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Jun 03

Aging Gracefully

Posted to Community Services News on June 3, 2022 at 11:17 AM by Jessica Harris

Community Services Agency 

We all know that growing older is a part of life and we each wish to age gracefully. However, the stressors of everyday life can shift the idea of aging gracefully into a somewhat unattainable goal. At Shelby County Community Services Agency, we love our senior community and work diligently to assist with the goal of aging gracefully. 

Every year, we service over 5000 seniors, ages 60 and over, in our various programs. We are especially proud to be a recipient of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) donation of $5000 for special utility assistance for our seniors. The financial assistance and supportive services we provide to these very important members of our community, can help to alleviate daily stress and enable them to attain the goal of aging gracefully. 

To apply for utility assistance, send an email to heather.watson@shelbycountytn.gov. The requirements for seniors to receive IBEW funds are below. 

  • AGE 65 AND OVER 
  • APPLIED TO UTILITY SERVICES ONLY
  • RESIDENT OF SHELBY COUNTY, TN. 
  • MUST HAVE PAST DUE UTILITY BILL 
  • MUST NOT HAVE ACCESSED ANY OTHER UTILITY SERVICES PROGRAM THROUGH CSA DURING THE CURRENT PROGRAM YEAR 
  • MAXIMUM ALLOTMENT IS $250 PER CUSTOMER, PER PROGRAM YEAR

If you are a senior in need of utility assistance, please call 901-222-4212. 

Jun 03

Aging My Way

Posted to Community Services News on June 3, 2022 at 10:33 AM by Jessica Harris

Aging

Aging Commission of the Mid-South 

Aging My Way 

The Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965 was the first federal funding dedicated to creating services for older Americans. The Act created a system for provision of services such as nutrition programs, in home services, transportation, legal services, elder abuse prevention, caregiver supports, case management, senior centers, information and referral services, health promotion and disease prevention, and long term care ombudsman. Additional items funded by OAA include training, research, and senior community and employment services employment programs.

OAA established the Area Agencies on Aging and Disability (AAADs) to coordinate and offer services to help older persons remain in their home and make independent living an option for them. The Aging Commission of the Mid-South (ACMS) is 1 of the 622 AAADs in the US. We proudly assist seniors and persons with disabilities in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties. As May is recognized as Older Americans Month, we take this opportunity to celebrate seniors who are “Aging My Way," our community partners providing services, the staff of ACMS and employees throughout Shelby County Government who make it possible for seniors to remain independent and contribute to their communities. 

To learn more about the Aging Commission and how it proudly assists seniors and persons with disabilities, please call 901-222-4111. 

Tag(s): Aging

Jan 30

Prioritizing Senior Hunger

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

Aging - meals credit to MIFAAging Commission of the Mid-South
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