Council on Aging Programs

The Council on Aging holds monthly educational programs on the second Thursday of each month (except in July and August) at the O’Connor Senior Center at 2:30 pm. All programs are free and open to the public. 

MEDICARE 101

with Jason Pearcy, Senior Financial Group

Thursday, January 11, 2024

2:30 pm at O’Connor Senior Center (611 Winona St., Knoxville, TN 37917)

Medicare is the national health insurance program to which all Social Security recipients who are either over 65 years of age or permanently disabled are eligible. Medicare offers different options for you to get health care coverage. Join Jason Pearcy of Senior Financial Group to learn the basics and find out how Medicare works. Come with questions, leave with answers.

Jason Pearcy is a Medicare Consultant/Insurance Producer at Senior Financial Group. Jason has worked in the insurance industry since 2015 but has worked in service-based industries for his entire career. He specializes in identifying and providing for the insurance needs of individuals and families in every age bracket.

Jason is married to his college sweetheart and the two have a daughter named Rilan and a son, Jamon. He enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and reading. Being raised in the home of a Pastor, he has served numerous young people that are subject to the pressures of growing up in ministerial homes. He also has worked with multiple non-profits that benefit troubled youth and mission workers.

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PALLIATIVE CARE VS HOSPICE CARE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

with Erin Kopp, DO / Palliative Care Medical Director

Thursday, February 8, 2024

2:30 pm at O’Connor Senior Center (611 Winona St., Knoxville, TN 37917)

Many Americans die in facilities such as hospitals or nursing homes receiving care that is not consistent with their wishes. It’s important for older adults to plan ahead and let their caregivers, doctors, or family members know your end-of-life preferences in advance. Palliative care and hospice care are often confused with one another. Both have the goal to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life for people with chronic medical conditions. Join us as Dr. Erin Kipp explains the differences between palliative care and hospice care, what that care includes, and who qualifies for it.

Dr. Erin Kipp was raised in the small town of Bullard, TX. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University, where she played Division I women’s softball for 4 years. She graduated with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry, then attended medical school at DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN. She then moved back to East Texas to complete her family medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. While in residency, she developed a strong passion for hospice and palliative care and elected to pursue a fellowship in this field. She then moved to West Texas to complete a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. After completing her medical training in Texas, she returned to East Tennessee to begin her current position as Palliative Care Medical Director for Covenant Health – though she does help with Covenant Hospice as well.