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Urgent Message:
Nash County residents:
Effective date has been moved to July 1, 2017. See more details here
Urgent Message:
Nash County residents:
Effective date has been moved to July 1, 2017. See more details here

Geriatric / Adult Specialty Team (GAST)

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“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.” Mark Twain

The Trillium Geriatric/Adult Specialty Team (GAST) - also known as the Gero Team - is committed to delivering professional training and consultation to Long Term Care (LTC) facilities and caregivers regarding mental health needs of older adults.

Our team uses a best practice approach to ensure we offer the most beneficial trainings at no cost to LTC staff and caregivers.  We travel throughout the 24-County Trillium area to:

  • Provide training and education to LTC staff and caregivers on a variety of mental health topics.
  • Provide input and support in the development of crisis intervention plans.
  • Assist LTC staff in understanding and assessing behaviors to prevent psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • Enhance the understanding of mental illness among LTC staff and caregivers.
  • Increase ability of adults with mental illness to live successfully in their community with trained caregivers.
  • Provide required credits for trainings to LTC staff at no cost 
  • Assist LTC staff and caregivers to successfully care for adults with mental illness in LTC settings or home.
  • Customize mental health trainings for LTC staff, community agencies such as Senior Center and Home Health agencies.
  • Sponsor the Virtual Dementia Tour® in communities at various times

Geriatric/Adult Specialty Team Documents and Resources:

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA) -  The NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer's disease research.

For more information, please contact

Kimberly Williams, MSW, LCSW
Geriatric/Adult Specialty Team Director
Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Craven, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Jones, Hertford, Hyde, Gates, Martin, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Northampton, Tyrrell, Washington
Dianne Phillips, LPC, NCC
Certified Gerontologist
Team Leader
Geriatric/Adult Mental Health Team
New Hanover, Brunswick, Carteret , Onslow, Pender


Let Us Be Your Friend!

Institute on Aging's 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults. Toll Free-800-971-0016 Our trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed older adults.The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warm line for non-urgent calls. Founded in 1973 by Dr. Patrick Arbore, Director of IOA's Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention, and accredited by the American Association of Suicidology, Friendship Line provides round-the-clock crisis support services including:
  • Active suicide intervention
  • Providing emotional support
  • Elder abuse prevention and counseling
  • Giving well-being checks
  • Grief support through assistance and reassurance
  • Information and referrals for isolated older adults, and adults living with disabilities

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The above link is an external resource and is for informational purposes only. Trillium is not endorsing any product or service related to this information.


Pitt County org helps senior citizens assess home for fall risk areas
By Kelly Byrne
February 21, 2017, 6:48 pm 

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A federal grant is helping senior citizens stay safe and avoid falls at home.

The Pitt County Council on Aging is giving out home assessments to people over the age of 55.

Falls are the number-one cause of injury in all of Pitt County.

The assessment will evaluate a person’s fall potential in the home and come up with solutions. “Grab bars is the number-one issue because that’s the number-one area where people fall — in their bathroom,” said Rich Zeck, Pitt County Council on Aging director. “So if you can have a grab bar near the toilet or in the shower, these are going to prevent people from falling, which keeps them out of the hospital, which helps them reduce health care costs.”

If you are interested in getting a home assessment, contact the Pitt County Council on Aging at 252-752-1717.