Programs & Services

HEALTH & DIET

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.

Daily Living Center

A licensed adult day care program that serves Knox County residents age 60 or older who are in need of a structured program that improves daily living skills, foster independence, and allow the individual to remain in the community.

Gift of Sight, Hearing & Dentures

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.

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.

Mobile Meals & Senior Nutrition Program

Prepares meals for the Senior Nutrition Program and for other nonprofit programs in the community. Meals are nutritious, tasty, and attractive to tempt the sometimes poor appetites of seniors. Keeping costs low is a high priority.

O’Connor Senior Center

Provides a place where seniors can not only add years to their lives, but add life to their years. Serves Knox County residents age 55 and over. There is no membership fee to attend the Center, although some classes may have a fee.

Project LIVE (Living Independently through Volunteer Efforts)

Coordinates services that allow older adults to remain in their homes. Oversees in-home assessments to determine a senior’s need for home-delivered meals, homemaker service, caregiver respite, care management, and other services.

Senior Companion Program

Matches trained older volunteers with frail elderly persons who need help with meal preparation, household management, shopping, and other activities. A source of respite for family caregivers who often have no other support.

LIFESTYLE

Aging: A Family Affair

Since 1984 this workshop has been offered in the fall, usually on the second Thursday in October or November. 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.

Computers for Homebound & Isolated Persons (CHIPS)

Provides donated computers to seniors who are isolated by illness or by their role as caregiver of a homebound senior. Trains people 55 and older to use the Internet to overcome social isolation and assert more control over their own lives.

Council on Aging

Serves as an advisory council to the Office on Aging. Studies 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.

Elder Abuse Community Outreach Program

Administers a federal elder abuse grant. This grant was obtained by the Knoxville Police Department from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

Grandparents As Parents Program

Initially funded in 2000 by a grant from the Brookdale Foundation of New York and the Office on Aging, this 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.

Knox PAWS

Matches eligible seniors with adoptable pets. Research indicates that pets improve seniors’ physical, emotional, and mental health. In 2004 the Office on Aging partnered with the Young-Williams Animal Center to match senior pets with senior citizens.

One Call Club

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.

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Part of the Corporation for National & Community Service/Senior Corps, RSVP has a participatory advisory council with representatives from the community. The role of RSVP is to match volunteers age 55-plus with community needs.

SERVICES

2018 Annual Report (pdf)

This annual report is published by the Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging. It covers the year from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

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, and more.

Elder News & Views

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

Foster Grandparent Program

Serves through different community agencies 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 experiences and extra income.

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.

Savings Check Up

Are you on Medicare? You may be able to save money on groceries, healthcare, and utilities. Our staff will help you take the next step to save money.

Senior Information and Referral 

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

Senior Employment Service

Offers employment workshops and job fairs for seniors who are seeking employment for any reason.

Senior Service Directory

A free, comprehensive listing of services available to seniors in Knox County, including important phone numbers and an action guide.

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.