Are You a Caregiver?

43.5-million adults in the U.S. provide unpaid care to someone over age 50. Seven out of 10 are women, putting in about 20 hours a week of elder-care.

SOURCE: National Alliance for Caregiving / "Caregiving in the U.S

Do you help an older family member pay bills or do household chores such as cooking, grocery shopping, laundry, or cleaning?

Do you assist with doctors appointments, medication, provide transportation, shop, or run errands for a loved one?

What about dressing, toileting, bathing, or feeding?

Do you have to help arrange and coordinate outside of the home?

Are you an older adult caring for an adult child  with disabilities?

If you answered yes to any of these, you are probably a caregiver.

The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee has resources to help you!

Aging and Caring: A Guide for Families & Caregivers

Aging & Caring: A Guide for Families & Caregivers©  is a complete resource designed to give families a starting point for caregiving for loved ones.  Planning ahead as a family is the optimum way – if possible. This book can provide guidelines for issues to be determined and options that may be the most satisfactory for all concerned.

Copies of Aging & Caring: A Guide for Families & Caregivers© are available for $26.95 each and includes FREE shipping!  Quantity Discounts are available for orders of  50+ copies. To purchase a copy of Aging and Caring, please call the Council on Aging at 615-353-4235

The Directory of Services for Seniors

There are numerous resources listed in The Directory of Services for Seniors that can be of great assistance to caregivers including Middle TN-based providers of assisted living, home care, nursing home care, and senior or geriatric care management.

Community Resources for Caregivers of Adults with Disabilities

Tips for Transporting Older Adults

TIPS FOR TRANSPORTING OLDER ADULTS provides guidance on how to safely assist older adults with mobility issues as they transfer into and out of vehicles. Created by COA in coordination with Belmont University’s School of Occupational Therapy and Resolve TV.

Copies of the video are available free of charge to senior centers and faith communities. Contact the COA office at 615-353-4235 or

A new publication from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center titled Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation, is now available.

The publication provides transportation tips for caregivers, information on types of transportation available, dementia-friendly tips for transit drivers, items to include in a travel kit, destination cards that can be tailored for each traveler, and a list of resources.

NPT Reports: Aging Matters: Caregiving focuses on the issues surrounding informal caregiving, including a fragmented formal system for dealing with long-term care, the effects of caregiving on the health and income of family and friends, and what to expect — and how to plan — for the next “Boom” in an aging population.

Adult Day Services

Aging Matters | NPT Reports


Aging Matters | NPT Reports

The Sandwich Generation

Aging Matters | NPT Reports

Helpful links for caregivers


Caregiver Wellness:

“The Scope and Effects of Informal Caregiving”: MacArthur Foundation / Network on Aging Society:

Tennessee OPTIONS for Community Living Program:

Changing Aging with Dr. Bill Thomas:

The “40-70 Rule®”: Based on research by Home Instead Senior Care that shows that “Talking sooner is better than waiting until a crisis has occurred. This advice is designed to help adult children and their aging parents deal with those sensitive topics that often make conversations difficult. The idea is that if you’re 40, or your parents are 70, it’s time to start talking – at least about certain senior topics:

TN Dept of Health Fall Prevention: Information about the Stepping On Falls Prevention class.
(To find a Stepping On class in Tennessee, please contact the injury prevention program at 615-532-7778.)