The Commission is dedicated to working for older Tennesseans and adults with disabilities by providing leadership and guidance for a system that promotes health, dignity, independence, and security through an array of community and in-home services, the protection of rights, and the implementation of best practices.
A growing number of older Tennesseans, as well as Tennesseans with special requirements, need care. Learn about what it means both to need a caregiver and to be one. Read what other caregivers have to say in a forum provided by Agingcare.com.
Health Promotion and Prevention
Evidence-based programs for health promotion and disease prevention offer proven ways to encourage and support healthy aging among older adults.
Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Home and Community Based Services provides adults age 60 and over and adults with physical disabilities who are at risk of entering long-term care facilities the option of receiving services in their homes.
Information and Assistance
Information and Assistance, also known as I&A, is the practice of bringing people and services together. You may not know who you need to call, but you know your story. If you don't know where else to start, start with I&A. Information and Assistance staff look for the best and most accurate resources to meet the needs of our callers.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
This program provides free assistance to elderly Tennesseans residing in nursing homes, homes for the aged, assisted care living facilities, and adult care homes. An Ombudsman is available to help residents and their families resolve questions or problems and will advocate for solutions to problems for qualified residents of long-term care facilities. Interested in volunteering?
The Aging Nutrition program provides meals, socialization, and nutrition education and counseling to adults age 60 and over. These services are provided in 200+ congregate settings (such as senior centers or senior housing), as well as to homebound older adults in all 95 counties.
OPTIONS for Community Living
OPTIONS for Community Living is a state-funded program. The program was created to provide the elderly, as well as adults with disabilities, home- and community-based service choices. This program is available through the local Area Agencies on Aging and Disability.
The Tennessee Public Guardianship for the Elderly program ensures the health and welfare of some of the state’s most vulnerable residents by serving as the court-appointed guardian for individuals age 60 and over who, due to physical or mental limitations, are unable to make personal decisions regarding their health and financial resources.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Medicare is complicated. If you need help trying to figure it out, there is no shame in asking. SHIP exists to help you. SHIP staff are trained to help you. Best of all, the help is free, no strings attached. You can start learning here. If you still need help or just want to talk to someone, call 1-877-801-0044. Interested in volunteering?
Transportation is vital to the independence of older adults. Find out more about transportation assistance options in your area.