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Learn about the disease. Learn about what it can do to you and your loved ones. Find links to other information and other potentially helpful sites.



A growing number of older Tennesseans, as well as Tennesseans with special requirements, need care. Learn about what it means both to need a caregiver and to be one. Read what other caregivers have to say in a forum provided by


Community Garden Resources

Help fight hunger in Tennessee and get fresh, healthy food into your own diet. See what senior centers across the state (and America) are doing to grow more food close to home.


Disaster Preparedness

Sooner or later, something is going to go wrong for a lot of Tennesseans, all at the same time . It could be a tornado outbreak, a winter storm, an earthquake, another flood, or something none of us has even considered. These types of disasters are especially hard on senior citizens and people with special needs. Learn how to plan for people who may need extra help when the worst happens.


Elder Abuse

Our senior population is growing rapidly. Sadly, the number of people who want to take advantage of seniors is also growing. Learn the signs of abuse and what you can do to help prevent and stop it.


Information and Assistance

Information and assistance, also known as I&A, is the practice of bringing people and services together. You may not know who you need to call, but you know your story. If you don't know where else to start, start with I&A. Information and assistance staff looks for the best and most accurate resources to meet the needs of our callers.


Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

This program provides free assistance to elderly Tennesseans residing in nursing homes, homes for the aged, assisted care living facilities, and adult care homes. An Ombudsman is available to help residents and their families resolve questions or problems and will advocate for solutions to problems for qualified residents of long-term care facilities.


Nutrition Services

Our bodies change as we age. Our body's specific needs also change as we age. What doesn't change is our basic need for healthy food. TCAD works to provide both information on good eating choices, as well as healthy food, for Tennessee seniors who may not get as much food as they need.


Public Guardianship

Some people cannot take care of themselves. Worse, sometimes these same people have no one to help—no friends, no family. In those cases, they may need a court-appointed Public Guardian, or Conservator, to look out for their interests.


Senior Brain Games

Learning shouldn't end at any age, not if you want to stay sharp at every age. Senior Brain Games is one fun solution to the challenge of exercising the body and the mind. Seniors and Senior Centers across the state have joined us to turn trivia into a statewide competition.


Senior Centers

You can search the state for senior centers using the Service Providers link in the menu on the left side of this page. For people more comfortable with a list, we also offer a printable PDF directory.


State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

Medicare is complicated. If you need help trying to figure it out, there is no shame in asking. SHIP exists to help you. SHIP staff are trained to help you. Best of all, the help is free, no strings attached. You can start learning here. If you still need help or just want to talk to someone, call