ElderCarolina?

North Carolina’s 65+ population is projected to increase by over 1 million in the next 2 decades. As advances in medicine and healthcare allow us to live longer, we face the challenge of ensuring quality of life for our elder citizens.

ElderCarolina bands together healthcare, assisted living and financial planning professionals in the elder care community to help you understand the issues and options regarding care for your senior loved ones.

What We Do

Each month, we host a free seminar to help seniors and their caregivers experience the best possible quality of life in the later years.

Our Senior Resources page puts you in touch with organizations, medical professionals, senior housing and long-term care resources in your local area. We are a 100% non-profit organization made up of volunteers, so you won’t find any paid endorsements on this site. We just want to help.

If you’re looking for a resource or would like to add your resource to our directory, please contact us with your information.

Board of Directors

ElderCarolina is a labor of love. Everyone here volunteers their time to connect you with the resources you need.

Bill Osborne, President
Bill Osborne, PresidentRight at Home
Bill is a proud Marine Corps Veteran and holds a BS in Health Services Management with Registered Respiratory Therapist, Adult Critical Care Specialist, Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist, and EMT credentials. He enjoys spending time with his Right at Home clients, learning about the way things were, and picking up bits of wisdom leading to a long fulfilling life.


Kristine Pennington, Vice President
Kristine Pennington, Vice PresidentThompson Financial Group
Kristine has a passion for helping families and business owners protect and manage their financial security. She lives in Gastonia with her husband Lee and their son Jeremy. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Hailey Hawkins - Secretary
Hailey Hawkins - SecretaryHegedus, Hawkins & Stancil, PLLC
Hailey Hawkins is an attorney in Mount Holly practicing family law, estate planning, and estate administration. She is a member of the Gaston County Bar and North Carolina Bar Association. Hailey is married to Matt Hawkins, and has two young daughters, Natalie and Elizabeth.


Drew Horine
Drew HorineEscape Plan Marketing
Drew has been creating websites and digital marketing content since 1996. His company specializes in web design, social media and generating reviews for small business clients. A long-time Gastonia resident, he’s active in both his church and community along with his wife and kids.

EscapePlanMarketing.com | 980-285-7782

Marian Taylor
Marian TaylorCatawba Regional Hospice
Marian is a Clinical and Community Outreach educator who is passionate about helping families find and understand the resources available to them. She’s been in healthcare for over 17 years, but has found her most rewarding challenge in caring for her 90-year-old mom with dementia. Marian’s mission is to prepare families before a crisis happens because knowledge is key to elder care.

828-466-0466 Ext.3204

Sandra AlexanderHospice Cleveland County
Sandra has been a registered nurse for over 30 years as well as a caregiver to her own elderly parents. She has personally experienced the emotional and financial turmoil that can occur with aging and illness. Sandra serves her community volunteering with Faith Health Gaston, The Salvation Army, and Meals on Wheels. Her hope as a nurse and community liaison, as well as a caregiver, wife and mother, is that every person has access to the best possible care available.


Michele CookAll About Seniors
Michele has worked in the senior care industry for over 20 years. She has a huge passion for helping seniors and their families find the care that fits their need — especially those dealing with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. All About Seniors is a resource & referral directory for Greater Charlotte.


Kathryn EllenHospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
Kathryn Ellen has been a resident of Gaston County for the past 25 years. She is passionate about her career as a strategic account manager for HPCCR. With a bachelor’s degree from Meredith College in Biology, she has 18 years of experience working in radiology. She has a background in music as a classical violinist since age of 4 and is a competitive tennis player. Kathryn is a member of First United Methodist in Gastonia and enjoys working out at the YMCA in her spare time. She is a proud mother of 3 teenage boys and engaged to be married this spring to Tony Sigmon.


Nicole HawkinsSenior TLC
Nicole is Director of Community Education for Senior TLC, the local PACE program providing all-inclusive medical care for seniors 55+ in Gaston, Cleveland, and Lincoln Counties. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology from Winston-Salem State University and has worked in the field of aging for 10 years.


R. Joy WileyMorningside of Gastonia
Joy is a Community Relations Director who has been working with seniors since she was 17. She holds a degree in Medical Office Administration, and is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator with certifications in Studies of Aging and Nurse’s Aide. She is a Walk Chair Member of the Western Carolina Chapter Alzheimer’s Association and founder of Gaston Healthcare Resource Group. Joy lives in the Gastonia area with her son where she enjoys spending time with family and friends.


The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.

Carson McCullers

ElderCarolina is made possible thanks to the following partnerships.

Escape Plan Marketing provides custom websites, social media content and review monitoring services for small business.

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The Gaston County YMCA Resource Connection Gateway provides a single connection point to resources addressing human needs.

Visit Portal

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