It all began when...


TOOLS WITH HEART  started in 2006, when  its founder, Jaye Wurtzel, created a life skills program of  learning for mentally challenged adults; those who benefited from encouragement, praise and support. After initially delivering about 100 workshops, she recognized the healing impact rooted with sharing in  in-depth, as discussions often led to much healthier lifestyles among the enrollees. 

Emphasis was place upon a greater freedom of choice for self-discovery, channeling positive behaviors, beliefs and attitudes. Issues in reduced stress, anger management and control, improved communication,  boundary development and goal setting were major topics.  

Jaye created a similar life skills program for tweens and teens. In workshops with children, where they learned techniques for preventing negative behaviors; alcohol abuse, poor school performance, bullying and similar negatively induced adolescent issues.

Core content for Teens & Tweens Workshops : 

  •   Self Confidence Building,
  •   Learning about Emotions and Better Communication
  •   Improving Peer Relationships and Keeping Friends
  •   Strengthening Family
  •   Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Decision Making, and
  •   Setting Goals for Healthy Living.

Each of the core topics (above) contain 6-8 individual classes. Students may grow to understand core values by studying, discuss and resolve resolving problems involving empathy, forming caring relationships, helping to create community, and reflecting on life experiences. 

Beginnings of Women Growing Older Gracefully 

In 2012, Jaye re-developed informational sessions for pre-retired and senior women. Luncheons were directed toward ladies  wanting to halt or improve the aging process. Topics of consideration include: women's empowerment, eating better to live right, boosting brain power, positive thinking, aging is changing, lifestyle and happiness, friendships and many more. Her infamous "Lunch & Learns" each serve to share and discuss relevant topics, with "how to" tools for growing older gracefully. 

  • Maintaining your Health
  • Body Beautiful
  • Aging is Changing
  • Exercise and Improved Lifestyle
  • Healthy Boundary Setting
  • Having Fun!

Imaginative sessions focus on improved self-discipline, responsibility, utilizing better judgment & boundary setting, improving communications, diet, exercise, time management, financial and final expense planning.

About Jaye M Wurtzel, Founder of Women Growing Older Gracefully:

Jaye has a BA in Public Administration, with a minor in Gerontological Studies, and MEd from NC Central Uiversity. Now retired, she was a public school teacher in early childhood and BMH (Behavioral & Mentally Handicapped) middle school children. 

As recreation therapist, Jaye developed and instiuted psycho-social and activities programs for seniors in nursing homes for 10 years While raising her daugher as a single  parent, she served as a foster parent, owned and operated a home day care and became a public school teacher after obtaining a BS at age 45.  She is currently a senior life health coach, serving women in Raleigh, NC.

If you would like to discuss connecting your group with oneormore of our programs, you may contact her at

" This group stands apart from others I have joined by offering high quality in its gatherings. Jaye has enormous energy and creativity and wonderful ideas that result in really outstanding gatherings which attract really outstanding ladies! " Jan O., Cary, NC.