The Council on Aging was launched in 1985 as a vital outgrowth from a mayoral task force on senior issues. The task force saw the need for an engaged, impartial and accountable group to continually study gaps in services for seniors and to be an advocate on behalf of senior issues.  COA is now an independent, board-directed 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


COA addresses the unmet needs of older adults and caregivers through information, advocacy and education and by being a catalyst for comprehensive solutions.

How does the Council on Aging work?

The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee has made Middle Tennessee a better place for over a million seniors and their families over the last 30 years.


  • Organizing and publishing resources for seniors into the unbiased and comprehensive Directory of Services of Seniors, currently in its 18th Edition AND making it available at no cost to seniors.


  • Providing free information and referral services to help older adults and caregivers better understand services available.


  •  Advocating for issues affecting seniors.


  •  Identifying, studying and creating solutions to the challenges of Middle Tenn. seniors.


  • Fostering  collaboration among the leaders from all senior service branches.


  • Engaging seniors in their communities through our Discover Programs and Seniors Days on the General Jackson.


  •  Recognizing older adults for their leadership and service.

The importance of Aging to our Community

COA has taken action on issues affecting seniors including caregiving, community engagement, consumer fraud, elder abuse, end-of-life planning, grandparents raising grandchildren, health and wellness, housing, legal concerns, mental health, retirement, transportation and much more.

Creative collaboration with seniors, their families, agencies, businesses, professionals, caregivers & community volunteers has resulted in the creation of resources, programs, seminars and outreach campaigns that allow COA to address issues & concerns from both global and detailed perspectives.

In Aging Matters: Overview, NPT explores the changing face of aging and what our community faces as the baby boomer generation grows the over 65 population to unprecedented numbers.

Contributing Expert, COA Board President, Beverly S. Patnaik