For 35 years, AgeWell Middle TN (formerly Council on Aging of Middle TN) has been a trusted community resource, a catalyst for innovative solutions, and an advocate for older adults and family caregivers. We serve over 20,000 older adults, caregivers, and professionals annually through information and referral services, community education, and advocacy. Our mission is to champion informed and positive aging and serve as the area’s catalyst for collaborative solutions.
Our strategic approach includes convening partners around a critical need, facilitating collaboration, research, and planning, then catalyzing action to launch replicable solutions. Here are three programs that were successfully incubated at AgeWell:
• Living at Home – a care management program for older adult homeowners with limited income
• Discover Nashville and Discover Williamson – a civic engagement program for active older adults
• Senior Ride Nashville – a volunteer assisted ride program for older adults who no longer drive, founded by AgeWell in 2017 and now operating in Davidson County as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
As more of us live longer, we have the unique opportunity to shape the future that we want for ourselves and our families. This work is vital as ten thousand Baby Boomers turn 65 every day, and by the year 2030, 20-25% of Tennesseans will be 65+. To that end, COA is focused on 1) changing public perceptions about aging by promoting inclusive, age-friendly communities, and 2) partnering with nonprofit, government, and business stakeholders to generate solutions to the unmet needs of older adults and caregivers. Currently, we are focused on two NEW initiatives: a social enterprise (Eldercare Coach) that assists employers and employees by providing caregiver education and support, and an affordable housing solution (Intergenerational Home Sharing) for older adult homeowners and graduate students/adult renters.