Together, we are navigating a really challenging time in our communities, as the COVID-19 pandemic puts older adults and people with underlying medical conditions at high risk of serious illness and death. Yet, while the pandemic brings uncertainty and physical distancing, it also affords us a special opportunity to come together to support older adults and families in new and creative ways!
That's why COA is taking a lead role in advocating to ensure state officials prioritize older adults, particularly nursing home residents and staff for COVID-19 testing, PPE supplies and supplemental staffing. We're convening senior service organizations to share reliable information and address unmet needs like food access & delivery and caregiver support. In addition, COA's helpline is connecting callers to community resources and offering friendly chats to boost spirits. We also continue to provide vital and trusted information through our e-newsletters, Scam of the Month emails, Directory of Services, website and more! We are counting on supporters like you to help us continue our crucial work!
In times like these, we believe our work as a trusted community resource, a catalyst for solutions to unmet needs and a champion for older adults is more critical than ever. We invite you to invest in COA to help us ensure that older adults & caregivers are respected and valued, and helpful resources, support, and information are readily available and easily accessible.
Your contribution does and will make a difference!
The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee (COA) 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 35 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).
As 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day for the next ten years, COA 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.
Together, we can create a community that is better for all of us along life's journey.
"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 - Saint Thomas Health Services
The Council on Aging champions informed and positive aging and serves as the area's catalyst for collaborative solutions.