Council on Aging Celebrates 30 Years of Service

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Last month, the Council on Aging (COA) of Greater Nashville - a leading senior service, advocacy and education organization - held its 30th anniversary celebration and annual meeting at St. George's Episcopal Church in Nashville.

During the event, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry shared plans for the area's growing senior population, including transportation, affordable housing and aging in place, which allows people to live comfortably in their homes and communities.

Barry also discussed her vision for the city during the meeting.

"As the Council on Aging celebrates its 30th anniversary, I am so honored to be a part of this organization that has served more than a million seniors and their families," Maribeth Farringer, executive director of the Council on Aging, said. "I am excited to continue to identify needs and drive solutions to serve this vibrant population as we advance essential programs to meet their needs and improve quality of life."

By 2040, Davidson County's population of people 60 and over is projected to increase almost 80 percent, from approximately 95,000 to more than 171,000, according to The University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research.

"With dedicated organizations like the Council on Aging, we are working to improve services that will impact the lives of seniors as this population continues to expand in our city, with particular focus on improving transportation so seniors can always get around easily and efficiently, providing affordable housing options and helping them age in their home environments," Mayor Barry said.

Former Mayor Richard Fulton established a task force in 1985 that became the Council on Aging.

"In the mid-1980s, few groups were looking at the needs of Nashville's older population. I felt a committee of citizens should be set up to examine the issues facing our aging community, and have input into the policies that were being made regarding transportation, housing and health care," Fulton recalled. "I called on Elizabeth Jacobs, who was very knowledgeable about social services, and we met in my office. I shared my vision with her, and we got the ball rolling!

"Thirty years later, we are celebrating the many successes of the Council on Aging. COA is the advocacy group for Nashville's senior citizens."

To learn more, visit www.coamidtn.org.

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