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ruth priceRuth Price

Family Caregiver Specialist
Area Agency on Aging

828.251.6622 (x122)


Music Therapy Intern, Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kansas
Bachelor of Music Education in Music Therapy, Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma
Bachelor of Music Education, Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma

Professional Experience

Ruth Price joined Land of Sky Regional Council in 2013 and has served as the Family Caregiver Specialist since July of 2018.  Her role is to bring the public’s attention to one of America’s greatest resources – family caregivers – and to assure that these caregivers receive services and information necessary to succeed in their roles while preserving personal health.  She manages over $300000 in state and federal funds, oversees provider contracts, and evaluates and responds to caregiver needs in our four county area. 

  • Family Consultant, Project C.A.R.E., Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty
  • Facilitator, REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health)
  • Coordination of Caregiver Support Programs
  • Workshop Coordinator and Speaker
  • Consultant on Dementia Behavior Symptoms
  • Contributor for Federal Nursing Home Regulations
  • Member, Dementia Care Standards of Practice Task Force, The Alzheimer’s Association
  • Director of Activities in LTC

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Committee Service Award, Land-of-Sky Regional Council
  • Mountain Care's James H. Glenn Humanitarian Award
  • National Association of Activity Professionals, Distinguished Service Award


  • Facilitate efforts in Region B to increase and improve support services for family caregivers of older adults and grandparents and other older relatives raising children. 
  • Promote increased public awareness of caregiver needs and resources 
  • Provide information and assist caregivers with problem solving and access of services to support them in their caregiving role
  • Collaborate with other organizations to develop and provide educational opportunities for caregivers 
  • Contract with agencies in to provide services for family caregivers 
  • Monitor contracted agencies to ensure compliance with contractual requirements, accuracy of reporting and appropriate use of federal and state funds
  • Develop and implement work plan for the Family Caregiver Support Program. Report on progress and evaluate results