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Jan 30

Prioritizing Senior Hunger

Posted to Community Services News on January 30, 2020 at 8:47 AM by Janet Lo

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Prioritizing Senior Hunger

Despite strong financial markets, millions of seniors in the United States are going without enough food. The State of Senior Hunger in America annual report documents the prevalence of food insecurity among the senior population age 60 and older in the United States. Research shows that in 2019, 5.5 million seniors (nearly 8% of the senior population) were food insecure. The current number of seniors who are food insecure has more than doubled since 2001. Senior food insecurity is at a rate of 17% in Memphis, a sobering statistic that is a call to action. 

The Aging Commission of the Mid-South is the single source seniors need to answer all of their questions from Medicare, in-home care, adult day care, and food insecurity. If you are aware of a senior who is suffering from food insecurity, they may qualify for Meals on Wheels or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP provides benefits to eligible, low- income individuals and families via an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card. This card can be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores.  Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, functionality, and the ability to remain independent. Healthy eating can increase mental acuity, resistance to illness and disease, energy levels, immune system strength, recuperation speed and the ability to manage chronic health problems. Meals on Wheels ensures that seniors have access to adequate nutrition even when family support, mobility, and resources are lacking. For more information, please contact The Aging Commission of the Mid-South at 901-222-4111. 

Thank you MIFA for providing the photo. 

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Tag(s): January 2020, Aging

Jan 30

Fighting Elder Abuse

Posted to Community Services News on January 30, 2020 at 8:47 AM by Janet Lo

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Aging Commission of the Mid-South

Fighting Elder Abuse


One out of every 10 older Americans experience some form of elder abuse. But TN has stiffer punishments in place now for those convicted of elder abuse and caring resources like the Aging Commission and Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center who can help.

“Many times, victims of elder abuse are trapped in situations where they cannot access the courts directly—they may be dependent on their abuser for basic life needs or they have a physical disability or mobility limitations that prevent them from leaving the house.  This new law expands the type of people who can seek an order of protection on behalf of those victims.  Now people like the CREAVVA advocates at the Aging Commission or an attorney at the Community Legal Center can help increase elder abuse victims’ access to safety and justice,” said Kim Daugherty with the Aging Commission of the Mid-South.

The Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act of 2019 will also change the classification of the most extreme forms of elder abuse from a class C to a class B felony and also expands who can seek a protection order for an abuse victim. WMC Action News 5 reports one in 14 cases are ever reported. "It's really shocking when you think about that there are more people out there that we just don't know about," said Daugherty.

If you suspect abuse, you can report elder abuse by calling: 1-888-APS-TENN (277-8366) or https://reportadultabuse.dhs.tn.gov/ .

For other services for seniors or adults with disabilities, call 901-222-4111.

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Dec 23

Family Caregiver Services

Posted to Community Services News on December 23, 2019 at 10:28 AM by Janet Lo

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Aging Commission of the Mid-South

Family Caregiver Services

             An estimated 44 million Americans age 18 and older provide unpaid assistance and support to older people and adults with disabilities who live in the community. Research shows that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are at risk themselves. Emotional, mental, and physical health problems arise from stressful, complex caregiving situations and the strain of caring for frail or disabled relatives. Caregivers play an important role in providing care for their sick or disabled loved ones. However, caregivers need support to increase their chances of having an effective healthy caregiving experience over the long haul.

            The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) provides resources and assistance for unpaid caregivers providing care for someone who is 60 years of age or older or someone with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The focus of the NFCSP is the caregiver and provides a service delivery system that responds to the needs of the caregiver for adult family members (age 18 years or older) or other adult informal caregivers providing care to adults age 60 and over. A couple of services offered through NFCSP are:

1.)    Respite, In- home Adult Care(Sitter) - an individual can receive 6 hours a week of In-home service with a meal, or 7 hours of In-home service without a meal.

2.)    Respite, Adult Day Care - The Aging Commission pays for 3 days of week of Adult Day Care, which gives the caregiver a form of respite.

If you have questions or need Family Caregiver Support please feel free to call 901-222-4111 for more information or visit

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Tag(s): December 2019, Aging