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 Seniors that covers all of Middle Tennessee. Here are our current priorities and initiatives:
-Transportation: Launching and supporting a new affordable assisted transportation service for older adults. COA launched "Senior Ride Nashville" as a new nonprofit call center and ride service in the fall of 2017 and we're supporting expansion throughout Nashville and surrounding areas.
-Expanding the accessibility and utilization of the Directory of Services (print and online) throughout Middle TN
-Supporting older adults and caregivers, especially working caregivers, through community education, information and referral services and partnerships with employers
-Advocating for older adults on issues like improving affordable housing options & supports for aging in place
-Exposing elder abuse & exploitation and promoting prevention through education
-Engaging older adults in their community through our Discover Williamson Program in partnership with Williamson Parks and Recreation
-Recognizing older adults for their leadership and service with the annual Sage Awards and Elizabeth Jacobs Distinguished Service Award
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 strives to ensure that the community values, honors and supports older adults and caregivers by addressing unmet needs through information, advocacy and education, and by being a catalyst for comprehensive solutions.