Sage Awards - Council on Aging

The Council on Aging believes that aging should be celebrated and embraced and that older adults have a lifetime of wisdom and experience to offer communities. The Sage Awards is one way that we are changing the conversation about aging well and enhancing the community.

The Sage Awards, presented each year since 1991, are given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Middle Tennessee through a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities. The Sage awardees truly represent those who are “wise through reflection and experience.

In addition, we recognize one organization that has made a significant and positive impact on the lives of older adults in Middle Tennessee.

You may submit a nomination form below or contact the COA office at 615-353-4235 or email sage@coamidtn.org for more information.  

Nominations for the 2021 Sage Awards must be submitted online, in-person, mailed, or emailed by Wednesday, September 30, 2020. 

Recipients will be honored at the 2021 Sage Awards Luncheon on Monday, May 10th. The recipient is required to be present for the award presentation at the luncheon.

Marriott Cool Springs*
700 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067

*In the event the COA Board of Directors deem it not advisable to gather due to public health concerns, we reserve the right to shift to a virtual event.

Criteria for Individual Nominations: 
 

Nominees may be either active or retired professionals or community volunteers age 50 and older.

Nominations may be submitted for individuals or couples.

Nominees must have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in their community.  The term “community” is defined as any place the nominee has lived and worked, within or beyond Middle Tennessee.

Nominations for individuals or couples who may have been nominated in previous years, and not selected, are encouraged.  Contact our office if you would like to re-submit a past nomination for consideration. 

We encourage using the online form for submission.

Criteria for Organization Nominations(for-profit, non-profit, or government agency): 

Any Middle Tennessee organization, company, or agency may be nominated.

Nominees must have demonstrated advocacy for older adults and/or corporate social responsibility efforts that make a significant and positive impact on the lives of older adults in Middle Tennessee.

We encourage using the online form for submission.

Please watch the videos below to learn more about our 2019 honorees: Julian Bibb, Thelma Harper, Bill & Sallie Norton, Gracie Porter, Mental Health America, and Nashville Public Television.