People work all of their lives thinking about how great it will be to be retired. Sadly, many people don’t save enough for retirement and end up living on a fixed income. Social security does not necessarily rise with inflation, leaving many seniors vulnerable to not having enough money to meet their monthly expenses. Nashville seniors can get a little help from state, federal, and local programs to help curb some of the expenses. Charitable organizations, churches, and community organizations help to fill the gaps in the assistance that Nashville seniors need. Here’s where to find some help:
The Nashville Council on Aging offers the Commodity Supplemental Food Program where seniors age 60 and older with low incomes can get a food box every month. Community Food Advocates provides mobile food markets and assistance with applying for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Elevate Madison Ministries offers a program for the homeless, and they also provide meals in the community for low income seniors and others. Christ Church Nashville hosts a food pantry site called Martha’s Pantry, where the church feeds 30-40 families per month. Jewish Family Services provides a monthly kosher food box for Jewish seniors.
Metropolitan Action Commission is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by helping one individual at a time. The programs help low income seniors with utility assistance, rent or mortgage payments, prescriptions, property taxes, and other household expenses. Ladies of Charity is a program that serves poverty-stricken seniors with food boxes, financial assistance, and help around the holidays. Catholic Charities offers two free programs that help seniors. The Senior Enrichment Center is an adult day care center that offers meals and enrichment to seniors. The Living at Home program offers free assessments and linkage to other helpful community resources. The Greater Nashville Regional Area Agency on Aging assists seniors with nearly all of their needs, including health promotion and health maintenance programs. The senior centers provide fitness and exercise programs, health screenings, walking programs, and nutritious lunches.
Through the Greater Nashville Regional Area Agency on Aging, three organizations provide free or low-cost transportation services for Nashville seniors. They are Metropolitan Social Services, Metro Transit Authority, and Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency. The transit service provides rides for seniors age 60 and older to senior center, congregate meal sites, medical appointments, and for errands. Metro Transit Authority provides training and assistance with riding and navigating the metro bus system. The bus system provides door-to-door paratransit services that are ADA compliant. BrightStar Care of Nashville offers low-cost transportation for seniors who want to visit with friends and neighbors, attend trips and outings, get to doctor appointments, and attend social events. The service also provides traveling companions for seniors who need extra help.
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands offers free one-time advice and linkage to pro bono lawyers when they are available. The law firm can help seniors get into low-income housing, deal with financial issues, get assistance with safety issues, address problems with Medicare and Social Security, or help with other problems that affect Nashville seniors.
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