Nashville is central to the heart of the Midwest. While Nashville has long been a popular tourist area, it’s also a promising place to live and work. Immigrants have been moving into the area and residents have made them feel welcome. Nashville is traditionally southern, but it’s urban roots are beginning to show as the city is quickly developing an artsy, urban vibe. It’s a city that is safe and clean, where the people are friendly, and the music is always top-notch. Here are some of the senior services that keep Nashville seniors involved in this vibrant community.
Nashville Parks and Recreation keeps its seniors moving with services and activities that are designed for people aged 55 and older. The program has three sites designated exclusively for seniors, with nine satellite programs in neighborhood centers. Nashville seniors get to participate in visual arts, dance, crafts, and other recreation.
Nashville Social Services provides information and referral services, counseling, case management, life management skills, homeless services, planning, and coordination.
Metro Transit Authority (MTA) provides transportation for seniors over the age of 60 to sites for congregate meals, medical appointments, and other errands. MTA also provides shuttle rides for groups of seniors to attend trips and excursions.
Senior Dining Program provides congregate meals for seniors age 60 and over and their spouses. The program also delivers meals to homebound seniors. Participating in these meal programs helps seniors stretch their grocery budgets.
Fifty Forward is the premier provider of innovative and comprehensive services for people age 50 and older. Part of what the organization does is to educate the surrounding community about the needs of Nashville’s older citizens. The program allows its members to enjoy classes, activities, events, trips, and projects that focus on education, health, recreation, and volunteering. The program services seniors with adult day care services, Meals on Wheels, care management, and education about crime and safety.
Caregivers by Wholecare is an agency that provides a wide range of senior services for Nashville seniors and their families. Some of the services include senior care, aging in place, memory care, medication management, stroke care, post-surgical care, companionship, transportation, hospice care, chronic illness support, light housekeeping, errands, and temporary assistance.
Greater Nashville Regional Council Area Agency on Aging and Disability administers 17 senior centers in the Greater Nashville area for seniors age 60 and older. The senior centers provide a forum for educational speakers that share information on health related issues, chronic disease, Medicare, nutrition, tax preparation assistance, computer classes, and support groups. The senior centers also provide opportunities for socialization and enrichment. Senior centers offer fitness and exercise programs, health screenings, walking programs, and nutritious lunches. The case managers also act as a resource for community services and referrals.
Having accessible transportation makes it easy for Nashville seniors to enjoy the museums, gardens, zoos, and other amenities that Nashville has to offer. Exercise and fitness classes keep them healthy enough to get around well enough to enjoy all the new galleries and businesses that are springing up in Nashville.
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