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AgeWell Middle Tennessee’s Eldercare Coach: Supporting Family Caregivers

As a nonprofit that champions older adults and their families and develops innovative solutions for unmet needs, AgeWell Middle Tennessee offers Eldercare Coach, providing education and care navigation support for family caregivers. With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 everyday through 2029, eldercare is on the rise. In fact, there are over 40 million Americans providing care for aging loved ones, and 61% of those caregivers are working, most full time. Yet, very few employers offer caregiver support benefits to help employees balance work and family. AgeWell is working to change that. Thanks to funding from the West End Home Foundation and other funders, AgeWell created Eldercare Coach by leveraging existing educational resources, online tools, expertise and strategic partnerships to help employers and organizations become caregiver friendly, and to help caregivers easily connect with trusted information, personalized guidance and support. Through focus groups with working caregivers, AgeWell learned that trusted information, expert guidance and support are the core needs expressed by those caring for an aging loved one. Because every caregiving situation is unique, the [...]

April 11th, 2024|

St. Luke’s Community House Enriches Lives in Our Community

St. Luke's Community House serves children, families and older adults from diverse backgrounds and puts them on a path for a better future. In our rich 100+ year history, St. Luke's has continually responded to the needs of the community and has evolved into a place where residents from across Davidson County can access multiple services under one roof. We serve the basic and essential needs of people of all ages by providing access to food, childcare, case management and wraparound services. With the generous support of the West End Home Foundation, St. Luke’s is alleviating food insecurity and helping to meet the nutritional needs of 100 residents living at home in west and north Nashville neighborhoods. Twice a week, trusted volunteers deliver fresh and frozen meals while also providing our older neighbors with a point of contact for social interaction and help ease the feelings of isolation that many of them feel. St. Luke’s is also serving older adults across Nashville through our Food Bank, holiday adoption program, and Volunteer Income [...]

March 11th, 2024|

January 2024 Grant Awards Announced

The West End Home Foundation has announced grant awards in the amount of $2,117,950 for 2024.  Forty nonprofit agencies across middle Tennessee received grant awards. The Board of Directors expresses sincere appreciation to all of the organizations for the critical work they do and the tremendous impact they make serving older adults, their families, and their caregivers. The West End Home Foundation believes that our mission of enriching the lives of older adults through grantmaking, advocacy, and community collaboration is more important now than ever as older adults have become the fastest growing segment of the population. We are proud to partner with organizations that value older adults and envision a world where all of us have access to the care and supportive services we need to age well. Programs and initiatives represent key impact areas that include: Advocacy Enrichment and Socialization Food and Nutrition Healthcare Housing Transportation Wellness and Supportive Care Special Projects The organizations and projects receiving funding in 2024 are: AgeWell of Middle Tennessee [...]

January 18th, 2024|

Mayoral Forum Focused on Issues Important to Older Adults

The race for Nashville’s next mayor is well underway. In honor of Older Americans Month, AgeWell Middle Tennessee, FiftyForward, and The West End Home Foundation hosted a mayoral forum focused on issues that were important to older adults. The older adult population is the city’s fastest growing demographic and older adults tend to turn out to cast their ballots at a higher rate when compared to younger persons. Any hopeful candidate for mayor would be wise to understand the needs of the city’s older adult residents. Nashville is at a critical juncture and it is important to highlight the concerns of older adults as we prepare for a new mayoral administration. The forum took place at FiftyForward Donelson Station on Monday, May 22 and was open to the public. LaTonya Turner, morning news editor at WPLN News, Nashville Public Radio, served as the moderator for the morning.vTen candidates (Natisha Brooks, Fran Bush, Heidi Campbell, Jim Gingrich, Sharon Hurt, Stephanie Johnson, Freddie O’Connell, Vivian Wilhoite, Matt Wiltshire, and Jeff Yarbro) participated in the [...]

May 30th, 2023|

Creating a Multisector Plan for Aging in Tennessee Symposium Recap

Multisector Plans for Aging (MPAs) are transforming systems of care in many states across the country. Tennessee is one of ten states participating in a National Learning Collaborative to lay the groundwork for creating a Multisector Plan for Aging for our state. On Friday, May 12, 2023, The West End Home Foundation and AARP Tennessee hosted a Symposium bringing together a diverse group of community members to learn about the structure of these plans, their impact in other states, and the status of the multisector planning process in Tennessee. Currently 1.7 million Tennesseans are 60 and older. The 2022 Community Needs Evaluation for Davidson County conducted by Metropolitan Social Services Strategic Planning and Research Department reported that “one in every seven Nashville residents is age 65 or older.”  By 2034, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts there will be more people over the age of sixty-five in the United States than under the age of eighteen.  The population projections in Tennessee follow the national and global trends, with the 60+ population being the fastest [...]

May 22nd, 2023|

January 2023 Grant Awards Announced

January 18th, 2023|

The West End Home Foundation has announced grant awards in the amount of $1.9 million for 2023. Thirty-nine nonprofit organizations that serve older adults in Middle Tennessee will receive grant payments in early January. [...]

Internet Safety for Older Tennesseans

January 16th, 2023|

The West End Home Foundation kicked off 2023 by co-hosting, with Nashville Public Television, a screening of NPT's new Aging Matters documentary, "Exposing Cyber Threats". The documentary, now airing on public television stations across [...]

Innovations in Aging Symposium

May 16th, 2022|

The last two years have seen incredible innovations and collaborations in the non-profit community as organizations have pivoted to serve the community amidst the constantly changing landscape.  The pandemic has touched all of us in [...]

WEHF Honored with 2021 Sage Award

October 27th, 2021|

The West End Home Foundation was honored by AgeWell Middle Tennessee in October as a recipient of the 2021 Sage Award. Sage Awards are given to older individuals who have made outstanding contributions [...]

WEHF Welcomes Our New Program Officer

September 15th, 2021|

We are excited to announce that Chandra Allen has joined the Foundation staff to fill our new Program Officer position. Chandra is a native Nashvillian. She brings a diversity of experience in both the nonprofit [...]

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