AgeWell Middle Tennessee (formerly, Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee) has served the community for more than 35 years as a trusted information source for older adults and caregivers, a convener and catalyst for solutions to unmet needs, and an advocate for aging well. Our new name better reflects our passion for serving older adults, families, and caregivers.
The scope of our programs includes: community outreach/education; helpful publications such as the Directory of Services, Aging & Caring: A Guidebook for Caregivers, Empowering Grandparents: A Guide for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and End-of-Life Planning; information and referral services through our Helpline; thought leadership and advocacy to strengthen local services and supports for older adults.
In addition to our core programs and services, we are working on three major projects:
With 10,000 people turning 65 every day in the United States for the next ten years, our work is more critical than ever! We need your help to ensure that older adults and caregivers are respected and valued, and helpful resources, support, and information are readily available and easily accessible. Together, we are creating a community that is better for all of us along life's journey.
Your contribution does and will make a difference!
AgeWell is the only nonprofit in Middle Tennessee that identifies the unmet needs of older adults and caregivers, then brings people and organizations together to develop innovative, collaborative solutions. For 36 years, we've been a trusted community resource, a catalyst for innovative solutions and an advocate for older adults and families. We serve over 20,000 older adults, caregivers and professionals annually through information and referral services, community education and advocacy. A prime example of our leadership was the creation of Senior Ride Nashville: after 10 years of discussing the need for affordable, assisted transportation for older adults who no longer drive, we convened the Senior Transportation Leadership Coalition in 2015, then planned and launched Senior Ride Nashville as a new 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2017. Currently, we are developing two NEW collaborative solutions: a caregiver education and support program (Eldercare Coach) and an affordable housing solution for older adults and graduate students (Intergenerational Home Sharing).
Throughout the pandemic, we have responded to increased requests for information and support through calls to our Helpline; provided high-quality and high-frequency newsletters highlighting the latest information on Covid-19 resources and vaccine information to a growing readership; pivoted community outreach by partnering with organizations like the Second Harvest and Community Resource Center with well-established food and resource distribution channels; discovered new ways to disseminate our Directories and other resource guides such as individual mailings, drive-through and pick-up events; provided 'care coach' phone consultations for working caregivers; transitioned our community education work to webinars and videos; and stepped up our advocacy planning and leadership.
As 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day for the next ten years, AgeWell is focused on 1) creating a more just, inclusive and age-friendly community, and 2) influencing other agencies to do the same through 'reframing aging' thought leadership and collective impact. By reframing how we communicate about growing older, we can change negative public perceptions and help overcome ageism in our society. In fact, as more of us live longer, we have the exciting opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of our communities.
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- Sonya Pullens, Nashville Electric Service
AgeWell Middle Tennessee champions informed and positive aging and serves as the area's catalyst for collaborative solutions.