The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee has a truly unique role in the community: to identify the unmet needs of older adults and caregivers, and be a catalyst for collaborative solutions. COA has fulfilled this role for 33 years while also providing trusted, unbiased information and education to the community. We are well known for our comprehensive Directory of Services for Older Adults that covers 13 counties in Middle Tennessee.
COA envisions a community where the wisdom, knowledge, skills and experience of older adults and caregivers are respected and valued, and where helpful resources, support and information are readily available and easily accessible. As more of us live longer, we have an exciting opportunity to rethink the future of our communities. Whether it's senior transportation or affordable housing, the Council on Aging is a trusted information and referral hub for older adults and caregivers, and a convener and catalyst for creative solutions to unmet needs.
2019 Strategic Priorities
Caregiving: Information and referral, community education, grandparents raising grandchildren and a new eldercare solution for employers
Livable Communities: Focus on affordable housing and senior transportation
Elder Abuse and Scam Prevention: Community education and Middle TN Elder Watch
Organizational Sustainability: Employer partnerships and planned giving
"Many children attending our small school are being raised by their grandparents and a few great-grandparents. After we put several copies of the Empowering Grandparents guidebook on our reception desk, we saw several grandparents 'oooh' and 'ahhh' over the contents. We know that the older adults who are raising their young grandchildren encounter a lot of challenges, and the guidebook provides concise information that is easy to digest and utilize. As a Community Achieves Site Manager in a trauma-informed school, I need solid resources like this to quickly, sometimes discreetly, give support to a student's family. I sincerely appreciate the availability of the Council on Aging's Empowering Grandparents guidebook!"
--Leigh Patton, Community Achieves Site Manager, Metro Nashville Public Schools
The Council on Aging is one of the premier resources in this area for people of all ages to find out about aging issues.Through their programs, outreach and assistance, COA plays a vital role in bettering the lives of Middle Tennessee seniors.
--Jim Shulman, Executive Director, Tenn. Commission on Aging & Disability
"For over 30 years, COA has been the trusted source of information for older adults and caregivers in Middle Tennessee, and a leader in identifying unmet needs and developing collaborative solutions. We are passionate about enhancing our community by supporting and valuing older adults and caregivers."
--Grace Smith, LMSW
COA Executive Director
"COA helped with answering my questions when I was moving my mom here from another state and pointed me in the right direction."
--Michelle L., Clarksville
"The Council on Aging provides important and meaningful services to our area seniors. From advocacy to education to direct services, the Council on Aging meets the needs of this growing population."
former Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer at Saint Thomas Health - â€ŽSaint Thomas Health Services
The Council on Aging champions informed and positive aging and serves as the area's catalyst for collaborative solutions.