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Senior Services Directory

A comprehensive resource available at no charge.

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Caregiving and Eldercare Assistance

Research shows that caregivers do a better job if they take respite.

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Consumer Protection

It is important to take precautions before providing personal information.

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Elder Abuse, Exploitation, and Neglect

It is against the law to abuse, neglect, or exploit a disabled or older adult.

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Funeral Planning

Planning can help families avoid hasty and expensive decisions.

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Housing

Changing living arrangements can be a major event for an older person.

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Legal Services

Attorneys can become certified elder law specialists.

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Long-Term Care and Health Care Facilities

Facilities where professionals care for people with chronic or acute illnesses or injuries.

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Social Security

Full retirement age is currently at age 66 years and 10 months (2021).

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Medicare

Medicare covers most medical expenses for Americans over the age of 65.

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Medicaid/TennCare

Administered by the state, Medicaid provides medical services to eligible individuals.

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TennCare CHOICES for Long-Term Care

Medicaid pays for nursing home care when a person meets financial and medical criteria.

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Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance covers some or all of the costs of nursing home care.

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Reverse Mortgages

A reverse mortgage allows homeowners to use home equity as security for a loan.

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Activities and Recreation

Programs and agencies that offer activities for seniors. Some are free, others vary by cost.

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Adult Day Services

This section includes licensed facilities in Knox and contiguous counties.

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Alcohol and Drug Problems

Programs that provide information, assessment, or treatment referral for substance-abuse issues.

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Alzheimer’s Resources

Services that can benefit Alzheimer’s patients and their families or caregivers.

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Assessment

A multidisciplinary evaluation of a person’s memory or physical and psychological health.

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Assisted Living

For a description and list of assisted living facilities, see Housing.

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Case Management

A case manager evaluates an older person’s situation to determine services needed.

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Consumer Information

Resources for computer-related services free to qualifying individuals.

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Counseling Services

Agencies provide counseling free, on a sliding scale, or bill Medicare, TennCare, or private insurance.

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Crisis and Hardship Assistance

Provides limited help with food, shelter, clothing, utilities, supplies and fuel.

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Dental Care

Programs that provide discounted and free care for people who meet eligibility.

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Dialysis Clinics

A listing of more than a dozen dialysis clinics in Knox County.

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Disability Services

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects the civil rights of persons with disabilities.

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Driver Safety

Services to help drivers stay safely behind the wheel.

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Education

Persons 60+ or who are disabled may audit courses for free if space is available.

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Elder Abuse

Information, emergency assistance, and ongoing support for victims of abuse.

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Employment

Help with the challenge of finding part-time or full-time employment at an older age.

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Eye Services

Access to low-cost eye exams, glasses, and rehabilitation for patients with visual impairments.

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Family Caregiver Support

Services for family or other caregivers taking care of frail persons over age 60.

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Food and Nutrition

Affordable access to food, produce, and dietary supplements.

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Funeral Information

Local volunteers for Funeral Consumers Alliance provide information on ways to reduce funeral expenses.