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Affordable Medicine Options for Seniors (AMOS)

Affordable Medicine Options for Seniors (AMOS) assists senior citizens and people with disabilities to reduce the cost of their prescription medicines. Trained volunteers, many of whom are seniors themselves, provide information and advising under the guidance of AMOS staff.

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Daily Living Center

The Daily Living Center is a licensed adult day care program with the mission of providing community-based services to Knox County residents age 60 or older who are in need of a structured program that will improve daily living skills, foster independence, and allow the individual to remain in the community.

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Gift of Sight, Hearing & Dentures

The Gift of Sight, Hearing & Dentures is a revolving loan fund that pays for the initial cost of eyeglasses, hearing aids, or dentures and allows the seniors to pay back the cost over time. The program was created as the Gift of Sight in 1985. Hearing aids were added to the program in 1995, and dentures were added in 2007.

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Mobile Affordable Meal Service

The Mobile Affordable Meal Service provides meals (the same menu as Mobile Meals) five days a week for individuals who pay a fee for the service. There are no public funds involved and no eligibility requirements. The Senior Nutrition Program administers MAMS, and meals are delivered by the CAC Transit Program and volunteers.

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Mobile Meals & Senior Nutrition Program

The Mobile Meals Kitchen prepares and packages meals for the Senior Nutrition Program and for other nonprofit programs in the community. Meals must be nutritious, but above all, they must taste good and be attractive to tempt the sometimes poor appetites of seniors. Keeping the costs low is a high priority.

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O'Connor Senior Center

The John T. O’Connor Senior Center is an activity center that provides a place where seniors can not only add years to their lives, but add life to their years. The Center serves Knox County residents age 55 and over. There is no membership fee to attend the Center, although some classes may have a fee to support the cost of the class.

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Project LIVE (Living Independently through Volunteer Efforts)

Project LIVE coordinates services that allow frail older adults to remain in their own homes. Project LIVE is responsible for oversight of in-home assessments for frail, vulnerable seniors to determine their need for home-delivered meals, homemaker service, caregiver respite, care management, and other supportive services.

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Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion Program is a unique program that matches trained older volunteers with frail elderly persons who need help with meal preparation, household management, shopping, and other activities of daily living. They are a much-needed source of respite for family caregivers who often have no other support.

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Lifestyle

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Aging: A Family Affair

The Office on Aging has hosted an annual fall workshop, Aging: A Family Affair since 1984. The workshop is offered in the fall, usually on the second Thursday in October or November, though the date can vary. For the last 10 years the workshop has taken place at Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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Computers for Homebound & Isolated Persons (CHIPS)

CHIPS provides donated computers to seniors who are isolated by illness or by their role as a full-time caregiver of a homebound senior. CHIPS trains homebound and isolated persons who are age 55 and older to use e-mail and the Internet to overcome social isolation, connect with people and resources, and assert more control over their own lives.

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Council on Aging

The Council on Aging (COA) serves as an advisory council to the Knoxville-Knox County Office on Aging. The chief purpose (among many) of the COA is to study the needs of older persons and the resources to meet those needs, including reviewing and recommending allocation of funds from the Older Americans Act for Knox County services.

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Family Caregiver Support Program

The National Family Caregiver Support Program is a federally funded program that offers information, assistance, counseling, support, training, respite care, and supplemental services for caregivers. Anyone of any age who is caring for a senior age 60 years or older is eligible to participate in the NFCSP.

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Grandparents As Parents Program

The Grandparents as Parents Program was initially funded in August 2000 by a grant from the Brookdale Foundation of New York and the Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging. The free program is available to any grandparent or relative who is the primary caregiver of a minor child whose parent is not in the home.

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One Call Club

One Call Club for Seniors is a membership program assisting Knox County residents, 60+, to maintain their health and independence by having one phone call access to reliable, reasonably priced services they need to remain in their homes. This innovative program is helping seniors stay in their own homes.

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Placing Animals With Seniors (PAWS)

Knox PAWS matches eligible seniors with adoptable pets. Research indicates that pets improve seniors' physical, emotional, and mental health. The Knox PAWS program started in late 2004 when the Office on Aging partnered with the Young-Williams Animal Center to match senior pets with senior citizens.

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Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) is part of the Corporation for National & Community Service/Senior Corps. RSVP began in Knoxville-Knox County in 1982. It has a participatory advisory council with representatives from the community. The role of RSVP is to match volunteers age 55-plus with community needs.

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Services

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East Tennessee 2-1-1

East Tennessee 2-1-1 serves as the first point of access to all community services, including shelter and housing, food, substance abuse prevention/treatment, health facilities, mental health services, senior issues, financial assistance, legal assistance, child care, child and elder abuse services, and crisis intervention.

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Elder News & Views

Elder News & Views is a bi-monthly publication for the older citizens of Knoxville and Knox County. It is available on this website or in a mailed paper version.

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Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program serves through different community agencies, called volunteer stations, such as Knox and Blount County Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Head Start. The program provides low-income adults who are 55 or older a chance for meaningful volunteer experiences and a little extra income.

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Knox County CAC Transit

Knox County CAC Transit provides access to community resources and services by providing safe, reasonably comfortable transportation for Knoxville-Knox County residents who have no other means of transportation.

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Senior Citizens Information and Referral Service

With one phone call to Senior Citizens Information & Referral Service (SCIRS), seniors in Knoxville and Knox County can get their questions about services answered and be referred to the services they need.

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Senior Employment Service

Senior Employment Service offers employment workshops and job fairs for seniors who are seeking employment for any reason.

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Volunteer Assisted Transportation

Volunteer Assisted Transportation offers transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities who require aid and assistance to travel safely. Eight Toyota Prius hybrid sedans and seven wheelchair-accessible minivans make up the fleet driven by volunteers.

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Contact

Phone: (865) 524-2786
Email: knoxooa@knoxseniors.org

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 51650
Knoxville, TN 37950-1650

Street Address:
2247 Western Avenue

 

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