Nashville currently has 30,000 residents who are 75 and older, those most likely to have multiple chronic health conditions that often restrict driving. A 2011 Transportation for America study revealed that the Nashville region ranked 4th worst in terms of senior access to public transportation. Studies have also shown that that reduced mobility limits the lifespan for older adults and can place them at higher risk of poor health, isolation, loneliness and depression. The need for affordable, reliable, assisted transportation (‘door-through-door’ or ‘door-to-door’) is one of the biggest unmet needs for older adults in our community. With the support of the West End Home Foundation, the Council On Aging of Middle Tennessee convened the Senior Transportation Leadership Coalition in 2015, comprised of public, nonprofit and private sector stakeholders from transportation and aging services with a goal to address the mobility challenges facing non-driving seniors of Nashville/Davidson County. As a result, Senior Ride Nashville launched in November 2017 as a new nonprofit offering an affordable, assisted, volunteer-powered ride program for Davidson County residents age 60 and older. In 2018, the organization’s [...]
The West End Home Foundation supports TJC’s Independence Team, which helps older adults navigate complex programs to get long-term care and health services they need to stay healthy and independent in the community. The Foundation funds the position of CHOICES Client Advocate. Katie Ann Twiggs, pictured, is currently serving in this role. CHOICES is Tennessee’s Medicaid (TennCare) long-term care program for older adults and people with disabilities. This program allows individuals to age-in-place and can improve their quality of life. It is a vital support for all but the wealthiest Tennesseans since the cost of long-term care is well over most older adults’ incomes. However, the complex eligibility standards and policies can make the program very difficult to navigate, and Tennessee has some of the most restrictive policies in the country. TJC’s Independence program provides legal advocacy for older adults encountering enrollment barriers for TennCare CHOICES and advocacy to improve the system for others. So far in 2018, Independence has helped over 140 Tennesseans seeking assistance with access to long-term supports and services through the CHOICESprogram, helping them secure over [...]
At Interfaith Dental, the focus on healthy smiles spans across the entire lifespan. From children to older adults, Interfaith's emphasis is on what a healthy smile can offer. For older adults it's increased socialization, the ability to chew and eat healthy food, alleviating pain and infection, and improved physical health.