Ever wonder what the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) and the Area Agencies on Aging and Disability (AAAD) do for your community? The following stories, some exclusive to the site and others summarized and expanded from content on other sites, will help you better understand how these agencies are serving Tennessee's senior and disabled population close to home. Additionally, this page includes stories and news items related to Tennessee businesses and organizations unaffiliated with TCAD or the AAADs but working to serve those same Tennesseans.
Did you miss Nashville Public Television's first installment of its new Aging Matters documentary series? Did you watch but want to see it again? (It's definitely worth watching two or three times.) It's available free online on the NPT Reports: Aging Matters website. *Please note, there is a promo on the home page that's only 31 seconds long; that is not the documentary. There are links at the top of the site's pages for the documentary itself, titled "End of Life," as well as for the discussion that followed. Each of those recordings is roughly an hour long.
Added November 12, 2013
"A proposal to create a new publicly funded agency to oversee the spiraling number of conservatorships in Davidson County is gaining support on Metro Council," reports The Tennessean. This follows, among other things, recognition of a growing caseload. Annual conservatorship cases, according to the article, more than doubled by a comparison of fiscal year 2009 with 2012.
Conservatorship involves the appointment, by a judge, of a guardian or protector for someone who is physically or mentally unable to take care of themselves.
The Tennessean also covered the story under "New Oversight of Conservatorships Proposed."
Added November 7, 2013
Have you been looking for healthier food choices but having trouble finding them because you don't live near a store where fresh fruits and vegetables are sold? Mobile markets are an option in some parts of the country. Take a look at this News Channel 5 report on Nashville's Mobile Market.
Added November 5, 2013
Senior Brain Games Champions!
The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability's (TCAD) first Senior Brain Games Championship was held Friday, October 18, 2013. Three teams of senior citizens, one team from each of Tennessee's three major geographic regions (West, Middle, and East), competed in a quiz show format on the campus of Lipscomb University.
Our finalists were teams from the Selmer Senior Center (in Selmer, West Tennessee), the Lawrence County Senior Center (in Lawrenceberg, Middle Tennessee), and the Hamblen County Senior Center (in Morristown, East Tennessee). The winner was Lawrence County's "Be Sure You're Right, Then Go Ahead" team, named after a phrase attributed to Davy Crockett. The winning team left with a trophy, which it will pass along a year from now to the next team of champions, as well as $1000 for its senior center. All three teams played well and can be proud of how they represented their regions! Thanks to everyone who turned out for the final game, and particularly Lipscomb University for hosting us. See you next year!
Added October 22, 2013
Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability Announces Senior Brain Games
On June 19, 2013, Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) Director Jim Shulman announced the 2013 Senior Brain Games. This is an initiative to highlight both the Tennesseans that TCAD serves and the need for continued social interaction and mental stimulation throughout life, important for a healthier aging population. Trivia or other knowledge-based games will be played competitively by senior center teams throughtout the state over the next several months to determine a final group of three teams from East, Middle, and West Tennessee. Those three teams will meet in Nashville sometime in the fall to play a championship game. Further details will follow throughout the summer.
Added July 1, 2013
While not the result of work done by state agencies, this story deserved mention among our community news. As reported by the Herald-Citizen, the Monterey Police Department chief, Bill Randolph, has introduced a program to benefit the elderly of Monterey, as well as their families. A city employee will begin making daily phone calls, care checks, of those seniors who are signed up for the program. If a call isn't answered, an officer will make a welfare stop. The calls will be a reminder to seniors that they have not been forgotten, but they will also serve as a safety net for those living alone or far from family.
Those interested in enrolling a family member in the program are asked to call 839-2323 for information on completing an application. More information is also available from the Herald-Citizen report.
Added June 12, 2013
"Knox Community Leader and Mobile Meal Co-Founder Dies," as reported by Alexis Zotos of WATE News
Additionally, the May 28, 2013 edition of the Knoxville News Sentinal published the following obituary: "MONTY, BARBARA HELEN - age 80, died unexpectedly on May 26, 2013, the result of a massive brain hemorrhage of unknown cause. Born November 6, 1931, in Newburgh, NY, the daughter of Leon and Helen Oles. Graduated from Newburgh Free Academy (1948) and Cornell University (1952), where she majored in Nutrition and Dietetics. Barbara had been a hospital dietitian in Rochester N.Y., and subsequently unfolded a 45 year career with Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) where she became the Director of the Office on Aging and founded a large number of programs designed to assist seniors with solving problems, of which Mobile Meals, Project LIVE, and the CAC Transportation System are examples. When she retired in early May of this year, she was honored by a retirement celebration attended by several hundred people from the community, and by the naming of the Mobile Meals Kitchen, which she had created, in her honor. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Jean Vesely, all of New York State. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Kenneth James Monty; daughter Melissa Lee Monty (husband Richard Dole Johnson) of Elk, CA; son Stuart James Monty (wife Lee Ann Hall Monty) of Orlando, FL; two granddaughters (Kristina and Lisa); three great grandchildren (Anthony, Ray, and Leah) residing in Florida; brother-in-law Frederick Vesely of Hartwick, NY; plus extended family residing in northeastern states. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced. Barbara would request that, in lieu of flowers and other considerations, contributions be made to Mobile Meals in her honor 865-524-2786 or http://www.knoxseniors.org/mobile.html."
Added May 29, 2013
Another Successful Gleaning Event for Tennessee's Hungry
On Saturday, May 4, 2013, the Tennesee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) participated in a sweet potato gleaning event coordinated by the Society of St. Andrew. Gleaning involves the gathering—before it goes to waste—of discarded produce left in farm fields. As the Society describes it, "[f]armers agree to open their fields or orchards to volunteers to collect the food left over after the harvest. Sometimes they will even allow volunteers to actually harvest crops if market forces make them uneconomical to harvest otherwise." The result is that the gap between the hungry and the source of production is bridged, and food waste is also kept from our landfills. In this case, available to TCAD was approximately 33,000 pounds of sweet potatoes, all fresh, nutritious, and perfectly edible. Over the course of a week, potatoes were given away by box and bag, with large quantities going to senior center residents.
Added May 29, 2013
"Commission on Aging Surveys Seniors, Others," as reported online by the Johnson City Press out of Johnson City, Tennessee.
More coverage of the Needs Assessment Tour as it continued in Johnson City.
Added March 8, 2013
"Discussion Focuses on Services, Programs for Senior Citizens," as available online at NWTN Today and published by The Weakley County Press out of Union City, Tennessee.
The issues and concerns that affect Tennessee seniors and adults with disabilities and their families are great and vary by region. In an effort to better understand the needs of Tennessee's aging population, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) conducted a statewide listening tour in the form of town hall meetings across the state; these meetings provided stakeholders and interested parties the opportunity to share their issues, needs, and concerns with state officials.
Added February 15, 2013
"UCHRA Transportation Raises Funds for Home Delivered Meals Program," as reported by the Herald-Citizen out of Cookeville, Tennessee.
The Herald-Citizen shares a story on the continuing effort of one Tennessee human resource agency, the UCHRA, to raise funds and deliver meals to the elderly and disabled living in their own homes.
Added January 2, 2013
"Volunteers Deliver Meals To Homebound Seniors," presented by News Channel 5.
Channel 5 reports on the efforts of Nashville area volunteers to share both food and company with seniors who would otherwise spend Christmas alone.
Added December 26, 2012
"Tennessee Department of Health report "Cholesterol: Friend and Enemy of Healthy Aging," appearing in Clarksville Online.
This article, with a quote from TCAD Executive Director Jim Shulman, reaffirms the importance of maintaining healthy cholesterol levels as a shield against heart attacks and strokes.
You can also learn more on the topic at the Mayo Clinic site.
Added September 21, 2012
"Home Delivered Meals help elderly," a story by Laura Gwinn, published by the Herald-Citizen of Cookeville, Tennessee.
Learn about the home delivered meals program provided with the assistance of the Upper Cumberland Development District and Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency. Programs like this one help Tennessee seniors get the nutrition they need while remaining at home, and they can also open the door to other beneficial services of which seniors, their families, and their caregivers may not even be aware.
Added August 27, 2012