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New Program Addresses Mobility Issues of Older Adults

A new program in Nashville hopes to address the mobility needs of Metro-Davidson County older adults, according to a column in The Tennessean. Created in Novembr 2017, Senior Ride Nashville provides transportation for non-driving residents 60 and older. The service features a call center, with 80 volunteer drivers serving 135 enrolled older adult riders to date. You can learn more about the program, including volunteer information on its webpage.

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Some Tennessee Counties Will See a Boost in Funding for Social Services Programs

Knox County will receive an 11 percent increase over last year’s budget in state funding for social services programs, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports. According to the Office of Legislative Budget Analysis’ county-by-county breakdown, the county will receive $1.9 billion 2018-19 fiscal year to support programs such as the Commission on Aging and Disability and the Department of Children’s Services, funding projects like the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Child and Family Management Grants. Knox received the largest percentage increase of Tennessee four largest counties, with Davidson seeing a four percent increase, Hamilton a six percent increase and Shelby a one percent increase.

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Goodlettsville Creates Programs to Assist in Senior Well-Being

The City of Goodlettsville has created three new programs and hosted a resource fair to assist seniors, The Tennessean reports. The city incorporated its Tax Freeze and the Tax Relief programs that freeze property taxes at the current rate and provides a tax credit to seniors, respectively. Goodlettsville also established a new program called Operation Good Morning Sunshine, where someone from the city will call seniors periodically to check on them.

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Johnson County Heating For Seniors Fund Seeks Donations

The Johnson County’s Emergency Heating Assistance for Seniors Fund is seeking donations to ensure that low-income seniors keep warm this winter, The Tomahawk reports. Since 2008, the 501(c) 3 organization has collected more than $175,000 towards heating costs, which helped provide kerosene, propane, wood, coal, or assistance with electric bills. Eligible applicants are screened through the Tennessee Department of Health and must be at least 65 years old, or 60 years of age with a disability. Donations can be mailed to Johnson County Emergency Heating Assistance for Seniors Fund. P.O. Box 208, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

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Actor Tim Conway's Daughter Granted Temporary Restraining Order

Actor Tim Conway‘s daughter was granted a temporary restraining order, preventing his wife, Charlene, from moving him to a new residence, People reports. Conway was recently diagnosed with dementia and is unable to communicate. Conway’s lawyer, Michael Harris told People that there were no plans to move him and that the wife “is an adequate and appropriate steward of her husband’s well-being and that her motives regarding Mr. Conway are in his best interest.” Conway is best known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show and McHale’s Navy. The next hearing date is set for Friday.

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New Program Addresses Transportation Issues for Seniors

Portland, Tenn., is taking a novel approach to assisting seniors with a new adult transportation program, The Tennessean reports. The program, Portland Adult Transportation, will facilitate volunteers to take seniors ages 60 and older to their hair appointments, the grocery store, the doctor, the library and other regularly visited places. The program is tentatively scheduled to launch Aug. 6, but it needs volunteers who are interested in working with the elderly. To register as a rider or volunteer, contact Terri DeZwarte at 615-670-2806 or patseniors@juno.com.

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Tennessee Senior Law Alliance Expands Legal Help for Seniors

The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, in cooperation with several legal aid providers, is taking a coordinated approach to assisting Tennessee seniors facing legal problems, according to a press release on its website. The Tennessee Senior Law Alliance will partner with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Memphis Area Legal Services and West Tennessee Legal Services in effort to reach all 95 Tennessee counties, helping seniors identify and resolve core legal issues such as wrongfully reduced or denied access to benefits and health care; illegal barriers to obtaining and maintaining safe and secure housing; physical, emotional and financial abuse and exploitation; and a lack of help with basic estate planning such as creating wills, advance directives and powers of attorney. You can learn more about the program using this link.

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Unsealed Documents Shed Light on State's Opioid Lawsuit

Documents regarding a lawsuit filed in Knox County Circuit Court, where Tennessee accuses Purdue Pharma of intentionally fueling the opioid epidemic, were unsealed last week shedding light on the state’s claim that the company intentionally and specifically targeted Tennessee’s most vulnerable medical providers and patients, including the elderly and veterans, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel. The lawsuit, filed by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, uses Purdue’s company records and its staffers’ own words to show the firm’s founders and executives pushed the prescription of highly addictive opioids, allegedly calling the pills “hope in a bottle.” You can view the complaint here.

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Nursing Home Chain Settles in Columbia Medicare Fraud Case

Two former occupational therapists at a Columbia nursing home were whistleblowers in a Medicare fraud case that was settled this month for $30 million, The Columbia Daily Herald reports. Kristi Emerson and LeeAnn Holt tipped-off the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, providing documentation that showed the company pressured employees to perform unneeded therapy and manipulated therapist schedules to maximize profit. You can view the complaint here.

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Legislative Candidate's Business Raided Due to Allegations of Elder Abuse

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and local police last Thursday raided an assisted living facility in Cookeville that is partially owned by Republican legislative candidate Ed Butler, the Nashville Post reports. The raid stems from allegations of possible abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly residents of the home, according to District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway. This is not the first time the facility, Senior Lifestyles, has been the subject of legal controversy. The home — known as Living the Dream at the time — made headlines when its prior executive director pleaded guilty to embezzling upwards to $1 million.

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